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  • Sep. 5th, 2017 at 8:28 PM

So I tried to post a comment here and the link icon wouldn't work.  I will take this as a sign that it's time to retire this site.  I've barely used it anyway since I finished my RoF Retrospective series, and these days I'm barely on social media at all given how busy I am.  You can find me going forward (occasionally) on Facebook and Twitter. I do like having a blog though, so I imagine I'll leave this livejournal up and running, so that if I change my mind down the road I can always return to it.


So it's been some months since the last time I posted here. The last post mentioned mentioned how Christopher Golden had been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for his story in my anthology, What the #@&% is That? So I guess it's somewhat fitting that all these months later I am posting that "Little Widow" by Maria Davhana Headley--a story she originally wrote for the same anthology--has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award in the category of Best Short Fiction.

I coedited this anthology with John Joseph Adams, and after securing Maria's consent, we agreed to publish this story in his online magazine, Nightmare Magazine, in advance of the anthology to help promote the book. Since Nightmare technically published the story first, they are being credited as the publisher of origin, but being as the story was solicted for my anthology and that John and I coedited this piece together, I am still taking the appropriate editorial pride in seeing this story earn such a prestigious nomination.  You can read the story here (and also find links to the original anthology it was written for).

A full listing of this year's World Fantasy nominees can be found here

"The Bad Hour" is a Stoker Award Finalist

  • Feb. 23rd, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Huge congratulations go out to Christopher Golden, whose story "The Bad Hour" in the What the #@&% is That? anthology--coedited by myself and John Joseph Adams--has made the final ballot fpr Super Achievement in Short Fiction for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards. On a personal note, this marks the first time a story from one of my anthologies has made the final ballot for an award. It's a nice feather in my editorial cap and I have Chris to thank for it.  Congrats again, Chris!

You can see a full list of this year's nominees here

Big congrats to Gemma Files, whose story "Ghost Pressure" in the What the #@&% is That? anthology, has made the Locus Recommended Reading List.  You can read the entire list here.

ETA: Congratulations also to Maria Davhana Headley for her story "Little Widows," which was also in the What the #@&% is That? anthology and appeared on the Locus Recommended Reading List.  I missed this the first time because this story was run in advance of the anthology on Nightmare Magazine, and so Locus listed it under Nightmare instead.

Two stories from What the #@&% is That? have made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Fiction: "Only Unclench Your Hand" by Isabel Yap and "The Bad Hour" by Christopher Golden.  You can now read both stories for free over on the anthology's website.

So I'm extremely stoked (or should I say Stokered) to inform you all that two stories from What the #@&% is That? have landed on the 2016 Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot for Best Short Fiction: "The Bad Hour" by Christopher Golden and "Only Unclench Your Hand" by Isabel Yap.  I couldn't be prouder of my authors, and on a personal note these are the first stories from my anthologies to make even a preliminary awards ballot.  Considering I've done two anthologies to date, that ain't too shabby. :)

You can read the entire Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot here.

What the #@&% is That: Review

  • Jan. 5th, 2017 at 8:27 PM

What the #@&% is That? has received an excellent review from the New York Journal of Books.  You can read the entire review here.

I'm pleased to say that "Whose Drowned Face Sleeps" by Rachel Swirsky & An Owomoyela from the What the #@&% is That? anthology has been selected to be part of The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 17, edited by Paula Guran. Back when I worked for Realms of Fantasy, I discovered a number of stories that were selected for various Year's Best anthologies, but this marks the first time a story from an anthology I've edited is finding its way into a Year's Best edition, and it's extremely gratifying.

You can read the entire ToC right here.

I'm pleased to say that "Whose Drowned Face Sleeps" by Rachel Swirsky & An Owomoyela from the What the #@&% is That? anthology has been selected to be part of The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 17, edited by Paula Guran. Back when I worked for Realms of Fantasy, I discovered a number of stories that were selected for various Year's Best anthologies, but this marks the first time a story from an anthology I've edited is finding its way into a Year's Best edition, and it's extremely gratifying. 

What the #@&% is That? just got an awesome honor from Barnes and Noble, as the book has been named one of the best science fiction and fantasy anthologies of 2016

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