The story “Citizen Komarova Finds Love” by Ekaterina Sedia was published for the first time in 2009.
Countess Komarova, the only survivor of her family, lost everything she owned during the revolution, when the red cavalry appropriated her mansion. Now just Citizen Komarova, she survives working as a clerk in a consignment shop in the suburbs of the small town of N. living in a room above the shop. A strange customer is the only distraction from boredom and the memories of her past.
William Fitzgerald Jenkins, that was his real name, was born on June 16, 1896 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He signed various detective stories and westerns with the pseudonym Will F. Jenkins and even two romance novels under the pseudonym Louisa Carter Lee occasionally using other pseudonyms. However, gradually he specialized in fantasy, horror and especially science fiction stories, which generally signed as Murray Leinster. Murray Leinster died on June 8, 1975. He was one of the most important pioneers of science fiction since he began writing stories of that genre even before the name was invented. He was among the few who managed to keep on being successful when science fiction passed its pulp magazines phase and had an important influence on many writers of the following generations.
The short story “Zombie Lenin” by Ekaterina Sedia was published for the first time in 2007.
A college student who started seeing the zombie of Lenin when she was just a little girl tries to understand the meaning of her visions following lessons on chthonic deities. Is it simply a progressive schizophrenia or is there something else behind her obsession?
The story “Jesus Christ, Reanimator” by Ken MacLeod was published for the first time in 2007.
The Second Coming of Jesus was supposed to be a momentous event, instead it was a washout. His arrival made quite an impression but there were too many differences between the beliefs about him and the man who popped up, not to talk about the alleged prophecies he had left.
The novel “Rose Madder” by Stephen King was published for the first time in 1995.
For years, Rose, called Rosie, has been the victim of her husband Norman’s abuses, which even caused her a miscarriage beating her when she was pregnant. When he hits her yet another time, it seems just one of many abuses she has suffered but the next day she finds a drop of blood on the sheets of their bed, lost from her nose after the blow. For the woman it’s like an awakening from a long slumber that convinces her to run away from that horror.
Frantically, Rosie runs away from home and travels to a distant city. Forced to handle herself for the first time in her life and terrified by the possibility that Norman finds it, thanks to a meeting she discovers the existence of a women’s shelter, where she finds help. When she tries to make some money by pawning her engagement ring, in the shop she finds a strange painting of a woman with a rose madder gown that hides much more than it seems.