Humans are the Problem Gets Long-List Nod from Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror Vol. 14

November 28, 2022

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.

Read the entire anthology now for a discounted ebook price of just .99 for a short time. 

Fracture by Mercedes M. Yardley - Mother: Tales of Love and Terror

Fracture, by Mercedes M. Yardley

Read the full story that is on the Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot right here!

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Mother: Tales of Love and Terror has been included on the preliminary ballot for the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards® for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. If you are a voting member of the HWA, we would love to have you consider our anthology, as well as Mercedes M. Yardley’s story, “Fracture,” which is also on the ballot in the Short Fiction category. 

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Humans are the Problem on Long List for Best Horror of the Year, Vol 14, ed. by Ellen Datlow

It’s been a crazy year with a lot of awesome news for Weird Little Worlds Press, and the perfect end to it was the inclusion of our inaugural anthology being considered for Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year anthology. 

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