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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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News & Views

Contents: Zombies: MORE Recent Dead edited by Paula Guran

ZombiesMoreRecent-200Contents announced for ZOMBIES: MORE RECENT DEAD. I know…who wants more zombies? Well, even if you don’t like zombies, I think you will like these stories! Writers are being more imaginative than ever with the icon. If you preorder on Amazon.com right now you get more than $5 off cover price.

The living dead are more alive than ever! Zombies have become more than an iconic monster for the twenty-first century: they are now a phenomenon constantly revealing as much about ourselves – and our fascination with death, resurrection, and survival – as our love for the supernatural or post-apocalyptic speculation. Our most imaginative literary minds have been devoured by these incredible creatures and produced exciting, insightful, and unflinching new works of zombie fiction. We’ve again dug up the best stories published in the last few years and compiled them into an anthology to feed your insatiable hunger…

CONTENTS (alphabetically by author last name:

• Joanne Anderton, “Trail of Dead”
• Michael Arnzen, “Rigormarole” (poem)
• Marie Brennan, “What Still Abides
• Mike Carey, “Iphigenia in Aulis”
• Jacques L. Condor (Mak a Tai Meh), “Those Beneath the Bog”
• Neil Gaiman, “The Day the Saucers Came” (poem)
• Roxane Gay, “There is No ‘E’ in Zombi Which Means There Can Be No You Or We”
• Ron Goulart, “I Waltzed with a Zombie”
• Eric Gregory, “The Harrowers”
• William Jablonsky, “The Death and Life of Bob”
• Shaun Jeffrey, “Til Death Do Us Part”
• Matthew Johnson, “The Afflicted”
• Stephen Graham Jones, “Rocket Man”
• Joy Kennedy-O’Neill “Aftermath”
• Caitlín R. Kiernan, “In The Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection”
• Nicole Kornher-Stace, “Present”
• Joe R. Lansdale, “The Hunt: Before and The Aftermath”
• Shira Lipkin, “Becca at the End of the World”
• David Liss, “What Maisie Knew”
• Jonathan Maberry, “Jack & Jill”
• Alex Dally MacFarlane, “Selected Sources for the Babylonian Plague of the Dead (572-571 BCE)”
• Maureen McHugh, “The Naturalist”
• Lisa Mannetti, “Resurgam”
• Joe McKinney, “The Day the Music Died”
• Tamsyn Muir, “Chew”
• Holly Newstein, “Delice”
• Cat Rambo, “Love, Resurrected”
• Carrie Ryan, “What We Once Feared”
• Marge Simon, “The Children’s Hour” (poem)
• Maggie Slater, “A Shepherd of the Valley”
• Simon Strantzas, “Stemming the Tide”
• Charles Stross, “Bit Rot”
• Genevieve Valentine, “The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring”
• Carrie Vaughn, “Kitty’s Zombie New Year”
• Don Webb, “Pollution”
• Jay Wilburn, “Dead Song”


Prime’s Locus Award Nominees

Somewhat belated congratulations to our Locus Award nominees: Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor (collection) and “The Road of Needles” by Caitlín R. Kiernan (from Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales). Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 27-29, 2014.


SPACE OPERA & MAGIC CITY Now Available!

spaceopera-150 Space Opera, edited by Rich Horton is now available in both print and ebook.

More than five-hundred pages, over one-quarter of a million words… Space Opera spans a vast range of epic interstellar adventure stories told against a limitless cosmos filled with exotic aliens, heroic characters, and incredible settings. 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.

MagicCity-150 Magic City: Recent Spells, edited by Paula Guran, is also available in both print and ebook.

Bright lights, big city… magic spells, witchcraft, wizardry, fairies, devilry, and more. Urban living, at least in fantasy fiction, is full of both magical wonder and dark enchantment. Street kids may have supernatural beings to protect them or have such powers themselves. Brujeria may be part of your way of life. Crimes can be caused (and solved) with occult arts and even a losing sports team’s “curse” can be lifted with wizardry. And be careful of what cab you call—it might take you on a journey beyond belief! Some of the best stories of urban enchantment from the last few years gathered in one volume full of hex appeal and arcane arts.


Prime Books to Publish YEAR’S BEST SF&F NOVELLA Series

Paula Guran will be editing THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY NOVELLAS for Prime Books (www.prime-books.com). The first volume will be released in 2015 and cover material published in 2014. The volume will be released in August 2015.

“Novellas represent some of the finest work being done in the field today and are often available to readers on a limited basis,” said Guran, editor of the annual THE YEAR’S BESY DARK FANTASY & HORROR series. “Due to their length, it is difficult to always include them in the established volumes now being published. This gives us a chance to further showcase outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy.”

Generally, novellas are considered to be 17,500 to 40,000 words in length.

Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2014. If serialized, the novella may have begun in the previous year and ended in current. Direct submissions to the editor as well as suggestions are greatly appreciated. PDF, Word doc, or RTF are preferred, ebook if needed to paulaguran@paulaguran.com. If a physical copy is submitted please send to the address below:

Deadline: January 15, 2015.

Paula Guran
Novella
87 S Meadowcroft Drive
Akron OH 44313-7266


Call for Submissions: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2015 edited by Paula Guran

As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Prime Books) I am now reading for the 2015 edition which will include material published in 2014.

I am looking for stories of dark fantasy—they might be simply unsettling or perhaps eerie. Dark fantasy can be revelatory or baffling. It can be simply a story or a small glimpse of life seen “through a glass, darkly.” Or, in more literary terms (all of which are debatable) it might be any number of things: weird fiction (new or old), supernatural fiction, magical realism, surrealism, the fantastique, dark epic fantasy, or the ever-ambiguous horror fiction (which need not have a supernatural element but can crossover into other genres). And yes, dark SF is certainly part of the horror mix.

You can get an idea of what I am looking for from the first four volumes of the series; the fifth (covering 2013) will be published in July of this year. Or by reading the introduction to the first volume: What the Hell Do You Mean by Dark Fantasy and Horror?” or last year’s introduction: Instructions for Use.

This is a REPRINT anthology so I am only reading material published during the calendar year of 2014.

READERS: I appreciate your recommendations. Email darkecho@darkecho.com.

PUBLISHERS: I prefer email submissions of Word documents, RTF, or PDF rather than hard copies if available. It saves you the postage and I can keep track of things better this way. If you must send galleys, magazines, or books, see the address below. If your publication appears on the Web only, please make me aware of it. Send to: darkecho@darkecho.com

WRITERS: Please ask the publisher of your collection or of periodicals and/or anthologies you appear in to send me copies of their publications. Please do not send me your individual story or stories unless I request such from you.

Please post and/or pass this on to others.

DEADLINE for 2013 materials: December 1, 2013. If your work/publication is being published in December, please try to get it to me in some form by that date. Overall: the earlier I get the material the better.

—Paula Guran

Mailing Address:
Paula Guran
YBDF&H
87 S Meadowcroft Dr
Akron OH 44313-7266


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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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