Honoured to have my curious, characterless story, HIPPOCAMPUS, included in Ellen Datlow’s BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR VOLUME 8. The story first appeared in TERROR TALES OF THE OCEAN (Ed Paul Finch). A thrill to fall-in with this unwholesome regiment from the modern horror scene too.
It’s an additional delight to have a story shift uneasily in such fine wrappings. To my taste, this highly collectible Datlow series has consistently produced the best cover artwork in contemporary horror anthologies. There’s always a little bit of Francis Bacon in the designs, and that’s no bad thing.
I also feel like that figure on the cover, for about three days each week.
Here’s the full track listing:
We Are All Monsters Here by Kelley Armstrong
Universal Horror by Stephen Graham Jones
Slaughtered Lamb by Tom Johnstone
In a Cavern, In a Canyon by Laird Barron
Between the Pilings by Steve Rasnic Tem
Snow by Dale Bailey
Indian Giver by Ray Cluley
My Boy Builds Coffins by Gary McMahon
The Woman in the Hill by Tamsyn Muir
Underground Economy by John Langan
The Rooms Are High by Reggie Oliver
All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck by Kate Jonez
Lord of the Sand by Stephen Bacon
Wilderness by Letitia Trent
Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
Descent by Carmen Maria Machado
Hippocampus by Adam Nevill
Black Dog by Neil Gaiman
The 21st Century Shadow by Stephanie M. Wytovich
This Stagnant Breath of Change by Brian Hodge