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New Release – Tails of Wonder and Imagination

Posted by Dark Whisperer on February 7, 2010

Tails of Wonder and Imagination

Editor: Ellen Datlow

Publisher: Night Shade

Release Date: February 15th, 2010

ISBN-10: 1597801704
ISBN-13: 978-1597801706

Editor Website

What is it about the cat that captivates the creative imagination? No other creature has inspired so many authors to take pen to page. Mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories have all been written about cats.

From legendary editor Ellen Datlow comes Tails of Wonder and Imagination, showcasing forty cat tales by some of today’s most popular authors. With uncollected stories by Stephen King, Carol Emshwiller, Tanith Lee, Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Hand, Dennis Danvers, and Theodora Goss and a previously unpublished story by Susanna Clarke, plus feline-centric fiction by Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, George R. R. Martin, Lucius Shepard, Joyce Carol Oates, Graham Joyce, Catherynne M. Valente, Michael Marshall Smith, and many others.

Tails of Wonder and Imagination features more than 200,000 words of stories in which cats are heroes and stories in which they’re villains; tales of domestic cats, tigers, lions, mythical part-cat beings, people transformed into cats, cats transformed into people. And yes, even a few cute cats.

Table of Contents:

  • Through the Looking Glass (excerpt) – Lewis Carroll
  • No Heaven Will Not Ever Heaven Be… – A. R. Morlan
  • The Price – Neil Gaiman
  • Dark Eyes, Faith, and Devotion – Charles de Lint
  • Not Waving – Michael Marshall Smith
  • Catch – Ray Vukcevich
  • The Manticore Spell – Jeffrey Ford
  • Catskin – Kelly Link
  • Mieze Corrects an Incomplete Representation of Reality – Michaela Roessner
  • Guardians – George R. R. Martin
  • Life Regarded as a Jigsaw Puzzle of Highly Lustrous Cats – Michael Bishop
  • Gordon, the Self-Made Cat – Peter S. Beagle
  • The Jaguar Hunter – Lucius Shepard
  • Arthur’s Lion – Tanith Lee
  • Pride – Mary A. Turzillo
  • The Burglar Takes a Cat – Lawrence Block
  • The White Cat – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Returns – Jack Ketchum
  • Puss-Cat – Reggie Oliver
  • Cat in Glass – Nancy Etchemendy
  • Coyote Peyote – Carole Nelson Douglas
  • The Poet and the Inkmaker’s Daughter – Elizabeth Hand
  • The Night of the Tiger – Stephen King
  • Every Angel is Terrifying – John Kessel
  • Candia – Graham Joyce
  • Mbo – Nicholas Royle
  • Bean Bag Cats(R) – Edward Bryant
  • Antiquities – John Crowley
  • The Manticore’s Tale – Catherynne M. Valente
  • In Carnation – Nancy Springer
  • Old Foss is the Name of His Cat – David Sandner
  • A Safe Place to Be – Carol Emshwiller
  • Nine Lives to Live – Sharyn McCrumb
  • Tiger Kill – Kaaron Warren
  • Something Better than Death – Lucy Sussex
  • Dominion – Christine Lucas
  • Tiger in the Snow – Daniel Wynn Barber
  • The Dweller in High Places – Susanna Clarke
  • Healing – Benjamin Dennis Danvers
  • The Puma – Theodora Goss

Whispers about Tails of Wonder and Imagination

“… an assortment of 40 stories by authors who are for the most part willing to take cats on their own ground. Datlow avoids the trap of a too-narrow premise: though there appears to be a slight bias toward horror, the stories are various within that field, from Jack Ketchum’s ghost story “Returns to Michaela”, Roessner’s highly scientific “Mieze Corrects an Incomplete Representation of Reality” and Edward Bryant’s brilliantly repellent “Bean Bag Cat”. Other tales are amusing, like Lawrence Block’s “The Burglar Takes a Cat”, or gently sentimental, like Dennis Danvers’s “Healing Benjamin”. This is that rarity of rarities: an anthology of cat stories worth reading.” — Publishers Weekly


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HWA at BEA 2009

Posted by Dark Whisperer on May 31, 2009

For the second time in its history, the Horror Writers Association exhibited at BookExpo America, held May 29th through the 31st at the Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC. Several HWA members – including Deborah LeBlanc, Alexandra Sokoloff, Ellen Datlow, Gary Frank, Kim Paffenroth, Connie Corcoran-Wilson, Jameson Currier, and Vince Liaguno – participated in book signing events during the convention, successfully placing their titles in front of booksellers, librarians, and new readers alike.

