Warrior Women

So I just realized I never posted the cover (click the image below for a larger version of the cover; art by the fabulous Julie Dillon) or contents of Warrior Women and now wanted to mention the starred Publishers Weekly review. So, first things first:

Warrior-200Warrior Women, edited by Paula Guran

From fantastic legends and science fictional futures come compelling tales of powerful women—or those who discover strength they did not know they possessed—who fight because they must, for what they believe in, for those they love, to simply survive, or who glory in battle itself. Fierce or fearful, they are courageous and honorable—occasionally unscrupulous and tainted—but all warriors worthy of the name.

Content (alphabetical by author last name):
• “They Tell Me There Will be No Pain” by Rachel Acks
• “Love Among the Talus” by Elizabeth Bear
• “The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile” by Aliette de Bodard
• “Anukazi’s Daughter” by Mary Gentle
• “England Under the White Witch” by Theodora Goss
• “Soul Case” by Nalo Hopkinson
• “Not That Kind of War” by Tanya Huff
• “Wonder Maul Doll” by Kameron Hurley
• “Joenna’s Ax” by Elaine Isaak
• “The Sea Troll’s Daughter” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
• “Eaters” by Nancy Kress
• “Northern Chess” by Tanith Lee
• “The Knight of Chains, The Deuce of Stars” by Yoon Ha Lee
• “In the Loop” by Ken Liu
• “Dying With Her Cheer Pants On” by Seanan McGuire
• “The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr” by George R. R. Martin
• “Naratha’s Shadow” by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
• “Hand to Hand” by Elizabeth Moon
• “And Wash Out by Tides of War” by An Owomoyela
• “Prayer” by Robert Reed
• “The Application of Hope” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
• “Boy Twelve” by Jessica Reisman
• “The Girls From Avenger” by Carrie Vaughn
• “Become a Warrior” by Jane Yolen

Now, for the review…

Publishers Weekly Starred Review:

Two dozen stories of women warriors form this epic anthology of stories about those forced to fight, those who chose to fight regardless of odds, those who ran from their destiny as warriors, and those who will end war at any cost. In Caitlín R. Kiernan’s “The Sea Troll’s Daughter,” the titular daughter of a fearsome beast reluctantly confronts the woman who slew her father. In Carrie Vaughn’s nonspeculative “The Girls from Avenger,” a WWII pilot tries to determine the cause of her friend’s mysterious crash. An immortal wandering warrior meets an immortal prisoner in George R.R. Martin’s hopeful but bleak “The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr.” Spaceship captain Tory Sabin must battle bureaucracy and physics to locate a missing friend in “The Application of Hope” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The warriors include girls as well as grown women: young Thien Bao is offered the chance to end a cataclysmic war at an unimaginable cost in Aliette de Bodard’s “The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile,” and a girl who discovers her father is a “monster” grows into a woman who tries to save others from his fate in Ken Liu’s “In the Loop.” Each story contains strength and compassion, even when the personal cost is high. The depictions of battle and trauma are rarely graphic, but they’re as hard-hitting as the subject demands. This is a truly impressive accomplishment for Guran and her contributors.


Quickie Subs and Suggestions

Very brief call for suggestions and submissions! Now: By six p.m. EST on Wednesday 11 November (2015). I MAY have room for a few more stories in STREET MAGICKS, a reprint anthology for Prime. (1) Previously published work (unless you have unpublished work you don’t want to get paid much for—but I wouldn’t advise that). (2) The theme is very specific: stories must take place, integrally involve, or obviously invoke streets or a streetwise attitude AND magic. Not just the supernatural, but magic. Email to paula@prime-books.com. Do NOT use Facebook “Messenger”!


BEYOND THE WOODS: Fairy Tales Retold: Cover and Content

BeyondTheWoodsBEYOND THE WOODS: Fairy Tales Retold
Edited by Paula Guran
Night Shade Books
$15.99 paperback
ISBN 978-1-59780-838-5 
6″ x 9″ • 448 pages
JULY 2016

Once upon a time, the stories that came to be known as “fairy tales” were cultivated to entertain adults more than children; it was only later that they were tamed and pruned into less thorny versions intended for youngsters. But in truth, they have continued to prick the imaginations of all ages.

