I set myself goals as a writer. They’re mostly nebulous goals, ones that don’t have clearly defined steps I can follow to achieve them. They’re goals like: It would be awesome to be nominated for an award someday, I’d love to have a story published in X magazine, or I’d really like to work with editor Y. Maybe they’re more wishes or hopes than actual goals, but either way, every now and then one of them gets a nice little check mark beside it on my list. One such goal I can now put a check mark beside (or perhaps an exclamation point/smiley face with glitter and rainbows) is appearing in an original anthology edited by Ellen Datlow.
When I first start reading short fiction anthologies, I had an ‘aha!’ moment reading one of Ellen Datlow’s fairy tale anthologies co-edited with Terri Windling. The work was consistently strong and fresh and just about every story brought something new to the genre. Ellen Datlow’s anthologies are consistently on my must-buy list; if she publishes it, I want to read it. From the moment I first started reading work she’d edited, I added a goal to my list of working with her someday.
Not only do I have a story included in an upcoming Ellen Datlow anthology, it’s carnival themed, a setting that just happens to be one of my fiction-writing fetishes. Nightmare Carnival will be out in October, but it’s available for pre-order now. Here’s the rest of the ToC, should you need more convincing beyond the fact that it’s edited by Ellen Datlow.
Preface Ellen Datlow
Introduction Katherine Dunn
Scapegoats N. Lee Wood
The Firebrand Priya Sharma
Work, Hook, Shoot, Rip Nick Mamatas
And the Carnival Leaves Town A.C. Wise
Corpse Rose Terry Dowling
Last of the Fair Joel Lane
A Small Part in the Pantomime Glen Hirshberg
Hibbler’s Minions Jeffrey Ford
Swan Song and Then Some Dennis Danvers
The Lion Cage Genevieve Valentine
The Darkest Part Stephen Graham Jones
The Popping Fields Robert Shearman
Skullpocket Nathan Ballingrud
The Mysteries Livia Llewellyn
Screaming Elk, Mt. by Laird Barron
It’s been amazing working with Ellen on my story, and I can’t wait to see the finished anthology.