2015 was a fantastic year for dark fiction. I didn’t read everything I wanted to thanks to the old reliables – time and money, and my to-read pile is still a fearsome beast, but I did read quite a bit. Here are some of my favorites from this year:
Anthologies & Collections:
The Monstrous edited by Ellen Datlow
Aickman’s Heirs edited by Simon Strantzas
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep edited by Paula Guran
Skein and Bone by V. H. Leslie
The End of the End of Everything by Dale Bailey
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
“Fabulous Beasts” by Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
“Some Gods of El Paso” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Tor.com)
“Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong (Nightmare Magazine)
“Three Small Slices of Pumpkin Pie” by Wendy Wagner (Farrago’s Wainscot)
“The Devil Under the Maison Blue” by Michael Wehunt (The Dark Magazine)
“To Sleep in the Dust of the Earth” by Kristi DeMeester (Shimmer Magazine)
“eyes I dare not meet in dreams” by Sunny Moraine (Cyborgology)
“Rules for Ordinary Heroes” by Sandra McDonald (Nightmare Magazine)
“Brisé” by Mehitobel Wilson (Apex Magazine)
“Given the Advantage of the Blade” by Genevieve Valentine (Lightspeed Magazine)
Though I’m ending 2015 in a frustrating, post-holiday creative slump, it was definitely a good year in the word mines for me. Sing Me Your Scars, my first collection, was released in March by Apex Publications and has been well-received. “The Floating Girls: A Documentary” was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, was translated and published in a Chinese literary magazine, and was reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror.
I wrote 18 new stories, 12 of which were solicited and, thankfully, I met every deadline. 3 stories are still awaiting editorial judgment; the rest were accepted/sold. I sold a total of 26 stories: 19 new and 7 reprints. And although both are currently unfinished, I started 2 new novels. I also did a lot of freelance editing.
Next year will bring the publication of my novel, Paper Tigers, and short stories in several anthologies, including The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu: New Lovecraftian Fiction, Lost Signals, Autumn Cthulhu, and Chiral Mad 3.
I’m wishing for a happy and productive 2016 for all!