A great review and an(other) interview, too

Ted Grau has posted a wonderful review of Probably Monsters over at The Cosmicomicon, and was kind enough to interview me as well. You can check it out by clicking here, if you like.

You can order Probably Monsters here and here.

Probably Monsters

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Me and the sea (and a few other things)

John Linwood Grant interviews me at Grey Dog Tales as part of the Stranger Seas series, and I do love a good nautical horror story. How about you? Got any favourite horrors at sea?

diver

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Best News

So I can spill the beans, now that the table of contents has been posted: my story ‘Indian Giver’ will be republished in volume 8 of Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year series. The story first appeared as one of the ‘previously unpublished’ stories in my collection Probably Monsters. It’s one of a few ‘weird westerns’ I’ve written.

Look at this glorious cover.

Best Horror of the Year 8

And this. Look at this for a load of writers to appear with. I’m very lucky to be appearing with these fine people.

We Are All Monsters Here by Kelley Armstrong
Universal Horror by Stephen Graham Jones
Slaughtered Lamb by Tom Johnstone
In a Cavern, In a Canyon by Laird Barron
Between the Pilings by Steve Rasnic Tem
Snow by Dale Bailey
Indian Giver by Ray Cluley
My Boy Builds Coffins by Gary McMahon
The Woman in the Hill by Tamsyn Muir
Underground Economy by John Langan
The Rooms Are High by Reggie Oliver
All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck by Kate Jonez
Lord of the Sand by Stephen Bacon
Wilderness by Letitia Trent
Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
Descent by Carmen Maria Machado
Hippocampus by Adam Nevill
Black Dog by Neil Gaiman
The 21st Century Shadow by Stephanie M. Wytovich
This Stagnant Breath of Change by Brian Hodge

This marks my third appearance in one of Ellen’s ‘best of’ volumes. ‘Bones of Crow’ appeared in volume 6, and ‘At Night, When the Demons Come’ volume 3. ‘At Night, When the Demons Come’ will also be appearing in Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror, which gathers together stories from the last ten years. Can’t wait to see the cover for that one, but in the meantime here’s the contents list. Again, I’m in great company.
Shallaballah by Mark Samuels
Sob in the Silence by Gene Wolfe
Our Turn Too Will One Day Come by Brian Hodge
Dead Sea Fruit by Kaaron Warren
Closet Dreams by Lisa Tuttle
Spectral Evidence by Gemma Files
Hushabye by Simon Bestwick
Very Low-Flying Aircraft by Nicholas Royle
The Goosle by Margo Lanagan
The Clay Party by Steve Duffy
Strappado by Laird Barron
Lonegan’s Luck by Stephen Graham Jones
Mr Pigsny by Reggie Oliver
At Night, When the Demons Come by Ray Cluley
Was She Wicked? Was She Good? by M. Rickert
The Shallows by John Langan
Little Pig by Anna Taborska
Omphalos by Livia Llewellyn
How We Escaped Our Certain Fate by Dan Chaon
That Tiny Flutter of the Heart I Used to Call Love by Robert Shearman
Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No. 8) by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Shay Corsham Worsted by Garth Nix
The Atlas of Hell by Nathan Ballingrud
Ambitious Boys Like You by Richard Kadrey

Of course, I’ll post again when the book is ready to order. In the meantime, maybe do what I do and keep looking at that cover and touching the screen…

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Probably Monsters short-listed for Best Collection

This is Horror has published the short-list for their This is Horror Awards and – great news! – Probably Monsters is up for consideration as Short Story Collection of the Year. I’m honoured to get in among this load of talent:

  1. Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link
  2. Probably Monsters by Ray Cluley
  3. Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters
  4. The Nameless Dark by T.E. Grau
  5. Vile Men by Rebecca Jones-Howe
  6. Voices of the Damned by Barbie Wilde

Click on the link below to check out the whole list of categories and nominees. There are also details on how you can submit your vote.

This is Horror Awards 2015

And while you’re there, why not click on a few other things as well, have a look around? This is Horror celebrates the genre with all kinds of reviews and essays and podcasts and all sorts of other things, the site is well worth checking out.

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Probably Monsters as a favourite

Peter Tennant reads and reviews a great many books every year, and I’m delighted to say that he picked out Probably Monsters as Best Collection of 2015. I’m especially pleased because I’ve followed Peter’s reviews for years and he’s pointed me in the direction of some great books, so for him to say this is quite a thrill. I’m in great company, too – you can see his list of favourites at the TTA Press site or via his personal blog, Trumpetville.

You can order Probably Monsters as a paperback or ebook from ChiZine Publications, here.

Probably Monsters

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The Hyde Hotel (of horror)

The Hyde Hotel looks almost exactly as you’d expect it to: a faceless, budget hotel in a grey city you are just passing through. A hotel aimed at people travelling alone, a hotel where you know so little about your fellow guests that they could be anyone… and where, perhaps, so could you. But sometimes things are hiding in plain sight, and not everyone who stays at The Hyde gets a good night’s sleep…

It makes me happy to announce that my short story ‘Housekeeping’, appears in a new anthology called The Hyde Hotel which you can order here from Black Shuck Books. Edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth, it collects together several writers with whom I’m delighted to share pages. Here’s the table of contents:

Table of Contents

  • CHECKING IN  by James Everington
  • THE VIEW FROM THE BASEMENT  by Alison Littlewood
  • NIGHT PORTERS  by Iain Rowan
  • TICK BOX  by Dan Howarth
  • THE EDIFICE OF DUST  by Amelia Mangan
  • LOST AND FOUND  by S P Miskowski
  • HOUSEKEEPING  by Ray Cluley
  • SOMETHING LIKE BLOOD  by Alex Davis
  • THE COYOTE CORPORATION’S MISPLACED SONG  by Cate Gardner
  • WRATH OF THE DEEP  by Simon Bestwick
  • THE SEALED WINDOW  by Mark West
  • THE BLUE ROOM  by V H Leslie
  • CHECKING OUT  by James Everington

‘Housekeeping’ is an oblique story in which perhaps the reader’s imagination provides the greatest horror. It all depends on what they read into a note left behind by one of the guests…

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Me, me, me, probably

I first stumbled across Jose Cruz when he wrote an astute analysis of one of my favourite Nathan Ballingrud stories. He has since turned his critical eye towards another favourite of mine, Angela Carter’s ‘The Lady of the House of Love’. Needless to say, I’m delighted that he has now not only reviewed my collection, Probably Monsters, but also interviewed me over at The Haunted Omnibus.

Here’s part of The Haunted Omnibus’s mission statement:

“The Haunted Omnibus was established to recognize the long tradition and continued perseverance of the short form within the literature of horror, the dark fantastic, and the Weird… Taking its name from the landmark 1937 anthology edited by Alexander Laing, The Haunted Omnibus provides reviews, essays, and just-plain-fun testimonials of the short horror story’s power, history, and relevance.”

Now that’s an admirable goal. I’m very pleased to have been a part of it.

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