Dorian Gray, Best New Horror, & Black Static


Now available for pre-order from Swan River Press and due out next month is the anthology The Scarlet Soul: Stories for Dorian Gray, which includes my story “Every Exquisite Thing” and nine other stories by terrific writers. Edited by Mark Valentine, this is another gorgeous production from Swan River Press that you won’t want to miss.


Also available for pre-order: Best New Horror #28, edited by Stephen Jones, from PS Publishing. This includes my story “Who Is This Who Is Coming?” from my short story collection You’ll Know When You Get There. You can get the trade paperback or the signed limited edition of Best New Horror, which has a fine lineup as always. And you can still get a copy of You’ll Know When You Get There from Swan River Press while they last.


Finally, there’s a new Black Static out; I have an ongoing column here, and for this issue I wrote about ghosts. There’s also a regular column by Ralph Robert Moore, fiction reviews by Peter Tennant and film reviews by Gary Couzens, and the usual lineup of fine fiction, this time from Ruth EJ Booth, Ralph Robert Moore, Georgina Bruce, Andrew Humphrey, Carly Holmes, and Mel Kassel, all beautifully illustrated by Vince Haig, George C. Cotronis, and Joachim Luetke. If you subscribe, you get the first issue free.


Wielka księga horroru 1

Here is a nifty thing I was given at the World Horror Convention last month: a Polish edition of Best New Horror with my story “The Last Reel” inside!  Isn’t that a pretty cover?  The book also includes illustrations, and although I don’t really scare myself when I’m writing, the illustration for my story kind of freaked me out.

As far as I know, this is the first time I’ve been translated into another language.

I was also entertained by google translate’s version of this review of the book.  Google claims that this person wrote “Rucker made me think what I love in horror as their schematic.”  Something got lost in translation there, but it occurs to me that reviews in general of our own work might be a lot more fun to read if we start translating them into other languages and back into English using online translation software.

Best New Horror reviewed

bnhEditor Stephen Jones sent me a link to a nice review of The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, volume 20.  The blogger actually reviewed the book in a seven-part series of posts and covered every story.  I haven’t read all seven parts yet because I haven’t finished making my way through the anthology myself, but apparently it is pretty glowing throughout. I do want to point out one passage at the end of part seven, though:

If you know anyone that doesn’t like horror give them a copy of this book.  There is so much variety, so much quality on display here that I cannot believe for one minute that there will not be something in here that every reader, no matter how biased, will enjoy.

This is much too involved a tangent to pursue at length right now, but a number of times people have said to me, “Oh, I can’t stand horror” but read one of my stories because they knew me, and came back saying, “Oh, I don’t like horror, but I like that kind of story.  You don’t write horror!”  It’s a shame: the genre has been so degraded in the popular imagination (for a myriad of reasons) that its illustrious literary heritage has been forgotten.  (Yet another tangent, of course, is balancing that literary heritage with the understanding that horror is neither respectable nor is it in good taste.  If it were, it wouldn’t be horrible, would it?)

Go here to read nice things about my story, “These Things We Have Always Known” (and nice things about stories by Peter Crowther and Simon Stranzas).

Here are the links to the other six parts.

Part TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart SixPart Seven.

Here are the links to buy the book at Amazon US, Amazon UK (inexplicably still displaying the horrible-in-all-the-wrong-ways-US-cover, which is not the one you should receive if ordering from them), and Amazon Canada, if you are uninclined to trek to a brick-and-mortar place.