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

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 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.

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.

Irregular Verbs and Other Stories by Matthew Johnson

This, ultimately, is what Johnson has accomplished with Irregular Verbs: he has created a new mythology—new lore that feels as familiar as it is daring and fresh.

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.

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 . . .

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.

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.

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

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Apr 7, 2015

Mike Bryant (Shitty Poetry Contest Champeeen 2014) Smackdown

Apr 7, 2015

50% of The Yellow Wood sales to go to ACS

As everyone knows, in February this year we lost a leading light of the genre community in award-winning author Melanie Tem. As April is Cancer Awareness Month, in Melanie's honour, ChiZine Publications will donate 50% of the profits from global ebook sales in April of her last book, The Yellow Wood to the American Cancer Society. Please help boost the signal!

Apr 1, 2015

Shitty Poetry Month

Happy April Fool's Day everyone!

But now, the real news!

It's April and that means it's National Poetry Month! Except at ChiZine. Here, it's . . . yes . . . Shitty Poetry Month! Back by popular demand! You could be the winner of the Shitty Poetry Belt (TM)*! Can you take it away from the current title holder, last year's winner, Mike Bryant?

We'll start posting the first bracket of competing shitty poems on Tuesday, April 7th. You have until Wednesday, April 15th, midnight, to send in your shitty free verse, sonnets, villanelles, sea chanties, glossas, haikus, whathaveyou to our Shitty Poetry Administrator, Ben Kinzett at

May the worst shit win!

*Shitty Poetry Belt designed by Peter "That's the Shit" Chiykowski.


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