Looking for an old school American horror story? Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem, published by Solaris Books/Rebellion Publishing Ltd., may scratch that itch if you’re willing to return to greater Appalachia and the well trod world of inbred families, screaming preachers and the vagaries of nature. I don’t often pick up American gothic novels, not because I don’t appreciate them, but because I overdosed on them as a teenager, and I thought I was done with that type of story.
But maybe not. Continue reading
Correction: There was a change in the World Fantasy Award nominee list below on July 11th. Kai Ashante Wilson’s story, reviewed below, was moved to the novella category. Ursula Vernon’s “Jackalope Wives” was added to the short story nominees.
The World Fantasy Award nominees have been announced, and I’m reviewing the short story nominees here, just as I did this year’s nominees for the Nebula Awards. The World Fantasy Awards will be presented at the World Fantasy Convention in November. Nominees are selected by a combination of votes from registered members of the Convention and the discretion of the judges. Winners are ultimately selected by the judges. And the nominees are
- Kelly Link, “I Can See Right Through You” (McSweeney’s 48)
- Scott Nicolay, Do You Like to Look at Monsters? (Fedogan & Bremer, chapbook)
- Kaaron Warren, “Death’s Door Café” (Shadows & Tall Trees 2014)
- Kai Ashante Wilson, “The Devil in America” (Tor.com, April 2, 2014)
- Alyssa Wong, “The Fisher Queen” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2014)
If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’ve already reviewed Alyssa Wong’s “The Fisher Queen” here. Among the other nominees for the World Fantasy Award, the first I read was “The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson, who reportedly abstains from social media, so check out this interview with him at the blog Push–voices into the spotlight. Continue reading