Lots to report, so I’ll try to keep it short-ish. First off, the newest news: I just got word this morning that my story “The Seventh Picture” will be appearing in Candle in the Attic Window, the modern Gothic anthology forthcoming from the fine folks at Innsmouth Free Press. I’ll let you know when there’s a full table of contents, but for now I know that I’m lucky enough to be sharing space with the inimitable Jesse Bullington again.
Speaking of Innsmouth Free Press, and especially their anthologies, this month sees the release of their first one, Historical Lovecraft, which is currently available for preorder at 20% off the cover price, until April 20th. If you can’t wait, though, it’s also available in a variety of digital formats from Smashwords, Books on Board, and Amazon. You can also check it out on Goodreads, where they’re having a giveaway!
Historical Lovecraft is a really exciting anthology that’s really different from the run-of-the-mill Lovecraftian anthology you might come across. In addition to my story “Black Hill,” it’s got pieces from the aforementioned Jesse Bullington, as well as Molly Tanzer and Joshua Reynolds, among others. I’ve said it before, and, at risk of making her blush, will probably continue saying it, but I’ve had the good fortune to read Molly’s story already, and I’ll give my personal guarantee that it’s worth the price of admission all by itself. No joke.
There’s a bonus reason to buy Historical Lovecraft, though, and it’s also something I’ve said before and will continue beating into the ground until it comes to pass: If these initial anthologies do well, then Innsmouth Free Press will be doing a fungus-themed anthology in 2012, to be co-edited by none other than yours truly! So go buy a copy so I can edit a fungus anthology! Because seriously, how awesome would that be?
I’m almost (but not quite) done hawking wares here, so bear with me. Last up, but certainly not least, Delicate Toxins from Side Real Press should be shipping out mid-April. It’s an anthology of strange stories inspired by Hanns Heinz Ewers (he wrote Alraune, among some other stuff). In it, my story “The Devil in the Box” shares ToC with luminaries like Richard Gavin and Mark Samuels, among others. Also, it looks like it is going to be a completely gorgeous book, and if you order it from the publisher you’ll get a tipped-in bookplate.
OK, now I’m finally done shilling stuff. All that’s left is to mention that I’m going to be at the World Horror Convention in Austin, Texas at the end of the month. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of friends there, and to making new ones. There’ll be more about that as it approaches, but I do believe I’m going to be on a panel about short fiction, so you can probably come see me make a fool of myself. If not there, then certainly I’ll be available elsewhere in the convention for fool-making purposes. And Sunday night the lovely Selena Chambers will be having a book launch party (outside the con) for The Steampunk Bible, so I’ll definitely be there.