Well, I’ve been busy. I downsized from a BIG old house (with a lot of STUFF in it) to a smallish apartment. I sold the big house. I settled into the apartment. As you can see from the photo, Nala—although very upset that she can no longer go outside—has also more-or-less settled in.
And I take more time to take care of myself physically these days because I have to. (Better late than never.)
And yes, I’m still looking for that job! I have picked up some freelance work, but it is not regular or sufficient. Someone asked me the other day if I was retired. Uh, no. That will not happen. Have to earn the kitty treats for Nala. I wish, but I am pretty much a poster child for how to not plan your financial life.
Otherwise, right now (among other things) I am finishing up the content for THE YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY & HORROR: 2018 Edition (covering fiction from 2017). So, back to work…
(Thought I posted this in February when I posted on Prime Books site, but evidently not…)
As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Prime Books) I am reading for the 2017 edition, which will cover material published in 2016. (The 2016 edition—seventh in the series—will be published this July.)
We define “dark fantasy” and “horror” broadly; it can also include dark science fiction. Try reading the previous previous volumes or read: www.prime-books.com/intro-ybdfh2010/
Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2016. Publishers and Editors: You need not send a physical book/issue; a PDF emailed to me will be fine. (Ebook if there’s no other alternative.) Authors: Direct submissions to the editor can be made, but try to get your publisher to send the entire volume if possible. (PDF, Word doc, or RTF are preferred.) Readers: Sincere suggestions are always appreciated, just email me. Send submissions to: email@example.com, subject: YBDF&H. If a physical copy is submitted please email me for mailing address.
Deadline: December 1, 2016. If your work/publication is being published in 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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The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2016
Edited By Paula Guran
Macabre meetings, sinister excursions, and deadly relationships; uncanny encounters; a classic ghost story featuring an American god; a historical murderer revived in a frightening new iteration; innovative Lovecraftian turns; shadowy fairy tales and weird myths; strange children, the unexpected, the supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real . . . tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows. This volume of 2015’s best dark fantasy and horror offers more than 500 pages of tales from some of today’s finest writers of the fantastique—sure to delight as well as disturb.
Alphabetical by Author Last Name:
- “The Door” by Kelley Armstrong (Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong, Tachyon)
- “Snow” by Dale Bailey (Nightmare, June 2015)
- “1Up” by Holly Black (Press Start to Play, ed. Adams, Vintage)
- “Seven Minutes in Heaven” by Nadia Bulkin (Aickman’s Heirs, ed. Strantzas, Undertow)
- “The Glad Hosts” by Rebecca Campbell (Lackington’s #7)
- “Hairwork” by Gemma Files (She Walks in Shadows, eds. Moreno-Garcia & Stiles, Innsmouth Free Press)
- “Black Dog” by Neil Gaiman (Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, William Morrow)
- “A Shot of Salt Water” by Lisa L. Hannett (The Dark #8)
- “The Scavenger’s Nursery” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Shimmer # 24)
- “Daniel’s Theory About Dolls” by Stephen Graham Jones (The Doll Collection, ed. Datlow, Tor)
- “The Cripple and Starfish” by Caítlin R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #108)
- “The Absence of Words” by Swapna Kishore (Mythic Delirium #1.3)
- “Corpsemouth” by John Langan (The Monstrous, ed. Datlow, Tachyon)
- “Cassandra” by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld # 102)
- “Street of the Dead House” by Robert Lopresti (nEvermore, eds. Kilpatrick & Soles, EDGE)
- “Mary, Mary” by Kirstyn McDermott (Cranky Ladies of History, eds. Roberts & Wessely, Fablecroft)
- “There is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold” by Seanan McGuire, The Doll Collection, ed. Datlow, Tor)
- “Below the Falls” by Daniel Mills (Nightscript 1, ed. Muller, Chthonic Matter)
- “The Deepwater Bride” by Tamsyn Muir (F&SF Jul-Aug)
- “The Greyness” by Kathryn Ptacek (Expiration Date, ed. Kilpatrick, EDGE)
- “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill” by Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld # 101)
- “Those” by Sofia Samatar (Uncanny #3)
- “Fabulous Beasts” by Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
- “Windows Underwater” by John Shirley (Innsmouth Nightmares, ed. Gresh, PS Publishing)
- “Ripper” by Angela Slatter (Horrorology, ed. Jones, Quercus)
- “The Lily and the Horn” by Catherynne M. Valente (Fantasy #59)
- “Sing Me Your Scars” by Damien Angelica Walters (Sing Me Your Scars, Apex)
- “The Body Finder” by Kaaron Warren (Blurring the Line, ed. Young, Cohesion)
- “The Devil Under the Maison Blue” by Michael Wehunt (The Dark #10)
- “Kaiju maximus®: “So various, So Beautiful, So New” by Kai Ashante Wilson (Fantasy #59)