Monday, March 31, 2014

Table of contents - "Year's Best Weird Fiction" edited by Laird Barron

Weird fiction is thriving lately and with more gifted writers approaching the sub-genre it gains more coverage and audience with each passing year. It was a matter of time until a year’s best collection of weird short stories would be published and it happens starting this year, when the first edition of “Year’s Best Weird Fiction” will be released on August. And this first “Year’s Best Weird Fiction” collection already promises plenty of good things, it is edited by Laird Barron, one of the modern masters of speculative fiction, it is published by Undertow Publications, responsible for the excellent “Shadows & Tall Trees” magazine, and features some great names on its inaugural table of contents. All topped with a cover artwork made by Santiago Caruso, an authority of the visual side of the weird.

“Success” by Michael Blumlein (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2013)
“Like Feather, Like Bone” by Kristi DeMeester (Shimmer #17)
“A Terror” by Jeffrey Ford (, July 2013)
“The Key to Your Heart Is Made of Brass” by John R. Fultz (Fungi #21)
“A Cavern of Redbrick” by Richard Gavin (Shadows & Tall Trees #5)
“The Krakatoan” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare Magazine, July 2013/“The Lowest Heaven” edited by Anne C. Perry & Jared Shurin)
“Bor Urus” by John Langan (“Shadow’s Edge” edited by Simon Strantzas)
“Furnace” by Livia Llewellyn (“The Grimscribe’s Puppets” edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.)
“Eyes Exchange Bank” by Scott Nicolay (“The Grimscribe’s Puppets” edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.)
“A Quest of Dream” by W.H. Pugmire (“Bohemians of Sesqua Valley”)
“(he) Dreams of Lovecraftian Horror” by Joseph S. Pulver Sr. (Lovecraft eZine #28)
“Dr. Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron” by A.C. Wise (Ideomancer Vol. 12 Issue 2)
“The Year of the Rat” by Chen Quifan (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2013)
“Fox into Lady” by Anne-Sylvie Salzman (“Darkscapes”)
“Olimpia’s Ghost” by Sofia Samatar (Phantom Drift #3)
"The Nineteenth Step" by Simon Strantzas (“Shadows Edge” edited by Simon Strantzas)
“The Girl in the Blue Coat” by Anna Taborska (“Exotic Gothic 5, Vol. 1” edited by Danel Olson)
“In Limbo” by Jeffrey Thomas (“Worship the Night”)
“Moonstruck” by Karin Tidbeck (Shadows & Tall Trees #5)
“Swim Wants to Know If It’s as Bad as Swim Thinks” by Paul Tremblay (Bourbon Penn #8)
“No Breather in the World But Thee” by Jeff VanderMeer (Nightmare Magazine, March 2013)
“Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us?” by Damien Angelica Walters (Shock Totem #7)

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