Ellen Datlow, preeminent horror editor, released her long list for works being considering for the Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 14. Weird Little Worlds Press is well represented, with six stories from 2022’s Humans are the Problem: A Monster’s Anthology included on the list.
The yearly anthology represents the best in horror of the previous year, and is rigorously researched by Datlow. Featured writers in past volumes have included established writers like Ramsey Campbell, Laird Barron, and Stephen King as well as up-and-coming stars like Catriona Ward, Anna Taborska, and Stephen Graham Jones.
This year, Weird Little Worlds made a strong showing, with six potential stories that appeared on the long list for the anthology. These include:
“Woof,” by Patrick Barb – A boy makes an unlikely friend after his father captures a young werewolf.
“Root Rot,” by Sarah Read – What does the tooth fairy do with those teeth? A dark, twisted tale.
“Nothing Personal,” by Georgia Cook – When a man accompanies his brother and her girlfriend on a remote camping trip, someone must be willing to pay the ultimate price for love.
“The Man of Seaweed and Reeds,” by Correy Farrenkopf – When zoo patrons come to see the swamp creature, they get far more than they bargained for.
“Aquarium Diver,” by Philip Fracassi – Researchers conducting experiments on an unidentified blob learn first-hand exactly what motivates the alien creature.
“Laurel’s First Chase,” by Christi Nogle – A coming-of-age story about a woman teaching her daughter to hunt…humans.
Although these are not the only amazing stories in the anthology, Weird Little Worlds is pleased that the excellence of the ones included on Datlow’s long list has been recognized.
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