Congratulations to all, especially Kaaron Warren,whose story "That Girl" from Haunted Legends, has been chosen for the book.

CONTENTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE YEAR'S BEST AUSTRALIAN FANTASY& HORROR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ticonderoga Publications is walking on sunshine to announce the contents
for its inaugural Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror anthology.

Editors Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have produced a list of 33 excellent
tales by some of Australia's biggest names as well as some emerging writers.

The anthology collects 150,000 words of the best stories published last
year from the Antipodes.

"We're pleased with the number of fabulous stories that were published
in 2010 that we had to choose from,” Liz Grzyb said.

"You could hold this anthology up against any international collection -
Australians rock for diverse voices, imagination, and compelling
writing," Talie Helene added.

The stories are (alphabetically by writer):

RJ Astruc: "Johnny and Babushka"
Peter M Ball: "L'esprit de L'escalier"
Alan Baxter: "The King's Accord"
Jenny Blackford: "Mirror"
Gitte Christensen: "A Sweet Story"
Matthew Chrulew: "Schubert By Candlelight"
Bill Congreve: "Ghia Likes Food"
Rjurik Davidson: "Lovers In Caeli-Amur"
Felicity Dowker: "After the Jump"
Dale Elvy: "Night Shift"
Jason Fischer: "The School Bus"
Dirk Flinthart: "Walker"
Bob Franklin: "Children's Story"
Christopher Green: "Where We Go To Be Made Lighter"
Paul Haines: "High Tide At Hot Water Beach"
Lisa L. Hannett: "Soil From My Fingers"
Stephen Irwin: "Hive"
Gary Kemble: "Feast Or Famine"
Pete Kempshall: "Brave Face"
Tessa Kum: "Acception"
Martin Livings: "Home"
Maxine McArthur: "A Pearling Tale"
Kirstyn McDermott: "She Said"
Andrew McKiernan: "The Memory Of Water"
Ben Peek: "White Crocodile Jazz"
Simon Petrie: "Dark Rendezvous"
Lezli Robyn: "Anne-droid of Green Gables"
Angela Rega: "Slow Cookin' "
Angela Slatter: "The Bone Mother"
Angela Slatter& Lisa L Hannett: "The February Dragon"
Grant Stone: "Wood"
Kaaron Warren: "That Girl"
Janeen Webb: "Manifest Destiny"

In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a
review of 2010 and a list of recommended stories.
I’ve just discovered that not only is the antho on the final ballot, but two of the stories also made it. Also, congrats to Laird for the nomination of his collection.

Congratulations everyone and good luck




2010 FINAL STOKER NOMINEES

Superior Achievement in a NOVEL
HORNS by Joe Hill (William Morrow)
ROT AND RUIN by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster)
DEAD LOVE by Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Stone Bridge Press)
APOCALYPSE OF THE DEAD by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle)
DWELLER by Jeff Strand (Leisure/Dark Regions Press)
A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub (DoubleDay)

Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL
BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
A BOOK OF TONGUES by Gemma Files (Chizine Publications)
CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)
SPELLBENT by Lucy Snyder (Del Rey)

Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION
THE PAINTED DARKNESS by Brian James Freeman (Cemetery Dance)
DISSOLUTION by Lisa Mannetti (Deathwatch)
MONSTERS AMONG US by Kirstyn McDermott (Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears)
THE SAMHANACH by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)

Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION
RETURN TO MARIABRONN by Gary Braunbeck (Haunted Legends)
THE FOLDING MAN by Joe R. Lansdale (Haunted Legends)
1925: A FALL RIVER HALLOWEEN by Lisa Mannetti (Shroud Magazine #10)
IN THE MIDDLE OF POPLAR STREET by Nate Southard (Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology)
FINAL DRAFT by Mark W. Worthen (Horror Library IV)

Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY
DARK FAITH edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon (Apex Publications)
HORROR LIBRARY IV edited by R.J. Cavender and, Boyd E. Harris (Cutting Block Press)
MACABRE: A JOURNEY THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S DARKEST FEARS edited by Angela Challis and Marty Young (Brimstone Press)
HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
THE NEW DEAD edited by Christopher Golden (St. Martin's Griffin)

