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BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, V3 edited by HWA Member Ellen Datlow

Posted by Dark Whisperer on June 25, 2011

Editor: Ellen Datlow

A doctor makes a late-night emergency call to an exclusive California riding school; a professor inherits a mysterious vase… and a strange little man; a struggling youth discovers canine horrors lurking beneath the streets of Albany; a sheriff ruthlessly deals with monstrosities plaguing his rural town; a pair of animal researchers makes a frightening discovery at a remote site; a sweet little girl entertains herself… by torturing faeries; a group of horror aficionados attempts to track down an unfinished film by a reclusive cult director; a man spends a chill night standing watch over his uncle’s body; a girl looks to understand her place in a world in which zombies have overrun the earth; a murderous pack of nuns stalks a pair of Halloween revelers…

What frightens us, what unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the seventeen stories included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year.

Legendary editor Ellen Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound, Tails of Wonder and Imagination), winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, joins Night Shade Books in presenting The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Three.

Table of Contents:

    Summation 2010 by Ellen Datlow
    At the Riding School by Cody Goodfellow
    Mr. Pigsny by Reggie Oliver
    City of the Dog by John Langan
    Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls by Brian Hodge
    Lesser Demons by Norman Partridge
    When the Zombies Win by Karina Sumner-Smith
    –30– by Laird Barron
    Fallen Boys by Mark Morris
    Was She Wicked? Was She Good? by M. Rickert
    The Fear by Richard Harland
    Till the Morning Comes by Stephen Graham Jones
    Shomer by Glen Hirshberg
    Oh I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside by Christopher Fowler
    The Obscure Bird by Nicholas Royle
    Transfiguration by Richard Christian Matheson
    The Days of Flaming Motorcycles by Catherynne M. Valente
    The Folding Man Joe R. Lansdale
    Just Another Desert Night With Blood by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
    Black and White Sky by Tanith Lee
    At Night When the Demons Come by Ray Cluley
    The Revel by John Langan

In the third volume of this annual series, famed editor Datlow brings together 17 stories published in 2010 in a variety of sources both popular and obscure. In Cody Goodfellow’s “At the Riding School,” a veterinarian makes a strange house call at a girls’ school. Catherynne M. Valente’s “The Days of Flaming Motorcycles,” one of several zombie stories, sketches the life of the only living woman among the undead horde. John Langan uses self-conscious narrative to twist the werewolf story in “The Revel.” The usual lists of honorable mentions and award-winners and a thoughtful assessment of the field will encourage readers to seek out the year’s other notable horror stories. As always, Datlow delivers a top-notch anthology with a nice balance of new and established writers. –Publishers Weekly

But it’s diversity, not sameness, that defines the 140,000 words of well-crafted, ambitious fiction that accompany Ellen Datlow’s usual thorough summary of the year in horror fiction. Fans of subtle, thoughtful horror probably already know it, but The Best Horror of the Year is a series not to be missed. –The Stars at Noondasy

Datlow has created a series that must be viewed as essential for serious horror fans. Volume three will help you get your fright on as you eagerly await her 2011 picks. –The Monsters we Deserve

Night Shade
Release Date: June


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SUPERNATURAL NOIR edited by HWA Member Ellen Datlow

Posted by Dark Whisperer on June 22, 2011

Editor: Ellen Datlow

Dark Horse once again teams up with Hugo and Bram Stoker award-winning editor Ellen Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound) to bring you this masterful marriage of the darkness without and the darkness within. SUPERNATURAL NOIR is an anthology of original tales of the dark fantastic from twenty modern masters of suspense, including Brian Evenson, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Nick Mamatas, Gregory Frost, Jeffrey Ford, and many more.

For fans of horror, noir, fantasy, crime, and the short fiction format.

