Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2014 edited by Paula Guran

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Paula Guran has very kindly included me in her Year’s Best for 2014, published later this year by Prime Books. It’s a story called “Rag and Bone” which appeared on last year.

Needless to say, I’m a very happy woman who owes thanks to both Paula and Ellen Datlow, who was my editor at






Here’s the table of contents:

  • “Postcards from Abroad,” Peter Atkins (Rolling Darkness Revue 2013, Earthling Publications)
  • “The Creature Recants,” Dale Bailey (Clarkesworld, Issue 85, October 2013)
  • “The Good Husband,” Nathan Ballingrud (North American Lake Monsters, Small Beer Press)
  • “Termination Dust,” Laird Barron (Tales of Jack the Ripper, ed. Ross Lockhart, Word Horde)
  • “The Ghost Makers,” Elizabeth Bear (Fearsome Journeys, ed. Jonathan Strahan, Solaris)
  • “The Marginals,” Steve Duffy (The Moment of Panic, PSPublishing)
  • “A Collapse of Horses,” Brian Evenson (The American Reader, Feb/Mar 2013)
  • “A Lunar Labyrinth,” Neil Gaiman (Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe, eds. J. E. Mooney & Bill Fawcett, Tor)
  • “Pride,” Glen Hirshberg (Rolling Darkness Revue 2013, Earthling Publications)
  • “Let My Smile Be Your Umbrella,” Brian Hodge (Psycho-Mania!, ed. Stephen Jones, Robinson)
  • “The Soul in the Bell Jar,” K. J. Kabza (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2013)
  • “The Prayer of Ninety Cats,” Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean Online, Spring 2013)
  • “Dark Gardens,” Greg Kurzawa (Interzone # 248)
  • “A Little of the Night,” Tanith Lee (Clockwork Phoenix 4, ed. Mike Allen, Mythic Delirium)
  • “The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning,” Joe R. Lansdale (Beyond Rue Morgue: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s First Detective, ed. Paul Kane & Charles Prepole, Titan)
  • “Iseul’s Lexicon,” Yoon Ha Lee (Conservation of Shadows, Prime Books)
  • “The Plague” Ken Liu (Nature, 16 May 2013)
  • “The Slipway Gray,” Helen Marshall (Chilling Tales 2, ed. Michael Kelly, Edge Publications)
  • “To Die for Moonlight,” Sarah Monette (Apex Magazine, Issue #50)
  • “Event Horizon,” Sunny Moraine (Strange Horizons, 21 Oct 2013)
  • “The Legend of Troop 13,” Kit Reed (Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jan 2013 / The Story Until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories, Wesleyan)
  • “Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell,” Brandon Sanderson (Dangerous Women, eds. George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, Tor)
  • “Phosphorous,” Veronica Schanoes, (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, eds. Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, Tor)
  • “Blue Amber,” David J. Schow (Impossible Monsters, ed. Kasey Lansdale, Subterranean Press)
  • “Rag and Bone,” Priya Sharma (, 10 April 2013)
  • “Our Lady of Ruins”, Sarah Singleton (The Dark 2, Dec 2013)
  • “Cuckoo,” Angela Slatter (A Killer Among Demons, ed. Craig Bezant, Dark Prints Press)
  • “Wheatfield with Crows,” Steve Rasnic Tem (Dark World: Ghost Stories, ed. Timothy Parker Russell, Tartarus Press)
  • “Moonstruck,” Karin Tidbeck (Shadows and Tall Trees, Vol. 5, ed. Mike Kelly, Undertow)
  • “The Dream Detective,” Lisa Tuttle (Lightspeed, Mar 2013)
  • “Fishwife,” Carrie Vaughn (Nightmare, Jun 2013
  • “Air, Water and the Grove,” Kaaron Warren (The Lowest Heaven, eds Anne C. Perry & Jared Shurin, Jurassic London)




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Happy Birthday Interzone

Happy 250th Birthday to Interzone!

Check out The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction for the history of the magazine but here’s the cover of the first ever issue. Seeing Angela Carter’s name makes me shiver.

Issue 250 has cover art by Wayne Haag. There are seven stories, by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, David Tallerman, the wonderful Georgina Bruce, C. Allegra Hawksmoor, Rebecca Campbell, Greg Kurzawa, Caroline M. Yoachim, all illustrated in glorious full colour by Ben Baldwin, Richard Wagner, Martin Hanford, and Dave Senecal. All the usual regular features are present, including David Langford’s 200th Ansible Link; Book Zone, including an interview with Libby McGugan; Nick Lowe’s Mutant Popcorn (film reviews); Tony Lee’s Laser Fodder (DVD/Blu-ray reviews).

Black Static 38 is dedicated to the memory of Joel Lane (1963–2013), and Nicholas Royle pays tribute in ‘The Conscience of the Circuit’. The front and back cover art is by Joachim Luetke. Long and short stories are by John Grant, Andrew Hook, Maura McHugh, Tim Waggoner, Danny Rhodes, and Malcolm Devlin makes his debut. Peter Tennant reviews a great many books and interviews author Gary Fry. Tony Lee reviews DVDs/Blu-rays. Lynda Rucker and Stephen Volk supply their usual comment columns.

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Edouard Martinet

My budget is never going to stretch to buying a piece by Edouard Martinet but I think his work is really beautiful. He makes marvels from junk that he gets in flea markets and car boot sales.

His moth, for example, is constructed from moped guard chains, headlights, bike brake parts windscreen wipers, among other things.