Monthly Archives: March 2015

ToC for YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY & HORROR (finally)

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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)
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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!

CONTENTS

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.]

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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.

CONTENTS:
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

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