Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts
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About the Author
When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.
Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.
*** 2017 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Winner (Speculative Fiction Book of the Year) ***
*** 2017 Aurora Awards Winner (Best Related Work) ***
*** 2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist (Anthologies) ***
*** One Winner and three finalists in 2017 Aurora Awards Short Fiction category ***
*** One finalist in 2017 for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic - Short Story category ***
*** One honorable mention in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (edited by John Joseph Adams and Charles Yu) ***
*** Six honorable mention in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection (edited by Gardner Dozois) ***
*** One story selected for Wilde Stories 2017: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction (edited by Steve Berman) ***
"Mental illness is an exciting theme for an anthology, leaving plenty of room for variety." (Library Journal)
"The writers of these stories address such varied subjects as agoraphobia, depression, schizophrenia, autism, anxiety, and addiction. Though this book has some shortcomings, readers who have mental illnesses may find themselves somewhere in these pages and as a result may no longer feel so alone or isolated." (School Library Journal)
." . . stories do a masterful job of knitting legitimate and painful mental illnesses to characters who still retain agency and power." (Kirkus Reviews)
." . . a solid effort, a mixed SF/fantasy original anthology, with a number of entertaining stories to be found within its pages." (Locus - Gardner Dozois)
"The writing is excellent throughout, and even the few not-as-strong stories make for a good read. This is a unique collection that should attract readers of all genres." (Foreword Reviews)
"The stories in Strangers Among Us are as varied in tone and approach as their authors. The power of the collection derives from this variety; while each story can be read in isolation, the assemblage of outsiders feels, on a whole, exultant. There is, indeed, strength in numbers, when each individual is accorded space and respect." (Quill & Quire)
"Strangers Among Us . . . is important, shining a much-needed spotlight on issues that get far too little attention. A wonderful anthology, one of the major SF&F books of the year. Bravo!"
(Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo award-winning author of Quantum Night)