Please do not submit any further short fiction from 2022. I would like anthologies, periodicals, and single-author collections published in 2023 as soon as an ARC is available or published. No individual submissions for now!
Content of The Year’s Best Fantasy, Vol. 2, edited by Paula Guran
Alphabetically by author’s last name:
- “The Miraculous Account of Khaja Bairaq, Pennant-Saint of Zabel”, Tanvir Ahmed (Strange Horizons 7/18/2022)
- “The Part You Throw Away”, Elizabeth Bear (The Sunday Morning Transport 9/4/2022)
- “At the Foot of the Dragon Stair”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #350)
- “The Book of Unwritten Poems”, Curtis C. Chen (The Sunday Morning Transport 6/19/2022)
- “March Magic”, WC Dunlap (Africa Risen, eds. S. R. Thomas, O. D. Ekpeki, Z. Knight)
- “The Hunger”, James Enge (F&SF May/June 2022)
- “The Daily Commute”, Sarah Gailey (The Sunday Morning Transport 7/10/2022)
- “To Make Unending”, Max Gladstone (The Sunday Morning Transport 1/9/2022)
- “Pellargonia: A Letter to the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology”, Theodora Goss (Lost Worlds & Mythological Kingdoms, ed. J. J. Adams)
- “A Record of Our Meeting with the Grand Faerie Lord of Vast Space and Its Great Mysteries, Revised”, A.T. Greenblatt (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #350)
- “The Massage Lady at Munjeong Road Bathhouse,” Isabel J. Kim (Clarkesworld 2/22)
- “Kings and Popes and Saints”, Jon Hansen (Apex #133)
- “Roadside Attraction”, Alix E. Harrow (Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed Romance, ed. Jonathan Strahan)
- “Love Heart Soup”, Wen-yi Lee (Augur 5.1)
- “The Goldfish Man”, Maureen McHugh (Uncanny #45)
- “Potemora in the Triad”, Sara S. Messenger (Fantasy #80)
- “Sun in an Empty Room”, Sam J. Miller (Boys, Beasts & Men)
- “The Deiﬁcation of Igodo”, Joshua Uchenna Omenga (Africa Risen, eds. S. R. Thomas, O. D. Ekpeki, Z. Knight)
- “Earth Dragon, Turning”, Anya Ow (Uncanny #49)
- “The Gentle Dragon Tells His Tale of Love”, J. A. Pak (F&SF Jan/Feb 2022)
- “The Long View”, Susan Palwick (Tor.com)
- “3 A.M. Eternal”, Eden Royce (Worlds of Possibility 10/2022)
- “Readings in the Slantwise Sciences”, Sofia Samatar (Conjunctions 79)
- “Le Sorcier de Lascaux”, Douglas Schwarz (F&SF Sep/Oct 2022)
- “The Short History of My Mother”, Priya Sharma (Sufficiently Advanced Magic, ed. Vassili Christodoulou)
- “The Portal Keeper”, Lavie Tidhar (Uncanny #48)
- “Phoenix Tile”, Guan Un (khōréō 2.1)
- “Songs We Sing at Sea are the Lies We Tell Ourselves”, Kaaron Warren (Looming Low 2, ed. J. Steele)
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Vol. 3 Now Available!
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 The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror offers more than four hundred pages of tales from some of today’s finest writers of the fantastique—sure to delight as well as disturb!
And yes, THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY, Vol. 1, is Out There!
It is, by the way, my FIFTIETH (50!) published anthology.
Escape on a journey from the ordinary to the extraordinary with award-winning fantasy editor Paula Guran.
This superbly curated collection explores myth and fable, dark and light—a heroic creature facing a dangerous demon; an earthly love facing the mossy decay of death. With tales of living ball gowns and timid monsters, of modern witches and multidimensional magic, these twenty-four stories will transport you from fantastical realms that push the limits of imagination to alternative realities mirroring much of our own.
Discover bewitchment and wonder, the surreal and the chimerical, in a fantasy anthology representing a diverse array of accomplished talent from around the world . . . and perhaps beyond.
Find places to buy here.
World Fantasy Award Nomination for THE YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY, Volume 2
Very surprised and honored on receiving World Fantasy Award nomination for THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY, Volume 2! The honor really goes to the authors whose work makes it so much fun to read.
It is unusual for (1) a reprint anthology. (2) let alone one of a series, (3) not to mention a “year’s best” to be nominated for awards. So that makes me triple-chuffed. Super thanks to the judges: C. S. E. Cooney, Julie Crisp, C. C. Finlay, Richard Kadrey, and Misha Stone.
Then there are the other nominees! All great selections you should check out. Here’s the complete list:
- Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World (2021 Edition), eds. Charlatan Bardot and Eric J. Guignard (Dark Moon Books)
- When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson, ed. Ellen Datlow (Titan Books)
- The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror Volume Two, ed. Paula Guran (Pyr)
- The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021), ed. Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Jembefola Press)
- Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology, eds. Alex Hernandez, Matthew David Goodwin, Sarah Rafael García (Mad Creek Books an imprint of the Ohio State University Press)
The winners of the awards will be announced on November 6th, at the World Fantasy Award Banquet in New Orleans, Louisiana. (No, I have no plans of going.)
Cover Reveal: Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Volume 3
Coming this October from Pyr Books. Cover art by Tithi Luadthong . Design by Jennifer Do.
Cover Reveal: The Year’s Best Fantasy, Vol. One
Coming from Pyr Books in August! Art by Liu Zishan. Design by Jennifer Do.