Table of Contents

    Introduction by Ellen Datlow
    The Dingus by Gregory Frost
    The Getaway by Paul G. Tremblay
    Mortal Bait by Richard Bowes
    Little Shit by Melanie Tem
    Ditch Witch by Lucius Shepard
    The Last Triangle by Jeffrey Ford
    The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven by Laird Barron
    The Romance by Elizabeth Bear
    Dead Sister by Joe R. Lansdale
    Comfortable in Her Skin by Lee Thomas
    But For Scars by Tom Piccirilli
    The Blisters on My Heart by Nate Southard
    The Absent Eye by Brian Evenson
    The Maltese Unicorn by Caitlín R. Kiernan
    Dreamer of the Day by Nick Mamatas
    In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos by John Langan

In this anthology edited by Ellen Datlow, the gritty realism of noir embraces the nightmare imaginings of supernatural horror in order to offer up sixteen stories rich in style, shadows, and psychological complexity. –Green Man Review

For fans of horror open to noir, and readers of noir who can handle horror, this is a fine anthology, coherent, atmospheric, and compelling. Two kinds of bleak, cynical, stylish fiction at once: what’s not to like? –The Stars at Noonday

Dark Horse
Release Date: June 22

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TEETH edited by HWA Member Ellen Datlow

Posted by Dark Whisperer on June 22, 2011

Editors: Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Full Title: Teeth: Vampire Tales

Twenty of today’s favorite writers explore the intersections between the living, dead, and undead. Their vampire tales range from romantic to chilling to gleeful—and touch on nearly every emotion in between.

Neil Gaiman’s vampire-poet in “Bloody Sunrise” is brooding, remorseful, and lonely. Melissa Marr’s vampires make a high-stakes game of possession and seduction in “Transition.” And in “Why Light?” Tanith Lee’s lovelorn vampires yearn most of all for the one thing they cannot have—daylight. Drawn from folk traditions around the world, popular culture, and original interpretations, the vampires in this collection are enticingly diverse.

But reader beware: The one thing they have in common is their desire for blood. . . .

Table of Contents

    Introduction by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow
    Things to Know About Being Dead by Genevieve Valentine
    All Smiles by Steve Berman
    Gap Year by Christopher Barzak
    Bloody Sunrise by Neil Gaiman
    Flying by Delia Sherman
    Vampire Weather by Garth Nix
    Late Bloomer by Suzy McKee Charnas
    The List of Definite Endings by Kaaron Warren
    Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castellucci
    Sit the Dead by Jeffrey Ford
    Sunbleached by Nathan Ballingrud
    Baby by Kathe Koja
    In the Future When All’s Well by Catherynne M. Valente
    Transition by Melissa Marr
    History by Ellen Kushner
    The Perfect Dinner Party by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
    Slice of Life by Lucius Shepard
    My Generation by Emma Bull
    Why Light? by Tanith Lee

This collection masterfully conveys the complexity of the concept, with nary a clunker to be found, and is a must-have for any vampire fan out there. –Realms of Fantasy

This collection of vampire stories features offerings by many big names in YA literature, including Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Kathe Koja, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black. Teens still entranced by vampires will relish the diversity of formats (Gaiman’s entry is a song-poem) and tones, which range from darkly humorous to sweetly poignant to flat-out gore. –Booklist

What’s impressive with Teeth: Vampire Tales is that holistically, it reinvigorates the vampire fiction sub-genre. Neither Bram Stoker nor Stephenie Meyer, the featured fiction encompasses a wide variety of emotion, character, and conflict. –Bibliophile Stalker

Release Date: April

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Posted by Dark Whisperer on June 7, 2011

By all accounts, 16-year-old Maya Blair is a typical teen-age high school student. She hangs out with her best friend Lucy, has a turbulent relationship with her ex-boyfriend Stuart, and works at her family’s diner – the main restaurant on the island of Coronado Bay.

But Maya has an extraordinary secret – she can see, hear, and talk to ghosts. And when spirits are near her they revert back to solid form. She is what her deceased grandmother Elsa calls a Seer.

For years, Elsa was the only ghost Maya knew. But that changes when the century-old wreckage of the Black Lady, a ship that capsized in Coronado Bay’s waters, is raised from the ocean floor and placed on display in the local museum. During a school tour of the Black Lady exhibit, Maya meets Blake Hennessy, a young, fair-skinned boy to whom she is instantly attracted. Shortly thereafter, a sensual, gothic young man named Gavin Hamlin crosses her path, and she is equally smitten. Her feelings bloom before she realizes they are both ghosts – Blake, the kind-hearted spirit who cares for Maya’s well being, and Gavin, the dark wizard who thirsts to finish the evil task he longed to complete 100 years before.

