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Rain Graves, Amber Benson, Yvonne Navarro, Rhodi Hawk, Ekaterina Sedia, Amelia Beamer, Brea Grant, Kaaron Warren, Rachel Swirsky, Nancy A. Collins (w) Ericka Lugo (a) Presenting a dozen-less-two high-value adventures straight from the global zombie/robot conflict, WOMEN ON WAR is definitive proof that IDW’s Band of Sisters can bring the Zombie Terror and Robot Menace as good (if not better) than their ZvR brothers. Tier One Operators in the theater of compelling (and often squishy) action-horror, this unique volume features all-new illustrations by IDW’s latest discovery, artist Ericka Lugo. Award-winning horror/dark fantasy writer Nancy Holder provides an insightful introductory essay. Leading literary experts agree, adding this distinctive title to your library is a real no-brainer, but you must act quickly, we won’t be keeping it in print for long, only initial orders are guaranteed to be filled.TPB • B&W • $19.99 • 304 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN 978-1-61377-407-6

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    Nancy A. CollinsAmber BensonYvonne NavarroEkaterina SediaRachel SwirskyAmelia BeamerBrea GrantRain GravesKaaron WarrenRhodi Hawk

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  • WOMEN ON WARA Zombies vs Robots Anthology

    Edited by Jeff Conner

    Illustrated by Ericka Lugo

    Introduction by Nancy Holder

    IDW PublishingSan Diego, CA 2012

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    EDITOR/DESIGNER: JEFF CONNER

    ASSOCIATE EDITOR/TZVR: CHRIS RYALLASSOCIATE DESIGNER: ROBBIE ROBBINS

    ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTSCREATED BY ASHLEY WOOD & CHRIS RYALL

    ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS: WOMEN ON WAR! DECEMBER 2012. FIRST PRINTING. Zombies vs Robots 2012 Idea and Design Works, LLC. All RightsReserved. The IDW logo is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. IDW Publishing, a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC. Editorialoffices: 5080 Santa Fe St., San Diego, CA 92109. Any similarities to persons living, dead or otherwise are purely coincidental. With the exception ofartwork used for review purposes, none of the contents of this publication may be reprinted without the permission of Idea and Design Works, LLC.Printed and bound in Korea. IDW Publishing does not read or accept unsolicited submissions of ideas, stories, or artwork.

    International Rights Representative, Christine Meyer: christine@gfloystudio.com www.IDWPUBLISHING.comTed Adams, CEO & Publisher Greg Goldstein, President & COO Robbie Robbins, EVP/Sr. Graphic ArtistChris Ryall, Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Matthew Ruzicka, CPA, Chief Financial Officer Alan Payne, VP of Sales

    ISBN: 9781623021733 DIGITAL

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  • ITINERARY OF TERROR

    Nancy HolderIntroduction .......................................................................................................................... XIII

    Nancy A. CollinsAngus: Zombie vs. Robot Fighter .................................................................... 1

    Amber BensonMademoiselle Consuela ........................................................................................ 19

    Rachel SwirskyThe Virgin Sacrifices .................................................................................................. 39

    Rhodi HawkA Head and a Foot ...................................................................................................... 83

    Ekatarina SediaTimka...................................................................................................................................... 145

    Rain GravesThe Meek, The Earth, and The Inheritance ...................................... 167

    Amelia BeamerHot Water & Clean Underwear ................................................................ 191

    Kaaron WarrenRiver of Memory ...................................................................................................... 209

    Brea GrantPammi Shaw: Creator of Gods and Also Blogger...................... 229

    Yvonne NavarroAdvanced Directive.............................................................................................. 249

    Over de auteurs .................................................................................................................. 279

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  • SAY CHRIS RYALL AND IDW to popular culture aficionadossuch as myself, and the reaction you get is something akin to a skyfull of fireworks. Add what has now become the beloved ZvRbrand, and an entire planetful of zombies might burst into song.But for me, the extra ingredient that makes ZvR: Women on War! andits predecessor, ZvR: This Means War! so special is Jeff Conner, the visionary editor who convinced Chris that there were stories to betold, and those should be in print form. Lots of it. Once Chris wason board, Jeff found enthusiastic, super-talented writers who got hismemo to bust it out and push boundaries even farther than Chris, byhis own admission, had assumed they could go when he and AshleyWood first created the world of ZvR.

