“Sing Me Your Scars,” the title story of my collection, will be reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016, edited by Paula Guran, Prime Books. The full Table of Contents includes work by Kelley Armstrong, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Graham Jones, Caítlin R. Kiernan, John Langan, Ken Liu, Seanan McGuire, and may more. I was ecstatic to see Priya Sharma’s “Fabulous Beasts” in the ToC as it’s one of my favorite stories from 2015. Thrilled, too, for Michael Wehunt’s “The Devil Under the Maison Blue,” another favorite. I’m currently reading Michael’s collection, Greener Pastures, releasing this spring and it’s fantastic.
Speaking of collections, I also had the privilege of reading Furnace by Livia Llewellyn, which releases in February. It’s a breathtaking collection of dark and fearless work and is available for pre-order now.
And in other good news, “Sing Me Your Scars” made it onto the Bram Stoker Award preliminary ballot in the short fiction category. I’ve put links to all the stories below, and some, like “Sing Me Your Scars,” can be read free online. Please note that none is considered a nominee at this point as this is only the preliminary ballot.
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction:
Bailey, Dale – “Snow” (Nightmare Magazine #33)
Boston, Bruce – “A Trader on the Border of the Mutant Rain Forest” (Daily Science Fiction)
Braum, Daniel – “An American Ghost in Zurich” (Savage Beasts) (Grey Matter Press)
Gonzalez, Michael Paul – “Choking Hazard” (Winter Horror Days) (Omnium Gatherum)
Jonez, Kate – “All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck” (Black Static #47)
Manzetti, Alessandro – “The Massacre of the Mermaids” (The Massacre of the Mermaids) (Kipple Officina Libraria)
O’Neill, Gene – “The Algernon Effect” (White Noise Press)
Palisano, John – “Happy Joe’s Rest Stop” (18 Wheels of Horror) (Big Time Books)
Southard, Nate – “The Cork Won’t Stay” (Nightmare Magazine #34)
Walters, Damien Angelica – “Sing Me Your Scars” (Sing Me Your Scars) (Apex Publications)
Wong, Alyssa – “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” (Nightmare Magazine #37)
And lastly, there are several novels releasing this year that I’m looking very forward to. There are also plenty of forthcoming collections, but I’ll save those for another post. In no particular order, here are the 2016 books on my radar:
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
Pressure by Brian Keene
The Fireman by Joe Hill
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
Man With No Name by Laird Barron
End of Watch by Stephen King