Sensitivity Rating for The Crux Anthology

The Crux Anthology is a book of short stories from sixteen authors of all ages, walks of life, and literal places across the globe. The book is a product of a contest held at the beginning of 2018 and stipulated that all content fit within a PG-13 rating such as in movies, and the authors did a great job of sticking to that rule.

However, with that rating, there will inevitably be words used that are outside the comfort zone of some readers. Out of respect, especially when purchasing our book, we’ve put together this helpful list of the times and places certain words can be found throughout the pages so that if anyone feels the need to skip certain stories while enjoying the rest, they can do so without shock or dismay.

Appearances of sensitive words in The Crux Anthology:

  1. There are sixteen instances of swearing, two of which are questionably included.
  2. *instances in italics are times a word is not used as swearing/cursing/cussing


  • Used not as swearing 11 times in “Chosen for the Fox-Dance”
  • Used once as words of awe in “The Cave of Legix”
  • Used once not as swearing in “A Mystery Wrapped in a Riddle”
  • Used not as swearing 17 times in “The God Strain”
  • Used not as swearing 11 times in “Lost and Found”
  • ‘Dios’ used twice (one “… but by Dios …”; one in subtle prayer) and ‘God’ once as an expression of thankfulness in “The Forever Door”


  • Once in “The God Strain”


  • Zero


  • Seven times in “The God Strain” (plus one not as an instance of swearing)
  • Once in “The Forever Door”


  • Twice in “A Mystery Wrapped in a Riddle”
  • Three times in “The God Strain”


  • Once in “A Journey with Death”

While several stories have violence and some graphic content, nothing falls outside what would appear in a movie rated at PG-13, and none is gratuitous. There is no nudity or sex.

This is not a book intended for young children, but it is appropriate for teens and older.

We hope you’ve found this information helpful and will find much to enjoy in the pages of The Crux Anthology!

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