Ellen Datlow has released her list of Honorable Mentions that will appear in print at the back of The Best Horror of the Year volume V.
I am thrilled to bits that my story,”Pearls”, is included there. This appeared in Bourbon Penn last year.
The list includes horror stalwarts like Ramsay Campbell, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman, Gary McMahon and Alison Littlewood. There are also some other brilliant stories in there-
“The Pest House” by Carole Johnstone, Black Static 28 (and if you thought this was good, check out “Signs of the Times” in Black Static 33).
“The Churn” by Simon Bestwick, Black Static 27.
“Cracks” by Jon Ingold, Black Static 28.
“Skein and Bone” by V.H. Leslie, Black Static 31.
“The Little Things” by Jacob Ruby, Black Static 27.
“Eyepennies” by Mike O’Driscoll, TTA Chapbook. I couldn’t find a link to his site, so here’s an interview with him instead.
“The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man’s Whore” by the marvellous Sean Demory.
There are stories that aren’t on this list from 2012 that I thought were superb and if I can be so bold as to make recommendations, they are Ray Cluley‘s “Shark! Shark!”, which appeared in Black Static 29, closely followed by his story, “All Change” in Black Static 30. Both are very clever stories, in very different ways.
My other news is that I’ve had a couple of stories accepted, about which I’m chuffed-
“After Mary” by Alt Hist magazine, (thanks to editor Mark Lord), and “Thesea and Astaurius” by Interzone (thank you to Andy Cox and Andy Hedgecock).