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CONTENTS: Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women

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

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”


Forthcoming Projects from Paula Guran

OR, Why the Baby Grand Piano OUTSIDE My Office Looks Like This
(You don’t want to see the office…)

(Listed by publication date)
(Updated 5 March 2014)

pianoNew Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird (Prime: April 2015)
Many 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 from the last five years inspired by Lovecraft.

Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep (Prime: May 2015)
The sea is full of mysteries and rivers shelter the unknown. Dating back to ancient Assyria, folkloric tales of mermaids, sirens, rusalka, 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!

Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women (Night Shade: May 2015)
Bram Stoker was hardly the first author—male or female—to fictionalize the folkloric vampire, but he defined the modern icon 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 the vampire, as well as our perpetual fascination with it, is truly immortal. These authors have devised some of the most fascinating, popular, and entertaining of our many vampiric variations: suavely sensual… fascinating but fatal… sexy and smart… undead but prone to detection… tormented or terrifying… amusing or amoral… doomed or deadly… badass and beautiful… cutting-edge or classic… Blood Sisters collects a wide range of fantastical stories from New York Times bestsellers, critically acclaimed writers, and new voices, all of whom have left their indelible and unique stamps on the vampire genre.

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2015 Edition (Prime: July 2015)
Now in its fifth year, this annual anthology collects some of the best stories of the previous year with a wide-ranging definition of the dark and weird.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas, 2015 Edition (Prime: August 2015)
The novella—probably best defined as a very long short story or a short novel—has long held a special place in science fiction and fantasy. From Isaac Asimov’s Nightfall to Anne McCaffrey’s “Dragonrider” to James Tiptree, Jr.’s “Houston, Houston, Do You Read” to George R. R. Martin’s “Blood of the Dragon” to Brandon Sanderson’s “The Emperor’s Soul,” novellas have represented some of the best work in these genres. With what we hope to be a new annual series, we’ll be spotlighting the best new work of novella length we can find.

Warrior Women (Prime: October 2015)
From fantastic legends and science fictional futures, tales of powerful women—or those who discover strength they did not know they possesses—to fight for what they believe in, for those who they love, simply to survive, or to glory in battle itself. Fierce or fearful, they are courageous and honorable—occasionally unscrupulous and tainted—but all warriors worthy of the name.

Beyond the Woods: Retold Fairy Tales (Night Shade: January 2016-?)
Once upon a time, fairy tales were told aloud for audiences that included both adults and children. Later, individuals shaped the older oral traditions into literary works. Eventually sanitized into what was considered suitable versions for children, adults mostly disdained them as mere nursery fodder. Then—in the late twentieth century—while still existing in prose and cinematic forms intended for youngsters, fairy tales re-emerged in retellings for adults. It doesn’t take fairy-tale magic for outstanding modern authors to transform traditional fairy tales into stories that remain somewhat familiar while still being fresh, original, and more relevant (and sometimes even darker) than ever… it just takes the wizardry of talent and imagination. Now and forever after, enjoy the enchantments of these kings and queens of modern mythic fiction and the spellbinding sorceries of emerging talents assembled herein.

Mammoth Book of the Mummy (Constable-Robinson/UK: February 2016; Running Press/US: April 2016)
In ancient belief, mummification allowed an individual to live forever… and stories about them have existed as long as the dead have been preserved this way. Many past anthologies featuring mummy fiction resurrected the same compendium of dusty old Victorian and pulp stories. Now we have compiled a tomb tome full of thrills, chills, adventure, magic, mystery, and mummymania drawn from more recent writerly imaginations. Join us as we explore a truly mammoth variety of tales that bring new life to an old icon.

Mammoth Book of Cthulhu: New Lovecraftian Fiction (All original, Constable-Robinson/UK: April 2016; Running Press/US: June 2016)
H.P. Lovecraft’s dark vision of humankind’s insignificant place in a vast, uncaring cosmos is not only the foundation of weird fiction but has become part of twenty-first century culture from popular music to gaming to film. These all-original stories—from both established award-winning authors and fresh voices—are inspired by Lovecraft, but do not imitate him: they re-imagine, re-energize, and renew the best of his concepts to create new fiction that explores and indelibly portrays our modern fears and nightmares.

Because someone is sure to ask… Do I need stories submitted for any of these?

Yes and no. Here’s the rundown (Updated 5 March 2014):

New Cthulhu 2: Although I have not contacted all authors, I have a very good idea of the contents. However, if you want to recommend a “new Lovecraftian” story to reprint from 2010-2015—not written by yourself—email, subject: CTHULHU 2.

Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep: Research on this reprint anthology is almost done and I will be asking for permission to reprint stories from a number of authors. I don’t want to be inundated with a lot more, so, again, if you want to recommend a story, that’s great, but I’m not sure I need submissions at this time. Email, subject: MERMAIDS.

Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women: Content complete, contracts out. Will announce the ToC tomorrow if I remember.

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2015 Edition: Always reading for this up to December 1 or so. But if you have material to submit, I’d suggest you get it in quickly—especially late-in-the-year publications! See submissions call here.

Mammoth Book of Cthulhu: New Lovecraftian Fiction: As this is all-original, authors have been solicited and are turning in stories now.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: Still need material to review—especially SF. And, remember, I’m looking for fantasy that is not particularly dark. See call for submissions here.

Warrior Women: I have a lot of stories already in mind as I was going to do this one several years ago, but would be happy to see other material I can reprint, SF or F. Recommend or submit:, subject: WARRIORS

Beyond the Woods: Retold Fairy Tales: Theme is specific to RETOLD tales. Again, I have I lot of material at hand, but am especially looking for stories published online. Recommend or submit by December 15:, subject: RETOLD

Mammoth Book of the Mummy: Cross-genre. I’ve written a couple of encyclopedia articles on mummy literature, so I have a lengthy list of material to (pun intended) dig up. This is primarily a reprint anthology, so if you have previously published material, this one is a “maybe”. (And, yes, I am well aware of The Book of the Dead, edited by Jared Shurin from Jurassic London. I will be asking several of the authors for permission to reprint. Jared encouraged me to do this project, so we’re cool!) For the few originals, I have some solicitations out, but if you have special expertise and/or know me, you might contact me. Recommend or submit by December 30:, subject MUMMY.


Looking for some great Halloween reads?

ZombiesMoreRecent-200Zombies: More Recent Dead‘s first review at Thinking About Books. Each story is covered, but, in sum:

“Here was I thinking the zombie story was dead and buried, only to find this anthology full of stories of such range and quality… There’s still good work being done on old and trusted tropes… I can now shamble forward to seek out more stories such as this for intellectual nourishment. Zombies: More Recent Dead is great value for money.”

Or there’s the annual The Best Dark Fantasy & Horror of the Year: 2014 (from Kirkus):

YBDarkF&H2014cover300“Editor Paula Guran gives her take on the year’s best dark fantasy and horror in this collection, which boasts 32 stories by such talent as Elizabeth Bear, Joe R. Lansdale, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Helen Marshall, Sarah Monette, Kit Reed, Brandon Sanderson, Karin Tidbeck and more. The beauty of an anthology like this—besides being the best picks by an editor who knows her stuff—is the diversity of the genre that it reflects. You’ll find stories here spanning all corners of the horror spectrum, guaranteeing that there’s something you’re looking for as well as new discoveries waiting to be found.”