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Fearful Symmetries Kindle Edition
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
About the Author
From the Author
From my introduction: Introduction
Fearful Symmetries was funded by Kickstarter, a crowd funding mechanism that has in the last few years increased in popularity. Why did I do this rather than use a traditional approach to publishing an anthology? I've rarely had problems selling theme anthologies to book publishers. Before a publisher commits to buying a book (novel, single-author collection, or anthology) the publisher must sell the book to its marketing and sales people, who in turn have to sell it to bookstores. But non-theme anthologies have always been a hard sell, and it's even more difficult it today's publishing climate.
Using Kickstarter was an experiment. I've donated to several Kickstarter projects, but had never been involved with one before. I approached Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi, owners of the Canadian ChiZine Publications, to partner with me on the project. I thought they'd be a good match for what I had in mind because I enjoy what they publish and I love their production values and commitment to good-looking books. They also have excellent distribution, which means their books are available in most bookstores. This is important, so that the book is available to the general reading public, not only our several hundred backers. I was delighted (and relieved) when we reached our goal, and shocked when we went above it. The one thing we'd forgotten to factor in to our financial estimates was the percentage paid out to Amazon, who handled our payments, and to Kickstarter itself. So the money that went over our initial requirements went for that.
I solicited some of the writers I've worked with in the past and also a few whose work I've admired but never published before. And in a break from my usual working method, Brett, Sandra, and I decided to hold a month-long open reading period. We promised to keep at least a couple of slots open for unsolicited stories submitted during that period. We received 1,080 submissions. There were several readers, including Sandra and a prominent Australian publisher/editor. Of those 1080 submissions, 119 were passed on to me. I ended up buying four.
Every anthology is a balancing act, be it reprint or original, theme or unthemed. While I love editing themed anthologies, there's something especially challenging and fun molding an anthology with fewer boundaries. The editor has to be even more aware of varying tones, themes, voice, and locale in the stories she acquires.
So what can you look forward to in Fearful Symmetries? There are monsters--human and non-human. There are children -those who victimize, and those who are victims. There are supernatural horrors, psychological terrors, nourish dark fantasies, and downright weird fictions.
Come on in, and make yourself a cozy little nook in the dark, and enjoy. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B088K2J9ZZ
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (July 21, 2020)
- Publication date : July 21, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 6191 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 357 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #157,170 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I purchased Fearful Symmetries in both the Kindle eBook & Audible/Audiobook formats back in 2018, and it’s been one of the few anthologies that I’ve revisited a number of times due to the strength of these particular stories that Ellen Datlow was able to collect. If you read the introduction she wrote for this book, you’ll see how this anthology was different from others in terms of how it was funded, how the stories were selected, and how it was initially published.
The product you see on the page before now is the exact same one that myself and several others bought a few years ago, with the minor difference of new cover artwork. (As far as I know, but I believe this to be the case).
A few months ago, the title that I’d purchased previously was no longer available here on Amazon. So when I clicked on the page for this book I’d already purchased, it didn’t say, “You’ve already purchased this item; go to your library” but rather it appeared as thought it was a new release and says “click to purchase,” (note: this is not the case for the Audible version for whatever reason). Because of this, I originally wrote a rather childish, scathing review for the title because I wasn’t aware of the circumstances surrounding the book’s reissue – and I would like to personally apologize to the editor, publisher(s), authors, and artists – whose hard work went into creating this collection of stories that I’ve enjoyed reading a number of times over the last few years.
It was recently brought to my attention that the original publisher went out of business for reasons that I do not know, (but also don’t believe to be entirely relevant to this updated review), and that the authors were able to regain the rights to their work in order to have this collection reissued thanks to the publishing company Open Road. There are a few comments below this review that clarified all of these things for me. If you also purchased this title already, just as I did some years ago, and are confused regarding why it’s being listed as a new item, I urge you not to make the same mistake I did – which was to become frustrated & write an angry review.
My real concern is not with the editor or publisher(s) AT ALL, but rather with the fact that an online book store as large as Amazon is somehow incapable of handling these situations such that people who’ve purchased the book under the original publisher are not suggested to re-purchase the same content when it’s a reissued title, not an updated edition with updated/expanded content. Thank you for reading – I know this is hardly a review, but the names of the authors & editor next to the book’s title should assure you of this product’s quality. Cheers.
I take great pleasure in losing myself in the ebb and flow, the subject variety and emotional ferocity, and the ever-changing tone, voice, and conceptualization from a variety of authors or authors' works.
I've read many anthologies that Ellen Datlow has helped to midwife into existence. Every one is absolutely greater than the sum of its parts, as they should be. Every one has also lead me to finding at least one new author whose works I happily and voraciously consume upon finishing the anthology in which they featured. Hope anyone considering finds as much joy here as I did.
Others- well, I am not usually a horror reader, and I am probably missing something of modern horror conventions- but several of the stories struck me as being so oblique that they did not actually make sense to me.
Most, though, were very good, and some were excellent.
Generally recommended, even for non-horror fans.
I started the second story, and it nearly as much profanity on the first page as the previous story had in its entirety.
At that point I contacted Amazon to get my money back. I read books like this for imaginative stories, and peppering one's tale with profanity is not in the least imaginative.