Photos are up from the April 16th KGB reading with John Langan and Douglas Clegg

Recent acquisitions for

Since mid-March I’ve bought three stories for These include

Kathleen Ann Goonan’s “Stubby” novelette (aka anniversary story with space ship(s), A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star scheduled for July 2nd

Lavie Tidhar’s creepy little horror tale Selfies scheduled for September 17th

Elizabeth Bear’s sf story The Chance Planet, not yet scheduled.


And forthcoming are:

The End of the End of Everything by Dale Bailey an sf/horror novelette that’s as brilliant (in a completely different way) as his story published in 2013,  A Rumor of Angels. April 23

Among the Thorns by Veronica Schanoes a novelette using fairy tale tropes her dark fantasy historical explorations (as did Burning Girls, her Nebula nominee from 2013. April 30

The Walking-stick Forest by Anna Tambour, a nasty, but ultimately uplifting dark fantasy story May 21

The Insects of Love by Genevieve Valentine is a weird turn that’s very different from the author’s western/steampunk Terrain from 2013. May 28

Chapter Six by Stephen Graham Jones is a zombie story (oh yes, it is) June 11

The Color of Paradox by A.M. Dellamonica a science fiction/time travel story June 25

Sleep Walking Now and Then by Richard Bowes is a futuristic novelette about theater  July 9

La Signora by Bruce McAllister is a dark fantasy taking place in Italy-in the same world as the author’s 2013  novel The Village Sang to the Sea:  A Memoir of Magic June 16


A Celebration of Lucius Shepard & his work

Rob Killheffer and I are going to host a celebration of Lucius Shepard and his work Sunday evening 7-9 pm June 15, 2014 at KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave), New York, NY.

Lucius read there a number of times over the years and I think it’s the perfect venue in NYC to celebrate his life with readings from his work and remembrances by his friends.

Everyone is welcome. Entrance to the bar is free, just buy a drink or two in honor of Lucius.

More info tk.



The Doll Collection



For anyone wondering why I’ve been pretty quiet these past few weeks, it’s because I was finishing up two original anthologies: Nightmare Carnival and The Doll Collection.

I handed in Nightmare Carnival a couple of weeks ago and posted the cover art here. I’m about to hand in The Doll Collection, as soon as I finish my Introduction.

No cover art yet for this one. This is probably the order of the stories, but it’s not carved in stone.

The book will be published by Tor Books on their spring 2015 list.  (which could be any time between February and May, I believe).

Introduction                                                      by Ellen Datlow

Heroes and Villains                                           by Stephen Gallagher

The  Doll-Master                                                 by Joyce Carol Oates

Gaze                                                                          by Gemma Files

In Case of Zebras                                                by Pat Cadigan

Miss Sibyl-Cassandra                                       by Lucy Sussex

Skin and Bone                                                     by Tim Lebbon

There Is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold by Seanan McGuire

Goodness and Kindness                                   by Carrie Vaughn

Daniel’s Theory of Dolls                                   by Stephen Graham Jones

After and Back Before                                    by Miranda Siemienowicz

Doctor Faustus                                     by Mary Robinette Kowal

Doll Court                                                        by Richard Bowes

Visit Lovely Cornwall on the Western Railway Line by Genevieve Valentine

Ambitious Boys Like You                                 by Richard Kadrey

The Permanent Collection                                 by Veronica Schanoes

Homemade Monsters                                       by John Langan

Word Doll                                                        by Jeffrey Ford


Borderlands Bookstore, May 13th 7-8 pm

After I attend the Stoker Weekend/World Horror Convention in Portland, Oregon May 8-11th, I’ll be heading down to San Francisco for the next few days, ending up at the Nebula Awards (for Saturday only) in San Jose.

I’ll post my WHC/Stoker weekend schedule once I have it, but if you’re in SF May 13th, I hope you’ll come over to Borderlands Bookstore that evening.

Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94110 (map)
We are delighted to host the esteemed, talented, and much-awarded Ellen Datlow for an informal chat in the bookstore. A bit more detail from her website: “[Ellen] has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for almost thirty years. She was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and has edited more than fifty anthologies, including the horror half of the long-running The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She currently acquire short stories for” Her most recent anthologies are AFTER: NINETEEN STORIES OF APOCALYPSE AND DYSTOPIA (co-edited with Terri Windling) and LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS. Since Ellen lives in New York, we don’t get to see her as often as we’d like, so be sure to join us, bring your questions, and your collections to be signed.
For more info:

Honorable Mentions 2013

Here are my Honorable Mentions for 2013. There are the ones that will be in The Best Horror of the Year Volume Six:

Abbott, Megan “My Heart Is Either Broken,” Dangerous Women.

Allan, Nina “Vivian Guppy and the Brighton Belle,”(novella) Rustblind and Silverbright.

Antosca, Nick “Burial Grounds,” Exotic Gothic 5 Volume I.

Atkins, Peter “Postcards From Abroad,” The Imposter’s Monocle.

Barron, Laird “Ardor,” Suffered From the Night.

Barron, Laird “Termination Dust,” (novella) Tales of Jack the Ripper.

Cadigan, Pat “Chalk” This is Horror.

Chinn, Mike “Cheechee’s Out,” Second City Scares.

