Since mid-March I’ve bought three stories for Tor.com. These include
Kathleen Ann Goonan’s “Stubby” novelette (aka Tor.com 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
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.
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
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.
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,” Tor.com 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) Tor.com 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.
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 Bn.com
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:
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).
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.