Look at this beautiful tome. It’s the Bloodstones anthology from Ticonderoga Publications, edited by the awesomely talented Amanda Pillar. You can tell she’s awesomely talented because she picked one of my stories to be in this book. And all the others, of course. Bloodstones is an anthology of short fiction using unusual creatures, myths and legends in dark, urban fantasy settings. And let’s be honest, that kind of brief is right up my flagpole. My story is called Cephalopoda Obsessia and it’s my little cephalopod overlord homage. I won’t say any more than that.
The book has a great line-up of authors (I’ll post the full list below) and boasts a broad range of subject matter. From the back cover blurb, we’re told we’ll encounter ancient Greek monsters, lamia, gorgons and kraken, as well as the Malay toyol and dukun, Chinese xiannu, Haitian voodoo, ghosts, Cthulhu, selkies and (get this!) the Philippino Alan. That one really has me interested. I mean, I’ll be honest, I have no fucking idea what half the stuff on that list is. But there’s a monster called an Alan? Sign me up!
The forward is by the very talented author, Seanan Maguire, and she says really lovely things about the anthology. Things like, “There was not a story in this book that did not surprise and delight me…” and “…a map to a whole new realm of horror.” Shit, yeah, I like the sound of that. So I can’t wait to get my teeth into this one. You can get your copy from indiebooksonline.com, or all the usual Amazon type places.
Here’s the full list of 17 stories:
- Joanne Anderton, “Sanaa’s Army”
- Alan Baxter, “Cephalopoda Obsessia”
- Jenny Blackford, “A Moveable Feast”
- Vivian Caethe, “Skin”
- MD Curelas, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
- Thoraiya Dyer, “Surviving Film”
- Dirk Flinthart, “The Bull in Winter”
- Stephanie Gunn, “The Skin of the World”
- Richard Harland, “A Mother’s Love”
- Pete Kempshall, “Dead Inside”
- Penny Love, “A Small Bad Thing”
- Karen Maric, “Embracing the Invisible”
- Christine Morgan, “Ferreau’s Curse”
- Nicole Murphy, “Euryale”
- Kat Otis, “And the Dead Shall be Raised Incorruptible”
- Dan Rabarts, “The Bone Plate”
- Erin Underwood, “The Foam Born”