Congratulations to editor Michael Bailey and Written Backwards Books!
Qualia Nous, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award(R) for Superior Achievement in Anthology as well as for Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year, has taken the Gold Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy at the Benjamin Franklin Awards. My story, “The Price of Faces,” is in the book, along with a selection of wonderful fiction and poetry. Great time to check out one of the most exciting anthologies published last year. Michael’s next anthology project, The Library of the Dead, will be published next month.
To be published by Written Backwards later this year, Qualia Nous will include my story, “The Price of Faces,” part of an incredible line-up of fiction from some of today’s best horror and sci-fi writers. This one will also feature “The Jaunt” by Stephen King, marking the first time I’ve shared a table of contents with the master of modern horror. A genuine thrill! Editor Michael Bailey continues his streak of producing high quality anthologies. More information soon about publication date, price, and so on, but for now prepare for fiction from Max Booth III, Gary Braunbeck, Jason V Brock, Patrick Freivald, Erinn Kemper, Usman T. Malik, Rena Mason, Lori Michelle, Thomas F. Monteleone, William F. Nolan, Gene O’Neil, Lucy Snyder, Richard Thomas, and many others.
Editor Michael Bailey created this awesome trailer for the anthology Chiral Mad 2 (now on sale!). Be warned! It may be encoded with a viral melody that will compel you to buy a copy of Chiral Mad 2, then buy others for every member in your family, and still others for all your friends, and others yet for your co-workers, and even a copy for that grumpy woman on line ahead of you at Starbuck’s every morning. Or, perhaps, not. But even if it was true, all proceeds from sales of the book go to benefit Down Syndrome charities, so it’s all good either way. And rumor has it that reading Chiral Mad 2 will make you immune to earworms while watching the video. For now, though, sit back, relax, and enjoy the chirality.
Seeing my story, “Mneomonicide,” published in Chiral Mad 2 among the work of so many other great and accomplished writers gives me a wonderful–and thrilling–feeling. Editor Michael Bailey has assembled an astounding collection of fantastic, short, psychological horror fiction here, with all profits from sales of the book to go directly to Down syndrome charities. I’m very pleased and proud to be part of this book. It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved–we writers get to be part of a beautiful anthology, you readers get to enjoy a feast of fine fiction, and together we all raise some money for a good cause. That’s the genius of Michael Bailey at work. I hope you’ll give Chiral Mad 2 your support. It’s now available on Amazon and would make a great gift for all your friends and loved ones who need a little good, dark fiction to take the edge off their holiday cheer.
In keeping with the theme of the anthology, all the stories involve an element of chirality–the property of asymmetry, which exists when an object does not match its mirror image. Human hands are one example. You can learn more at chirality.org. Each author wove this concept into their stories.
With an introduction by Michael Bailey, Chiral Mad 2 includes:
- Another Man’s Bones – Mason Ian Bundschuh
- Mnemonicide – James Chambers
- Flowers Blooming in the Season of Atrophy – Max Booth III
- The Counselor – Mort Castle
- Dear Boy – John Biggs
- Interference – Andrew Hook
- Picture-in-Picture – Dustin LaValley
- When I Was – Thomas F. Monteleone
- Tight Partners – Gene O’Neill
- Approaching Lavender – Lucy A. Snyder
- Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity – David Morrell
- In the Eyes of the Beholder – Ann K. Boyer
- Empathy – John Skipp
- Versions – E. L. Kemper
- The Tended Field of Eido Yamata – Jon Michael Kelley
- Playing with Fire – Richard Thomas
- Indian Summer – Philip C. Perron
- Blood Women – Usman T. Malik
- Whitechapel – P. Gardner Goldsmith
- The Chute – Gary McMahon
- Scavenging – Kevin Lucia
- The Word – Ramsey Campbell
- Welcome Home, All You Uninvited – Erik T. Johnson
- The Geminis – John Palisano
- A Guide to Etiquette and Comportment for the Sisters of Henley House – Emily B. Cataneo
- The Right Thing – Jack Ketchum
- Passing Affliction – Patrick O’Neill
- The Great Pity – Gary A. Braunbeck