Year’s Best Weird Fiction V.1 Short List

Michael Kelly just announced the “almost made the cut” list for Year’s Best Weird Fiction, volume 1, Edited by Laird Barron. I’m very proud and pleased to find my story “Diamond Dust on the list, among some great company.


Michael said: “These are the “Other Notable Works of Weird Fiction” that will be mentioned in the Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume 1. In essence, these are the stories that made the very short list, and were in serious final consideration to make the book.”

“Vivian Guppy and the Brighton Belle” Nina Allan, Rustblind and Silverbright

“Americca” Aimee Bender, Slate

“The Sweet Virgin Meat” Kola Boof, Exotic Gothic 5

“The Vast Impatience Of The Night” Mark Fuller Dillon, In a Season of Dead Weather

“Oubliette” Gemma Files, The Grimscribe’s Puppets

“Rocket to Hell” Jeffrey Ford,

“The Man Who Escaped His Story” Cody Goodfellow, The Grimscribe’s Puppets

“Diamond Dust” Mike Griffin, The Grimscribe’s Puppets

“Baba Makosh” MK Hobson, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

“Mother of Stone,” John Langan, The Wide Carnivorous Sky & Other Monstrous Geographies

“Interstate Love Affair” Stephen Graham Jones, Three Miles Past

“The Cave” Sean F. Lynch, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

“Hideous Interview with Brief Man” Nick Mamatas, Fiddleback

“In the Darkest Room in the Darkest House on the Darkest Part of the Street” Gary McMahon, For the Night is Dark

“The Design” China Mieville, McSweeney’s 45

“All Your Faces Drown in My Syringe” Ralph Robert Moore, Black Static 37

“Black Hen a La Ford” David Nickle, Chilling Tales: In Words, Alas, Drown I

“The Last Hour of the Bengal Tiger” Yoko Ogawa, Revenge

“The House on Cobb Street” Lynda E. Rucker, Nightmare Magazine

“How I Met the Ghoul” Sofia Samatar, Eleven Eleven

“The Painted Bones” Kelly Simmons, Unlikely Story Issue 6

“Touch Me With Your Cold, Hard Fingers” Elizabeth Stott, Nightjar Press

“Abyssus Abyssum Invocat” Genevieve Valentine, Lightspeed Magazine

“The Fox” Conrad Williams, This is Horror

“On Murder Island” Matt Williamson, Nightmare Magazine

Me again. Congratulations to all the others on this list, to those who actually made it into the book (which is going to be a wonderful anthology — Table of Contents here), and thanks to Laird Barron and Michael Kelly of Undertow Publications for all the hard work. The book will be out this summer.

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