As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Prime Books) I am now reading for the 2015 edition which will include material published in 2014.
I am looking for stories of dark fantasy—they might be simply unsettling or perhaps eerie. Dark fantasy can be revelatory or baffling. It can be simply a story or a small glimpse of life seen “through a glass, darkly.” Or, in more literary terms (all of which are debatable) it might be any number of things: weird fiction (new or old), supernatural fiction, magical realism, surrealism, the fantastique, dark epic fantasy, or the ever-ambiguous horror fiction (which need not have a supernatural element but can crossover into other genres). And yes, dark SF is certainly part of the horror mix.
You can get an idea of what I am looking for from the first four volumes of the series; the fifth (covering 2014) will be published in July of this year. Or by reading the introduction to the first volume: “What the Hell Do You Mean by Dark Fantasy and Horror?” or year-before-last’s introduction: “Instructions for Use”.
This is a REPRINT anthology so I am only reading material published during the calendar year of 2014.
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WRITERS: Please ask the publisher of your collection or of periodicals and/or anthologies you appear in to send me copies of their publications. Please do not send me your individual story or stories unless I request such from you.
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DEADLINE for 2014 materials: December 1, 2014. If your work/publication is being published in November or December, please try to get it to me in some form by that date. Overall: the earlier I get the material the better.
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