So, wow, this is a dream come true. For the past eleven years, one of my white whales, those elusive goals, has been to make it into The Best Horror of the Year, and it’s finally happened. (I’ve been long-listed seven times.) I’ll be in Volume Eleven, out in September of this year. It’s for a shared narrative that I wrote with Kristi DeMeester, Damien Angelica Walters, and Michael Wehunt, entitled “Golden Sun.” This novelette, which was in Chiral Mad 4 (edited by Michael Bailey and Lucy A. Snyder, and published by Written Backwards) was quite a challenge. We talked about how we should not only link our stories, but do something fresh and different. I mentioned the idea of us writing a “Rashomon” (based on the 1950 movie directed by Akira Kurosawa)—four perspectives on a singular event, each with their own truth on what happened. We each got a member of a family—mother, father, daughter, and son. The missing piece was the daughter in the middle—literally missing. We talked about setting—forests, houses, asylums—this was about chirality after all, but pushed hard to set it somewhere that wasn’t expected—the beach, in the daytime. It was not easy, but I knew that by working with three very talented authors, three of my favorite writers working today, we had a chance to do something special. So to see the recognition from Ellen Datlow, for us to make it into this anthology—well, it’s thrilling, an honor.
Full TOC below:
I Remember Nothing by Anne Billson
Monkeys on the Beach by Ralph Robert Moore
Painted Wolves by Ray Cluley
Shit Happens by Michael Marshall Smith
You Know How the Story Goes by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Back Along the Old Track by Sam Hicks
Masks by Peter Sutton
The Donner Party by Dale Bailey
Milkteeth by Kristi DeMeester
Haak by John Langan
Thin Cold Hands by Gemma Files
A Tiny Mirror by Eloise C. C. Shepherd
I Love You Mary-Grace by Amelia Mangan
The Jaws of Ouroboros by Steve Toase
A Brief Moment of Rage by Bill Davidson
Golden Sun by Kristi DeMeester, Richard Thomas, Damien Angelica Walters, and Michael Wehunt
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.
So excited to announce that BEHOLD!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders (Crystal Lake Publishing) has won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology. Doug Murano was an excellent editor, always a pleasure to work with him. My story “Hiraeth” was really out there, and Doug worked with me on it, and even accepted the EDGIER version, encouraging me to push it, and take chances with the narrative. It was also the last story in the anthology, which to me, is another honor.
Featuring Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Brian Kirk, Hal Bodner, Stephanie M. Wytovich, John Langan, Erinn L. Kemper, John F.D. Taff, Patrick Freivald, Lucy A. Snyder, Brian Hodge, Kristi DeMeester, Christopher Coake, Sarah Read and Richard Thomas. Foreword by Josh Malerman. Illustrations by Luke Spooner. Cover art by John Coulthart.