by Bill Willingham
Welcome to Clockwork Storybook, a monthly magazine
featuring tales of urban fantasy set in the shared world of San Cibola, a fictional city
in Northern California, a fictional state (though the residents dont always know
What is a shared world? Reasonable question. A shared
world is one in which many authors write stories set in the same imagined space, and even
make use of each others characters, building over time a rich and detailed fictional
history. Youve no doubt encountered many shared worlds already. The popular sitcom
Frasier takes place in the same world in which the show Cheers used to. Those of you who
read Marvel and DC comics know that all of their characters exist and interact in the same
universe. Some of the most popular shared worlds in recent literature were the Wild Cards,
Thieves World, and Borderlands series.
Our magazine will have four new stories by our core group
of authors every month, plus an occasional story by guest authors invited to play in our
fabricated realm. We hope you will visit us often, enjoy your stay, and recommend us to
your friends. And, if you like what you find here you might consider subscribing.