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Fantastic Texas to be explored at Waxahachie bookstore Saturday

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The Ellis County Press

MOUNT PLEASANT – From ancient nuclear wars, to the secret of sexual attraction, with stops along the way for Bigfoot, ancient demons, and the truth behind ancient alchemys secrets, the imagination behind Lou Anto-nelli’s short story collection "Fantastic Texas" is like a team of horses running wild.

The managing editor of the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune in East Texas, Antonelli has a second career as an up-and-coming science fiction and fantasy author, and "Fantastic Texas" just released by Wilder Publications - is a reprint collection of 12 short stories published in some of the most prestigious science fiction and fantasy magazines in the U.S., Australia and England between 2003 and 2009.

Antonelli was a weekly newspaper editor in Ellis County in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Midlothian and Red Oak.

He will be making an appearance at the Hastings in Waxahachie on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 5-7 p.m. to personally sign copies of "Fantastic Texas."

All the stories in "Fantastic Texas" are set in a Texas of some kind although in some cases it is a secret, magical or "alternate" Texas. The second story in the collection is "The Witch of Waxahachie", originally published in Baens Universe magazine in April 2008. Set in both the real and a "magical" Ellis County, the story starts when an illicit experiment with abandoned SSC equipment goes astray.

It was recognized with an Honorable Mention in "The Years Best Science Fiction" published by St. Martins Press in New York in 2009.

A journalist since he was a teenager, Antonelli only took up fiction writing as a hobby when he was 45 in 2002, and by 2005 he had been published in Asimovs Science Fiction, one of the largest science fiction magazines in the world.

A Massachusetts native, Antonelli has lived in Texas 25 years, and his science fiction and fantasy reflects his fascination and affection for his adopted home.

"Fantastic Texas" is published by Wilder Publications, owned by Tir Na Nog Press, which puts out "Realms of Fantasy", the largest fantasy magazine in the United States.

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