a few items of possible interest

First, there is a lovely review of my second collection, You’ll Know When You Get There, at the site “See the Elephant,” written by Paul St.John Macintosh. You can, of course, purchase You’ll Know When You Get There from its publisher, Swan River Press.

Second, my Shirley-Jackson Award-winning story, “The Dying Season,” has been reprinted at Nightmare Magazine, where you can read it for free. I strongly suggest that if you like the story, you should buy the anthology it appears in, Aickman’s Heirs, which also won the Shirley Jackson and is one of the best anthologies I’ve read. (It’s available on Kindle as well.) Oh! And there is also an interview with me, largely about the story, at the same site.

Third, the writer David Surface has written a lovely piece on his blog feature, “One Great Story,” about one of my early published stories, “These Things We Have Always Known.”

Fourth, I’ve written a couple of pieces about other writers for Women in Horror month. Check out the list of recommendations at Mark West’s Women in Horror mixtape, and over at the Ginger Nuts of Horror, Jim Mcleod asked me to write about a woman horror writer who’d influenced me in the past and also a newer one that I would recommend.

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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.