Over the years, authors have often borrowed bits and pieces from these stories, grafting them onto their own writing, creating literature with both new meaning and age-old significance. In the last few decades or so, they’ve also intentionally retold and reinvented the tales in a variety of ways—delightful or dark, wistful or wicked, sweet or satirical—that forge new trails through the forests of fantastic fiction.

This new anthology compiles some of the best modern fairy tale retellings and reinventions from award-winning and bestselling authors, acclaimed storytellers and exciting new talents, into an enchanting collection. Explore magical new realms by traveling with us, Beyond the Woods…


* Introduction: Throwing In – Paula Guran
* Tanith Lee – “Red as Blood”
* Gene Wolfe – “In the House of Gingerbread”
* Angela Slatter – “The Bone Mother”
* Elizabeth Bear – “Follow Me Light”
* Yoon Ha Lee – “Coin of Hearts Desire”
* Nalo Hopkinson – “The Glass Bottle Trick”
* Catherynne M. Valente – “The Maiden Tree”
* Holly Black – “Coat of Stars”
* Caitlín R. Kiernan – “Road of Needles”
* Kelly Link – “Travels with the Snow Queen”
* Karen Joy Fowler – “Halfway People”
* Margo Lanagan – “Catastrophic Disruption of the Head”
* Shveta Thakrar – “Lavanya and Deepika”
* Theodora Goss – “Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon”
* Gardner Dozois – “Fairy Tale”
* Peter S. Beagle – “The Queen Who Could Not Walk”
* Priya Sharma – “Lebkuchen”
* Neil Gaiman – “Diamonds and Pearls: A Fairy Tale”
* Richard Bowes – “The Queen and the Cambion”
* Octavia Cade – “The Mussel Eater”
* Jane Yolen – “Memoirs of a Bottle Djinn”
* Steve Duffy – “Bears: A Fairy Tale of 1958”
* Charles de Lint –“The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep”
* Veronica Schanoes – “Rats”
* Rachel Swirsky – “Beyond the Naked Eye”
* Ken Liu – “Good Hunting”
* Kirstyn McDermott – “The Moon’s Good Grace”
* Peter Straub – “The Juniper Tree”
* Jeff VanderMeer – “Greensleeves”
* Tanith Lee – “Beauty”


The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas: 2015

>>>Read the Introduction<<<

Year'sBestSF&FNovellasThe Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas: 2015 inaugurates a new annual series of anthologies featuring some of the year’s best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Novellas, longer than short stories but shorter than novels, are a rich and rewarding literary form that can fully explore tomorrow’s technology, the far reaches of the future, thought-provoking imaginings, fantastic worlds, and entertaining concepts with the impact of a short story and the detailed breadth of a novel. Gathering a wide variety of excellent SF and fantasy, this anthology of “short novels” showcases the talents of both established masters and new writers.

Contents (alphabetical order by author last name):

  • “In Her Eyes” by Seth Chambers (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2014)
  • The Churn: An Expanse Novella by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)
  • “Where the Trains Turn” by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen (translated by Liisa Rantalaiho) (Tor.com, 15 November 2014)
  • Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
  • “Claudius Rex” by John P. Murphy (Alembical 3: A Distillation of Three Novellas, eds. Schoen & Dorrance)
  • “The Things We Do For Love” by K. J. Parker (Subterranean Press Magazine, Summer 2014)
  • “The Mothers of Voorhisville” by Mary Rickert, (Tor.com, 30 Apr 2014)
  • “The Lightning Tree” by Patrick Rothfuss (Rogues, eds. Martin & Dozois)
  • Dream Houses by Genevieve Valentine (Dream Houses WSFA/ Wyrm Publishing)

Publishers Weekly Review:
Longtime editor Guran (The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015) makes a thoughtful selection of nine novellas in this high-quality anthology, which skews toward fantastical crime fiction. James S.A. Corey’s “The Churn” reads like a futuristic version of The Wire and is instantly accessible even to readers who aren’t familiar with Corey’s Expanse series. The blend of noir and science fiction is near perfect, with a Baltimore-based gangster, whose decision to eschew his upper-class background and instead work in a criminal enterprise highlights the division between classes, and a pervasive lyric melancholy—one character life is described as “a fabric woven of losses.” Fans of the brilliant sedentary detective Nero Wolfe will be hard-pressed to find a better emulation than John P. Murphy’s “Claudius Rex,” narrated by an Archie Goodwinesque legman who reluctantly partners with the eponymous AI; the story comes complete with Wolfe’s disdain for slang and his desire to reveal his brilliance before a classic gathering of the murder suspects. The other contributions range from epic fantasy to a classic alien invasion with a twist, and all are solid selections.


