A GIRL'S GUIDE TO GUNS AND MONSTERS is a collection of
loosely-related stories arranged in roughly chronological
order. All the stories have kick-ass heroines fighting
monsters (real and metaphorical) bigger than they are.
Although there were some I liked better than others, that
was more a matter of personal taste than of quality, each
was well-written, pithy and memorable.
The first is set in the old West, the last ends in outer
"The Drifter" by Jane Lindskold- Old west. Something is
taking the children of the settlers and Indians, and
Prudence Bledsoe aims to find out what it is and how to stop
"Our Lady of the Vampires" by Nancy Holder --1930's. What's a
devout Catholic orphanage to do when there are too many
mouths to feed?
"Best Friends" by Lilith Saintcrow -- Becca's best friend
Kate has step-father problems of the night-walker sort.
"Elizabeth and Anna's Big Adventure" by Jeanne Stein -- 8-
year-old Elizabeth and her bounty hunter babysitter save
each other from a revenge-seeking criminal.
"Lupercalia" by Anton Strout -- Leis Colchis isn't just
gunning for her ex, she's aiming for Cupid, who started the
whole damn thing.
"Murder She Workshopped" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch--
Assassin-cum-writing maven stalks paranormal foe on the way
to a new career.
"Heart of Ash" by Jim C. Hines - A dryad finds a way to
become what she needs to be, kicking Were butt all the way.
"Jiang Shi" by Elizabeth A. Vaughan --
aged Kate touches sacred jade and becomes the Wise One,
Bearer of the Scale, Chosen of the Emperor Dragon.. and
target of Chinese nightmares come to life.
"No Matter Where You Go" by Tanya Huff -- Vicki Nelson (Blood
Ties) is back, this time to rescue bad-ass teens from a
badder-assed demon dimension.
"Signed in Blood" by P. R. Frost -- A Tess Noncoiré story.
The Warrior of the Celestial Blade is on the hunt for a
dangerous being, but when she finds him, the simple solution
will not suit.
"Broch de Shlang" by Mickey Zucker Reichert -- Snakes, a
family curse and an unlikely heroine result in a haunting
"The Wooly Mountains" by Alexander B. Potter -- The neighbors
come strange in Vermont, even compared to the newly-
integrated paranormal races. One of them is killing
livestock, and Reesa needs to find out who.
"Invasive Species" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman -- It's hard enough
being a working mother, but when Random Delaney needs to
bring her daughter along on a ship-wide extermination,
things get ugly, fast.
Brilliant, original sci-fi and fantasy stories featuring
brave and bold heroines
Thirteen urban and
paranormal tales of strong women, armed with weapons they
are not afraid to use, as well as fists and feet of fury,
who face monsters and bad guys-and are not above rescuing
men in the process.