Aickman’s Heirs at Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

Well, I haven’t received copies yet, but it appears that you can now order “Aickman’s Heirs,” edited by Simon Strantzas​, at Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Many thanks to all who pre-ordered direct. Once I’ve received copies, Simon will sign them and I will dispatch them as quick as I can. But if Amazon and B&N are your thing, please grab a copy. I honestly can’t wait for people to read this book. Simon has knocked it out of the park.

Shirley Jackson Awards Nominee

Well, I am absolutely Gobsmacked and thrilled to learn that I am a Shirley Jackson Award Finalist in the Edited Anthology category for Shadows & Tall Trees. I am deeply honoured. Shirley Jackson is a literary idol. In 2009 I was also a Finalist in the same category. I didn’t win, but I resolved to to try to continue to edit and publish anthologies of literary merit that, I hoped, lived up to the Jackson name. So this recognition is truly humbling. And Victoria Leslie‘s terrific story from Shadows & Tall Trees, ‘The Quiet Room,’ is also a final nominee in the Novelette category. Congratulations, Victoria! And thanks to all the contributors for making S&TT a great book.

And congratulations to all the other nominees, as well. Every category is filled with fabulous work.

Finally, thanks to the jurors and administrators of the Shirley Jackson Awardsfor your tireless efforts. It’s very much appreciated.

Roll on, Boston!

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.

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.