Ellen Datlow‘s Best Horror of the Year (Volume 6) is now out!
I am very excited to be included alongside writers like Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, Nina Allen and Ray Cluley, to name but a few. My story, “The Anatomist’s Mnemonic”, was initially published in Black Static 32. As always, a big shout our to its editor, Andy Cox, and to Ellen.
Table of Contents:
“Apports” de Stephen Bacon (Black Static #36)
“Mr. Splitfoot” de Dale Bailey (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells)
“The Good Husbandv” de Nathan Ballingrud (North American Lake Monsters)
“The Tiger” de Nina Allan (Terror Tales of London)
“The House on Cobb Street” de Linda E. Rucker (Nightmare #9 June)
“The Soul in the Bell Jar” de KJ Kabza (F&SF November/Dec)
“Call Out” de Stephen Toase (Innsmouth Magazine #12)
“That Tiny Flutter of the Heart I Used to Call Love” de Robert Shearman (Psycho-Mania)
“Bones of Crow” de Ray Cluley (Black Static #37)
“Introduction to the Body in Fairy Tales” de Jeannine Hall Gailey (Phantom Drift #3)
“The Fox” de Conrad Williams (This is Horror chapbook)
“The Tin House” de Simon Clark (Shadow Masters)
“Stemming the Tide” de Simon Strantzas (Dead North)
“The Anatomist’s Mnemonic” de Priya Sharma (Black Static #32.)
“The Monster Makers” de Steve Rasnic Tem (Black Static #35)
“The Only Ending We Have” de Kim Newman (Psycho-Mania)
“The Dog’s Paw” de Derek Künsken (Chilling Tales : In Words, Alas, Drown I)
“Fine in the Fire” de Lee Thomas (Like Light For Flies)
“Majorlena” de Jane Jakeman (Supernatural Tales 24)
“The Withering” de Tim Casson (Black Static 32)
“Down to a Sunless Sea” de Neil Gaiman (The Guardian.com)
“Jaws of Saturn” de Laird Barron (The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All)
“Halfway Home” de Linda Nagata (Nightmare #12)
“The Same Deep Waters as You” de Brian Hodge (Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth)
“The finger bones are called the phalanges. Three to each finger. Two in the thumb.”
She touched each one in his little finger and his thumb by way of demonstration. Sam felt the start of gnawing elation.
“Fascinating.” He’d been preoccupied with aesthetics, not construction or mechanics, but her words thrilled him.
“And these are the metacarpal bones,” Sam swallowed when she ran her finger across his palm. “At one end they form the knuckles and at the other they articulate with the wrist bones, which are my favourites.”
“Why?” He relished her pleasure.
“They’re interesting. Each one has a different shape and name but they fit together like a jigsaw.”
She made him arch his thumb to reveal two taut lines along his wrist.
“This gap is called the anatomical snuffbox,” she pointed to the space between the pair of tendons. “The bone which forms the floor is the scaphoid.”
“Scaphoid,” he repeated.
“The rest of the wrist bones are the lunate, triquetrel, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate and hamate.” She worked her way over the wrist to show him where each bone was. “I like the hamate. It has a hook.”
He felt like he was party to the arcane.
“How do you remember all that?” Sam wanted her to know he was impressed.
“Hard work. And mnemonics. Lots of mnemonics.”
The e-version of Ellen’s Best Horror (Volume 5), which contains shorts by Peter Straub, Margo Lanagan, Stephen King and Livia Llewellynn ( as well my own, “The Ballad of Boomtown”) is on offer for a limited period for the $1.99. More info on here.