Today is the day for all things unlikely. Unlikely Story #6: The Journal of Unlikely Architecture went live last night. This is the first non-entomological venture for the Journal, and the first issue under the new Unlikely Story name. As you’ll notice when you click over, it’s also the first (non-archival) issue published on our shiny new website! Needless to say, I’m thrilled with the way the issue turned out. The art is gorgeous, as always, and the stories are wonderful. But, as Levar Burton would say, you don’t have to take my word for it. You can read the issue for yourself! (Man, I wish Levar Burton would say that about Unlikely Story. That would be awesome!) The issue features stories by Alma Alexander, Daniel Ausema, Kelly Simmons, Kelly Lagor, Matthew Timmins, Rose Lemberg, and Mark Rigney.
In other unlikely news, Jim Harrington interviewed us for his Six Questions For… series as while back, and the post went live today. So, if you want to know more about what we do and do not want to see in the slush pile, check it out!
Ellen Datlow posted the full list of Honorable Mentions for The Best Horror of the Year Volume 5 today, and I’m delighted to say that Sunny Moraine’s Invasives, from Issue #4 made the list. If you haven’t done so yet, you can read Sunny’s story here.
Finally, a friendly reminder that you have just under two weeks to send us your bug-relatedsubmissions. We’ll be closing to subs for the Entomology Issue on September 1, 2013, and publishing it in November 2013. We’ll remain open to Cryptography submissions through November 1, 2013. We haven’t announced our next Unlikely Theme yet, but stayed tuned for announcement regarding that soon!
They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. Of course, it doesn’t do much good if you’re unable, or unwilling, to move beyond step one. I’m not proud of myself. Oh, wait…yes I am!
The craving struck me this morning, as it often does, to go book shopping. Naturally, I gave in immediately. This is the result.
Believe it or not, this is me practicing restraint. There were easily three or four more books I could have walked out with, but I didn’t. The books I chose, of course, were not only necessary, but perfectly justified. (shut up)
I’ve been eagerly awaiting The Domino Men since reading The Somnambulist. I’m contractually obligated to support my fellow Canadians, plus I resisted buying The Mystery of Grace in hardcover, so that means I deserve it now that it’s in paperback. This is The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The. Very. Best. Enough said. Not only is The Best Horror of the Year 2 also The Best, it’s edited by Ellen Datlow, which makes it required reading. So there. (shut up)
And speaking of The Best Horror of the Year, Ms. Datlow was kind enough to give a shout-out to “A Mouse Ran Up the Clock” in her yearly summation. Woohoo!
Rich Horton posted his year-end summary of Electric Velocipede yesterday, and he picked A Mouse Ran Up the Clock as one of his favorites of 2009. Woohoo!
Ellen Datlow posted her full Honorable Mention list for the Best Horror of the Year Vol. 1 yesterday. I was very pleased to see two of my stories made the list, Strange Fruit from Paradox #12 and Teeth from Horror Library Volume 3. The full list can be found here.
Looking at the list really brings home just how much work goes into these year’s best volumes, on top of all the other wonderful projects Ellen and other year’s best editors work on. It’s vaguely mind-boggling. Thanks, guys!
ABC apparently ordered a pilot of Fables. As with any other source material close to my heart, this makes me slightly nervous. On one hand, I would love to see these stories brought to (more) life, on the other hand, you never know who is going to be Joel Schumacher, and who is going to be Chris Nolan.
In other news, The Best of Every Day Fiction, which contains my flash piece, The Chupacabra in Love, is now available, both as a trade paperback and a fancy clothbound gift edition.
And finally, Cloth from Flesh, Flesh from Bone received a nice shout-out from Rich Horton in his year-end summary of Ideomancer. Go check it out and see if you agree!