BookExpo America is the publishing industry’s largest event with literally thousands of publishers, authors, booksellers, and agents under one roof. After last year’s successful West Coast event, BEA returned to New York. Below are some highlights from the busy HWA Booth:

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New Release – Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 14, 2009

trolls-eye-viewTroll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales

Editors: Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Release Date: April 16th, 2009

ISBN-10: 0670061417
ISBN-13: 978-0670061419

Editor Website

Everyone thinks they know the real story behind the villains in fairy tales – evil, no two ways about it. But the villains themselves beg to differ. In Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s new anthology for younger readers, you’ll hear from the Giant’s wife (“Jack and the Beanstalk”), Rumplestiltskin, the oldest of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and many more. A stellar lineup of authors, including Garth Nix, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman and Nancy Farmer, makes sure that these old stories do new tricks!

In this follow-up to Datlow and Windling’s A Wolf at the Door and Swan Sister, the duo again amass an anthology of fairy-tale retellings, for 8-12 year olds, only this time they keep focus upon the backstories of well-known villains.

Table of Contents:

Wizard’s Apprentice | Delia Sherman
An Unwelcome Guest | Garth Nix
Faery Tales | Wendy Froud
Rags and Riches | Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Up the Down Beanstalk | Peter S. Beagle
The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces | Ellen Kushner
Puss in Boots, the Sequel | Joseph Stanton
The Boy Who Cried Wolf | Holly Black
Troll | Jane Yolen
Castle Othello | Nancy Farmer
Skin | Michael Cadnum
A Delicate Architecture | Catherynne M. Valente
Molly | Midori Snyder
Observing the Formalities | Neil Gaiman
The Cinderella Game | Kelly Link

Whispers about Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales

“..retell[s] fairy tales from the point of view of fairy tale villains – the witch, the wolf, the troll, the evil fairy godmother, etc…unlocking a Pandora’s box of stories, with a few coming along at the very end proving to be the most fearsome of the whole lot. In some cases this topsy-turvy worldview results in stories which are, in style and tone, by turns humorous, whimsical, or cautionary…In a handful of cases the resulting tales are stunningly, even unsettlingly, dark and beautiful, epitomizing what fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar has described as the “beauty and terror” of fairy tales…although an inner leaf of the book lists its intended audience as grades four and up or ages nine and up, fairy tale lovers of all ages should pick up a copy.” – Green Man Review

“…very enjoyable” – Booklist

“…highly readable and thought-provoking…A solid choice, particularly where sophisticated fractured fairy tales are popular.” – School Library Journal

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New Release – Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 14, 2009

inferno-coverInferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

Editor: Ellen Datlow

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: March 31st, 2009 (Reissue)

ISBN-10: 0765315599
ISBN-13: 978-0765315595

Editor Website

A state-of-the-art non-themed anthology of 20 new stories by some of horror fiction’s best and brightest. Winner of the International Horror Guild Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.

Table of Contents:

The Forest | Laird Barron
Misadventure | Stephen Gallagher
The Monsters of Heaven | Nathan Ballingrud
Inelastic Collisions | Elizabeth Bear
The Uninvited | Christopher Fowler
13 O’clock | Mike O’Driscoll
Lives | John Grant
Ghorla | Mark Samuels
Riding Bitch | K.W. Jeter
Face | Joyce Carol Oates
An Apiary of White Bees | Lee Thomas
The Keeper | P. D. Cacek
Bethany’s Wood | Paul Finch
The Ease with Which We Freed the Beast | Lucius Shepard
Hushabye | Simon Bestwick
Perhaps the Last | Conrad Williams
Stilled Life | Pat Cadigan
The Janus Tree | Glen Hirshberg
The Bedroom Light | Jeffrey Ford
The Suits at Auderlene | Terry Dowling

