31 Days of Halloween: Day Thirty

2-HallowsSomeone asked me why I wasn’t recommending more Halloween reading material in these October posts. The real answer is: fear. There are so many great authors out there, if I start trying to make a list or name individual names, I’ll surely forget someone. (And there already are plenty of recommended lists of Dead Authors out there to choose from.)

And I realized a great deal (not all) of my one-and-only “day job” is recommending dark fiction and writers who write it. I do it all the time.

Sure, I’ve been trying to get attention this year for a Halloween anthology of eighteen original short fiction I edited. I endorse those stories!

5-various-darkThen there was the treasury of thirty Halloween stories (aptly named Halloween) from 2011.

Forty-eight recommended stories and counting…

I also edit an annual Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series, so—just as obviously—I like the thirty-five stories last year that I personally felt were among the best of the year, thirty-two the year before, thirty-one stories from 2010, and the thirty-nine stories published in 2009. There’s another 137 recommendations!

In addition…

If you like twenty-first century literary zombies… Zombies: The Recent Dead… or if you want something more gruesomely zomboid: Extreme Zombies.

Twenty-first century Vampires? Vampires: The Recent Undead…or how about (what could be more seasonal?) ghosts: Ghosts: Recent Hauntings.

Recent post-apocalyptic fiction? After the End: Recent Apocalypses New Lovecraftian? New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird. How about supernatural detective stories from the last decade? Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations.

And then there are witches: Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful—not all “dark,” but certainly appropriate for the season. I’ve even covered Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire—damned dark.

Almost forgot The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons. Not all dark stories, but more than half of the twenty-seven stories might be called “dark”.

Okay. I’m losing count myself, but that’s around 230-250 stories more stories. Something over 400 varying shades of darkness I’ve “recommended” in the last three years. I can’t count the authors…

So, there you go. Should keep you busy for awhile… and look for more in the coming year.



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