Today’s Brew: Cinnamon Nutmeg from Dunkin’s
It’s been a minute, because I’ve been BUSY, and one of the things I’ve been busy with is writing a story for this amazing anthology. It’s on the Bram Stoker Award Recommended Reading List! And my story is in it! And everybody says this, how lucky they are to be in the company they’re in with a project, but man alive, do I mean it with this one. Some of these pieces, and the beautiful artwork for them by incredible artists, are just mindblowing to me.
Twenty-five women and non-binary writers from the worlds of Horror Fiction and Illustration form an unholy union and drag the blackened heart of Classic Gothic Horror into modern daylight! In the process, they have sculpted an altogether sleeker, more feral beast.
In the hands of Mary Shelley, Daphne Du Maurier and Shirley Jackson, Gothic Horror explored the bleak shadows of our homes; the darkest corners of the human mind; madness, personal transformation, the occult. IN SOMNIO recasts the legacy of the original Gothmothers in a chilling contemporary light.
Within the walls of an arcane modern art gallery; upon the shores of a hostile but compelling sea; into the blackest burrows of the animal kingdom; tableside at the world’s last restaurant on the eve of the apocalypse; from the deep deep South to a Lovecraftian Steampunk theatre, a cornucopia of disturbing vignettes await you.
Fans of twisted takes on the classics such as Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters; Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House/Bly Manor; moody, secretive novels like Night Film and A House at the Bottom of the Lake; and traditional Gothic Horror and ghost stories will all find something to chill their bones in IN SOMNIO.
This collection features eighteen vibrant, unique stories ranging from deeply intimate one-room settings to sprawling fantasy worlds; from the depths of darkness to comedy and adventure. Each story brings a new perspective to our inherent love of Gothic Horror and what those vital elements of terror still have to say today.
Get the book for no more reason than to see the unbelievable illustration for my story, The Beach, by the incomparable Daniella Batsheva (You can find her here: http://www.daniellabatsheva.com/ ). I was beside myself when I got a look at it.
I’ll leave it there for now, though I could sing this antho praises for years, and will in the future. But I hope you’ll pick it up for some light reading, and I hope you love The Beach, because it truly settled into my bones when I was writing it. I felt actually lucky to have thought it up, like it was given to me. Now go, read!