Calls for Submission

Calls for Submission

I. As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas (Prime Books). I am reading for the 2016 edition, which will include material published in 2015.

Although we define “novella” as being 17,500-40,000 words, we may consider works starting at 15,000.

Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2015. If serialized, the novella may have begun in the previous year and ended in current. Direct submissions to the editor as well as suggestions are greatly appreciated. PDF, Word doc, or RTF are preferred, ebook if needed to paula@prime-books.com, subject: NOVELLA. If a physical copy is submitted please email for mailing address. Deadline: January 15, 2016, but the earlier the better.

II. As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Prime Books) I am reading for the 2016 edition, which will include material published in 2015.

We define “dark fantasy” and “horror” broadly. Try reading the previous six previous volumes or read: www.prime-books.com/intro-ybdfh2010/

Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2015. If serialized, the novella may have begun in the previous year and ended in current. Direct submissions to the editor as well as suggestions are greatly appreciated. PDF, Word doc, or RTF are preferred, ebook if needed to paula@prime-books.com, subject: YBDF&H. If a physical copy is submitted please email for mailing address

Deadline: December 1, 2015. If your work/publication is being published in December, please try to get it to me in some form by that date. Overall: the earlier I get the material the better.

Please post and/or pass this on to others.

—Paula Guran



bloodsiscoverBlood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women
Edited by Paula Guran
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Night Shade Books (May 5, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1597808180
ISBN-13: 978-1597808187

Bram Stoker was hardly the first author—male or female—to fictionalize the folkloric vampire, but he defined the modern iconic vampire when Dracula appeared in 1897. Since then, many have reinterpreted the ever-versatile vampire over and over again—and female writers have played vital roles in proving that the vampire, as well as our perpetual fascination with it, is truly immortal…

And the first review I’ve seen: Beauty in Ruins.

Contents (in alphabetical order by author):

• Kelley Armstrong, “Learning Curve”
• Elizabeth Bear, “Needles”
• Holly Black, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”
• Pat Cadigan, “The Power and the Passion”
• Suzy McKee Charnas, “Unicorn Tapestry”
• Nancy A. Collins, “Vampire King of the Goth Chicks”
• Storm Constantine, “Where the Vampires Live”
• Jewelle Gomez, “October 1927”
• Laurell K. Hamilton, “Selling Houses”
• Lisa L. Hannett, “From the Teeth of Strange Children”
• Charlaine Harris, “Tacky”
• Nancy Holder, “Blood Freak”
• Nalo Hopkinson, “Greedy Choke Puppy”
• Tanya Huff, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough”
• Caitlín R. Kiernan, “Shipwrecks Above”
• Nancy Kilpatrick, “In Memory of…”
• Tanith Lee, “La Dame”
• Angela Slatter, “Sun Falls”
• Lucy Snyder, “Magdala Amygdala
• Hannah Strom-Martin, “Father Peña’s Last Dance”
• Melanie Tem, “The Better Half”
• Catherynne M. Valente, “In the Future When All’s Well”
• Carrie Vaughn, “A Princess of Spain”
• Freda Warringron, “The Fall of the House of Blackwater”
• Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, “Renewal”


ToC The Mammoth Book of the Mummy


Publisher: Constable-Robinson (ISBN: 978-1472120298) 11 February 2016 (UK)
Running Press (ISBN-13: 978-0762457953) 28 July 28 2016 (UK)

The Mummy Lives!

