The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015

WONDER IS A blasting cap. It is an emotion that goes off with a bang, shattering settled beliefs, rattling the architecture of the mind, and clearing space for new ideas, new possibilities. Wonder is often thought of as a peaceful emotion, a sense of resounding inner quiet. Of course we would associate it with silence. The world always assumes an eerie hush after an explosion.

Awe is TNT for the soul.

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse * JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is an anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction published by Night Shade Books in January 2008, edited by John Joseph Adams.[1] The anthology includes 22 stories, plus an introduction by the editor. According to the anthology’s official web site, “Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means toContinue reading “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse * JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS”

The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea by Ellen Datlow

Stranded on a desert island, a young man yearns for objects from his past. A local from a small coastal town in England is found dead as the tide goes out. A Norwegian whaling ship is stranded in the Arctic, its crew threatened by mysterious forces. In the nineteenth century, a ship drifts in becalmedContinue reading “The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea by Ellen Datlow”

Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge (2007)

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and named one of the 100 Best Novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly, Dark Harvest by Norman Patridge is a powerhouse thrill-ride with all the resonance of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.” Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol’ Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in thisContinue reading “Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge (2007)”

Growing Things and Other Stories – Paul Tremblay

A thrilling new collection from the award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World bringing his short stories to the UK for the first time. Unearth nineteen tales of suspense and literary horror, including a new story from the world of A Head Full of Ghosts,Continue reading “Growing Things and Other Stories – Paul Tremblay”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Series: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 3 (Book Sets for Kids: Grade 3 and Up) * Alvin Schwartz

Pioneers used to entertain themselves by telling scary stories. At night they might gather in somebody’s cabin, or around a fire, and see who could scare the others the most. Some girls and boys in my town do the same thing today. They get together at somebody’s house, and they turn out the lights andContinue reading “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Series: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 3 (Book Sets for Kids: Grade 3 and Up) * Alvin Schwartz”

Beirut Hellfire Society – Rawi Hage

After his undertaker father’s death, laconic, Greek mythology– reading Pavlov is approached by a member of the mysterious Hellfire Society— an antireligious sect that, among many rebellious and often salacious activities, arranges secret burial for outcasts who have been denied last rites because of their religion or sexuality. Pavlov agrees to take up his father’sContinue reading “Beirut Hellfire Society – Rawi Hage”

Finding Her Wings * K.B. Wheelock

A fairy born without wings and without a talent, Aislin had relegated herself to a life on the ground, ostracized and alone. When three others are found without talents, Aislin suddenly finds herself sharing her lonely world with three male fairies. Will she discover her true talent and love? More importantly, can the four ofContinue reading “Finding Her Wings * K.B. Wheelock”

HAUNTED – CHUCK PALAHNIUK

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: Twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you’ll ever encounter-sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined “Writers’ Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months,” and who are ledContinue reading “HAUNTED – CHUCK PALAHNIUK”