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Interzone Review of Mad Hatters and March Hares

Thanks to Andy Hedgecock for his review of “Mad Hatters and March Hares” (edited by Ellen Datlow) in Interzone 274.

“Ellen Datlow will have soon edited 100 anthologies. An impressive achievement in itself, but one accentuated by the positive critical reception those books have elicited. In her introduction to “Mad Hatters and  March Hares”, Datlow reveals her lifelong fascination with Lewis Carroll’s Alice books and the enduring pleasure she has taken in the art and films they have inspired. So it’s just as well that this is a stimulating, rich varied collection of stories….there’s whimsy, dirty realism, surrealism, dark fantasy and metafiction.”

Hedgecock describes “Moon, and Memory, and Muchness” by Katherine Vaz as a tour de force. Of Kaaron Warren’s “Eating the Alice Cake” that it’s a harrowing tale but an emotionally gripping and necessary one. Stephen Graham Jones’  horrific “Alis” is a tightly controlled piece of writing and Jones produces an interesting riff on the notion of minatory mirror and its inverted realities. 

“In terms of drawing inspiration from Carroll’s Alice and gheading off somewhere entirely unexpected, Priya Sharma’s “Mercury” sets the bar exceeding highly…using fiction to explore the boundaries between madness and imagination is an activity fraught with pitfalls relating to coherence, plausibility and taste, but Sharma’s liminal tale wanders between the debatable lands of historical fantasy and historical realism with quiet assurance.”

“Mad Hatters and March Hares is an impressive and consistently original collection that includes several exceptionally good short stories – then contributions from Priya Sharma, Jeffrey Ford and Richard Bowes are three of then best stories I’ve read in the last couple of years. Another rich, varied and entertaining anthology from Ellen Datlow.”

Interzone 274

Mad Hatters and March Hares

 

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Black Feathers Edited by Ellen Datlow

black-feathers-jpg-wraparound“Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales” is now out in paperback and is available from Amazon UK (currently £10.99), Amazon US (currently $15.95) and Barnes & Noble.

With stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Seanan McGuire, Pat Cadigan, Richard Bowes, Paul Tremblay, A. C. Wise, Usman T. Malik, Jeffrey Ford, Sandra Kasturi, Mike O’Driscoll, Priya Sharma, Alison Littlewood, M. John Harrison, Nicholas Royle, Livia Llewellyn, and Stephen Graham Jones.

 

 

 

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This is Horror Awards 2017

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This is Horror Awards 2017 is open for public voting. More information is here.

Voting closes at 12:01am GMT on Monday 26 February 2018.

Novel of the Year

  1. Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman
  2. I Wish I Was Like You by S.P. Miskowski
  3. In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson
  4. The Changeling by Victor LaValle
  5. The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

Novella of the Year

  1. Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  2. In the River by Jeremy Robert Johnson
  3. Mapping The Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
  4. Quiet Places by Jasper Bark
  5. The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

Short Story Collection of the Year

  1. Behold the Void by Philip Fracassi
  2. Everything That’s Underneath by Kristi DeMeester
  3. Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
  4. She Said Destroy by Nadia Bulkin
  5. 13 Views of the Suicide Woods by Bracken MacLeod

Anthology of the Year

  1. Last Podcast on the Left
  2. Lore Podcast
  3. Lovecraft eZine Podcast
  4. Post Mortem with Mick Garris
  5. The Horror Show with Brian Keene
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Mad Hatters and March Hares edited by Ellen Datlow

Mad Hatters and March HaresMad Hatters and March Hares, edited by Ellen Datlow and published by Tor Books is out on 12th December 2017.  The cover art is by Dave McKean.

I am proud to be included with “Mercury”.

Tor.com describe it as  “An all original anthology of stories inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. ‘Alice’ has been read, enjoyed, and savored by generations of children and adults since its publication. It’s hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative and full of wordplay, mathematical puzzles, and political and social satire.”

Me and Alice by Ellen Datlow on the Tor/Forge blog.

Ellen Datlow will be celebrating the launch at the KGB Bar (85 E 4th St, New York 1003) on Monday 18th Decemeber 2017 at 7pm, along with guests Richard Bowes, Kris Dikeman, Matthew Kressel, Genevieve Valentine, Katherine Vaz and Ysabeau Wilce.

