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The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2014 edited by Paula Guran

This fifth annual volume offers grim futures, distorted pasts, invasions of the uncanny, paranormal fancies, weird dreams, unnerving nightmares, mundane terrors, supernatural visions, and much more!

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2014 edited by Rich Horton

This sixth volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors… your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran

City living, at least in fantasy fiction, is full of both magical wonder and dark enchantment. Some of the best stories of urban enchantment from the last few years.

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Space Opera edited by Rich Horton

A truly stellar compilation of tales from one of the defining streams of science fiction, old and new, written by a supernova of genre talent.

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The Memory of Sky: A Great Ship Trilogy by Robert Reed

An epic story begins when a young boy steps into the world his parents have so carefully kept him from, a world where gigantic trees each house thousands of humans and another human species, the papio, rule its far edges…

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Her Husband’s Hands and Other Stories by Adam-Troy Castro

Stories from acclaimed author Adam-Troy Castro whose short fiction has been nominated for two Hugos, three Stokers, and eight Nebulas.

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Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction edited by Steve Berman

The alluring fantasy of Handsome Devil highlights Lucifer’s role as the beautiful trickster who steals hearts (as well as souls), and features stories—both new and old—of tantalizing tempters, sexy incubi, demon lovers, and devils who beguile and betray.

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Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor

“With a knack for dialogue and an ambitious imagination, Okorafor effortlessly blends original characters with fantastical elements into the vivid scenery of Africa to create stories worth reading again and again.”

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Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales edited by Paula Guran

Imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar, evocative new myths, speculations beyond the traditional realm of “once upon a time.” Brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares with meaning for today and tomorrow…

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Halloween: Magic, Mystery & the Macabre edited by Paula Guran

Eighteen original stories from mistresses and masters of the dark celebrating the most fantastic, enchanting, spooky, and supernatural of holidays…

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Shades of Blue & Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War edited by Steve Berman

Tales of the supernatural, ghost stories that range from the haunts of the battlefield to revenants on the long march home. Yank. Rebel. Both finding themselves at odds in flesh and spirit…

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The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror
Edited by Paula Guran

Our outstanding annual exploration of the year’s best dark fiction that includes thirty-five stories of quiet fear, the utterly fantastic, the weirdly surreal, atmospheric noir, mysterious hauntings, seductive nightmares, and frighteningly plausible futures.

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Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages
Edited by Steve Berman

It’s a wonder humanity ever survived into the twenty-first century. Editor Steve Berman has collected stories that reveal the threat of revenants and the living dead is far from recent. From the Bronze Age to World War II, this anthology guides us through millennia of thrills, chills, kills, carnage, horror, and havoc wreaked throughout history by the walking dead.

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy
Edited by Steve Berman

This fifth volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy series features thirty-three stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors, including Elizabeth Bear, Aliette de Bodard, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jay Lake, Kelly Link, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many others…

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Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny
Edited by Steve Berman

Children are supposed to be all sugar and spice and everything nice . . . but we know that’s not the truth. Dark tales of wicked tykes and dangerous kids playing vicious games that lead adults—sometimes their own parents—to their demise…

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Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh
By Jay Lake

Markus Selvage has been bent by life, ground up and spit out again. In San Francisco’s darkest sexual underground, he is a perpetual innocent, looking within bodies—his own and others’—for the lost secrets of satisfaction…”The writing is graceful and sometimes even poetic…the subject matter tests the bounds of the word ‘explicit’…”

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After the End: Recent Apocalypses
Edited by Paula Guran

No matter what the doomsday scenario, we inevitably believe that even though the world perishes, some portion of humankind will live on. Outstanding post-apocalyptic stories selected from the best of those published in the tumultuous last decade.

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Aliens: Recent Encounters
Edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Under the countless billions of stars in the universe, what forms will alien life take? How will they live? And what will happen when we meet them? Answers from some of today’s best science fiction writers. From first encounters to life alongside aliens to stories of the aliens’ own lives…

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Conservation of Shadows
By Yoon Ha Lee

“Lee draws on a wide range of inspirations, using other genre fiction and Korean history as a seeds around which to crystalize stories. Lee’s stories are often dark and tragic, and always worth the reader’s time.”

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Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations
Edited by Paula Guran

Paranormal investigators. Occult detectives. Ghost hunters. Monster fighters. Some of the best twenty-first century tales from top authors of the century’s most popular genre take you down mean streets and into strange crime scenes.

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Edited by Rich Horton

Stories brimming with amazing adventure and imaginative power…super-speculative fiction full of thrills, chills, fun, and insight. For anyone who ever wanted to wear a cape or don a cowl!

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By Richard Parks

In an ancient Japan where the incursions of gods, ghosts, and demons into the living world is an everyday event, an impoverished nobleman named Yamada no Goji makes his living as a demon hunter for hire.