Cluley, Ray “The Festering,” Black Static #36.

Crow, Jennifer “Anna They Have Killed,” (poem) Mythic Delirium issue 0.2

Ford, Jeffrey “A Terror,” July.

Frost, Gregory “No Others Are Genuine,” Asimov’s SF. Oct/November.

Gardner, Cate “This Foolish & Harmful…,”(novella)TheTransfigurationofMister Punch.

Gavin, Richard “A Cavern of Redbrick,” Shadows & Tall Trees, #5.

Gerrold, David “Night Train to Paris,” F&SF January.

Grant, John “Memoryville Blues,” Memoryville Blues.

Graves, Rain “Hades and its Five: The Ferryman,” (poem) Four Elements.

Harman, Christopher “Dark Tracks,” Supernatural Tales 25.

Hobson, M.K. “Baba Makosh,” F&SF November/December.

Hodge, Brian “We, The Fortunate Bereaved,” Halloween.

Hook, Andrew “Rain from  a Clear Blue Sky,” Black Static #33.

Janes, Andrea “The Last Wagon in the Train,” The Tenth Black Book of Horror.

Johnstone, Carole “21 Brooklands: Next to Old Western….”For the Night is Dark.

Jones, Stephen Graham “Interstate Love Affair,” Three Miles Past.

Kiernan, Caitlín R.” Black Helicopters,” (novella) chapbook.

Langan, John “Mother of Stone,” (novella) The Wide, Carnivorous Sky.

Llewellyn, Livia “Furnace, “ The Grimscribe’s Puppets.

Maberry, Jonathan “Mister Pockets,” Dark Visions 1.

Marolla, Samuel “Black Tea,” Black Tea and Other Tales.

McHugh, Ian “Vandiemensland,” Next.

Miéville, China “The Design,” McSweeney’s 45.

Nevill, Adam “Always in Our Hearts,” End of the Road.

Nickle, David “Black Hen a La Ford,” In Words, Alas, Drown I.

Oliver, Reggie “Come into My Parlour,” Dark World: Ghost Stories.

Oliver, Reggie “The Silken Drum,” Fearie Tales.

Partridge, Norman “The Mummy’s Heart, “ (novella) Halloween.

Reed, Kit “The Legend of Troop 13,” Asimov’s Science Fiction January.

Schanoes, Veronica “Burning Girls,” (novella) June.

Schanoes, Veronica “Phosphorus,” Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells.

Schow, David J. “A Home in the Dark,” Nightmare #15 December

Snyder, Maria V. “The Halloween Men,” Halloween.

Swirsky, Rachel “Abomination Rises on Filthy Wings,” Apex #50.

Tem, Steve Rasnic “Bedtime Story,” Black Static #32.

Volk, Stephen “The Peter Lorre Fan Club,”  The Burning Circus.

Warren, Kaaron “The Unwanted Women of Surrey,” Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells.

Warrick, Douglas R. “Rattenkőnig,” Vampires Don’t Sparkle/Plow the Bones.

Watt, D.P. “Laudate Dominium (for many voices),” Shadows & Tall Trees, #5.

Watt, D. P. “With Gravity, Grace,” The Transfiguration of Mister Punch.

Williams, Conrad “Raptors,” Subterranean winter.



Nightmare Carnival is handed in

Nightmare Carnival is handed in

I’ve been relatively quiet on social media these last few weeks as I was working on two original anthologies, both due around the same time. I’ve finally handed in Nightmare Carnival, which features fifteen new stories about carnivals and circuses. Katherine Dunn, the author of the classic  Geek Love, graciously agreed to provide an Introduction.  The cover art is below. The names on the cover might very well be different.  The book will be out this fall from Dark Horse and you can pre-order it on Amazon and
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A taste of Lovecraft’s Monsters

Over the next two weeks in celebration of the forthcoming Lovecraft’sMonsters, Tachyon and editor Ellen Datlow present excerpts from a selection of the volume’s horrifying tales.

There are or will be excerpts up from

Bulldozer by Laird Barron

The Same Deep Waters as You by Brian Hodge

The Dappled Thing       by William Browning Spencer

Love is Forbidden, We Croak & Howl  by Caitlín R. Kiernan

The Sect of the Idiot by Thomas Ligotti

The Bleeding Shadow by Joe R. Lansdale

That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable by Nick Mamatas

Children of the Fang                 by John Langan


They’re on Tachyon’s Tumblr:

I’m back and updating my website (I hope)

For those of you following me on facebook and twitter you probably already know that I’ve got several new anthologies coming out in 2014.  So it’s past time for me to update my website and start blogging.

My friend and savior Matt Kressel is looking over my shoulder while I create this, my very first post on my blog.

This will be an ongoing process (and first I finish my two in -progress anthologies).

More, tk.

New Releases, New Anthologies for 2013, and a New Site!

The tail end of 2012 has been a very busy time for authors and editors alike. While many writers are finishing off the last of their NaNoWriMo early drafts, editors and publishing companies are busy wrapping up the year and working on plans for the new year. There are lots of great anthologies coming out in 2013, and if you’d like to preorder any of the titles listed for 2013 on this site, feel free to get them right as they arrive.