Contents: The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2013 Edition

Laird Barron, “Hand of Glory” (The Book of Cthulhu 2)
Peter S. Beagle, “Great-Grandmother in the Cellar” (Under My Hat)
Peter Bell, “Glamour of Madness” (The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows)
Joseph Bruchac, “Down in the Valley” (Postscripts 28/29: Exotic Gothic 4)
Jim Butcher, “Bigfoot on Campus” (Hex Appeal)
Mike Carey, “Iphigenia In Aulis” (An Apple for the Creature)
Terry Dowling, “Nightside Eye” (Cemetery Dance)
K. M. Ferebee, “The Bird Country” (Shimmer)
Jeffrey Ford, “The Natural History of Autumn” (F&SF)
Neil Gaiman, “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury” (The Shadow Show)
Theodora Goss, “England Under the White Witch” (Clarkesworld)
Maria Dahvana Headley, “Game” (Subterranean)
Robert Hood, “Escena de un Asesinato” (Postscripts 28/29: Exotic Gothic 4)
Stephen Graham Jones, “Welcome to the Reptile House” (Strange Aeons)
Caitlín R Kiernan, “Fake Plastic Trees: (After)
Ellen Klages, “The Education of a Witch” (Under My Hat)
Marc Laidlaw, “Forget You” (Lightspeed)
Joe R. Lansdale. “The Tall Grass” (Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations)
John Langan, Renfrew’s Course (Lightspeed)
Helen Marshall, “No Ghosts In London” (Hair Side, Flesh Side)
Tim Lebbon, “Slaughterhouse Blues” (Nothing As It Seems)
Alison Littlewood, “The Eyes of Water (The Eyes of Water)
Good Hunting, Ken Liu (Strange Horizons)
Sarah Monette, “Blue Lace Agate” (Lightspeed)
Ekaterina Sedia, “End of White” (Shotguns v Cthulhu)
Priya Sharma, “Pearls” (Bourbon Penn 04)
Robert Shearman, “Bedtime Stories for Yasmin” (Shadows & Tall Trees 4)
John Shirley, “When Death Wakes Me to Myself” (Black Wings II)
Cory Skerry, “Sinking Among Lilies” (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
Simon Stranzas, “Go Home Again” (Fungi)
Rachel Swirsky, “The Sea of Trees” (The Future Is Japanese)
Melanie Tem, “Dahlias” (Black Wings II)
Karen Tidbeck, “Arvid Pekon” (Jagganath: Stories)
Genevieve Valentine, “Armless Maidens of the American West” (Apex)
Brooke Wonders, “Everything Must Go” (Clarkesworld)

Help: World Fantasy Awards Suggestions

Lifetime Achievement
Tanith Lee
Susan Cooper

Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce (Gollancz/Doubleday)
The Drowning Girl, Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc)
Hide Me Among the Graves, Tim Powers (Morrow/Corvus)

(10,000 words to 40,000 words)
“Hand of Glory” by Laird Barron (The Book of Cthulhu 2)
“Let Map to Others” by KJ Parker (Subterranean)

Short Fiction
“England Under the White Witch” by Theodora Goss (Clarkesworld)
“Two Houses” by Kelly Link (Shadow Show)
“The Magician’s Apprentice” by Tamsyn Muir (Weird Tales)

The Future is Japanese, ed Nick Mamatas & Masumi Washington (Haikasoru)
Breaking the Bow, edi Anil Memon & Vandana Singh (Zubaan)
Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology, ed Charles Tan (Lethe)

Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear (Prime Books)
At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson (Small Beer Press)
At the Edge of Waking, Holly Phillips (Prime Books)
Moscow But Dreaming, Ekaterina Sedia (Prime Books)
Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman (Chizine)

Special Award: Professional
Ginjer Buchanan, for editing Ace Books
Nick Mamatas, for editing Haikasoru
Devi Palli, for editing Orbit Books
Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for Chizine Publications

Special Award: Non-Professional
Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld Magazine
L. Timmel Duchamp, for Aqueduct Press
Jim C. Hines, for his contributions to the field
Requires Hate, for her criticism and reviews
Genevieve Valentine, for her contributions to the field

I'm missing additional nominees in various categories.
Anything obvious that I'm overlooking?

News: Two Anthology Sales for 2014 Releases

I've sold two anthologies, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures, and The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry, to Constable & Robinson / Running Press, both for 2014 releases. (The former is a semi-sequel to The Mammoth Book of Steampunk issued back in 2012, which by the way will see a Russian edition later in 2013, by Azbooka-Atticus.) I'll open a suggestion period within the month, as both books are due by July 2013. (Squee!).

2012 Locus Recommended Reading List

Novels: Fantasy
Worldsoul, Liz Williams (Prime)

Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear (Prime)
At the Edge of Waking, Holly Phillips (Prime)
Moscow But Dreaming, Ekaterina Sedia (Prime)

Anthologies: Reprint
Robots: The Recent A.I., edited by Rich Horton & Sean Wallace (Prime)
Rock On: The Greatest Hits of Science Fiction & Fantasy, edited by Paula Guran (Prime)
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2012 Edition, edited by Paula Guran (Prime)
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012 Edition, edited by Rich Horton (Prime)

"The Battle of Candle Arc" by Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld)
"Astrophilia" by Carrie Vaughn (Clarkesworld)

Short Stories
"Scattered Along the River of Heaven" by Aliette De Bodard (Clarkesworld)
"Immersion" by Aliette De Bodard (Clarkesworld)
"England Under the White Witch" by Theodora Goss (Clarkesworld)
"A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight" by Xia Jia (Clarkesworld)
"Mantis Wives" by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld)
"Prayer" by Robert Reed (Clarkesworld)
"(To See the Other) Whole Against the Sky" by E. Catherine Tobler (Clarkesworld)
"A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones" by Genevieve Valentine (Clarkesworld)


Press Release: 2013 World SF Travel Fund Recipients

In 2011 a combination of genre professionals and fans from the international scene and the United States gathered together to create the World SF Travel Fund. The fund was set up to enable one or two international persons involved in science fiction, fantasy or horror to travel to a major genre event. This year's recipients are:

Csilla Kleinheincz is a Hungarian-Vietnamese writer living in Kistarcsa, Hungary with her husband and daughter. She is the author of two novels and a short story collection. Her stories can be read in English in the anthologies Interfictions, Heiresses of Russ 2011, and The Apex Book of World SF 2. Some of her stories were translated into Portuguese, Finnish, Czech and Estonian. Csilla is also a translator of works by Peter S. Beagle, Kelly Link, Ursula K. Le Guin and Catherynne M. Valente. She currently works as the editor of the SF/F publishing house Ad Astra, and in her free time edits the Hungarian online SF magazine SFmag.

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is a Filipino writer of science fiction and fantasy. A graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop, Rochita was the recipient of the 2009 Octavia Butler Scholarship, and the first Filipina writer to attend Clarion West. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including Interzone, Fantasy Magazine, Apex Magazine, Weird Tales, and the anthologies Robots: The Recent A.I., and The Apex Book of World SF 2. In the Philippines, her short fiction has been published in Philippine Panorama, Philippine Speculative Fiction 2, and Philippine Speculative Fiction 4. Rochita currently resides in the Netherlands with her husband and her two children.

The Fund has set up a Peerbackers Project with the hope of raising $3000, enabling two years of running. The Board, tasked with selecting future candidates, is composed of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Nnedi Okorafor, Ekaterina Sedia, and Charles Tan, reflecting the truly international nature of the SF world today. For inquiries and further information please contact co-administrators Lavie Tidhar or Sean Wallace at