OCT19 – 2016

GREAT RECENT COLLECTIONS AND ANTHOLOGIES

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The other day I got semi-sucked into an online discussion about whether we’re really in the middle of a “weird renaissance” or not. I’m always surprised by the level of angst that can ignite so easily online, especially when you just know if the same people were sitting around a table drinking wine or whatever, the whole conversation would be civil and fun.

In any case, whether or not there’s an age or a renaissance going on, there is one thing that’s really obvious to anyone who seriously reads horror/weird anthologies and collections: IT HAS BEEN A SERIOUSLY GREAT YEAR!!! It’s amazing how many killer books came out in the past year or so. I’ve already mentioned Matthew M. Bartlett’s CREEPING WAVES in an earlier post, but there are about 45 quadrillion other great ones to crow about. Where to start…? A-Ha! I know!!! How’s about these (in alphabetical order by author/editor, does not include novels):

 
SWIFT TO CHASE by Laird Barron

LOST SIGNALS edited by Max Booth III and Lori Michelle

THE DOLL COLLECTION edited by Ellen Datlow

AUTUMN CTHULHU edited by Mike Davis

THE HYDE HOTEL edited by James Everingtpon and Dan Howarth

THE NAMELESS DARK by Ted E. Grau

PAINTED MONSTERS AND OTHER STRANGE BEASTS by Orrin Grey

BLACK STAR, BLACK SUN by Rich Hawkins

SKEIN AND BONE by V.H. Leslie

FURNACE by Livia Llewellyn

GIALLO FANTASTIQUE edited by Ross E. Lockhart

WHILE THE BLACK STARS BURN by Lucy A. Snyder

THE YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION VOL. 3 edited by Simon Stranzas and Michael Kelly

GREENER PASTURES by Michael Wehunt

 
If you’ve missed any of these, I say check ‘em out!

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—BPL

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