Our endless fascination with the past is based not only on the impressive remains of ancient monuments and temples, but with the care many cultures—most notably the Egyptian, but others too—devoted to immortalizing their dead. Gazing upon faces of those who died centuries ago—sometimes preserved by accident rather than intent—and experience a wide range of emotion. These enigmatic remains of humanity have inspired creators since the early nineteenth century; literature, film, television, games, and graphic stories all reflect their imaginings. The Mammoth Book of the Mummy presents tales written for the twenty-first century and a few brand-new stories. Some delve into the past, others explore alternative histories, and some bring mummies into our own world. Gasp, sigh, shudder, smile, and occasionally giggle at the magic wrought by these authors who all make the mummy live again.

The Mammoth Book of the Mummy
25 Tales of the Immortalized Dead

Alphabetical by Author (* indicates original story)

  • Kage Baker, “The Queen in Yellow”
  • Gail Carriger, “The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar”
  • Paul Cornell, “Ramesses on the Frontier”
  • Terry Dowling, “The Shaddowes Box”
  • Carole Nelson Douglas, “Fruit of the Tomb”
  • Steve Duffy, “The Night Comes On”
  • Karen Joy Fowler, “Private Grave 9”
  • Will Hill, “Three Memories of Death”
  • *Stephen Graham Jones, “American Mummy”
  • John Langan, “On Skua Island”
  • Joe R. Lansdale, “Bubba-Ho-Tep”
  • *Helen Marshall, “The Embalmer”
  • Kim Newman, “Egyptian Avenue”
  • Norman Partridge, “The Mummy’s Heart”
  • Adam Roberts, “Tollund”
  • Robert Sharp, “The Good Shabti”
  • *Anglea Slatter, “Egyptian Revival”
  • Keith Taylor, “The Emerald Scarab”
  • Lois Tilton & Noreen Doyle, “The Chapter of Coming Forth by Night”



UPDATE (4 Apr 1014): This is the final cover

No matter your expectations, the dark is full of the unknown: grim futures, distorted pasts, invasions of the uncanny, paranormal fancies, weird dreams, unnerving nightmares, baffling enigmas, revelatory excursions, desperate adventures, spectral journeys, mundane terrors, and supernatural visions. You may stumble into obsession—or find redemption. Often disturbing, occasionally delightful, let The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror be your annual guide through the mysteries and wonders of dark fiction.

Content (in alphabetical order by author)

  • Kelley Armstrong, “The Screams of Dragons” (Subterranean Press Magazine, Spring 2014)
  • Dale Bailey, “The End of the End of Everything” by Dale Bailey (Tor.com, 23 Apr 2014)
  • Laird Barron, “(Little Miss) Queen of Darkness” (Dark Discoveries #29)
  • Elizabeth Bear “Madam Damnable’s Sewing Circle” (Dead Man’s Hand, ed. John Joseph Adams)
  • Richard Bowes, “Sleep Walking Now and Then” (Tor.com, 9 July 2014)
  • Nadia Bulkin, “Only Unity Saves the Damned” (Letters to Lovecraft, ed. Jesse Bullington)
  • Gemma Files, “A Wish From a Bone” (Fearful Symmetries, ed. Ellen Datlow)
  • S. L. Gilbow, “Mr Hill’s Death” (The Dark #4)
  • Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, “The Female Factory” (The Female Factory)
  • Maria Dahvana Headley “Who Is Your Executioner?” (Nightmare Magazine, Nov 2014)
  • Stephen Graham Jones, “The Elvis Room” (The Elvis Room)
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan, “The Cats of River Street (1925)” (Sirenia Digest #102)
  • Alice Sola Kim, “Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying” (Monstrous Affections, eds. Kelly Link & Gavin Grant/Tin House #61)
  • John Langan, “Children of the Fang” (Lovecraft’s Monsters, ed. Ellen Datlow)
  • Yoon Ha Lee, “Combustion Hour” (Tor.com, 10 Apr 2014)
  • V. H. Leslie, “The Quiet Room” (Shadows & Tall Trees: 2014, ed. Michael Kelly)
  • Ken Liu, “Running Shoes” (SQ Mag, Issue 16, Sept 2014)
  • Usman T. Malik, “Resurrection Points” (Strange Horizons, 4 August 2014)
  • Helen Marshall, “Death and the Girl from Pi Delta Zeta” (Lackington’s, Issue 1, Winter 2014)/li>
  • Brandon Sanderson, “Dreamer” (Games Creatures Play, eds. Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner)
  • Simon Strantzas, “Emotional Dues” (Burnt Black Suns)
  • Steve Rasnic Tem, “The Still, Cold Air” (Here with the Shadows)
  • Lavie Tidhar, “Kur-A-Len” (Black Gods Kiss)
  • Jeff VanderMeer, “Fragments from the Notes of a Dead Mycologist” (Shimmer #18)
  • Kali Wallace, “Water in Springtime” (Clarkesworld, Issue 91, Apr 2014)
  • Damien Angelica Walters, “The Floating Girls: A Documentary” (Jamais Vu Issue Three, Sept 2014)
  • Kaaron Warren, “The Nursery Corner” (Fearsome Magics, ed. Jonathan Strahan)
  • A. C. Wise, “And the Carnival Leaves Town” (Nightmare Carnival, ed. Ellen Datlow)

