Twentieth Time

July 12, 2009 at 7:41 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Aw, my blog is twenty posts old – if it gets to 21, do I have to buy it a car or something?

Two pieces of news this week. The first I’ve been sitting on for ages but haven’t been able to post about at the editor’s request. However, he’s put details on his site, so I figure it must be okay to shout about it. I’m incredibly pleased to announce that Church on the Island has been picked for Steve Jones’  Very Best of Best New Horror . This is being released in a limited edition hardback signed by all the contributors, and then a normal paperback (out in 2010, I think). This is a huge honour, especially when you look at the full contents:

INTRODUCTION: BETTERING THE BEST  Ramsey Campbell
NO SHARKS IN THE MED  Brian Lumley
THE MAN WHO DREW CATS  Michael Marshall Smith
THE SAME IN ANY LANGUAGE  Ramsey Campbell
NORMAN WISDOM AND THE ANGEL OF DEATH Christopher Fowler
MEFISTO IN ONYX  Harlan Ellison
THE TEMPTATION OF DR STEIN  Paul J. McAuley
QUEEN OF KNIVES  Neil Gaiman
THE BREAK  Terry Lamsley
EMPTINESS SPOKE ELOQUENT Caitlín R Kiernan
MR. CLUBB AND MR. CUFF  Peter Straub
WHITE  Tim Lebbon
THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT: ANNO DRACULA, 1981   Kim Newman
CLEOPATRA BRIMSTONE  Elizabeth Hand
20TH CENTURY GHOST  Joe Hill
THE WHITE HANDS  Mark Samuels
MY DEATH  Lisa Tuttle
HAECKEL’S TALE  Clive Barker
DEVIL’S SMILE  Glen Hirshberg
THE CHURCH ON THE ISLAND  Simon Kurt Unsworth
THE NEW YORK TIMES AT SPECIAL BARGAIN RATES  Stephen King
Very Best of Best New Horror cover

Very Best of Best New Horror cover

I mean, Holy GOD! I’m in an anthology with Clive Barker, Peter Straub and Stephen King! STEPHEN KING! Details of the antho can be found on the second page of the Coming Soon section of Stephen Jones’ website (link below). To be considered the author of one of the best 20 stories from a collection that has printed something like 250 stories over the years is really quite fantastic, and means my head has swelled even more than normal…

The other news this week is that the final contents list for the excellent-looking Gaslight Grotesque anthology has been released. There’s some people I don’t know in there, which is really good, but also contributions from Barbara Roden, Mark Morris, Stephen Volk, Willie Miekle, Jeff Campbell and GWP editor Neil Jackson (in his first story sale – way to go Neil!) The full listing is:

 

Foreword: Tales of Terror & Mystery by Leslie S. Klinger
Introduction by Charles V. Prepolec

Hounded by Stephen Volk
The Death Lantern by Lawrence C. Connolly
The Quality of Mercy by William Meikle
Emily’s Kiss by James A. Moore
The Tragic Case of the Child Prodigy by William Patrick Maynard
The Last Windigo by Hayden Trenholm
Celeste by Neil Jackson
The Best Laid Plans by Robert Lauderdale
Exalted Are the Forces of Darkness by Leigh Blackmore
The Affair of the Heart by Mark Morris
The Hand Delivered Letter by Simon K. Unsworth
Of the Origin of the Hound of the Baskervilles by Barbara Roden
Mr. Other’s Children by J.R. Campbell

Gaslight Grotesque is available to preorder from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk (and, as an aside, Creature Feature is also available through amazon.co.uk).

Okay, that’s pretty much it for today. May have reviews next week, or news on new writing – the mysterious fruit story stalled this week (as did all writing-related stuff because, basically, I couldn’t be bothered) but will hopefully be done by the end of the week. I’m also aiming to type up/redraft the ‘people into animals’ story, plus I have ideas for a new tale or two I want to start on. Soon, Lords and Ladies. Soon.

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