The first is a fabulously creepy and oddly lovely story by cmpriest who also has a new novel out for TOR called Four & Twenty Blackbirds. I'm really quite happy to have this story.
The second is a well written and emotionally engaging story by sylvan who erroneously thought his story wouldn't be good enough for the anthology. Lucky for me, I was able to browbeat him into handing it over.
Now, I have to decide if I want to advertise on the Ralan List for more stories and I have to get the gumption up again to start knocking on some other big named author doors.