Anthology Roundup Part 2: A Book Of Horrors

by Brian on November 10, 2011

in Fiction

Another brand new one. You have to love seminal editor Stephen Jones’ concept for this: a deliberately unthemed anthology, just Steve inviting an undisclosed number of the most dependable writers he knows to do their very best, then selecting the cream of the crop. I’m ecstatic not to have curdled on this one.

Again, the company rocks: Caitlin R. Kiernan. Dennis Etchison. Ramsey Campbell. John Ajvide Lindqvist. Michael Marshall Smith. R.C. Matheson. Some guy named Stephen King. 14 in all. The reviews at the Amazon link below are very comprehensive, and will serve up a much better idea of what’s an offer here than I have room for. Suffice to say that my piece is called “Roots and All,” a kind of folkloric reaction to what’s become of the place where my grandparents spent their lives.

Here’s the thing: It’s from UK publisher Quercus, where also-seminal editor Jo Fletcher now has her own imprint. Meaning, a Kindle download notwithstanding, at this point a stateside purchase may mean a little extra effort or wait.

Then there’s also what I call the Richer Than God Edition, a 100-copy traycased limited coming later this year from fellow contributor Peter Crowther’s specialty press, PS Publishing. Depending on the exchange rates, that one will set you back about $1000.

Probably not the version you’ll want to take along on a rafting trip.

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