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Strap on those swords & swash all buckles!

SwordsAgstDark300Swords Against Darkness snuck out in late July! Prime Books has had some major schedule changes, but things are now rolling along and books are barreling down the old retail trail. So if you’ve been waiting for this one—or are just now getting excited about it—you will find its glorious thickness (in print) in bookstores online and off or its tons of text (in ebook) in the usual places! I’m rather proud of this one. I think I (inadvertently) took a fresh look at sword & sorcery while paying homage to what you usually think you might find in such a tome.

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ToC & Cover Reveal: NEW YORK FANTASTIC

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NEW YORK FANTASTIC:
Fantasy Stories from the City That Never Sleeps
Edited by Paula Guran

Trade paperback: 424 pages | $15.95
Night Shade Books (November 7, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-1597809313
(Also available in ebook)

An intriguing but insular man with telekinetic powers becomes New York City’s greatest superhero . . . A love affair blossoms between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building . . . There are tunnels under New York that do not appear on any map . . . Being a Manhattan real estate broker for supernaturals is a real challenge . . . Editor and anthologist Paula Guran collects a diverse array of unusual and memorable tales set in the Big Apple. Anyone who’s visited New York, New York knows what a “magical” place it is; these stories reveal just how marvelous, extraordinary, mysterious, and even occasionally eerie a truly fantastic city can be.

Introduction: A Place Apart – Paula Guran
How the Pooka Came to New York City – Delia Sherman
…And the Angel with Television Eyes – John Shirley
Priced to Sell – Naomi Novik
The Horrid Glory of Its Wings – Elizabeth Bear
The Tallest Doll in New York City – Maria Dahvana Headley
Blood Yesterday, Blood Tomorrow – Richard Bowes
Pork Pie Hat – Peter Straub
Grand Central Park – Delia Sherman
The Land of Heart’s Desire – Holly Black
The City Born Great – N.K. Jemisin
La Peau Verte – Caitlín R. Kiernan
Cryptic Coloration – Elizabeth Bear
Caisson – Karl Bunker
Red as Snow – Seanan McGuire
A Huntsman Passing By – Richard Bowes
Painted Birds and Shivered Bones – Kat Howard
Salsa Nocturna – Daniel José Older
Weston Walks – Kit Reed
The Rock in the Park – Peter S. Beagle
Shell Games – George R. R. Martin

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Will Work for $$$!

CatAtWorkI happily remain as senior editor for Prime Books, but, for now, our schedule has been reduced as has my salary. I am seeking new opportunities. I am NOT looking to edit for individuals. Otherwise, I’m open to most anything I’m qualified to do. You can get an inkling of my background in the field here Download my brief resume (PDF) here or email me: guran@literaryservice.com.

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The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2018 Call

Call for Submission

As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Prime Books) I am reading for the 2018 edition, which will include material published in 2017.

We define “dark fantasy” and “horror” broadly. Try reading the previous volumes and read this introduction to the first volume. And yes, we select dark SF as part of the mix. You can see the most recent ToC in this post.

Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2017. If serialized, it 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: November 1, 2017. If your work/publication is being published late in the year, 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.

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SWORDS AGAINST DARKNESS: ToC & Cover Reveal!

SwordsAgstDark300Swords Against Darkness
edited by Paula Guran

Type: Trade Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6″X9″
ISBN: 9781607014850
Publication Date: April 26, 2017
Price: $19.95

Flashing swords and fearsome magicks . . . high adventure and wondrous wizardry . . . dread monsters and vast rewards . . .

Tales of sword and sorcery at their best offer keen wit, ingenious perception, freewheeling imagination, and canny invention. From its swashbuckling beginnings of good versus evil battles to clashes of more nuanced principles set in complex settings to havoc shaped by grittier perspectives, ambiguous morality, deep history, and expansive worldbuilding―readers continue to be thrilled by the exploits of great warriors and mighty mages.

Swords Against Darkness: an epic anthology of short stories and novellas from classic to modern, each tale a memorable vision from masters of mistresses of heroic fantasy past and present!