Table of Contents

  • “A Comfort, One Way” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Alis” by Stephen Graham Jones
  • “All the King’s Men” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “Conjoined” by Jane Yolen
  • “Eating the Alice Cake” by Kaaron Warren
  • “Gentle Alice” by Kris Dikeman
  • “In Memory of a Summer’s Day” by Matthew Kressel
  • “Lily-White & The Thief of Lesser Night” by C.S.E. Cooney
  • “Mercury” by Priya Sharma
  • “Moon, Memory, Muchness” by Katherine Vaz
  • “My Own Invention” by Delia Sherman
  • “Run, Rabbit” by Angela Slatter
  • “Run, Rabbit, Run” by Jane Yolen
  • “Sentence Like a Saturday”  by Seanan McGuire
  • “Some Kind of Wonderland” by Richard Bowes
  • “The Flame After the Candle” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Queen of Hats” by Ysabeau Wilce
  • “Worrity, Worrity” by Andy Duncan

 

Buy online:

Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com, Wordery.com, Barnes & Noble.

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Review of “Black Feathers” edited by Ellen Datlow

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Black Feathers giveaway on Goodreads

Goodreads are giving away 10 copies of Black Feathers. Enter here by 6th March 2017.

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At the end, eerie is the word that best describes the sensation of reading Black Feathers. Eerie people, eerie situations, eerie landscapes, and most of all eerie birds to haunt imaginations and trouble dreams.
Highly recommended.

-Michael R.Collings for Hellnotes (full review)

 

 

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Black Feathers edited by Ellen Datlow

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Black Feathers is a masterful presentation of dark avian-themed shorts. From the jarring, owl-like turn of a head, to the blood-flecked beaks, to the sinister gifts left by all-seeing pigeons, to the replacement eggs hatched… Eddie Generous for Unnerving Magazine (Full review)

Black Feathers is out now from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

 

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Review of Black Feathers Edited by Ellen Datlow

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Horror stories are oftentimes crime stories exaggerated to grotesque proportions, with the supernatural and uncanny occasionally standing in for the unsolvable; as a genre, it’s a literary detour past thriller and a dive over the boundary into terror. Black Feathers is no different, with a collection of tales of murder and abductions and madness—with birds, helpful or sinister or often both, as its central theme—from authors as renowned for their non-horror writings as Joyce Carol Oates and Pat Cadigan. It is however a lesser-known author who has written what is easily my favorite story from the collection. In “The Crow Palace,” Priya Sharma writes a cold-blooded tale of family and terrible secret bargains…Other short story standouts for me included Seanan McGuire’s “The Mathematical Inevitability of Corvids,” about a young girl who counts birds as a way of preserving her fragile days, and Jeffrey Ford’s “The Murmurations of Vienna Von Drome”, one of the few stories set in a fantastic world. Relatable enough to crime fans, this latter story follows a police investigator on the trail of a serial killer. I also enjoyed the fresh narrative voice of the teenaged first-person narrator in Stephen Graham Jones’s “Pigeon from Hell.” Doreen Sheridan for Criminal Element (Full Review)

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Storyville: 10 Highly Anticipated Books for 2017

In Storyville, his regular column for Litreactor, Richard Thomas features his ten highly anticipated books for 2017.

I’ve already bought number one on his list (“Behind Her Eyes” by Sarah Pinborough) and am delighted that “Black Feathers” is on there too-

Do I really have to sell you on anything edited by Ellen Datlow? With work by Stephen Graham Jones, Priya Sharma, Livia Llewellyn, Usman T. Malik, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Tremblay, and Seanan McGuire this is sure to be a big hit.

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Out 7th Feb in the USA and 7th March in the UK

Review:

“Black Feathers” is another triumph for this talented editor and highly recommended for its diverse and skilled contributors. It will definitely cause you to think twice the next time you see a flock of birds soaring through the sky or hear their songs outside your window. Alan Cranis for Bookgasm. (Full review)

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Mad Hatters and March Hares

Ellen Datlow has announced the table of contents for her Alice in Wonderland themed anthology Mad Hatters and March Hares, which will be out from Tor in 2017.

I am delighted to be included with “Mercury”.

ToC

Gentle Alice by Kris Dikeman (poem)
My Own Invention by Delia Sherman
Lily-White & The Thief of Lesser Night by C.S.E. Cooney
Conjoined by Jane Yolen
Mercury by Priya Sharma
Some Kind of Wonderland by Richard Bowes
Alis by Stephen Graham Jones
All the King’s Men by Jeffrey Ford
Run, Rabbit by Angela Slatter
In Memory of a Summer’s Day by Matthew Kressel
Sentence Like a Saturday by Seanan McGuire
Worrity, Worrity by Andy Duncan
Eating the Alice Cake by Kaaron Warren
The Queen of Hats by Ysabeau Wilce
A Comfort, One Way by Genevieve Valentine
The Flame After the Candle by Catherynne M. Valente
Moon, Memory, Muchness by Katherine Vaz
Run, Rabbit, Run by Jane Yolen (poem)

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