WHAT?!?

Today, the extremely happy news that Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies has won a This Is Horror award has been released to the public. Since Michael David Wilson emailed me about this the other week, I’ve been bursting at the seams to tell everyone about it; finally, I can do so. Here’s the text of the acceptance speech I wrote:

Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies by [John Langan, Stephen Graham Jones]
The lizard people are overjoyed! (Really, they are.)

The news that the voters have chosen Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies for the 2020 This Is Horror award in the collection category comes as a surprise and a delight. Of course you don’t write for awards, but there’s no denying the shot in the arm they can give you. As with so many people, I’ve found the past year at times a struggle, and I’m grateful for the joy this award brings with it. Thanks to all who cast their vote for my book. The other finalists in the category: Kay Chronister, Kathe Koja, Adam Nevill, and Christopher Slatsky, represent an impressive range of talent and accomplishment. I’m honored to have had my book associated with theirs. If you haven’t read any of them, I urge you to remedy that oversight with all due haste. Together, their books make a compelling case for the continued health and vitality of the horror field–as indeed does this ballot as a whole.

There are a number of people I have to thank:

–Ross Lockhart and Word Horde press, for publishing the collection and Matthew Jaffe for gifting it with such a striking cover;

–the editors who originally solicited its stories: Ellen Datlow, Aaron French, Nick Gevers, Orrin Grey and Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Eric Guignard, S.T. Joshi, Chris Kelso, Ross Lockhart, Joe Pulver, Darrell Schweitzer, Justin Steele, Simon Strantzas, and Erin Underwood;

–my agent, the indefatigable Ginger Clark, and her associate, the fearless Nicole Eisenbraum;

–those fellow writers who are always there when I pick up the phone, Laird Barron and Paul Tremblay;

–and my family, especially my younger son, David, with whom I’ve discussed storytelling and music as we’ve walked the dogs at night, and my wife, Fiona, who continues to accompany me through this strange, loving life we’ve made together.

I included the words “and Other Genealogies” in my title to highlight my sense of these stories as mapping branches of my (literary) family tree. Though only a partial accounting, the book’s contents nonetheless gesture in the direction of the gnarled and twisted tree from which my stories have sprung. I’m grateful for those who came before me, for those of my own generation, and for those newer writers who are doing such wonderful things.

Thanks very much.

I’m especially happy to share the podium, as it were, with friends Stephen Graham Jones, Laurel Hightower, and Todd Keisling. I’ve already received a number of congratulations, for which, thank you!

News of the Falchion!

Yesterday, Ross Lockhart, my publisher at Word Horde, wrote to tell me that Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies has made the short list for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Short Story Collection/Anthology. To that I say, Hurrah! And also thanks, for all who voted to put it there. I haven’t seen the final ballot, yet, but best wishes to all who are on it. Do I need a silver falchion? What do you think?

Falchion, Steel, gold, textile, Italian, Venice
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Holy Priceless Collection of Etruscan Snoods, Batman!

To my great surprise and joy, my collection, Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies, has been nominated for the This Is Horror awards in the collection category! Thanks very much to everyone who voted to put it there, amidst some imposing company. Frankly, I am gobsmacked. If you’d like to have a look at the complete nominations, you can do so here.

Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies by [John Langan, Stephen Graham Jones]

Good News, Everyone!

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.

A Reading of One of My Stories

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.

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Ryan included this illustration with his essay, and it’s pretty cool.

Children of the Fang!

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:

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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:

Sweetums” 

Hyphae”

Muse” 

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” 

Tragōidia” 

Ymir” 

Irezumi” 

The Horn of the World’s Ending” 

The Underground Economy” 

The Communion of Saints” 

Aphanisis” 

Gripped” 

Inundation” 

To See, To Be Seen” 

What You Do Not Bring Forth” 

Vista” 

Slippage” 

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.