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About Carole Johnstone
Scottish writer Carole Johnstone's debut novel, Mirrorland, will be published in spring 2021 by Borough Press/HarperCollins in the UK and Commonwealth and by Scribner/Simon & Schuster in North America.
Her award-winning short fiction has been reprinted in many annual 'Best Of' anthologies in the UK and the US. She has been published by Titan Books, Tor Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and PS Publishing, and has written Sherlock Holmes stories for Constable & Robinson and Running Press.
Carole is represented by Hellie Ogden at Janklow & Nesbit UK and Allison Hunter at Janklow & Nesbit (US).
More information on the author can be found at carolejohnstone.com.
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A World Fantasy Award nominee, “this anthology . . . is a collection of some of the most talented horror and speculative fiction authors writing today” (BuzzFeed). It includes all-new stories by Laird Barron, Pat Cadigan, Brian Evenson, Jeffrey Ford, Caítlin R. Kiernan, Garth Nix, Michael Marshall Smith, Kaaron Warren, and other masters of all things spooky and suspenseful.
In tales that crisscross the boundaries of fear and imagination—from a haunted courtyard in New Orleans to a remote Arctic research station—swamp monsters, pool-cleaning robots, and cannibalistic spirits wreak chaos and terror across the pages. You’ll be invited to a prom where a psycho hides inside a sparkly dress or rented tux; on a trip aboard a train to a destination that teems with ghosts; and into the darkest recesses of a human mind, the most fertile ground for the blossoming of true evil.
“Datlow’s ‘experimental’ crowdfunded horror anthology is nicely unthemed. . . . This is an excellent anthology for horror fans, with a nice range of tones and styles and some intriguing new voices.” —Publishers Weekly
“[Fearful Symmetries] not only goes beyond expectations, it raises the bar high above into the horror heavens. . . . A melting pot of distinct voices and styles that leave you wanting more.” —Hellnotes
“One of the best horror anthologies I’ve ever read.” —Thirteen O’Clock
Cat lives in Los Angeles, far from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs, full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days, Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with her husband, Ross.
But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to 36 Westeryk Road, which hasn't changed in twenty years. The grand old house is still full of shadowy corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues: a treasure hunt that leads back to Mirrorland, where the truth lies waiting...
A brilliantly crafted story of love and betrayal, redemption and revenge, Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about the power of imagination and the price of freedom.
Everyone loves a good ghost story, especially Ellen Datlow—the most lauded editor in short works of supernatural suspense and dark fantasy. The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories is her definitive collection of ghost stories.
These twenty-nine stories, including all new works from New York Times bestselling authors Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay, span from the traditional to the eclectic, from the mainstream to the literary, from pure fantasy to the bizarrely supernatural. Whether you’re reading alone under the covers with a flashlight, or around a campfire with a circle of friends, there’s something here to please—and spook—everyone.
Contributors include: Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Vincent J. Masterson, A.C. Wise, M. Rickert, Seanan McGuire, Lee Thomas, Alison Littlewood, M.L. Siemienowicz, Richard Kadrey, Indrapramit Das, Richard Bowes, Nick Mamatas, Terry Dowling, Aliette de Bodard, Carole Johnstone, Dale Bailey, Stephen Graham Jones, Bracken MacLeod, Garth Nix, Brian Evenson, Jeffrey Ford, Gemma Files, Paul Tremblay, Nathan Ballingrud, Pat Cadigan, John Langan.
A group of mountain climbers, caught in the dark, fight to survive their descent; in the British countryside, hundreds of magpies ascend into the sky, higher and higher, until they seem to vanish into the heavens; a professor and his student track a zombie horde in order to research zombie behavior; an all-girl riding school has sinister secrets; a town rails in vain against a curse inflicted upon it by its founders.