Content of The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Volume 3 edited by Paula Guran
(Alphabetical by Author Last Name)
G. V. Anderson, “Shuck” (Deadlands #2)
Seán Padraic Birnie, “Hand-Me -Down” (I Would Haunt You If I Could)
J. S. Breukelaar, “Where We Will Go On Together” (The Dark #70)
Rebecca Campbell, “The Bletted Woman” (F&SF 3-4/21)
Tananarive Due, “The Wishing Pool” (Uncanny #41)
Brian Evenson, “The Sequence” (Conjunctions 77)
Christopher Golden, “The God Bag” (Beyond the Veil, ed. Morris)
Elizabeth Hand, “For Sale By Owner” (When Things Get Dark, ed. Datlow)
Alix E. Harrow, “Mr. Death (Apex #121)
Maria Dahvana Headley, “Wolfsbane” (Nightmare #100)
Glen Hirshberg, “Jetty Sara” (December Tales, ed. Horn)
Stephen Graham Jones. “Refinery Road” (When Things Get Dark, ed. Datlow)
Richard Kadrey, “Across the Dark Water” (Tor.com)
Alison Littlewood, “Jenny Greenteeth” (Mammoth Book of Folk Horror, ed. Jones)
Chimedum Ohaegbu, “And for My Next Trick, I Have Disappeared” (F&SF 7-8/21)
Suzan Palumbo, “Laughter Among the Trees” (The Dark #69)
Sarah Pinsker, “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” (Uncanny #39)
David J. Schow, “Caving” (Weird Doom, ed Scoleri)
Molly Tanzer, “In the Garden of Ibn-Ghazi” (F&SF 3-4/21)
Sheree Renee Thomas, “Barefoot and Midnight” (Apex #122)
Steve Toase, “Beneath the Forest’s Wilting Leaves” (To Drown in Dark Water)
Jade Wilburn, “Blood Ties”(Fiyah #18)
A.C. Wise, “The Nag Bride” (The Ghost Sequences)
To published October 2022 by Pyr Books
Content of THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY, VOLUME ONE, edited by Paula Guran
(Alphabetical by author’s last name)
• Marika Bailey, “The White Road; Or How a Crow Carried Death Over a River” (Fiyah #18)
• Elizabeth Bear, “The Red Mother” (Tor.com)
• Tobias Buckell, “Brickomancer (Shoggoths in Traffic and Other Stories)
• P. Djèlí Clark, “If the Martians Have Magic” (Uncanny #42)
• Roshani Chokshi, “Passing Fair and Young” (Sword Table Stone: Old Legend, New Voices)
• Varsha Dinesh, “The Demon Sage’s Daughter” (Strange Horizons 2/8/21)
• Andrew Dykstal, “Quintessence” (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #324)
• James Enge, “Drunkard’s Walk (F&SF 5-6)
• Karen Joy Fowler, “The Piper” (F&SF 1-2)
• Carlos Hernandez & C. S. E. Cooney, “A Minnow, or Perhaps a Colossal Squid (Mermaids Monthly, April)
• Kathleen Jennings, “Gisla and the Three Favors” (Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #43)
• Allison King, “Breath of the Dragon King” (Fantasy #72)
• PH Lee, “Frost’s Boy” (Lightspeed #128)
• Yukimi Ogawa, “Her Garden the Size of Her Palm (F&SF 7-8)
• Tobi Ogundiran, “The Tale of Jaja and Canti” (Lightspeed #135)
• Richard Parks. “The Fox’s Daughter (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #344)
• Karen Russell, “The Cloud Lake Unicorn” (Conjunctions:76)
• Sofia Samatar, “Three Tales from the Blue Library” (Conjunctions:76)
• Catherynne Valente, “L’Esprit de Escalier” (Tor.com)
• Fran Wilde, “Unseelie Bros, Ltd.” (Uncanny #40)
• Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, “Gray Skies, Red Wings, Blue Lips, Black Hearts” (Apex #121)
• Isabel Yap,“A Spell for Foolish Hearts” (Never Have I Ever)
• E. Lily Yu, “Small Monsters” (Tor.com)
And yes, some of this is dark fantasy, but there will be plenty of dark (darker?) fantasy in THE YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY & HORROR, VOLUME THREE. More about that in a couple of months!)
Release Day for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Vol 2!
Even though print copies (supply chain problems, printers lacks…whatever) have not reached all venues (most importantly, probably, Amazon) The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Volume 2 is officially released.
I do have copies (almost enough for all the authors, more coming) I need to mail out this week. Yay!
Ace publicist Samatha Lien (@samijolien) of Kaye Publicity, Inc. sent me a list of stuff that has been posted. I don’t watch or listen to the podcasts I’m on because I cannot stand to hear or see my recorded self, so I have no idea how any of these turned out. Nevertheless, here are (so far) links:
- Oct 19, 2021 – Jessica Belmont’s Blog: #BOOKREVIEW | The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror Anthology edited by Paula Guran
- Oct 18, 2021 – Fanbase Press: “Fanbase Press – Fanbase Press Interviews Paula Guran on the Upcoming Release of ‘The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: Volume Two’”
- Oct 15, 2021 – The Nerd Cantina: “The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Vol. 2 by Paula Guran: Book Review – The Nerd Cantina”
- Oct 5, 2021 – Publishers Weekly: “The Good Fight: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror 2021–2022″
- Oct 4, 2021 - Black Gate: “The Nexus of Horror: An Interview With Paula Guran”
Oct 1, 2021 – Hasty Book List: “Books Coming Out in October – Book Review – Hasty Book
- AND, the earlier STARRED Publishers Weekly review.