The Barrow Will Send What it May

Red Emma’s

Amazon

April, 2018

Tor.com

Margaret Killjoy’s Danielle Cain series is a dropkick-in-the-mouth anarcho-punk fantasy that pits traveling anarchist Danielle Cain against eternal spirits, hypocritical ideologues, and brutal, unfeeling officers of the law. The story continues with The Barrow Will Send What it May.

Now a nascent demon-hunting crew on the lam, Danielle and her friends arrive in a small town that contains a secret occult library run by anarchists and residents who claim to have come back from the dead. When Danielle and her crew investigate, they are put directly in the crosshairs of a necromancer’s wrath ― whose actions threaten to trigger the apocalypse itself.

Book two of the Danielle Cain series.

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion

Red Emma’s

Amazon

August, 2017

Tor.com

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy pits utopian anarchists against rogue demon deer in this dropkick-in-the-mouth punk fantasy that Alan Moore calls “scary and energetic.”

Searching for clues about her best friend’s mysterious suicide, Danielle ventures to the squatter, utopian town of Freedom, Iowa, and witnesses a protector spirit ― in the form of a blood-red, three-antlered deer ― begin to turn on its summoners. She and her new friends have to act fast if they’re going to save the town ― or get out alive.

Book one of the Danielle Cain series.

“Fast, eerie and crackling with disarmingly matter-of-fact phantasmagoria, Margaret Killjoy’s The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion maps a wilderness peopled by marginalised outsiders where everything from sexual identity to material reality is in the same state of fluid drift. Intelligent and fiercely imagined, this book is a passport to a world hauntingly similar to our own, in which disturbing unreality appears to have become an accepted universal condition that is scarcely worth mentioning. Scary and energetic, this is ideal reading for a winter’s evening in a post-truth world. Highly recommended.”

―Alan Moore, author of Watchmen and V for Vendetta

“Packed with mystery, suspense, intriguing characters, a dash of humor, and big helpings of anarchist politics, The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion does what the best fantasy is supposed to do, making ideas literal–in this case, incarnating Justice as a wild beast. This is important, thought-provoking stuff and a thrilling ride besides.”

―World Fantasy Award-winning author Lewis Shiner

A Country of Ghosts

A Country of Ghosts

AK Press

Amazon

March, 2014

Combustion Books

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A utopian novel set in an alternate world’s equivalent of the 19th century. Dimos Horacki is a Borolian journalist and a cynical patriot, his muckraking days behind him. But when his newspaper ships him to the front, he’s embedded in the Imperial Army and the reality of colonial expansion is laid bare before him.

His adventures take him from villages and homesteads to the great refugee city of Hronople, built of glass, steel, and stone, all the while a war rages around him. The empire fights for coal and iron, but the anarchists of Hron fight for their way of life.

“This is a fierce, intelligent, hopeful book—a fantasy (of sorts) of unusual seriousness, humanity, and wit.”
—Felix Gilman, author of The Half-Made World

“This gritty evocative novel explores the question of what an anarchist community can do to resist the assaults that are sure to come if any such social formation were to exist. Yet more important still is that this is an exciting and mysterious novel, a story of war and love in some fictional mountainous country with echoes of nineteenth century Latin America, eastern Europe, central Asia; by the time you’re done you feel you’ve gotten a glimpse into a forgotten part of our history that is nevertheless very real.”
—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy

“Gulliver’s Travels meets The Dispossessed. It’s a wild ride, and you don’t want to miss it.”
—Gabriel Kuhn, author of Life Under the Jolly Roger

The Super-Happy Anarcho Fun Book

The Super-Happy Anarcho Fun Book!

AK Press

Amazon

June, 2013

Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness

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Sixteen issues of The Super-Happy Anarcho Fun Pages, plus the special issue Rolling Dumpster and a collection of Doomsday Mountain Earth First! comics all under one cover at long last. The Super Happy Anarcho Fun Pages ran for six years, from 2004-2010, and cover such subjects as:

  • anarchy
  • squatting
  • direct action
  • animal liberation
  • dishes
  • endless meetings
  • cliquishness
  • infighting
  • pacifists
  • liberals
  • shoplifting
  • environmentalism
  • free trade
  • and book fairs.

What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower

What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower: Being An Adventure of Your Own Choosing

AK Press

Amazon

June, 2011

Combustion Books

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What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower is a steampunk “adventure of your own choosing” that drops you, a drunk ne’er-do-well, right into the middle of an anti-colonial struggle between goblins and gnomes under the city streets in France. Who will you side with? How will you die? Might you possibly survive, or even emerge victorious? It’s up to you. (But you’ll probably die, let’s be real.)

“In What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower, the estimable Margaret Killjoy takes a story-form usually associated with younger readers and infuses it with decadence and absinthe along with delirious and dissolute fantasy. If you’re choosing your own adventure, I strongly recommend you make it this one.”
—Alan Moore, author of Watchmen

“Reading What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower is a bit like play­ing Dungeons & Dragons with a bunch of grad students while Monty Python’s Flying Circus marathons in the background. It offers the pleasure of watching someone very smart do some­ thing very silly, and do it with style and skill. You will laugh­ and while you laugh this trickster author will unleash goblins in your mind to ferment a cognitive revolution.”
—William Alexander, for Rain Taxi