If Angels Fight includes fourteen stories, written over the last twenty-five years, beginning with Bowes’ first published short fiction, “On Death and the Deuce.” These stories deal, among other things, with time travelers in 1950s U.S. suburbia, Vampire Fashion design and the marriage of Heaven and Hell. Many are set in various incarnations of New York City. Four of these stories appeared on Nebula short lists. “There’s a Hole in the City,” won the Million Writers and International Horror Guild awards. The tile story, “If Angels Fight,” won the World Fantasy Award.
“On Death and the Deuce,” “The Ferryman’s Wife,” “The Mask of the Rex,” and “There’s a Hole in the City,” were adapted into chapters for Bowes’ novels, Minions of the Moon, From the Files of the Time Rangers and Dust Devil on a Quiet Street. We see them here in their original form.