Superior Achievement in a COLLECTION
OCCULTATION by Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)
BLOOD AND GRISTLE by Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books)
FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)
THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY by Stephen Graham Jones (Prime Books)
A HOST OF SHADOWS by Harry Shannon (Dark Regions Press)

Superior Achievement in NONFICTION
TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex Publications)
THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE HUMAN RACE by Thomas Ligotti (Hippocampus Press)
WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE by Jonathan Maberry and Janice Gable Bashman (Citadel)
LISTEN TO THE ECHOES: THE RAY BRADBURY INTERVIEWS by Sam Weller (Melville House Publications)

Superior Achievement in a POETRY collection
DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)
WILD HUNT OF THE STARS by Ann K. Schwader (Sam's Dot)
DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST by Robin Spriggs (Anomalous Books)
VICIOUS ROMANTIC by Wrath James White (Bandersnatch Books)
Weather much warmer, snow moving into major slush zone, which means ankle deep water at most corners.

Fedex picked up four cartons of books; yesterday and today's mail arrived--bringing money expected and unexpected-thank you Italy for buying The Best Horror of the Year volume One.

I waited 20 minutes in the street (bus stops/sidewalk, to--still not cleared) for the bus to my bank, walked to Whole foods (where they shockingly have ISLE OF MULL CHEDDAR, which I of course bought), and then backtracked to my po box to pick up that mail. (for anyone wondering, yes it is too late to send me anything for Best Horror #3 so please stop unless I've specifically asked for something at this point. I am making final decisions this week and the book will be done very soon after that).

Came home with soaked feet--so much for my ahem, snow boots. Tomorrow I dig out a different pair of boot to see if they work better.

Oh and more good news: One of the reviewers at Bookgasm has called Haunted Legends "the anthology of the year" CUGA’S CUTS >> Be(a)st Horror of 2010.
Wow! We just got a best of the year nod from the Chicago Sun Times.

http://tinyurl.com/397jb33
Here's the beautifully done trailer for Haunted Legends-just in time for Christmas--think GIFTS!

The book is available in hardcover and trade paperback.

Plus an excellent review from Fangoria that I missed:
It's hard to pull out quotes as the reviewer showers each story with praise but here's the flavor:


..."This fabulous experiment results in 20 original stories in which modern horror writers look around the world and in their own back yards to flesh out these oft-told tales."

..."The incredible “Oaks Park” by M. K. Hobson is a hypnotically moody piece about the origin of a local amusement park ghost. “Down Atison Road” by the wonderful Jeffrey Ford is the “true” story of something that happened to him in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. He perfectly captures how and why legends live on: “The mind of the place manifesting in human legends that intersect and interbreed into a vast invisible wilderness all their own.” "

...Also worth mentioning is Joe Lansdale’s flat-out terrifying “The Folding Man.” But towering above them all is grand master Ramsey Campbell’s story “Chucky Comes to Liverpool.”
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( Nov. 27th, 2010 08:38 pm)
to a computer near you! A fantastic new trailer created by artist fantastique Thomas Canty for Haunted Legends. It's beautiful and it's haunting--and hopefully will persuade those who see it to purchase the book.


We'll be posting it early this coming week and pushing it around the web.

And for the movies seen this weekend so far:
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest--a perfectly fine conclusion to the earlier two films-that follows the book pretty closely.

7 Faces of Dr. Lao starring Tony Randall as a bunch of characters (which I hadn't realized until most of the way through the movie) and Barbara Eden, who is lovely in it. Based on the novel by Charles Finney, with a screenplay by Charles Beaumont. Silly fun.
I re-watched Sexy Beast for the third time, loving it yet again. The tour de force performance of Ben Kingsley as a dangerous (and funny) nutcase, the great Ray Winstone, and others in a very British gangster movie. Bravo!

