Sunday, September 06, 2009

Books, Books, Books

I wanted to post this Friday, but I never managed to find the time. So I'm playing catch-up.

I have a few books of which I wanted to make mention. One the upcoming anthology Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction. But the others are two titles that are great reads.

If you haven't had a chance to read John Shirley's novel Black Glass (the lost cyberpunk novel), give it a shot. It is available in bookstores, with a recent re-stock arriving at Barnes and Noble either very shortly or within the next week. Like all of John's works, it's clever, contemporary, and sharp. John never pulls any punches.

Also heading to bookstores, including Barnes and Noble as well, is Tim Curran's classic novel Hive. It's not too late to enjoy a chilling summer read. This novel has been in print for a while. Still, if you haven't read it, add it to your reading list. Tim captures the mood and feel of a cold, unforgiving antarctic research station that uncovers eternal horrors. And he'll be following this novel up with a sequel. So even if you've read Hive, it might be time to re-read it

As for Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction, it isn't in bookstores yet. But I've had a few emails asking about what authors are in the anthology. The anthology is named after the internationally distributed, full color magazine Dark Wisdom. You might say it's the next stage of the magazine's evolution. For those who read Dark Wisdom, (originally named "Book of Dark Wisdom Magazine"), you'll know it went from digest size to full size, from B&W to color, and soon it will be reborn online.

As a "real" book, the anthology includes some of the classic tales printed in the magazine, some that were in the queue for future publication, and some collected tales of dark fiction. This makes it an amalgamation of things. But mainly, a "best of dark fiction" anthology. A complete table of contents will be revealed when the book ships to stores. Until then, I can reveal the author names. The following list is in order of appearancee in the anthology. For those familiar with the anthologies I edit, I tend to place tales in thematic progression, or in an order that highlights a story's theme. And it's always delightful to read the emails from readers who have divined the method to my madness. Of course, my hope is to make the anthology read like a larger work, not simply a collection of stories (something I did as the editor of the magazine as well).
Onward! Here is the present ordered list of authors:

Tom Piccirilli
Tim Curran
C.J. Henderson
John Pelan & Paul Melniczek
Wendy Leeds
Sherry Decker
John Shirley
Neddal Ayad
Rachel Gray
Alan Dean Foster
Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Peter Straub
Patricia Lee Macomber & David Niall Wilson
Christopher T. Leland
Richard A. Lupoff
Christopher Welch
Gene O'Neill
Bruce Boston & Lee Ballentine
Deanna Hoak
Christian Klaver
Lee Clarke Zumpe
Gerard Houarner
Sam W. Anderson
Richard Wright
James Argendeli


Lou said...

Wow! William, you've assembled quite a collection of authors in this anthology. I've been a fan of Sam W. Anderson's work for years, and cannot wait to buy a copy!

Keep 'em coming, William...


Charles Gramlich said...

I want to read HIve. Gotta see if I can find a copy.

That is an impressive list of authors.

William Jones said...

Lou - Thanks! And my thanks goes to the authors who worked with me. I do am a fan of Sam's works.

Charles - You can probably find Hive at B&N about now (or soon).

Rick said...

A friend stole my copy of Hive, and it's about time I got it back and read it!

I'll pick up Black Glass as well, and can't wait to read the Best of Dark Wisdom anthology.

Every new customer I get for my business, I think "Now I can buy more books!"

Rhys-Lain-Austurias said...

Hmmm, if only I had read this a couple of days ago...

I will look into Shirley's novel and The Hive as they appear as if they may be interesting. I am not sure if I would be able to get around to reading them any time soon, though.
-Brandon Rhys Parker

Stewart Sternberg said...

Charles, I've read Hive. I think Tim was trying for a different approach to Lovecraftian horror. It's bleak and well researched. Tim told me had had contact with several individuals in Antarctic research stations to make sure of the authentic feel of his work.