Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories

40 short stories by Alex Shvartsman, winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction.

* An elder god trapped in a pocket dimension turns up in the world’s oldest magic pawn shop.

* A cybernetically-enhanced assassin who can’t feel pain faces a dangerous adversary.

* A computer hacker and a mystic team up to break into the Book of Fate and change their futures.

* Vatican investigators are called to examine a miracle on another planet.

and much, much more!


"At any length, Shvartsman is an entertaining writer who can take on many voices and make them his."


"Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories is a solid, quality collection worthy of a speculative fiction fan’s bookshelf. Shvartsman is a prolific author whose stories continue to impress."

Tangent Online

"Wit, sentiment, imagination — Alex Shvartsman's got them all."

Mike Resnick, Hugo Award-winning writer

"His stories feature tightly constructed, intricate, puzzle-like plots with clever banter and plenty of fresh, twisted pop culture references."

Ken Liu, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author

"Full of intriguing ideas and wit."

Jody Lynn Nye, bestselling author

"A wonderful collection of short stories that will make you laugh, think and feel."

Gini Koch, bestselling author of the Alien series

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