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TEAR OF THE GODS by HWA Member Joseph Nassise

Posted by Dark Whisperer on July 12, 2011


Author: Alex Archer (Joseph Nassise)

The legacy of a pagan king could unleash terror on the world

It started as a dream—a redheaded warrior king fought and died for his men centuries ago. The dream would lead archaeologist Annja Creed to the king’s undisturbed corpse…and one of England’s greatest mythical artifacts.

Deep in an archaeological dig in England’s Midlands, Annja locates a braided necklace around a mummified king’s neck. Made of an unusual material—not quite obsidian, but gleaming with multihued color—the torc is an astonishing find. But someone knows exactly what the torc means. And he will do anything to get his hands on the Tear of the Gods. When the dig is compromised and innocent archaeologists are slain, even Annja herself is left for dead. Now she is fleeing for her life, not knowing the terrifying truth about the relic she risks everything to protect—or the devastating consequences should it fall into the wrong hands….

Gold Eagle
Release Date: 7/5/2011
ISBN_10=0373621507
ISBN_13=978-0373621507

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NAKED CITY edited by HWA Member Ellen Datlow

Posted by Dark Whisperer on July 5, 2011


Editor: Ellen Datlow
Full title: Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy

In Jim Butcher’s “Curses” Harry Dresden investigates how to lift a curse laid by the Fair Folk on the Chicago Cubs. In Patricia Briggs’ “Fairy Gifts,” a vampire is called home by magic to save the Fae who freed him from a dark curse. In Melissa Marr’s “Guns for the Dead,” the newly dead Frankie Lee seeks a job in the afterlife on the wrong side of the law. In Holly Black’s “Noble Rot,” a dying rock star discovers that the young woman who brings him food every day has some strange appetites of her own.

Featuring original stories from 20 authors, this dark, captivating, fabulous and fantastical collection is not to be missed!

Table of Contents:

    Curses by Jim Butcher
    How the Pooka Came To New York City by Delia Sherman
    On the Slide by Richard Bowes
    The Duke of Riverside by Ellen Kushner
    Oblivion by Calvin Klein by Christopher Fowler
    Fairy Gifts by Patricia Briggs
    Picking up the Pieces by Pat Cadigan
    Underbridge by Peter S. Beagle
    Priced To Sell by Naomi Novik
    The Bricks of Gelecek by Matthew Kressel
    Weston Walks by Kit Reed
    The Projected Girl by Lavie Tidhar
    The Way Station by Nathan Ballingrud
    Guns for the Dead by Melissa Marr
    And Go Like This by John Crowley
    Noble Rot by Holly Black
    Daddy Long Legs of the Evening by Jeffrey Ford
    The Skinny Girl by Lucius Shepard
    The Colliers’ Venus by Caitlín R. Kiernan
    King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree by Elizabeth Bear

Datlow (Digital Domains) adds to her already lengthy list of impressive anthology credits with this compilation of 20 original stories from some of the best-known names in urban fantasy. For newbies, her short but informative intro clearly lays out the boundaries of these works, which combine “the often-dark edge of city living with enticing worlds of magic.” Jim Butcher’s “Curses,” a humorous short story linked to his Dresden Files series, is a nice change of pace from his increasingly grim novels. Ellen Kushner’s “The Duke of Riverside” gives the origins of the romance between Alec and St. Vier, heroes of her novel Swordspoint. Lavie Tidhar’s “The Projected Girl,” set in Haifa, Israel, features a boy’s search for the truth behind a legendary magic trick. Other notable contributors include Lucius Shepard, Patricia Briggs, and Melissa Marr. –Publishers Weekly

This anthology of short fiction affords a superb sampling of urban fantasy, that popular sf/fantasy subgenre defined in the book’s introduction (which, in all of three pages, is a welcome and helpful, to say nothing of articulate, definition of this subgenre) as a combination of the “often-dark edge of city living with enticing worlds of magic”—with an urban landscape being absolutely crucial to the story. To put it another way (as also expressed in the introduction, that is), “where the story takes place should matter, in some way, to the story.” –Booklist starred review

Naked City definitely contains some of the best urban fantasy stories which I have had the pleasure of reading in a long while, and I fully expect that this anthology will be showing up in the nomination lists for next year’s round of awards. –The Green Man Review

St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 5
ISBN_10=0312604319
ISBN_13=978-0312604318

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MISERERE by HWA Member Teresa Frohock

Posted by Dark Whisperer on July 1, 2011


Author: Teresa Frohock

Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina’s soul, but Catarina doesn’t want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen’s hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven’s front line of defense between Earth and Hell.