    In these pages are stories by ten excellent authors, among themwomen I think of as my ink sisters. I smiled as I read the galleys, because every single author was writing at the top of her game, pull -ing off some pretty incredible stuff that flowed across the pages withseeming effortlessness. Since Im a writer, too, I can look behind thecurtain, and I knew they were working their butts off to give theirbest.

    These authors have crafted worlds-within-worlds that reveal im-pressive breadth and real depth: re-imagined tales of robot fighters,minotaurs, goddesses, mutants and evolutionary revolutionaries.

    AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY AWESOME

    Nancy Holder

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  • Theres a story about an Indian blogger who realizes the need for gods,and gods who realize that there are times when its crucial to be human.People escaping the zombies and people being forcibly turned intozombies. Boys writing letters to Big Brother, and girls becomingmothers. Tales of survivalist island cultures and the beloved of octopi.Its all here in the bold (splattered, gray) Matter of ZvR, a universe sorichly composed by Ryall and Wood that beautiful music can pour outof other folks brains.

    As Chris wrote in his introduction to ZvR: This Means War!, Jeffwas the one who convinced Chris that traditional print could functionas an excellent medium for more stories. Then he asked Chris the kindsof questions he knew his writers would ask him. Thus he defined andprotected the canon of ZvR. Assured that their editor had their back,these writers confidently hit the turbo, every one.

    To work with an editor like that is a rare gift. I have wanted to col-laborate with Jeff since the days when he was with Edward Pressman,finding authors for Crow projects. I was in the running to write a Crownovel but my schedule precluded it, and Ive always lamented that lostopportunity. Imagine my crazy-ass joy when Jeff invited me to break-fast at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego and told me aboutsome of the amazing things he had in the works, including this book.I felt a sort of trippy time-travel moment where I realized that thereare more things in the world of the imagination than are dreamt of inmy philosophy. Over omelets and way too much coffee, I sat back andobserved what a seasoned, gifted editor does sees the project, findsthe writers, lets them get to work.

    But then, because this is IDW, theres an extra component to thiswonderful book an extraordinary illustrator. I still remember theway Jeff described the art of his find, Ericka Lugo: I love her com-position and color sense, very different from traditional horror art. Flip a few pages and you will see why her work stunned (and still stuns)both Jeff and me. New, fresh, compelling, intriguing, and drawn witha sure hand

    just like the stories in this book.

    June, 2012San Diego, CA

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  • Bella Detesta Matribus

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  • WOMEN ON WARA Zombies vs Robots Anthology

    Illustrated by Ericka Lugo

    Edited by Jeff Conner

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  • THIS TIME THE Maze was dimly lit. Not completely dark, but withjust enough light to make telling the difference between shadowand zombie tricky. Although Angus had prowled the interior of theMaze for as long as he could remember, each time he entered it anewit was slightly different than the last. Sometimes it was brightly lit,or filled with a thick fog. One time it was even flooded with waterup to his knees. So it paid to be cautious, the importance of which wasdrilled into him from the second he woke up to the moment he fellasleep, for as long as he could remember. Even though the Maze wasa training exercise, the consequences of his actions inside it were very,very real. Every moment could very well be his last.

    He was dressed in a black one-piece garment made of lightweightballistic fiber with molded, reinforced high-impact protection platesbuilt into the chest, back, shoulders, groin, and legs all the criticalbite-zones zombies instinctively went for. He also wore a pair of knee-high steel-toed boots to protect his shins from crawlers snapping at hisankles, Kevlar gloves to keep his hands and fingers safe from snappingteeth, and a full-face helmet to gu