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BreakDemonGate-200YAMADA MONOGATARI: TO BREAK THE DEMON GATE by Richard Parks has a page now… and it shows the proper cover (you may see another one elsewhere for a while). Click herefor a larger image of the cover.

And here’s a sneak peek at the beginning of the novel:

In the early evening a tiny moth-demon was trying to batter its way into my room through a tear in the paper screen, no doubt attracted by the scent of poverty. I was debating whether to frighten the silly thing away or simply crush it, when the Widow Tamahara’s delightful voice sent the poor creature fluttering away as fast as its little wings could carry it.

“Yamada-san, you have a visitor!”

Tamahara kneeled by the shoji screen that was the only door to my rooms. Besides the volume, there was an edge of excitement in the formidable old woman’s voice that worried me just a little. The fact that aristocracy impressed her had worked to my advantage more than once when the rent was late, but her deference meant that just about anyone could get closer to me than might be healthy; that is, if they were of the right station in life. Anyone else giving a hint of trouble in her establishment she would throw out on their ear, if they were lucky.

“Who is it, Tamahara-san?”

“A messenger and that is all I know. She’s waiting in the courtyard with her escort.”

She?

Well, that explained why Widow Tamahara had not simply brought the person to my rooms. That would not have been proper, and the Widow Tamahara always did the right thing, to the degree that she understood what “the right thing” was…


The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2014 Now Available…

YBDF&H2014-200…and reviewed in Publishers Weekly:

In Guran’s fifth edition of eclectic nightmares, new and veteran authors blend psychological terror and supernatural wonder into disturbing hybrid tales, which confront “that which we do not know.” Many of these stories first appeared in small-press collections and other independent fiction venues that are willing to challenge convention. Steve Rasnic Tem’s “Wheatfield with Crows,” a shadow-show of dark conscience, is both an emotionally searing ghost story and a commentary on the genre. David Schow’s “Blue Amber” resembles a graphic and splattery Outer Limits script. Mystical scribe Laird Barron marries grim violence with supernatural ambiguity in the chilling “Termination Dust,” and Neil Gaiman’s use of Greek myth evokes contemporary lust and self-destruction in “A Lunar Labyrinth.” A few pieces, like Dale Bailey’s “The Creature Recants,” set tongue too firmly in cheek to elicit pathos or wonder. Despite those misses, this fearful feast of revelations, hauntings, and shattered realities reveals the horror genre’s enduring power and creativity.

Available in both trade paperback and ebook


Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014 now available!

ybsf&f2014-200The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy: 2014, edited by Rich Horton is now available at most fine bookstores online and off. The ebook edition is also available at many online retailers (and soon to be more).

This sixth volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors, including James Patrick Kelly, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Carrie Vaughn, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, F&SF, and other top venues, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.


Cover and ToC TIME TRAVEL: RECENT TRIPS

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Time Travel: Recent Trips
Edited by Paula Guran
Trade Paperback | 384 pages | $16.95
Release: October 8, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1607014348
(Also will be available in ebook)

The idea of time travel has been with us since ancient times; now the concept of time travel seems . . . almost . . . plausible. Today, tales of chrononauts are more imaginative and thought-provoking than ever before: new views, cutting-edge concepts, radical notions of paradox and possibility—state-of-the-art speculative stories collected from those written in the twenty-first century. Forward to the past, back to the future—get ready for some fascinating trips!

CONTENTS (Alphabetically by author):
“The Time Travel Club,” Charlie Jane Anders
“Mating Habits of the Late Cretaceous,” Dale Bailey
“The Carpet Beds of Sutro Park,” Kage Baker
“The Ile of Dogges,” Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
“The Ghosts of Christmas,” Paul Cornell
“Thought Experiment,” Eileen Gunn
“First Flight,” Mary Robinette Kowal
“Blue Ink,”Yoon Ha Lee
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” Ken Liu
“The Lost Canal,” Michael Moorcock
“The Mists of Time,” Tom Purdom
“September at Wall and Broad,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Two Shots from Fly’s Photo Gallery,” John Shirley
“With Fate Conspire,” Vandana Singh
“Twember,” Steve Rasnic Tem
“Bespoke,” Genevieve Valentine
“The King of Where-I-Go,” Howard Waldrop
“Number 73 Glad Avenue,” by Suzanne J. Willis

Cover art: Julie Dillion
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Forthcoming

2014

2015

  • Apr: New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird, ed. Paula Guran
  • May: Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep, ed. Paula Guran
  • Jun: The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015, ed. Rich Horton
  • Jun: Ghost Summer and Other Stories, Tananarive Due (coll.)
  • Jul: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2015, ed. Paula Guran
  • Aug: The Year’s Best Science & Fantasy Novellas: 2015, Paula Guran
  • Sep: Word Puppet, Mary Robinette Kowal (coll.)
  • Oct: Yamada Monogatari: The War God’s Son, Richard Parks
  • Oct: Warrior Women: Recent Battles, ed. Paula Guran

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