Cover design by Alan Lastufka and Morysetta.


A Dark Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Anthology

🏆 Bestseller

“Obsolescence is one of the most well-curated anthologies in recent history… a rare anthology where every story is a hit.”
–Horror DNA

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Publication Date

May 16, 2023

Print Length

360 Pages


978-1-959565-00-0 (Hardcover)
978-1-959565-01-7 (Paperback)
978-1-959565-02-4 (eBook)


27 Brand-New Tales of Technological Terror!

All leaps in technology are scary. Mysterious. Misunderstood. Until they slowly creep into our daily lives and become impossible to get rid of, like an evolving parasite.

The unique camera lens that exposes hidden monsters. The blue-collar robot that would do anything to not become obsolete. The app that knows your needs better than you know them yourself.

In OBSOLESCENCE, technology gets repurposed, subverted, and redefined.

This anthology features a special foreword by American Horror Story's Naomi Grossman and features new stories from

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Hardcover Variations

OBSOLESCENCE is available in three variations. The standard hardcover (also used for the paperback and ebook covers), the Limited Numbered Edition, and the Limited Lettered Edition.


“Obsolescence is one of the most well-curated anthologies in recent history… a rare anthology where every story is a hit.”
–Horror DNA

March 28, 2024
We sold our 10,000th book last night! Thank you to all our authors, readers, reviewers, and friends for your early support…
November 30, 2023
We’re excited to announce Shortwave founder Alan Lastufka will be included on the TBR CON panel for Small & Midsized Publishers…
June 12, 2023
Horror DNA recently poster their review of our anthology, OBSOLESCENCE, edited by Alan Lastufka and Kristina Horner. They gave the book a perfect 5 out of 5 star rating, saying…
April 25, 2023
We’re excited to announce Shortwave founder Alan Lastufka will be included on the StokerCon Panel for Keeping the Artificial out of Art: AI, Bots, and ChatGPT…
December 6, 2022
Naomi Grossman is wrapping up her Foreword for OBSOLESCENCE this week! She called OBSOLESCENCE co-editor, Alan Lastufka, after reading the first five stories…
November 3, 2022
The OBSOLESCENCE anthology started with 12 Featured Authors a few months ago. Then we read through 628 open submissions and narrowed those down to just 12 additional stories to complete the anthology…
August 15, 2022
Our first ever open call for submissions! We are seeking short story submissions for our upcoming title, OBSOLESCENCE: A Dark Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Anthology…
July 16, 2022
We are so excited to announce our first anthology project. OBSOLESCENCE is a new collection of short stories about horrifying or fantastical interactions with technology…
About the Author

Alan Lastufka is a Hoffer Award-winning author and the owner of Shortwave, an independent small press. He writes horror, supernatural, and magical realism stories.

His debut novel, Face the Night, received a starred Kirkus review, was a finalist for Best New Horror Novel at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and won the 2022 Hoffer Award for Best Commercial Fiction. It was also listed as one of the 100 Best Indie Books of the Year by Kirkus.

When he’s not writing, Alan enjoys walking through Oregon’s beautiful woods with his partner, Kris.

Kristina Horner is an author who writes contemporary and urban fantasy for young adult and middle grade readers. She runs a small, independent publisher called 84th Street Press through which she has published multiple anthologies. She also created the writing podcast How To Win NaNo, has written for a number of tabletop RPGs, including Vampire: The Masquerade and has been a consistent winner of National Novel Writing Month since 2006.

Kristina lives and works out of her home in Seattle, Washington alongside her husband Joe and their son, Maximus. When she’s not writing, she can be found in her garden or playing board games.

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