To accomplish his nefarious plan, Gavin has to be human again. And for that, he needs the blood of a virgin witch. In his mind, Maya is the perfect candidate. Now it’s up to Maya, Lucy, and Blake to save Coronado Bay and the world from destruction. But time is running out, people are dying, and Gavin’s powers are growing.

Things were so much simpler when all she had to worry about was a date for the dance.

“With the frightening, funny, and first-rate GHOSTS OF CORONADO BAY, JG Faherty takes readers on a cruise to some dark waters indeed.” – Jeff Mariotte, award-winning author of DARK VENGEANCE

Publisher: JournalStone Publishing
Release Date: June 16, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-936564-09-5

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CURSE OF KALI by HWA Member Guido Henkel

Posted by Dark Whisperer on May 9, 2011

Beheaded by a statue that came alive?

In Victorian London, the head of a rich writer in the hands of Hindu goddess Kali would certainly indicate so and raises some peculiar questions.

Trying to find out whether the killer was even human, Inspector Lestrade decides to consult two detectives — one, the premier authority in the crime field, the other, famed ghost hunter Jason Dark.

Despite the overwhelming evidence, Dark and Siu Lin reckon there might be an even more sinister force at work than they originally suspected — and a nemesis returns!

Filled with enough mystery, drama and suspenseful action to transport you to the sinister streets of gaslit Whitechapel, the digs of Jack the Ripper, your encounter with the extraordinary awaits.

“A briskly paced pulp fiction throwback full of gothic dread and shivery intrigue.” “A cult of sophisticated fiends who like their terror full of elegant dread and Victorian charm.” — Chris Alexander, FANGORIA

Publisher: Thunder Peak Publishing
Release Date: April 19, 2011

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VINTAGE VAMPIRE STORIES Edited by HWA Member Robert Eighteen-Bisang

Posted by Dark Whisperer on May 6, 2011

Editors: Robert Eighteen-Bisang and Richard Dalby

Robert Eighteen-Bisang is an expert on vampire literature who is best–known as the owner of the world’s largest collection of rare vampire books. He received the Lord Ruthven Award for Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Richard Dalby is a bestselling author and vampire expert. He lives in London, England.

Long lost to the public in out–of–print pulp magazines, dusty Victorian anthologies, and defunct newspapers, these vintage vampire stories have proved themselves immortal. Resurrected in 2011, this stunning collection of nineteenth-century vampire stories includes such heavy-weights such as Sabine Baring–Gould and Bram Stoker. The stories are arranged in chronological order from 1846 to 1913 and are compiled by two of the world’s leading vampire anthologists and experts.

Rare images of Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes for “Count Vampire” (1890) are included through the courtesy of the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

    Pu Songling. “The Blood-Drinking Corpse” (1679)
    Ernst Raupach. “Let the Dead Rest: A Fairytale” (1822)
    Erkmann-Chatrian. “The Burgomaster in Bottle” (1849)
    William H. G. Kingston. “The Vampire; or, Pedro Pacheco and the Bruxa” (1863)
    Mary Fortune. “The White Maniac: A Doctor’s Tale” (1867)
    G. J. Whyte-Melville. “Madame de St. Croix” (1869)
    Sabine Baring-Gould. “Margery of Quether” (1884)
    Bram Stoker. “Count Wampyr” (1890)
    Julian Osgood Field. “A Kiss of Judas” (1893)
    Mary Elizabeth Braddon. “Herself” (1894)
    Prof. P. Jones. “The Priest and His Cook” (1895)
    William Beer. “The Ring of Knowledge” (1896)
    Dick Donovan. “The Woman with the ‘Oily Eyes’” (1899)
    James Edward Muddock. “The Story of Annette (from Official Records): Being the Sequel to the ‘Woman with the Oily Eyes’” (1899)
    Hugh McCrae. “The Vampire” (1901)
    Phil Robinson. “Medusa” (1902)
    R. Murray Gilchrist. “The Lover’s Ordeal” (1905)
    Lionel Sparrow. “The Vengeance of the Dead” (1907)
    Morley Roberts. “The Blood Fetish” (1909)
    Appendix: Charles Dickens, Jr. “Vampyres and Ghouls” (1871)

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Release Date: May 2011

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EMPIRE’S END by HWA Member David Dunwoody

Posted by Dark Whisperer on May 4, 2011

The dead refuse to stay dead. The Reaper is here to put them down.