Content

Paula Guran, Introduction: “Knowledge Takes Precedence Over Death”

Forging & Shaping

  • Robert E. Howard, “The Tower of the Elephant”
  • C. L. Moore, “Hellsgarde”
  • Clark Ashton Smith, “The Dark Eidolon”
  • Jack Vance, “Liane the Wayfarer”
  • Leigh Brackett, “Black Amazon of Mars”
  • Fritz Leiber, “Ill Met in Lankhmar”
  • Michael Moorcock, “While the Gods Laugh”

Normalizing & Annealing

  • Tanith Lee, “Hero at the Gates”
  • C. J. Cherryh, “A Thief in Korianth”
  • Karl Edward Wagner, “Undertow”
  • Katherine Kurtz, “Swords Against the Marluk”
  • Mercedes Lackey, “Out of the Deep”
  • Michael Shea, “Epistle from Lebanoi”
  • James Enge, “Payment Deferred”
  • John Balestra, “The Swords of Her Heart” (original)

Tempering & Sharpening

  • Joanna Russ, “Bluestocking”
  • Samuel R. Delany, “The Tale of Dragons and Dreamers”
  • Elizabeth Moon, “First Blood”
  • Saladin Ahmed, “Where Virtue Lives”
  • Scott Lynch, “The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats”
  • Steven Erikson, “Goats of Glory”
  • Elizabeth Bear, “The Ghost Makers”
  • Kameron Hurley, “The Plague Givers”
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THE YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY & HORROR: 2017 ToC

YBDFH2017The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2017

Contents (in alphabetical order by author’s last name)

“Lullaby for a Lost World,” Aliette de Bodard (Tor.com 06/16)
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” Brooke Bolander (Uncanny #13)
“Wish You Were Here,” Nadia Bulkin (Nightmare # 49)
“A Dying of the Light,” Rachel Caine (The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft)
“Season of Glass and Iron,” Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
“Grave Goods,” Gemma Files (Autumn Cthulhu)
“The Blameless,”Jeffrey Ford (The Natural History of Hell)
“As Cymbals Clash,” Cate Gardner (The Dark #19)
“The Iron Man,” Max Gladstone (Grimm Future)
“Surfacing,” Lisa L. Hannett (Postscripts 36/37: The Dragons of the Night)
“Mommy’s Little Man,” Brian Hodge (DarkFuse, October)
“The Sound of Salt and Sea,” Kat Howard (Uncanny #10)
“Red Dirt Witch,” N. K. Jemisin (Fantasy #60)
“Birdfather,” Stephen Graham Jones (Black Static #51)
“The Games We Play,” Cassandra Khaw (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
“The Line Between the Devil’s Teeth (Murder Ballad No. Ten),” Caitlin Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #130)
“Postcards from Natalie,” Carrie Laben (The Dark #14)
“The Finest, Fullest Flowering,” Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare #45)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com)
“Meet Me at the Frost Fair,” Alison Littlewood (A Midwinter Entertainment)
“Bright Crown of Joy,” Livia Llewellyn (Children of Lovecraft)
“The Jaws That Bite, The Claws That Catch,” Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed #72)
“My Body, Herself,” Carmen Maria Machado (Uncanny #12)
“Spinning Silver,” Naomi Novik (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
“Whose Drowned Face Sleeps,” An Owomoyela & Rachael Swirsky (Nightmare # 46/What the #@&% Is That?)
“Grave Goods,” Priya Sharma (Albedo One #6)
“The Rime of the Cosmic Mariner,” John Shirley (Lovecraft Alive!)
“The Red Forest,” Angela Slatter (Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales)
“Photograph,” Steve Rasnic Tem (Out of the Dark)
“The Future is Blue,” Catherynne M. Valente (Drowned Worlds)
‘‘October Film Haunt: Under the House’’, Michael Wehunt (Greener Pastures)
“Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left,” Fran Wilde (Shimmer 13)
“When the Stitches Come Undone,” A.C. Wise (Children of Lovecraft)
“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers,” Alyssa Wong (Tor.com 03/16)
“An Ocean the Color of Bruises,” Isabel Yap (Uncanny #11)
“Fairy Tales are for White People,” Melissa Yuan-Innes (Fireside Magazine Issue 30)
“Braid of Days and Wake of Nights,” E. Lily Yu (F&SF, Jan-Feb)

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The Quest for Library/Librarian Short Speculative Fiction

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I am working on Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore, a reprint anthology for Prime Books.

I’ve compiled the following lists of stories. (No, I have not read all of them yet. Some I may not be able to track down at all. Some may not fit the theme. Some are probably not genre. Etc.) But if you have or know of another speculative fiction (SF/F/H) short story/novelette/novella about a librarian (or librarians) or a library (or libraries)—let me know! Email paula@prime-books.com Deadline September 16!

