First, I would like to point you towards two recent pieces over at Strange Horizons: Nira and I by Shweta Narayan and The Spider in You by Sean E. Markey. (If you’re at all arachnophobic, and possibly even if you’re not, the second story is exceedingly creepy and itchy-making, but it’s still wonderful and definitely worth a read).
Second, a recommendation from Fantasy Magazine’s archives: The Small Door by Holly Phillips. I missed this when it was first published, but I’m glad caught it eventually. And hey, if you like it, and you subscribe to Locus, it’s nominated for a Locus Award, so go vote.
Third, speaking of awards, I continue to be awards-adjacent – Horror Library Vol. 3 made the final Stoker Ballot. Go, Horror Library!
Last, but not least, Bibliophile Stalker has a nice review of Cabinet des Fees #2, which can be found here.
I was very pleased to find out today that +The Horror Library Volume 3+ made the preliminary ballot for the 2008 Stoker Awards – a big congratulations to everyone involved! Two of the individual stories, “Consumed” by Michael Louis Calvillo and “The Haven” by John Palisano also made it, so extra-congrats to them.Â â€œThe Lagerstatteâ€ by Laird Barron made the list too, which makes me happy since it was one of my favorites from The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Good luck to everyone in making the final ballot.
The good folks at Cutting Block Press are offereing to send copies of +Horror Library Vol 3+ to any voting HWA members who would like to consider it for the Stoker Awards. They’ve also made a PDF version available sin case you don’t want to wait on the mail. If you’re interested, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cutoff for Stoker nominations is January 15, 2009.