When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina’s wrath isn’t so easy to escape. In the end, she will force him once more to choose between losing Rachael or opening the Hell Gates so the Fallen’s hordes may overrun Earth, their last obstacle before reaching Heaven’s Gates.

“In her debut novel, Miserere: An Autumn Tale, Teresa Frohock has succeeded at creating that all-too-rare phenomenon among first-time story-tellers: a mature prose style combined with a fully realized vision. Her ‘woerld’ will completely immerse the reader with its compelling and striking visuals, fascinating details and thrilling plot turns. The book is almost impossible to put down and it’s harder yet not to actually believe that what Ms. Frohock imagined isn’t terribly real—even if some of us haven’t found an entrée into the parallel existences she’s meticulously crafted. Studded with magic, demons, and terror run amok, dark fantasy and horror fans alike will walk away from Miserere feeling they’ve found a writer they not only admire, but are anxious to revisit soon in her future works.” — Lisa Mannetti, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of The Gentling Box and Deathwatch

“Miserere is about redemption, and the triumph of our best impulses over our worst. It’s also about swords, monsters, chases, ghosts, magic, court intrigues and battles to the death. It’s also (and this is the important part) really, really good.” –Alex Bledsoe, author of Dark Jenny and The Sword-Edged Blonde

“Miserere is excellent dark fantasy with fascinating worldbuilding and beautifully realized characters.” –Courtney Schafer, author of The Whitefire Crossing.

Night Shade Books
Release Date: July 1, 2011
ISBN_10=1597802891
ISBN_13=9781597802895

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HWA Member Ellen Datlow Wins Locus Award

Posted by Dark Whisperer on June 26, 2011

Congratulations are in order for Ellen Datlow, who was awarded the Locus Award for Editor today at a banquet in Seattle.

The other nominees for Editor were: Gardner Dozois, Gordon Van Gelder, David G. Hartwell, and Jonathan Strahan.

The complete list of winners follows:

    Science Fiction Novel: Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)
    Fantasy Novel: Kraken, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey)
    First Novel: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
    YA Book: Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
    Novella: The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
    Novelette: “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains”, Neil Gaiman (Stories)
    Short Story: “The Thing About Cassandra”, Neil Gaiman (Songs of Love and Death)
    Magazine: Asimov’s
    Publisher: Tor
    Anthology: Warriors, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Tor)
    Collection: Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories, Fritz Leiber (Night Shade)
    Editor: Ellen Datlow
    Artist: Shaun Tan
    Non-Fiction: Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: 1907-1948: Learning Curve, William H. Patterson, Jr., (Tor)
    Art Book: Spectrum 17, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)</ul

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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
ISBN_10=1597802174
ISBN_13=9781597802178

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Bram Stoker Award 2010 Winners Announced

Posted by Dark Whisperer on June 25, 2011

Superior Achievement in a NOVEL
A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub (Doubleday/Orion)

Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL (Tie)
BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
THE CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)

Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION
INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)

Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION
“The Folding Man” by Joe R. Lansdale (from HAUNTED LEGENDS)

Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY
HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)

Superior Achievement in a FICTION COLLECTION
FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)

Superior Achievement in NON-FICTION
TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex Publications)

Superior Achievement in a POETRY COLLECTION
DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)

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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
ISBN_10=1-59582-546-0
ISBN_13=978-1-59582-546-9

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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

HarperCollins
Release Date: April
ISBN_10=0061935158
ISBN_13=978006193515

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GHOSTS OF CORONADO BAY by HWA Member JG Faherty

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
ISBN_10=0-9843891-9-9
ISBN_13=978-0-9843891-9-3

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