For more than three decades, editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow, winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, has had her finger on the pulse of the horror genre, introducing readers to writers whose tales can unnerve, frighten, and terrify. This anniversary volume, which collects the best stories from the first ten years of her annual The Best Horror of the Year anthology series, includes fiction from award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Neil Gaiman, Livia Llewellyn, Laird Barron, Gemma Files, Stephen Graham Jones, and many more.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Lowland Sea―Suzy McKee Charnas
Wingless Beasts―Lucy Taylor
The Nimble Men―Glen Hirshberg
Little America―Dan Chaon
Black and White Sky―Tanith Lee
The Monster Makers―Steve Rasnic Tem
Chapter Six―Stephen Graham Jones
In a Cavern, in a Canyon―Laird Barron
Shepherds’ Business―Stephen Gallagher
Down to a Sunless Sea―Neil Gaiman
The Man from the Peak―Adam Golaski
In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos―John Langan
The Moraine―Simon Bestwick
At the Riding School―Cody Goodfellow
Tender as Teeth―Stephanie Crawford & Duane Swierczynski
Wild Acre―Nathan Ballingrud
The Callers―Ramsey Campbell
This Stagnant Breath of Change―Brian Hodge
Grave Goods―Gemma Files
The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine―Peter Straub
The Days of Our Lives―Adam L. G. Nevill
You Can Stay All Day―Mira Grant
No Matter Which Way We Turned―Brian Evenson
Better You Believe―Carole Johnstone
About the Authors
Acknowledgment of Copyright
About the Editor
What frightens us, what unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the seventeen stories included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year.
Legendary editor Ellen Datlow (Poe: New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe), winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, joins Night Shade Books in presenting The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Two.
The Best Horror of the Year showcases the previous year’s best offerings in short fiction horror. This edition includes award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Laird Barron, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Nathan Ballingrud, Genevieve Valentine, and more.
For over three decades, award-winning editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow has had her finger on the pulse of the latest and most terrifying in horror writing. Night Shade Books is proud to present the seventh volume in this annual series, a new collection of stories to keep you up at night.
"Superstar editor Datlow makes no missteps...."
Take a terrifying journey with literary masters of suspense, including Peter Straub, Kim Newman, and Caitlín R. Kiernan, visiting a place where the other is somehow one of us. These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump in the night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it's a seemingly devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there—and much closer than it appears.
Darkness, our most primitive fear since shadows first stirred.
Within the pages of this horror anthology you will be taken back into the past, down to the depths of the ocean and across the borderline between our world and the next. You will see snapshots from the lives of small children, old-time cockney gangsters and aimless stoners. You will journey into the darkest house on the darkest street, wander hospital basements, and take a flight in the comfort of first class. You will meet Mr Stix.
The Dark is coming! Call your friends. No one should wander through the dark alone.
This short story collection includes:
- Kevin Lucia
- Jeremy C. Shipp
- Jasper Bark
- William Meikle
- Ray Cluley
- Scott Nicholson
- Gary McMahon
- G. N. Braun
- Carole Johnstone
- Armand Rosamilia
- Daniel I. Russell
- Joe Mynhardt
- Tracie McBride
- Stephen Bacon
- Benedict J. Jones
- Blaze McRob
- John Claude Smith
- Tonia Brown
- Mark West
- Robert W. Walker
Are you scared of the dark? You should be.
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from the Darkest Depths
For the Night is Dark eBook categories:
- Horror anthology
- Haunted houses and ghosts
- Disturbing psychological horror
- Urban Suspense
- Short stories
- Dark Fantasy Horror
- Psychological thriller
- Paranormal suspense
- Unexplained Mysteries
- US Horror Fiction
- Thriller short stories
The horror genre’s greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this collection of nineteen brand-new stories. In “The Boggle Hole” by Alison Littlewood an ancient folk tale leads to irrevocable loss. In Josh Malerman’s “The House of the Head” a dollhouse becomes the focus for an incident both violent and inexplicable. And in “Speaking Still” Ramsey Campbell suggests that beyond death there may be far worse things waiting than we can ever imagine... Numinous, surreal and gut wrenching, New Fears is a vibrant collection showcasing the very best fiction modern horror has to offer.
