I’m delighted to report that my most recent collection of stories, Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies, is on the shortlist for this year’s Bram Stoker awards, amidst some intimidating company. I’m thrilled to see worthy work by friends and acquaintances recognized; if you’re interested in some of the best fiction currently being written, you could do a lot worse than use this list as a reading guide. Thanks to the members of the HWA for selecting my book as a nominee.
As a writer, one of the things you dream of is thoughtful, nuanced responses to your work. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to receive a number of these kinds of reactions to my stories. Recently, Ryan Whitley wrote a terrific analysis of my story, “The Horn of the World’s Ending,” which appeared first in Darrell Schweitzer’s That Is Not Dead in 2015, and which will be part of my forthcoming collection, Children of the Fang. I’m extremely moved by the care and attention Ryan has brought to his reading of the piece, and I thank him for it.
Ryan included this illustration with his essay, and it’s pretty cool.
My goodness, it’s been a while since I visited this space, hasn’t it? Sorry for all the dust, but I’ll probably let the spiders stay.
Here’s some good news to start: this August, my fourth collection of stories, Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies, will be published by Word Horde Press! Here’s a look at the beautiful cover the brilliant Matthew Jaffe came up with for it:
Klimt meets Frazetta!
Stephen Graham Jones provided a very kind and generous introduction that made me feel I was a much smarter writer than I am.
This is a big book, modeled after collections like King’s Skeleton Crew and Barker’s Books of Blood. Here’s the Table of Contents:
“Zombies in Marysville”
“With Max Barry in the Nearer Precincts”
“Into the Darkness, Fearlessly”
“Children of the Fang”
“Episode Three: On the Great Plains, in the Snow”
“The Horn of the World’s Ending”
“The Underground Economy”
“The Communion of Saints”
“To See, To Be Seen”
“What You Do Not Bring Forth”
If you’d like to preorder a copy from Word Horde, it would be much appreciated. As we did with The Fisherman, I’ll be signing (and illustrating!) bookplates for the Word Horde orders.