We live in a terrifying world–one founded on violence, exploitation and oppression. If I’m going to write about the world we’re in, I’m going to end up writing horror. And SF, to be plausible, has to either engage with this fact or talk about how it could be overcome.
There’s this manic rollercoaster that comes with writing where you’re up and up, then suddenly crashing towards the ground, only to bank to the left and go back up. It gives you emotional and creative whiplash…
I don’t think writers should focus so much on being careful. I think writers should try to be very brave.
“It’s not so scary in the dark. Turns out I have friends there.”
I like the possibility for the broader, more complicated world that fantasy implies. Sometimes that means I veer toward horror and dark stories.
“…you can only appreciate the light once you’ve experienced the darkness. I have worked with enough people to have no illusions about what kinds of darkness exist.”
I love stories of complicated relationships where love meets hate, the experience of staring into the void and feeling it stare back, and characters who are unapologetic for the consequences of their decisions.
Our authors have tales that will terrify you–but many of these stories will also give you something to think about, may even give you hope. Avra Margariti’s “All the Dead Girls, Singing” makes me cry each time I read it, not only with sadness, but because of the notes of love that transcend death. Jeff Dosser’s “Ghost Story” offers an image of redemption through the power of stories. Voss Foster’s “Eccentric on the Grandest of Scales” is one of the most optimistic dark fiction stories I’ve ever read. And “Cold Dread and Hot Slices” by Spencer Koelle is a portrait of the people who are currently keeping our country together by working the sorts of jobs that ensure people can eat and buy groceries and live. These are just some of the 23 stories you’ll find in the table of contents, stories that I am very proud to include in the anthology and share with the world. I can’t wait for you to read it!