New Story Bundle, Curated by Lavie Tidhar!

Lavie Tidhar has curated a new Story Bundle! This time, the collection has a Hollywood Horror theme. Here’s Lavie’s introduction to the collection…

Ah, Hollywood! The glitz, the glamour – the monsters! For Halloween this year I thought it would be fun to collect books with some connection to Tinseltown – whether by actors, screenwriters, books about the movies or those in development to become films and TV shows. It’s a mixed bag of fabulous! But all of it unsettling in some way. As the nights draw long and the frost settles on the windows and the wind howls mercilessly outside, what better time to settle down with a blanket and read some tales dark and grim?

So join me as we take a tour through worlds of ancient rockets and the devil, black and white monsters and deep hidden fungus, of vampires, fire-breathing giant lizards, horror film survivors and, of course, a dinosaur detective. Here is a mixture of novels and intelligent non-fiction, anthologies and novellas – the full gamut of the field spelled out in stars against a silver screen.

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In case you are not familiar with StoryBundle: you decide what price you want to pay, with more books available at certain amounts.

With the Hollywood Horror Bundle, for $5 (or more, if you’re feeling generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.

  • Who Wants to be the Prince of Darkness? by Michael Boatman
  • Monsters From the Vault by Orrin Grey
  • The Cutting Room edited by Ellen Datlow
  • We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $20, you get all four of the regular books, plus seven more books for a total of 11!

  • Deep State by Christopher Farnsworth
  • The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes
  • Scream Queen by Edo van Belkom
  • Revenge of Monsters From the Vault by Orrin Grey
  • Ancient Rockets by Kage Baker, edited by Kathleen Bartholomew
  • Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow
  • The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

If you are so moved, you can allocate some of what you pay for the bundle to go to Locus magazine.

The bundle is available until November 3rd.

As you can see, the bundle includes Lavie’s own THE VIOLENT CENTURY. Published by JABberwocky, here’s the synopsis…

A bold experiment has mutated a small fraction of humanity. Nations race to harness the gifted, putting them to increasingly dark ends. At the dawn of global war, flashy American superheroes square off against sinister Germans and dissolute Russians. Increasingly depraved scientists conduct despicable research in the name of victory

British agents Fogg and Oblivion, recalled to the Retirement Bureau, have kept a treacherous secret for over forty years. But all heroes must choose when to join the fray, and to whom their allegiance is owed — even for just one perfect summer’s day.

The cover for THE VIOLENT CENTURY is by the ever-excellent Sarah Anne Langton.

Lavie’s latest novel is MAROR, which is published by Head of Zeus. He also curated and edited the new THE BEST OF WORLD SF, Volume 2, which AdAstra published yesterday.

Short Fiction Watch: PORGEE’S BOAR by Jonathan Carroll

In this edition of Short Fiction Watch, we wanted to draw your attention to the latest story by Jonathan Carroll: PORGEE’S BOAR is published on, and is also available as an eBook. Edited by Ellen Datlow, and with cover artwork by Robert Hunt, here’s the synopsis…

An artist’s work attracts the eye of Andrey Porgee, a notorious gangster, who becomes her best customer.

But when he commissions a painting based on a childhood photograph, the artist fears his reaction to the final product.

If you are a long-time fan of Carroll’s work, or a newcomer, we think you’ll love this new story.

Jonathan Carroll is the author of multiple of award-winning, award-nominated, and internationally-acclaimed novels and short stories — including THE PANIC HAND, which won the Bram Stoker Award in 1996; and OUTSIDE THE DOG MUSEUM, which won the British Fantasy Award in 1992. His next novel is MR. BREAKFAST, which is due to be published in 2023.

Short Fiction Watch: Aliette de Bodard in ECHOES

Just a quick post today to bring to your attention the new anthology ECHOES, which contains a story by Aliette de Bodard! Published by Saga Press, it’s out now.

Everyone loves a good ghost story, especially Ellen Datlow — the most lauded editor in short works of supernatural suspense and dark fantasy. The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories is her definitive collection of ghost stories.

These twenty-nine stories, including all new works from New York Times bestselling authors Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay, span from the traditional to the eclectic, from the mainstream to the literary, from pure fantasy to the bizarrely supernatural. Whether you’re reading alone under the covers with a flashlight, or around a campfire with a circle of friends, there’s something here to please — and spook — everyone.

Aliette is the multi-award winning author of many other short stories, novellas, novellettes and novels. Her most recent series, Dominion of the Fallen, is out now published by Gollancz in the UK, and in North America by Roc Books (#1-2) and JABberwocky (#3). It is also available in a growing number of translated editions.

Aliette is also the author of the acclaimed Xuya series of stories, including THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE (Subterranean Press and JABberwocky), and various stories contained within OF WARS, AND MEMORIES, AND STARLIGHT (Subterranean Press).

The author’s most recent stand-alone novel is the highly-acclaimed IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE, published by JABberwocky.