You guys will remember the massive Australian vampire anthology from Ticonderoga Publications called Dead Red Heart. It featured my story, Punishment Of The Sun.
My story got a place in Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mentions for 2011, and will be listed in Best Horror Of The Year, Volume 4. As if that wasn’t happy-happy news enough for me, Ellen released the full list of 608 recommended stories for 2011 and no fewer than 16 of the 33 stories in Dead Red Heart are on it. Congratulations to editor Russell B Farr for putting together such an amazing book.
So huge congratulations to:
- Anderton, Joanne “The Sea at Night,” Dead Red Heart.
- Baxter, Alan “Punishment of the Sun,” Dead Red Heart.
- Brown, Simon “Thin Air,” Dead Red Heart.
- Cavalchini, Damon “Renfield’s Wife,” Dead Red Heart.
- Edwards, Jacob “Behind the Black Mask,” Dead Red Heart.
- Fay, Joanna “Black Heart,” Dead Red Heart.
- Gates, Raymond “The Little Red Man,” Dead Red Heart.
- Hannett, Lisa L. White and Red in the Black,” Dead Red Heart.
- Hanson, Donna Marie “The Life Stealer,” Dead Red Heart.
- Ivanoff, George “Vitality,” Dead Red Heart.
- Jensen, Patty “Quarantine,” Dead Red Heart.
- Kempshall, Pete “All that Glisters,” Dead Red Heart.
- Lawson, Chris “Apologetoi,” Dead Red Heart.
- Mok, Anne “Interview with the Jiangshi,” Dead Red Heart.
- Slatter, Angela “Sun Falls,” Dead Red Heart.
- White, Jen “Listening to Tracy,” Dead Red Heart.
And, on top of that, the latest BLACK STATIC magazine (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/currentissue/) has reviewed Dead Red Heart as part of a big vampire feature. Their reviewer has gone through all 33 stories and had something to say about each and every one. I got to see a preview of the review and this is what the reviewer said about my story:
Genuinely creepy, ‘Punishment of the Sun’ by Alan Baxter has a vampire isolated by his kind at a remote farming station, and the family slowly realising that they are prey, the sense of menace and gradual, mounting terror put over well.
When anything of mine is called “genuinely creepy” one of my demon minions gets a new set of wings.
The reviewer said of the book as a whole:
an overall excellent collection, one in which nearly all of the stories are unusual and offer different slants on the idea of the vampire, while retaining an essentially Australian feel.
So seriously, if you haven’t got it yet, get it now.
And while you’re at it, get yourself on a subscription to Black Static magazine, because that’s one great publication too.