(Art above is by Julie Dillon)

[Alphabetical by Author; ignore notations]

NEWER Stories

  • Edoardo Albert, “The Last Librarian, Or a Short Account of the End of the World” (Daily SF)
  • Therese Arkenberg, “The Storms in Arisbat”
  • Alec Austin, “Blood Remembers”
  • Kage Baker, “The Books”
  • Kelly Barnhill, “The Taxidermist’s Other Wife”
  • Elizabeth Bear, “In Libres”
  • Gregory Benford, “The Sigma Structure Symphony”(SETI Library)
  • Matthew Bey, “The Secret of Pogopolis”
  • Richard Bowes, “There’s a Hole in the City” (librarian protag)
  • Jon L. Breen, “The Adventure of the Librarian’s Ghost”
  • Gary A. Braunbeck, “Paper Cuts” (just books, no library?)
  • Damien Broderick, “Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Burns in No Particular Order” (destroy Martian plague in library)
  • P.D. Cacek, “The Grave” (about?)
  • Jason K. Chapman, “Brief Candle”
  • Amal El-Mohtar, “The Green Book”
  • Ruthann Emrys, “Those Who Watch”
  • Esther M. Friesner, “Death and the Librarian”
  • Shaenon K. Garrity. “Librarians in the Branch Library of Babel” (Borges take-off)
  • Glenn Lewis Gillette, “She Called Me Sweetie” (library enough?)
  • Erin M. Hartshorn, “Matchmaker”
  • Xia Jia (translated by Ken Liu), “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler”
  • Naim Kabir, “On the Origin of Song”
  • Ellen Klages, “In the House of the Seven Librarians”
  • Yoon Ha Lee, “Effigy Nights” (about library?)
  • Yoon Ha Lee, “Architectural Constants” (only one a librarian?)
  • Thomas Ligotti, “The Library of Byzantium”
  • Kelly Link, “Magic for Beginners (TV show/magic librarians)
  • H. P. Lovecraft, “The Shadow Out of Time”
  • Scott Lynch, “In the Stacks”
  • Ken Macleod, “The Vorkuta Event”
  • Jennifer Mason-Black, “In the Library of Souls”
  • Sarah Monette, [Kyle Murchison Booth]
  • Sunny Moraine, “It Is Healing, Never Whole” (enough?)
  • Steven L. Peck, “A Short Stay in Hell” (novella 106 pp) ?
  • Steven Piziks, “Hoard”
  • Steven Piziks,“A Quiet Knight’s Reading”
  • Tim Pratt, “The Fairy Library”
  • Tim Pratt, “Care and Feeding (DSM)
  • Robert Reed, “A Woman’s Best Friend”
  • E. Saxey, “The Librarian’s Dilemma”
  • Ken Scholes. “Of Metal Men and Scarlet Thread and Dancing with the Sunrise”
  • Carrie Vaughn, “The Librarian’s Daughter”
  • Joshia Viola, “The Librarian”
  • Connie Willis, “Nonstop to Portales”
  • A. C. Wise, “With Tales in Their Teeth, From the Mountain They Came”
  • Caroline Yoachim, “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Love, Death”

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OLDER STORIES

  • Poul Anderson,“Wolfram” (nongenre?)
  • Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel”
  • Jorge Luis Borges, “Book of Sand”
  • Ray Bradbury, “Exchange” +
  • Grant Burns, “A Note from Senora Sector” ?
  • L. Sprague De Camp & Fletcher Pratt, “No Forwarding Address”
  • Ramsey Campbell, “The Enchanted Fruit”
  • Ramsey Campbell, “In the Shadow”
  • Ramsey Campbell, “Call First” (library porter ?)
  • Orson Scott Card, “The Originist”
  • Fred Chappell, “The Lodger” +
  • Richard T. Chizmar, “Like Father, Like Son”?
  • August W. Derleth, “The Sandwin Compact”
  • August W. Derleth, “The Slayers and the Slain”
  • Hal Draper, “MS Fnd in Lbry” (fluff)
  • Mircea Eliade, “Nights at Serampore”
  • Elizabeth Emmett, “Enchantment +
  • Carol Emshwiller, “The Circular Library of Stones” +
  • Carol Emshwiller, “The Word Was to the Wise” +
  • Neil Ferguson, “The Second Third of C.” +
  • Michael Flynn, “Mammy Morgan Played the Organ; Her Daddy Beat the Drum” +
  • Gerald W. Gabbard, “More Things” (fluff)
  • Nikki Giovanni, “The Library” +
  • M. R. James, “The Tractate Middoth” +
  • David H. Keller, MD, “The Cerebral Library” (1931)
  • S. King, “The Library Policeman” (Four Past Midnight)
  • Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Phoenix” +
  • Ursula K. LeGuin, “True Love” (nongenre) -
  • Martin Loran, “An Ounce of Dissension”
  • Jack McDevitt, “The Fort Moxie Branch” +
  • Mary C. McKinlay, “Like a Diamond in the Sky” –
  • Steven Millhauser, “The Library of Morpheus” (Excerpt from novel?)
  • Hector H. Munro (Saki), “The Story of St. Vespaluus” +
  • Margaret Oliphant, “The Library Window” (1896)?
  • Edmund L. Pearson, “Their Just Reward” +
  • James Tiptree, Jr., The Starry Rift (3 novellas: Librarian Moa Blue, Chief Assistant Librarian used as framing device?)
  • “Lizard Lust” Lisa Tuttle ? /
  • Warren W. Wager, “A Woman’s Life” ?
  • Augusta Walker, “The Day of the Cipher”
  • Harold Wooster “Machina Versatalis: A Modern Fable”-
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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF CTHULHU edited by Paula Guran

