V. H. Leslie’s debut collection, ‘Skein and Bone’

Truthfully, it isn’t very often I get lost in a book these days. But I’ve just finished rereading Victoria Leslie‘s ‘Skein and Bone,’ and was once again thrilled to find myself immersed in her words and this book. Yes, yes, I am biased. I’m publishing the book, after all. But first collections are rarely this strong, truly. And for those of you who claim an interest in nightmarish fairy tales, and feminist fiction, I expect you will love this book. It’ll be available in August.

“An absorbing and gorgeously unsettling collection.”
Alison Moore, Author of ‘The Lighthouse,’ Short-Listed for the Man-Booker


Sold Out!

‘These Last Embers’ is now officially sold out from the publisher. Many thanks to everyone who purchased a copy.

Last 5 copies of ‘These Last Embers’, and a review

Clint Hale at The Dark of Things has a great review of ‘These Last Embers,’ by Simon Strantzas. There are but 5 copies left of this limited, signed, and numbered chapbook. http://bit.ly/1yOx8Qd

Final copies of ‘These Last Embers’

I am down to the final 10 copies of ‘These Last Embers.’ Signed, numbered, and limited to 200 copies, these will be a rare collectable.


These Last Embers

I have now mailed all purchased copies of ‘These Last Embers.’ There are still some copies available. Strictly limited to 200 signed and numbered copies. 85% of the print run is gone, so act now if you’d like to secure one of the few remaining copies.


Simon Strantzas to Edit third volume of Year’s Best Weird Fiction


Simon Strantzas to Edit ‘Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3’

Press release



Toronto, Canada, March 1, 2015 — Simon Strantzas, whose elegant and enigmatic stories have made him a master of the weird tale, has signed on as Guest Editor for the third volume of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction, due 2016.


Series Editor Michael Kelly says, “When I first conceived of this series, and contemplated Guest Editors, Simon sprang immediately to mind. Not only is he at the top of the weird fiction class, he has also established himself as a first-rate anthologist.”


“I’m honored and beyond flattered that Michael asked me to guest-edit a volume of Year’s Best Weird Fiction,” Strantzas said. “Undertow Publications is at the forefront of world-class fiction. I love what they are doing.”


Established in 2009 by writer Michael Kelly, Undertow Publications (UP) is home to the acclaimed weird journal Shadows & Tall Trees, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. The initial release from UP, Apparitions, was a finalist for The Shirley Jackson Award. As editor, Kelly has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson and British Fantasy Society Awards, and his fiction has appeared in a number of venues, including Best New Horror, Black Static, and Weird Fiction Review.


Simon Strantzas is the author of four story collections, including BURNT BLACK SUNS from Hippocampus Press (2014), and editor of SHADOWS EDGE (Gray Friar Press, 2013) and AICKMAN’S HEIRS (Undertow Publications, 2015). His stories have appeared in various “best of” annuals; been translated into other languages; and been nominated for the British Fantasy Award. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his ever-understanding wife.


Forthcoming from Undertow Publications:


‘These Last Embers’ by Simon Strantzas (March, 2015)

‘Aickman’s Heirs’ ed. By Simon Strantzas (May 2015)

‘Skein and Bone’ by V. H. Leslie (July 2015)

‘Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2’ eds. Kathe Koja & Michael Kelly (October, 2015)






Signed copies of Aickman’s Heirs available for pre-order

The trade-paperback edition of Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas, is now available for pre-order. All pre-ordered copies will be personally inscribed by the editor. The trade edition will ship in May. The eBook will be available a few months later.


Mailing To:



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”


Story chosen for Best Horror #7

Congratulations to Robert Shearman! His story ‘It Flows From the Mouth,’ from Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, has been selected for reprint in Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 7, edited by Ellen Datlow.

If you are keeping score at home, that’s 5 tales from the book chosen for 3 “Best Of” anthologies. So far. Here’s hoping for more.

Update on ‘These Last Embers’

Just a quick update on ‘These Last Embers.’ The file has gone to the printer. I should have the chapbooks in about a week. Then I will number them, and get Simon​ and Drazen to sign them. Then we ship! Thanks for your patience. There are still a few copies remaining if you’d like one (or two). Strictly limited to 200 copies, signed by Simon Strantzas​ AND Drazen Kozjan. A rare collectable. http://www.undertowbooks.com/embers/

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions 2015 – Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3.

Each volume of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction will feature a different Guest Editor. Laird Barron guest-edited Vol. 1, and Kathe Koja was guest editor for Vol. 2. Our Guest Editor for Vol. 3 will be announced on March 1.

This is a reprint fiction anthology, to be published in 2016. Series Editor Michael Kelly is seeking material first published this year only, 2015. To be clear, only weird fiction published in 2015 is eligible for inclusion in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3.

This is for 2015 only!

My remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and featuring a helping of the outré. Weird fiction, at its best, is an intersecting of themes and ideas that explore and subvert the laws of Nature. It counts among its proponents older and newer writers alike: Robert Aickman, Laird Barron, Charles Beaumont, Ambrose Bierce, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury, Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman, Shirley Jackson, Kathe Koja, John Langan, Thomas Ligotti, Kelly Link, H. P. Lovecraft, Simon Strantzas, and many others.

Electronic and digital files are greatly preferred – text files(Word), Mobi, PDF, or ePub. Publishers and editors are encouraged to send their books to:


Deadline for all material is December 31, 2015, but sooner (much sooner) is better. Late submissions may not receive proper consideration, especially if we receive a majority of the material at deadline.

Writers: Please do not send unsolicited material. Urge your publisher or editor to send in any relevant work. Feel free to query with any questions or recommendations.

Please note: Only writers whose work is selected for the volume will be contacted.

I am afraid I am not considering any self-published work. There are certainly a number of reasons an author may consider self-publishing—rights, control, etc. The sheer number of self-published books is staggering, and is outpacing traditionally published work. My opinion, though, is that, overall, there is a distinct lack of quality in most self-published fiction as compared to legacy publishing. The gulf is huge, in fact. Your work may be the exception. And that is not to say that there isn’t bad fiction being published by traditional houses, because there certainly is. But, due to the fact I receive a high number of quality submissions from traditional publishers, and I really can’t afford the time to wade through an ever-expanding slush pile—in short, for my own sanity, I have to draw a line somewhere—I am not considering self-published work.

Thank you!

Michael Kelly
Series Editor, Year’s Best Weird Fiction