Cover Art: 'The King in Yellow' by Ben Baldwin
Guest Editorial by Mick Reeks
Skyshine (or Death by Scotland) by Carole Johnstone
The Shuttered Child by Tim Lees
illustrated by Jim Burns
The Swans by Ray Cluley
illustrated by Richard Wagner
Langwell Sorrow by Stephen Hargadon
illustrated by Ben Baldwin
Notes From the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker
Into the Woods by Ralph Robert Moore
Case Notes: Book Reviews by Peter Tennant
WRITTEN ON THE LAND ITSELF: DANIEL MILLS
The Account of David Stonehouse, Exile
plus author interview
FOUR BOOKS BY ALISON LITTLEWOOD
A Cold Silence
Zombie Apocalypse!: Acapulcalypse Now
The Hidden People
Five Feathered Tales
guest reviews by Stephen Theaker
ANCIENT & MODERN: JEFFREY THOMAS
Ghosts of Punktown
SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
The Dream Operator by Mike O’Driscoll
Escape Plans by David Sakmyster
Blood Spectrum: Film Reviews by Gary Couzens
American Gods, The Kettering Incident, Valkyrien, The Sinbad Trilogy, The Orchard End Murder, Blood Diner, Waxwork, C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud, Return of the Living Dead III, Life, The Belko Experiment, Killing Ground, A Dark Song, The Ghoul, Capture Kill Release, Voice from the Stone, The Transfiguration, The Evil Within, Phoenix Forgotten, Temple, Within
Issue 41 has new horror and dark fantasy fiction from Tim Waggoner, Vajra Chandrasekera, Ralph Robert Moore, Carole Johnstone, Leah Thomas, Ray Cluley and Thersa Matsuura. Richard Wagner provided the cover art and some interior illustrations along with Vincent Sammy, and Joachim Luetke. The usual features are present: Comment in Coffinmaker's Blues by Stephen Volk and Blood Pudding by Lynda E. Rucker; Blood Spectrum - Tony Lee’s DVD/Blu-ray reviews; Case Notes - Peter Tennant’s book reviews which includes a substantial interview with A.K. Benedict, and Mike O'Driscoll’s Silver Bullets weird detectives on and in the box investigated.
So Black Static is essentially a fiction magazine containing short stories in the horror and dark fantasy genres. But it covers other aspects of the genre via comment columns, reviews of books, movies, DVDs and TV.
Fiction this issue
None So Empty by Tim Waggoner
Caul by Vajra Chandrasekera
Ghosts Play in Boys' Pajamas by Ralph Robert Moore
Equilibrium by Carole Johnstone
The Driveway by Leah Thomas
The Hutch by Ray Cluley
The Spider Sweeper by Thersa Matsuura
The issue's artists are
Peter Tennant's Case Notes book and novella reviews this issue include
The Art of Ian Miller, Dark Work - Keith Minnion, Veins and Skulls - Daniele Serra •
A Stir of Echoes - Richard Matheson, The Ritual of Illusion - Richard Christian Matheson •
Home and Hearth - Angela Slatter, The Elvis Room - Stephen Graham Jones, Water For Drowning - Ray Cluley •
The Beauty of Murder - A.K. Benedict with author interview •
Carrie - Neil Mitchell, The Thing - Jez Conolly, The Silence of the Lambs - Barry Forshaw, Splice Vol7 #1, The Sorcerers - edited Johnny Mains
Red Cells - Jeffrey Thomas, Marrow’s Pit - Keith Deininger, Deceiver - Kelli Owen, Hell’s Door & Messages From the Dead - Sandy De Luca, Shattered - C.S. Kane, Ash and Bone - Lisa von Biela, Elderwood Manor - Christopher Fulbright & Angeline Hawkes, Dead Five’s Pass - Colin F. Barnes, Whom the Gods Would Destroy - Brian Hodge, I Am the New God - Nicole Cushing, Love and Zombies - Eric Shapiro, Ceremony of Flies - Kate Jonez, When We Fall - Peter Giglio, Sow - Tim Curran
Tony Lee's DVD reviews this issue:
The Last Horror Movie, Cellar Dweller, Demon Legacy, Pit and the Pendulum, I Frankenstein, Re-Animator, The Pit (aka Jug Face), True Detective, True Blood, 13 Sins, Rapture, Haunter, The Forgotten, The Attic, Delivery, Devil's Due and others
Mike O'Driscoll’s Silver Bullets this issue:
TV Noir on DVD/Blu-ray
Weird Detectives: True Detective, Hinterland