Fearful Symmetries

This is one of the consistently strongest new horror, weird, and dark fiction anthologies I have read in quite a while, including others by Datlow. In most collections, some stories, horrific or not, are instantly forgettable: the stories in Fearful Symmetries overwhelmingly linger in the mind.

We Will All Go Down Together by Gemma Files

[We Will All Go Down Together is] a vivid, haunting mix of horror and fantasy woven together through a complex fugue of short stories. The effect is powerful. It’s a book you have to work hard at, in order to make sure you’re not missing any of the peripheral connections. But it rewards the effort, and then some.

Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall

Helen Marshall is a writer who creates real people in real situations, then uses the fantastic to pry her way inside her readers’ ribcages and break us wide open.
—Neil Gaiman

The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet

“. . . [The Door in the Mountain] . . . is very well written. Sweet goes into lavish detail when describing the characters and setting as well as in correlating the events of the story with their mythological precedents. There is a strong focus on imagery that makes the story almost come alive as the reader can easily [imagine] being in the fictional world that she creates.

Head Full of Mountains by Brent Hayward

[T]he full power of the story does not hit until after the final word is read. I found myself liking the novel once I finished it but it was only later that night when I could not sleep due to the novel almost haunting me that I came to truly appreciate just how good Head Full of Mountains really is.

Shadows and Tall Trees 2014

If you’re as passionate about horror short stories as we are, then this really is a must buy.

The Claus Effect by David Nickle and Karl Schroeder

Nickle and Schroeder write with a fine ear for the disturbingly perverse, and their story is as sick and twisted a version of Santa Claus as I have ever encountered. Any parents that expose their children to this little bit of nastiness should be put away at once.
—Prairie Fire

Knife Fight and Other Struggles by David Nickle

David Nickle’s Knife Fight and Other Struggles is a collection of thirteen unique glimpses into the weird. Dynamic imagination, masterful writing of both the every day and the nightmare, characters that breathe, and a dark sense of humour make this a keeper. If you’ve not yet read Nickle’s fiction, Knife Fight is a great place to start. If you have, you’ve no doubt already bought this book.
—World Fantasy Award-winning author Jeffrey Ford

Haxan by Kenneth Mark Hoover

[Haxan] is a mixture of western and urban fantasy, with a cold, moody atmosphere . . .

Irregular Verbs and Other Stories by Matthew Johnson

Readers interested in modern speculative fiction would be strongly recommended to make this their next choice.

The Night Inside by Nancy Baker

Inside is at times bleak, rife with captors that love torture and snuff films and create both. However, within this story of incest, greed, necrophilia, and a multitude of other horrors, Baker pens some beautiful descriptions. I appreciated her ability to get at the core of what motivates her characters and lay it bare for the reader to see, no matter how disturbing that truth may be.
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ChiZine Publications to Accept “Monstrous” Romance


ChiZine Publications to Accept “Monstrous” Romance

TORONTO, Ontario (April 1, 2015) — ChiZine Publications (CZP) has announced it is expanding the scope of “dark fiction” that it will consider for publication to include romance. However, it must include a monstrous element in the romantic equation. Starting today, it will be open to “dark, monstrous romance” novels between 60,000 and 90,000 words.

The goal is to appeal to a broader readership while also respecting the dark tone of CZP’s previous works. Drawing in part on the success of Marian Engel’s 1976 Governor-General's Award winning novel Bear, CZP hopes to give voice to a sub-genre of romance and horror that is largely unexplored in mainstream publishing—the emotional and sexual interplay between human and the monstrous. While urban fantasy and paranormal romance have seen romantic and sexual relationships between humans and human-like supernatural creatures—including vampires, werewolves, angels and fae—CZP seeks relationships that push the bounds of compatibility. For example, what would be the dynamics between a human and a chimera, dragon, or one of Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones? To that end, CZP has purchased and will publish Elder Desires by Robert Boyczuk (Nexus: Ascension, The Book of Thomas) in Spring 2016.

“Great erotic writing has always examined the balance of power in a relationship,” says Brett Savory, one of CZP’s co-publishers. “Who has more power—the one who seeks or the one who submits? (Robert) Boyczuk has taken the famous trope of forbidden love to almost literal eternity in Elder Desires. Lovecraft wrote ‘In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.’ Boyczuk lets us know of whom Cthulhu is dreaming in the most intense, heartbreaking, and erotic way imaginable.”

“The romance market is one we cannot ignore,” adds Sandra Kasturi, CZP’s other co-publisher. “We intend to put our unique stamp on this genre. Somewhere between Meyer’s vampire romance and tentacle hentai porn is a field of dark romantic erotica we feel is untapped. We intend to tap that.”

Submission guidelines will be posted to the ChiZine Publications’ website on April 1, 2015.

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ChiZine Publications (CZP) is British Fantasy Award-winning and three-time World Fantasy Award-nominated independent publisher of surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction hand-picked by co-publishers Brett Savory and Sandra Kasturi, Bram Stoker Award-winning editors and tentacle aficionados.

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