Whispers about Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

“Ellen Datlow is the queen of anthology editors in America. Inferno isn’t just good, it’s astonishingly good.” – Peter Straub, author of Ghost Story and Shadowland

“Datlow makes a solid claim to being the premiere horror editor of her generation…If this book can be taken as a gauge of the vitality of imagination in contemporary horror fiction, then the genre is very healthy indeed.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“This book serves up excellent, high-quality creep. That’s something anyone can sink their teeth into. Bon appétit!” – Green Man Review

“This is the real deal, folks. Read it and freak!” – Tomb of Dark Delights

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New Release – Eternal Vigilance: The Death of Illusions

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 14, 2009

ev2_coverEternal Vigilance: The Death of Illusions

Author: Gabrielle S. Faust

Publisher: Immanion Press

Release Date: March 1st, 2009

ISBN-10: 1904853641
ISBN-13: 978-1904853640

Author Website

In the year 2111, Tynan Llywelyn, the forsaken philosophical leader of the Immortal vampire race, awoke after a century’s Sleep to a world decimated by war. Drawn into a new societal structure bitterly divided between ancient magic and a cruel new technology known as the Chronous, Tynan has found himself at the heart of an epic battle to bring down the Tyst Empire, a merciless international dictatorship. The Tyst crave more than global domination; they desire true Immortality and have made a pact with an ancient vampiric god called the Vicinus who has promised them eternal life in exchange for freeing him from his otherworldly prison. Tynan would have liked nothing more than to simply turn his back on the war, but his vampire Elders and the Phuree, a cunning human rebel uprising, had other plans in store for him. He was not only to join in the fight, but he was to be the vampire to take down the Tyst Empire and bring the Vicinus to his knees.

A year later, struggling against the ironclad orders of his Elders and his own vicious moral demons, Tynan has relented and agreed to complete the mission the Phuree and Immortals have devised for him. Amidst a crumbling Immortal legacy and a divided human world suffocating from fear and bloodshed, he will lead the way towards the front lines of a war against a colossal empire he has barely begun to comprehend and a primordial force hell-bent on destroying the world. Tynan can only pray now that the Immortals and Phuree have chosen in him wisely.

Whispers about Eternal Vigiliance: The Death of Illusions

“Screw Twilight! Eternal Vigilance is the vampire series everyone should be reading!” – Fatally Yours Reviews

“With the Eternal Vigilance trilogy, Gabrielle S. Faust has given the vampire genre a much needed vitamin B-12 injection and made herself the Queen of Cyber Goth. The Death of Illusions ups the ante and action of the first book, setting the stage for what promises to be an epic resolution. All of this is accomplished with a lush love of poetic language that puts Faust in a class of her own.” – Greg Lamberson, author of Johnny Gruesome and Personal Demons

“Vampires are comfortable in their familiarity, in their Gothic surroundings as ornate as their inner contortions. Faust pulls vampires out of their well-worn trappings and puts them in the realm of the desolate. Deal with it.” – Michael Marano, Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author of Dawn Song

Book Trailer…

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Bloodletting Wins Specialty Press Award

Posted by Dark Whisperer on March 26, 2009

larry-debra-robertsThe Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce that the 2009 Specialty Press Award has been awarded to Bloodletting Press.

Bloodletting Press is based in Modesto, California and is run by Larry Roberts and his wife, Debra Roberts. They have been publishing fine limited edition books since 2002. Their titles are all highly prized by both collectors and readers alike.

Recently, Bloodletting has formed a new imprint, Morning Star Books as well as a joint venture with Delirium Books for very high-end collectible books, Infernal House Books.

Bloodletting and Delirium have also collaborated to create the Horror Mall, one of the world’s largest bookstores specializing in horror, as well as The Haunt, a social networking site for horror fans.

In its several dozen books, Bloodletting has published many of the modern masters of the horror field including Brian Keene, Douglas Clegg, Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, Ray Garton, and James A. Moore. All of their books have used outstanding design and production techniques.