Mermaids & Other Mysteries of the Deep: TOC & Cover

MERMAIDS-200The sea is full of mysteries and rivers shelter the unknown. Dating back to ancient Assyria, folkloric tales of mermaids, sirens, rusalki, nymphs, selkies, and other seafolk are found in many cultures, including those of Europe, Africa, the Near East and Asia. Dangerous or benevolent, seductive or sinister – modern masters of fantasy continue to create new legends of these creatures that enchant and entertain us more than ever. Gathered here are some of the finest of these stories. Immerse yourself in this wonderful—and sometimes wicked—watery world!


Elizabeth Bear Bear • Swell
Samuel R. Delany • Driftglass
Neil Gaiman • The Sea Change
Delia Sherman • Miss Carstairs and the Merman
Margo Lanagan • Sea-Hearts
Christopher Barzak • The Drowned Mermaid
Genevieve Valentine • Abyssus Abyssum Invocat
Seanan McGuire • Each to Each
Sarah Monette • Somewhere Beneath Those Waves Was Her Home
Peter S. Beagle • Salt Wine
Caitlín R. Kiernan • The Mermaid of the Concrete Ocean
Amanda Downum • Flotsam
Cat Rambo • The Mermaids Singing Each to Each
Anna Taborska • Rusalka3
Chris Howard • The Mermaid Game
Gene Wolfe • The Nebraskan and the Nereid
Angela Slatter • A Good Husband
A. C. Wise • Letters to a Body on the Cusp of Drowning
Jane Yolen • The Corridors of the Sea
Lisa L. Hannett • Forever, Miss Tapekwa County
Catherynne M. Valente • Urchins, While Swimming
Tanith Lee • Magritte’s Secret Agent

[Read the introduction here.]


New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird TOC & Cover

NEWCTHULU2-200Many of the best weird fiction writers (and creators in most other media) have been profoundly influenced by the genre and the mythos H.P. Lovecraft created eight decades ago. Lovecraft’s themes of cosmic indifference, minds invaded by the alien, and the horrors of history – written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread – are more relevant than ever as we explore the mysteries of a universe in which our planet is infinitesimal and climatic change is overwhelming it. A few years ago, New Cthulhu : The Recent Weird presented some of the best of this new Lovecraftian fiction from the first decade of the twenty-first century. Now, New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird brings you more eldritch tales and even fresher fiction inspired by Lovecraft.

The Same Deep Waters As You • Brian Hodge
Mysterium Tremendum • Laird Barron
The Transition of Elizabeth Haskings • Caitlín R. Kiernan
Bloom • John Langan
At Home With Azathoth • John Shirley
The Litany of Earth • Ruthanna Emrys
Necrotic Cove • Lois Gresh
On Ice • Simon Strantzas
The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward • Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
All My Love, A Fishhook • Helen Marshall
The Doom That Came to Devil Reef • Don Webb
Momma Durtt • Michael Shea
They Smell of Thunder • W.H. Pugmire
The Song of Sighs • Angela Slatter
Fishwife • Carrie Vaughn
In the House of the Hummingbirds • Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Who Looks Back? • Kyla Ward
Equoid • Charles Stross
The Boy Who Followed Lovecraft • Marc Laidlaw