Echoes of Sherlock Holmes
Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
More than a dozen mystery, fantasy and science fiction authors contributed to this collection of stories inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional characters. My contribution, "Holmes on the Range: A Story of the Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository," originally appeared in Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2.
Trouble Is Our Business
Edited by Declan Burke
This collection of stories from 24 Irish authors showcases the full range of Irish crime fiction today: from police procedurals to psychological thrillers, from domestic noir to historical crime, with room for the supernatural, the futuristic, and the macabre. It marks the first publication of "The Evenings with Evans," written specifically for this volume.
Edited by Peter Florence
Twenty-seven crime writers contributed stories to this collection in support of Oxfam. It marks the first publication of "The Children of Dr. Lyall," which also appears in Night Music: Nocturnes 2.
Inherit the Dead
Edited by Jonathan Santlofer
Twenty authors collaborated on this serial novel to benefit Safe Horizon, America's largest provider of services for domestic violence victims. It's the story of New York private investigator Pericles Christo, hired to find a missing heiress. My contribution is Chapter 9, between chapters by Alafair Burke and James Grady.
A Carnivale of Horror
Edited by Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane
This anthology of circus-based horror stories is a coulrophobe's nightmare, and includes "Some Children Wander by Mistake," a story that originally appeared in Nocturnes. It's in very good company here with stories by Ray Bradbury, Joe Hill, and Charles Finney, among others.
Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century
Edited by Declan Burke
This anthology of essays by and about Irish crime writers begins with an essay by me entitled "No Blacks, No Dogs, No Crime Writers: Ireland and the Mystery Genre." Other contributors include Jane Casey, Paul Charles, Declan Hughes, and Arlene Hunt.
Edited by Mark Morris
This celebration of science fiction and fantasy films includes my essay on the 1958 classic The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, as well as Joe Lansdale on Invaders of Mars, Christopher Priest on La Jetée, and more. The definition of "science fiction" here is a broad one, embracing time travel, parallel universes and metafiction.
The New Dead
Edited by Christopher Golden
This marks new territory for me, as it's an anthology of zombie fiction. My story, "Lazarus", opens the collection, and I'm keeping good company as the other contributors include David Liss, Joe Hill, Max Brooks, and Joe Landsale, among others. It's due to be published in February 2010 by St Martin's in the US, and Piatkus in the UK.
From the Republic of Conscience:
Stories Inspired By The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights
Published by Liberties Press
The story "On The Anatomisation of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier" is anthologised for the first time in this collection, proceeds from which benefit Amnesty International. Given that it includes contributions from writers as varied as Seamus Heaney, Neil jordan, Eoin Colfer, Anne Enright, and Roddy Doyle, it represents the cream of Irish writers (and me), and by buying it you're contributing to a great cause. The book is available direct from www.libertiespress.com, as well as bookstores. Incidentally, my story is one of a number that will be accompanied by a specially commissioned illustration, in this case from the Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, a source of particular pleasure to me as Jim designed the cover for Thin Lizzy's 1976 album, Johnny the Fox, still probably the most beautiful Irish album cover ever, and one that's framed on my bathroom wall. You can see the illustration below, and Jim's website, which is incredibly comprehensive and well worth visiting, is www.jimfitzpatrick.com.
'The Anatomisation of an
Unknown Man' (1637) by Frans Meir.
Artwork title: Etching by Frans Meir, pupil of Rembrandt, of his lost
painting 'The Anatomisation of an Unknown Man'.
Collection: Whulfsonian Foundation, Miami, USA.
The Lineup: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers
Tell The Inside Story Of Their Greatest Detectives
Edited by Otto Penzler
Published by Little Brown in the US, this anthology contains contributions from 22 mystery writers on how their most famous characters came into being, including Michael Connelly on Harry Bosch, Lee Child on Jack Reacher, David Morrell on John Rambo, Colin Dexter on Inspector Morse, Laura Lippman on Tess Monaghan, Ian Rankin on John Rebus, and Alexander McCall Smith on Precious Ramotswe. I've contributed an essay that deals with Charlie Parker, but also covers the slow development of Irish crime writing, and the collision between the rational and the supernatural in my books. It's a lovely anthology for mystery fans.
Dark Delicacies III: Haunted
Edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb
Dark Delicacies III, which has just been published, contains a story by me entitled "A Haunting", the first time this story has appeared in print. The book also includes tales by Chuck Palahniuk, Heather Graham, David Morrell and Mick Garris. I know that some copies were signed by a number of the contributors at the Dark Delicacies bookstore in Burbank, California, where I'll be signing in October, so collectors might want to see if any are still available.
Edited by Ciara Considine
This collection of fiction by Irish women was published as a fundraiser for tsunami relief; the editor, Ciara Considine, asked me to contribute a story, perhaps to see whether anyone would spot the impostor. "The Cycle" was published under the pen name of Laura Froom (the protagonist of "Miss Froom, Vampire"), and both "The Cycle" and "Miss Froom, Vampire" are included in Nocturnes.
Edited by Otto Penzler
Dangerous Women is a new anthology by mystery maven Otto Penzler, who has gathered 17 stories from top writers for an all-original suspense anthology with results that are about the same as if a master chocolatier had assembled a new sampler box: everything of high quality but with enough variety to appeal to all tastes. All the contributors are true to their own very familiar voices.
Like a Charm
Edited by Karin Slaughter
Desire leaves a man destroyed... a young girl's curiosity reveals secrets better left hidden... jealousy drives a woman insane... ambition leads to a curious exchange... an uncanny likeness changes two lives forever... the hand of fate lies buried in the past... From nineteenth-century Georgia, where the bracelet is forged in fire, to wartime Leeds, the seedy underside of London's Soho, a Manhattan taxi, the frozen cliffs of Nova Scotia and back to Georgia, each writer weaves a gripping story of murder, betrayal and intrigue.