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New Release – Impossibilia

Posted by Dark Whisperer on January 29, 2009


Author: Douglas Smith

Publisher: PS Publishing

Release Date: December 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1848630017 (Jacketed Hardcover, signed and numbered)
ISBN-13: 978-1848630000 (Hardcover, signed and numbered)

Author Website

We all have things we hide away inside – secrets, fears, aspects of ourselves we keep locked away. Or try to. In that respect, the characters we meet in Impossibilia are like any of us. They have things inside them too. Only their things are a little… different. A dead wife that won’t leave. A wolf. The secret to being the luckiest man alive.

In ‘Bouquet of Flowers in Vase, by van Gogh’, remote viewing drives a search through the past for lost masterpieces. An ex-CIA agent, haunted by the presence of his dead wife, falls in love with a beautiful remote viewer with her own secret. But can viewing the past change the present?

Cree Indian legends, a love triangle, a covert government agency, and shape shifters collide in the award-winning ‘Spirit Dance’, described in Challenging Destiny as “…a vivid and wonderfully written tale about Native Canadian spirits, in the vein of Thomas King.”

In ‘Going Down to Lucky Town’, an itinerant gambler chases a streak of luck across the country, while trying to win back the love of his daughter. The secret he finds forces him into an ultimate gamble for the highest stakes of all: his daughter’s life.

And through all the stories, these characters share one more thing beyond what they hold inside. In the decisions they face, in the choices they make, they do what they do out of love. Lost love, found love, the love of a child. But love. So maybe they aren’t that different from us after all…

Impossibilia contains three novelettes from award-winning Canadian writer, Douglas Smith. From the introduction by UK writer, Chaz Brenchley: “The stories in this collection reach from van Gogh’s rural France to the classic travelling fair to the far lost forest, and from timeshift to shapeshift to the activity of luck. That’s range, or at least a glimpse of range, in the grand manner that harks back to Bradbury and Sturgeon and Ellison.”

Whispers about Impossibilia

“The three stories collected in Impossibilia are very different, covering almost the entire range of speculative genres. The writing is superb. Douglas Smith is an artisan and his stories beautifully crafted. … In my search for the perfect short story, the three in this volume certainly qualify.” -Kelly Jensen, SF Crowsnest Book Reviews

“With every new story, the more impressed I am with [Smith’s] subtlety and vision. I’ve yet to read a work of his that wasn’t beautifully written, but more than that, his stories resonate with a deep understanding of the human condition as well as a characteristic wry wonder… Stories you can’t forget, even years later.” -Julie Czerneda, author and editor

“Each story [in Impossibilia] is unique and different, showcasing a different aspect of Douglas Smith’s talent. […] A fun romp that delivered something different [with] stories that are exhilarating…” – Charles Tan, Bibliophile Stalker

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New Release – Out of Time

Posted by Dark Whisperer on December 23, 2008

outoftime2Out of Time

Authors: Michael McCarty and Connie Corcoran-Wilson, M.S.

Publisher: Lachesis Publishing

Release Date: September 1st, 2008

ISBN-10: 9781897562
ISBN-13: 978-1897562017

Author Website

When a series of man-made and natural disasters strike the USA, altruistic rock star Dante Benedick (aka “The One”) must travel back through time to rescue the world and the love of his life. He will have 168 hours to attempt to stop the suicide of Isabella Bellwood, the President’s daughter, which may alter the course of history and prevent the Great Destruction.

Whispers about Out of Time

“Let me start right off by saying that Connie Wilson presents what I call ‘matter-of-fact’ horror. She writes solid, declarative sentences rife with dark undertones. No fancy description for Connie. No sentimental musings. No soft emotionalism. Just hard-edged documentary-style storytelling. Jolting objective sentences made all the more disturbing by their cool directness. Frankly – and I consider myself well-read in the shock genre – I have never encountered a style such as she displays. Connie Wilson’s dark talent is unique, and readers will stagger away from her icy tales, stunned and groggy.” – William F. Nolan, Author of Logan’s Run and Nightworlds

Book Trailer…

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New Release – One of the Wicked

Posted by Dark Whisperer on September 19, 2008


A Mick Callahan Novel

Author: Harry Shannon

ISBN: 1594147035

Publisher: Five Star Mystery

Release Date: November 2008

In this dark third book in the series, the talk show host and psychologist tries to help an old friend repay a debt to the mob. Soon Callahan is on the run from both the police and an evil Russian hit squad.

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