And today I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1 and it was very entertaining. It was a fascinating contrast to watch the abominable movie trailers with BAD CGI, etc, all announcing availability in 3-D. I don't think anything can help the dogs advertised. The special effects in HP are really topnotch and enhance the movie rather than "are" the movie.
A nice mention and a very nice review of Haunted Legends.
Skulls in the Stars references the anthology in a post about Lake Crescent and the "lady of the lake" and Chasing Ray's Colleen Mondor found respite from the election by reading the anthology, writing a lovely appreciation of "As Red as Red" by Caitlin R. Kiernan.
Gary A. Braunbeck has made the radio adaptation of his story from Haunted Legends
"Return to Mariabronn" available for download. It's a great tale, perfect for Halloween.
Enjoy.
I just found out that the reading will be in suite 523/524 (aka, the Tor Suite)
The reading is Saturday 4-5pm and
Catherynne Valente, Laird Barron, Jeff Ford, Rick Bowes, M. K. Hobson, and Gary Braunbeck will be there to read, with Nick Mamatas and I hosting.
Come one, come all.
Here's a brand new review of Haunted Legends at The Black Glove.
Just for the record, urban legends are often ghost stories but not always. The "Chucky" story by Ramsey is based on a real life murder of one child by two others. The story by Carrie Laben about the legendary "big bird" is based on sightings of a mysterious winged creature. I have a hard time getting my head around several reviewer complaints that 1) the stories aren't all ghost stories) or 2) the stories are all ghost stories --very odd ;-). In any case, I just hope readers will enjoy the book and find the stories scary--whether ghostly or not.
Today (I'm pretty sure). Hooray!
The book was a pleasure to work on an it was a pleasure to work with Nick Mamatas. He had the brilliant idea and I feel lucky he approached me with it. He talks about the process on John Scalzi's blog: Whatever .
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( Sep. 13th, 2010 09:33 pm)
My anthology with Nick Mamatas Haunted Legends is about to be published by Tor. Here are two more interviews conducted with me and/or Nick, mostly about the anthology:
From Fangoria and Hellnotes:
http://tinyurl.com/34k4249
http://tinyurl.com/34wfqwu
From Locus online and written by Lois Tilton.


Locus Online

Which is mostly positive, but seems to have missed Nick's introduction which says that "The ghost story doesn't even necessarily require a ghost. In "The Ash-Tree" by M. R. James, there is a curse and a witch and "an enormous spider, veinous and seared," but no real ghost."

thanks to Bev Vincent for pointing the review out.
I saw them at BEA where I signed a bunch but today I finally received two copies for myself-yay! I assume/hope my co-editor Nick Mamatas got his--Yo Nick--get your new address to Frenkel (and to me). Once the cover art is set I'll post it here.

The book will be out September 2010 and has 352 pages of
the following great stories:



Knickerbocker Holiday Richard Bowes

That Girl Kaaron Warren

Akbar Kit Reed

The Spring Heel Steven Pirie

As Red as Red Caitlín R. Kiernan

Tin Cans Ekaterina Sedia

Shoebox Train Wreck John Mantooth

15 Panels Depicting the Sadness of the Baku & the Jotai Catherynne M. Valente

La Llorona Carolyn Turgeon

Face Like a Monkey Carrie Laben

Down Atsion Road Jeffrey Ford

Return to Mariabronn Gary A. Braunbeck

Following Double-Face Woman Erzebet YellowBoy

Oaks Park M.K. Hobson

For Those in Peril on the Sea Stephen Dedman

The Foxes Lily Hoang

The Redfield Girls Laird Barron

Between Heaven and Hull Pat Cadigan

Chucky Comes to Liverpool Ramsey Campbell

The Folding Man Joe R. Lansdale
This is an anthology of original stories inspired by regional ghost stories and urban legends. It'll be coming out from Tor (hopefully in 2010). We're just about to hand it in to our editor.

Knickerbocker Holiday Richard Bowes

That Girl Kaaron Warren

Akbar Kit Reed

The Spring Heel Steven Pirie

As Red as Red Caitlín R. Kiernan

Tin Cans Ekaterina Sedia

Shoebox Train Wreck John Mantooth

15 Panels Depicting the Sadness of the Baku & the Jotai Catherynne M. Valente
La Llorona Carolyn Turgeon

Face Like a Monkey Carrie Laben

Down Atsion Road Jeffrey Ford

Return to Mariabronn Gary A. Braunbeck

Following Double-Face Woman Erzebet YellowBoy

Oaks Park M.K. Hobson

For Those in Peril on the Sea Stephen Dedman
The Foxes Lily Hoang

The Redfield Girls Laird Barron

Between Heaven and Hull Pat Cadigan

Chucky Comes to Liverpool Ramsey Campbell

The Folding Man Joe R. Lansdale
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