CthulhuCover-300UK: 16 April 2016
Publisher: Robinson(14 April 2016)
496 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1472120035
ISBN-13: 978-1472120038
UK Kindle Ebook

US: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Running Press
ISBN-10: 0762456205
ISBN-13: 978-0762456208

An outstanding anthology of original stories inspired by H. P. Lovecraft from authors who do not merely imitate, but re-imagine, re-energize, and renew his concepts in ways relevant to today’s readers. Fresh new fiction that explores our modern fears and nightmares. From the depths of R’lyeh to the heights of the Mountains of Madness, some of today’s best weird fiction writers—both established award-winning authors and exciting new voices—THE MAMMOTH BOOK of CTHULHU collects tales of cosmic horror that traverse terrain created by Lovecraft and create new eldritch geographies to explore . . .


CONTENT

  • “In Syllables of Elder Seas” by Lisa L. Hannett
  • “The Peddler’s Tale, or, Isobel’s Revenge” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • “It’s All the Same Road in the End” by Brian Hodge
  • “Caro in Carno” by Helen Marshall
  • “The Cthulhu Navy Wife” by Sandra McDonald
  • “Those Who Watch” by Ruthanna Emrys
  • “A Clutch” by Laird Barron
  • “Just Beyond the Trailer Park” by John Shirley
  • “The Sea Inside” by Amanda Downum
  • “Outside the House, Watching for the Crows” by John Langan
  • “Alexandra Lost” by Simon Strantzas
  • “Falcon-and-Sparrows” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “A Shadow of Thine Own Design” by W. H. Pugmire
  • “Backbite” by Norman Partridge
  • “In the Ruins of Mohenjo-Daro” by Usman T. Malik
  • “Legacy of Salt” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • “I Do Not Count the Hours” by Michael Wehunt
  • “An Open Letter to Mister Edgar Allan Poe, from a Fervent Admirer” by Michael Shea
  • “I Dress My Lover in Yellow” by A. C. Wise
  • “Deep Eden” by Richard Gavin
  • “The Future Eats Everything” by Don Webb
  • “I Believe That We Will Win” by Nadia Bulkin
  • “In the Sacred Cave” by Lois H. Gresh
  • “Umbilicus” by Damien Angelica Walters
  • “Variations on Lovecraftian Themes” by Veronica Schanoes

Notes:

  • There is an earlier version of the cover on display in various places online (including US Amazon). This is the correct cover. You can click the image here to see larger version.
  • I do not have copies as yet (and neither do the authors). There are no ARCs. I should be receiving some UK print editions to send out as review copies. Right now I can currently provide an unproofed PDF to bona fide reviewers only. Email me at paula@prime-books.com
  • Yes, it is over 150,000 words of ORIGINAL FICTION not REPRINTS.
  • It seems as if this were finished aeons ago...
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The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas: 2016 ToC and Cover

The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas: 2016
Edited by Paula Guran

2016YBSF&FNovellasThe second volume of Prime Books’ annual anthology series collecting some of the year’s best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Novellas, longer than short stories but shorter than novels, are a rich 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 all the impact of a short story as well as the detailed depth of a novel. Gathering a wide variety of excellent science fiction and fantasy, this anthology of “short novels” showcases the talents of both established masters and new writers.

Contents:
“The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2015)
“The Bone Swans of Amandale” by C.S.E. Cooney (Bone Swans, Mythic Delirium Books)
“Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor (Binti, Tor.com)
“The Last Witness” by K. J. Parker (The Last Witness, Tor.com)
“Johnny Rev” by Rachel Pollack (F&SF, Jul/Aug 2015)
“Inhuman Garbage,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov’s, March 2015)
“Gypsy,” Carter Scholz (F&SF, Nov/Dec 2015)
“The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” by Usman Malik (The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn, Tor.com)
“What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear” by Bao Shu, translated by Ken Liu (F&SF, Mar/Apr 2015)

The cover of this year’s edition features original art by Julie Dillon!

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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.

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