The Best British Horror 2015

Johnny Mains has posted the table of contents to his Best British Horror 2015, due in the Spring, and it’s a corker. Very happy to say he saw fit to include four – yes four! – stories from Shadows & Tall Trees 6 in the anthology: ‘Shaddertown’ by Conrad Williams, ‘Summerside’ by Alison Moore, ‘Night Porter’ by Raymond Russell, and ‘Apple Pie and Sulphur’ by Christopher Harman. Congratulations to Johnny and everyone who is in the book.

Table of Contents – Aickman’s Heirs

Editor Simon Strantzas has announced the line-up for Aickman’s Heirs. And it’s fantastic.

Nina Allan – “Change of Scene”

Nadia Bulkin – “Seven Minutes in Heaven”

Michael Cisco – “Infestations”

Malcolm Devlin – “Two Brothers”

Brian Evenson – “Seaside Town”

Richard Gavin – “Neithernor”

John Howard – “Least Light, Most Night”

John Langan – “Underground Economy”

Helen Marshall – “Vault of Heaven”

Daniel Mills – “The Lake”

David Nickle – “Camp”

Lynda E. Rucker – “The Dying Season”

Lisa Tuttle – “The Book That Finds You”

D.P. Watt – “A Delicate Craft”

Michael Wehunt – “A Discreet Music”

Aickman’s Heirs will be available in Spring 2015 in trade-paperback and eBook.

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New Simon Strantzas – “These Last Embers”

I’m very happy to present “These Last Embers,” a stand-alone story in chapbook form, from acclaimed weird fiction author Simon Strantzas, with wraparound art by renowned artist Drazen Kozjan.

Strictly limited to 200 numbered copies, and signed by both Simon and Drazen, this is truly a one-of-a-kind collectable. There will not be an eBook edition.

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“These Last Embers” will be released in February 2015. It’s a terrific new story from Simon Strantzas, not available anywhere else. We are now taking pre-orders. The books will undoubtedly sell quickly. Act now to secure an early number.

“A beautifully strange little piece. “These Last Embers” is the kind of story that worms its way quietly beneath your skin and only begins to burn once it’s too late for you to claw it out.”
– Brian Evenson, Author of ‘Windeye’.

“With a dash of Arthur Machen and a sprinkling of Rod Serling, Simon Strantzas continues to fuse the influence of his forebears into something uniquely his own. He never forgets the humanity at the heart of every story, and in “These Last Embers” it is on terrible, aching display.”
– Nathan Ballingrud, Author of ‘North American Lake Monsters’.

These Last Embers (Feb. 2015, Undertow Publications)
16 pages, plus full cover wraparound
Strictly limited to 200 signed and numbered copies
Signed by Simon Strantzas AND Drazen Kozjan
ISBN: 978-0-9938951-7-3
Price, including shipping: $10 to North America, $14 to Rest of World

To pre-order, visit

http://www.undertowbooks.com/embers/

or send payment to:

undertowbooks@gmail.com

Best,

-Michael

 

Reading for Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2

Friends, we are still reading for Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2. Make sure you or your publisher gets me your stories. But, please, ensure that they are ‘weird’ fiction and not just another rehashed tale of a middle-class family suffering some angsty suburban ennui.
Guidelines are here. Please read them. I’m still getting a lot of submissions that aren’t reprints, or were published before 2014.

https://bestweirdfiction.submittable.com/submit

Free eBooks

Want 2 free eBooks? For a limited time I am offering a free eBook of both Year’s Best Weird Fiction AND Shadows & Tall Trees 2014 when you buy a copy of the trade-paperback version of Year’s Best Weird Fiction from your favourite retailer, online or otherwise. Simply e-mail me Proof of Purchase and I will send along both eBooks.

http://bit.ly/1mDyOFC

Great review of Year’s Best Weird Fiction

Esteemed writer Nathan Ballingrud has posted a review of Year’s Best Weird Fiction on Amazon.com.

“Well, it’s a triumph. A really well-assembled collection, which succeeds in distinguishing itself from the best horror and best fantasy anthologies with an eclectic table of contents and a good opening essay by guest editor Laird Barron, in which he deftly uses Algernon Blackwood’s “The Willows” as a case study in describing his particular take on what makes a story “weird.” I love most of the stories in this book, and some are downright incandescent – from Paul Tremblay’s bleak “Swim Wants to Know If It’s As Bad As Swim Thinks” to the nightmare logic of Kristi DeMeester’s “Like Feather, Like Bone,” to the volcanic vision of Jeff VanderMeer’s “No Breather in the World But Thee”. I’m genuinely excited about where this is going. Barron did a knockout job, and series editor Michael Kelly deserves applause for getting this off the ground. The best part of the whole project? Rotating editors, keeping the perspective fresh, and the definition of the “weird” fluid. I’m already excited to see what Kathe Koja brings to the table next year.”

Aickman’s Heirs

Coming Spring of 2015, Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas, an anthology of strange, weird tales by modern masters of weird fiction, in the milieu of Robert Aickman, the master of strange and ambiguous stories. Editor and author Strantzas, an important figure in Weird fiction, has been hailed as the heir to Aickman’s oeuvre, and is ideally suited to edit this exciting volume. Cover art by Yaroslav Gerzhedovich. Cover design by Vince Haig.aickman1

 

Nina Allan – “Change of Scene”

Nadia Bulkin – “Seven Minutes in Heaven”

Michael Cisco – “Infestations”

Malcolm Devlin – “Two Brothers”

Brian Evenson – “Seaside Town”

Richard Gavin – “Neithernor”

John Howard – “Least Light, Most Night”

John Langan – “Underground Economy”

Helen Marshall – “Vault of Heaven”

Daniel Mills – “The Lake”

David Nickle – “Camp”

Lynda E. Rucker – “Drying Season”

Lisa Tuttle – “The Book That Finds You”

D.P. Watt – “A Delicate Craft”

Michael Wehunt – “A Discreet Music”