Gamut Magazine has EIGHTEEN stories and poems on the Best Horror of the Year Honorable Mention List!

Thrilled to announce that EIGHTEEN Gamut stories and poems made the
honorable mentions list for Best Horror of the Year 9, edited by Ellen Datlow.

Here is the list:

Clark, Chloe N. “Like the Desert Dark,” Gamut #5.
Coney, S. L. “Prey,” Gamut 10.
Haskins, Maria “Metal, Sex, Monsters,” Gamut #5.
Jones, Holly Goddard “Parts,” Gamut #5.
Jones, Stephen Graham “Love is a Cavity I Can’t Stop Touching,” Gamut #2.
Jones, Stephen Graham “The God of Low Things,” Gamut #5.
Jonez, Kate “The Moments Between,” Gamut 7.
Jordan, Judy “Pete’s Lake,” (poem) Gamut #1.
Kassel, Mel “The Stammering Man,” Gamut 6.
Khaw, Cassandra “My Mama,” (poem) Gamut #5.
Khaw, Cassandra “The Truth That Lies under Skin and Meat,” Gamut 8.
McSorley, Andrew “Poachers,” (poem) Gamut 11.
Rather, Lina “Baby Teeth,” Gamut 11.
Reitan, Eric “The Bubblegum Man,” Gamut #1.
Tobler, E. Catherine “Figure 8,” Gamut #2.
Trent, Letitia “Rest Stop,” Gamut #5.
Walters, Damien Angelica “What They Lost in the Storm,” Gamut 8.
Yardley, Mercedes M. “The Absolutionist,” Gamut 10.

Guns, Drugs & Money

DISINTEGRATION in great company here.

Ink Heist

We thought we’d share another seven of our favorite reads with you, this time featuring novels and novellas with a thread of organization running through them. Organized crime, that is. With mobsters, drug dealers, cartels, and gangsters galore, there’s something we really love about this type of fiction and, given the selection, we think you will too. So, let us just drop a quick disclaimer here, and then we’ll get on to this list of must read books running the gamut from crime to horror and all points in between. The disclaimer: we are aware that this is pretty much a sausage fest and would like to point out that isn’t intentional. We love women authors as much as any other and would never seek to exclude or denigrate their work. This list merely reflects the favorites we’ve read in genre fiction that fit the theme we’re embracing here today…

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Monstrous Women Schedule

This class looks great. Hop in people. Plus, THE MERE WIFE!

The Storied Imaginarium

undine2Summer is coming to a close, and we’re getting geared up for a new section of Monstrous Women with Introductions starting the last week of August. There are currently only three seats left for the Tuesday night section of this workshop. Classes run through the first week of December and will be held from 6-8:30 pm MST (5-7:30 pm PST/ 7-9:30 pm CST/ 8-10:30 EST/ 10 am-12:30 pm Wednesday AEST).

Over the course of 14 weeks, participants will write five short stories based on the following themes: The Shifting Shapes of Animal Brides, The Seductive Allure of the Femme Fatale, Weeping Women and Tearful Prophecies, The Female Descent into Hysteria and Madness, Mayhem in Numbers and the Sacred Three. Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop a selection of revised stories during portfolio sessions, which are held the last two weeks of class.

the mere wifeIn addition to the workshop materials…

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Lost Highways Anthology is Now Out! With My Story, “Requital.”

Brand new anthology out today! Very excited to be a part of this book, so many talented authors and friends in here. My story, “Requital” is inspired by the David Lynch film, Lost Highway, and it also (hopefully) taps into the idea of justice, karma, death, and purgatory. Hope you enjoy my work, and the entire collection. From Crystal Lake Publishing:

It’s dangerous out there…on the road.

The highways, byways and backroads of America are teeming day and night with regular folks. Moms and dads making long commutes. Teenagers headed to the beach. Bands on their way to the next gig. Truckers pulling long hauls. Families driving cross country to visit their kin.

But there are others, too. The desperate and the lost. The cruel and the criminal.

Theirs is a world of roadside honky-tonks, truck stops, motels, and the empty miles between destinations. The unseen spaces.

And there are even stranger things. Places that aren’t on any map. Wayfaring terrors and haunted legends about which seasoned and road-weary travelers only whisper.

But those are just stories. Aren’t they?

Find out for yourself as you get behind the wheel with some of today’s finest authors of the dark and horrific as they bring you these harrowing tales from the road.

Tales that could only be spawned by the endless miles of America’s lost highways.

So go ahead and hop in. Let’s take a ride.

• Introduction by Brian Keene
• doungjai gam & Ed Kurtz — “Crossroads of Opportunity”
• Matt Hayward — “Where the Wild Winds Blow”
• Joe R. Lansdale — “Not from Detroit”
• Kristi DeMeester — “A Life That is Not Mine”
• Robert Ford — “Mr. Hugsy”
• Lisa Kröger — “Swamp Dog”
• Orrin Grey — “No Exit”
• Michael Bailey — “The Long White Line”
• Kelli Owen — “Jim’s Meats”
• Bracken MacLeod — “Back Seat”
• Jess Landry — “The Heart Stops at the End of Laurel Lane”
• Jonathan Janz — “Titan, Tyger”
• Nick Kolakowski — “Your Pound of Flesh”
• Richard Thomas — “Requital”
• Damien Angelica Walters — “That Pilgrims’ Hands Do Touch”
• Cullen Bunn — “Outrunning the End”
• Christopher Buehlman — “Motel Nine”
• Rachel Autumn Deering — “Dew Upon the Wing”
• Josh Malerman — “Room 4 at the Haymaker”
• Rio Youers — “The Widow”

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.


10 (extra) spectacular speculative stories I read in May

Maria always has great taste. Some excellent authors on this list. Click over and enjoy!

Maria Haskins

May was full of stories. Great stories, wonderful stories, frightening stories, EXCELLENT stories. So. many. stories. I share ten of them here, and there’s another ten for your reading pleasure at B&N:

May2018StoriesFaint Voices, Increasingly Desperate, by Johanna DeNiro in Shimmer
This rich, devastating tale is so good it sort of gives me vertigo to read it. DeNiro vividly reimagines Freia and Odin, the world tree, life and death (silk worms!), AND gives you Freia living in Vienna, blood magic, and a shattering love story. This Freia is such a fantastic character – awesome and hot-blooded, vulnerable and powerful. It’s a story that took me completely by surprise from beginning to end, and I love that.

What You Pass For, by Melanie West in F&SF
With an old fence-painting brush, white fence paint…

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This is great. Michael is working so hard to get this right. It’s very encouraging. I’m also honored to be in quite a few of these anthologies—Chiral Mad 2, 3, and 4; Qualia Nous; and Prisms.


There has been a lot of discussion lately about female to male ratios within anthologies, and a lack of female presence and diversity in general. Lisa Morton, president of the Horror Writers Association, recently recapped a study from 2010 of Women in the Horror Small Press, which is around the time Written Backwards first started publishing anthologies. This got me thinking about my own projects over the years, so I put all the data I have into a spreadsheet.

Written Backwards - M-F

My goal with these anthologies has always been to find new voices (the reason I started the press in the first place) and to place them alongside legends, no matter the individual. For the last five years, however, I have consciously widened my scope, reaching out to more diverse writers from all genres, hopefully to bring you some amazing books along the way.

Anyway, I encourage all small presses to…

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