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 The story first appeared as one of the ‘previously unpublished’ stories in my collection Probably Monsters.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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4 Responses to Best News

  1. thesanguinewoods says:

    Congrats, Ray!

  2. Clearly, I’m going to have to establish a special fund for purchasing all the publications snatching you up….glad to see I am not alone appreciating your work!

  3. Ray Cluley says:

    Ha! I’m glad you like the work, KC. And rest assured, I’ll keep you posted regarding new material… 🙂

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