As winter sets in and America’s survivors struggle to rebuild a semblance of civilization, terrifying new enemies are gathering—both in the lawless badlands and within the walls of the safe zone. Most fearsome of all is the “King of the Dead.” His zombified troupe of sideshow curiosities is but a fraction of his growing pack.

The Reaper’s quest to safeguard the humans he has befriended places him on the trail of these feral undead. But he is sorely unprepared for the return of the zombie transformed by his own flesh, the Omega—a fiend driven by something more sinister than any virus.

Meanwhile, Death’s questions about his origin haunt him, and he is close to the answers… but the worst of both the living and the dead are rising in his path, and he’ll have to cut them all down to reach the cosmic endgame.

“A powerful new chapter in an epic series of zombie thrillers. Endlessly entertaining.” -Jonathan Maberry, NY TIMES bestselling author of PATIENT ZERO and ROT & RUIN

“Let the Reaper be your guide in this epic entry in the Empire series. David Dunwoody once again delivers the goods with this post apocalyptic masterpiece.” -Timothy W. Long, author of THE ZOMBIE-WILSON DIARIES

Publisher: Permuted Press
Release Date: 4/28/2011

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STEPHEN KING by HWA Member Rocky Wood

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 21, 2011

Full title: Stephen King: A Literary Companion

This companion provides a two-part introduction to best-selling author Stephen King, whose enormous popularity over the years has gained him an audience well beyond readers of horror fiction, the genre with which is most often associated.

Part I considers the reception of King’s work, the film adaptations that they gave rise to, the fictional worlds in which some of his novels are set, and the more useful approaches to King’s varied corpus.

Part II consists of entries for each series, novel, story, screenplay and even poem, including works never published or produced, as well as characters and settings.

Release Date: 18 April 2011

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BEFORE CAIN STRIKES by HWA Member Joshua Corin

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 13, 2011

Author: Joshua Corin

When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

The only problem is, in this online classroom the students are would-be serial killers eager to learn the tricks of the trade from a master, the enigmatic Cain42.

FBI consultant Esme Stuart is struggling to stanch the doubt and fear eating away at her marriage. Now a seedy true-crime writer is dredging up the deadly confrontation that nearly destroyed her. But the link between Esme’s old enemy and this new predator is the key to the Bureau’s manhunt.

Esme knows her involvement in the case could cost her everything. Her marriage. Her daughter. Her life. But when Cain openly challenges his “students” to embark on a killing spree, she has no choice but to act—before Cain strikes another victim down…

“Mr. Corin really knows how to draw the readers in. Be warned as his books are a one seat read. Before Cain Strikes is a nail-bitter!” —Manic Readers

“Joshua Corin is a new name to watch in crime fiction. Fearless, inventive, and intuitive, his writing is incredibly self-assured.” — J.T. Ellison, bestselling author of The Cold Room

“The sequel to WHILE GALILEO PREYS is a fast-paced thriller as the audience anticipates a shoot-out at the OK Corral; in this case a bed and breakfast. The villains are psychopaths being mentored by one of the most disturbing predators in years; Professor Cain 42 teaches a lesson that ‘family values’ can be negative. Family values are also an issue for Esme and Rafe as he makes a powerful argument that she inadvertently takes her work home, endangering her family. Readers will enjoy this insightful look at how much an agent sacrifices to do her job legally with due diligence.” —Harriet Klausner

Release_Date: April 2011

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NIGHTMARES by HWA Member Mike Emmett

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 11, 2011

Author: Mike Emmett

Nightmares is a collection of short horror stories written by Mike Emmett and published over the past 30 years. Twenty tales of e-terror guaranteed to keep you awake at night.


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