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Her award-winning short fiction has been reprinted in many annual 'Best Of' anthologies in the UK and the US. She has been published by Titan Books, Tor Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and PS Publishing, and has written Sherlock Holmes stories for Constable & Robinson and Running Press.
Carole is represented by Hellie Ogden at Janklow & Nesbit UK and Allison Hunter at Janklow & Nesbit (US).
More information on the author can be found at carolejohnstone.com.
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A group of mountain climbers, caught in the dark, fight to survive their descent; in the British countryside, hundreds of magpies ascend into the sky, higher and higher, until they seem to vanish into the heavens; a professor and his student track a zombie horde in order to research zombie behavior; an all-girl riding school has sinister secrets; a town rails in vain against a curse inflicted upon it by its founders.
For more than three decades, editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow, winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, has had her finger on the pulse of the horror genre, introducing readers to writers whose tales can unnerve, frighten, and terrify. This anniversary volume, which collects the best stories from the first ten years of her annual The Best Horror of the Year anthology series, includes fiction from award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Neil Gaiman, Livia Llewellyn, Laird Barron, Gemma Files, Stephen Graham Jones, and many more.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Lowland Sea―Suzy McKee Charnas
Wingless Beasts―Lucy Taylor
The Nimble Men―Glen Hirshberg
Little America―Dan Chaon
Black and White Sky―Tanith Lee
The Monster Makers―Steve Rasnic Tem
Chapter Six―Stephen Graham Jones
In a Cavern, in a Canyon―Laird Barron
Shepherds’ Business―Stephen Gallagher
Down to a Sunless Sea―Neil Gaiman
The Man from the Peak―Adam Golaski
In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos―John Langan
The Moraine―Simon Bestwick
At the Riding School―Cody Goodfellow
Tender as Teeth―Stephanie Crawford & Duane Swierczynski
Wild Acre―Nathan Ballingrud
The Callers―Ramsey Campbell
This Stagnant Breath of Change―Brian Hodge
Grave Goods―Gemma Files
The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine―Peter Straub
The Days of Our Lives―Adam L. G. Nevill
You Can Stay All Day―Mira Grant
No Matter Which Way We Turned―Brian Evenson
Better You Believe―Carole Johnstone
About the Authors
Acknowledgment of Copyright
About the Editor
It's 1890. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson return to Baker Street after a night pursuing a vicious criminal. Inspector Lestrade is waiting for Holmes with a proposition of national importance.
Lestrade tells Holmes that a school of detection has been formed to train a new breed of modern investigators that will serve in Great Britain and the Empire. Most students will become police officers. Some, however, will become bodyguards and spies. Holmes begins instructing his decidedly curious assortment of students from home and abroad. He does so with his customary gusto and inventiveness.
Scotland Yard, in the main, allocates crimes to solve and Holmes mentors his students. Occasionally, he shadows them in disguise in order to assess or even directly test their abilities with creative scenarios he devises. Certain crimes investigated by the students might appear trivial, such as the re-positioning of an ornament atop a garden wall, yet it will transpire an assassin has moved the ornament to create good sightlines in order to commit murder with a sniper's rifle.
Other mysteries are considered outside the domain of the police. For example, the inexplicable disappearance of a stone gargoyle, which is linked to an ancient family curse. Or a man suffering from amnesia who discovers that not only has he acquired a secret life but also gained an implacable enemy, too. Holmes, with the ever- trustworthy Doctor Watson in his wake, is kept busy with his students' cases, ranging from minor to serious, sometimes rectifying their mistakes and saving them from a variety of disasters.
These eleven wonderful new adventures and intrigues include tales such as 'The Gargoyles of Killfellen House', 'Sherlock Holmes and the Four Kings of Sweden' and 'The Case of the Cannibal Club'.
Darkness, our most primitive fear since shadows first stirred.
Within the pages of this horror anthology you will be taken back into the past, down to the depths of the ocean and across the borderline between our world and the next. You will see snapshots from the lives of small children, old-time cockney gangsters and aimless stoners. You will journey into the darkest house on the darkest street, wander hospital basements, and take a flight in the comfort of first class. You will meet Mr Stix.
The Dark is coming! Call your friends. No one should wander through the dark alone.
This short story collection includes:
- Kevin Lucia
- Jeremy C. Shipp
- Jasper Bark
- William Meikle
- Ray Cluley
- Scott Nicholson
- Gary McMahon
- G. N. Braun
- Carole Johnstone
- Armand Rosamilia
- Daniel I. Russell
- Joe Mynhardt
- Tracie McBride
- Stephen Bacon
- Benedict J. Jones
- Blaze McRob
- John Claude Smith
- Tonia Brown
- Mark West
- Robert W. Walker
Are you scared of the dark? You should be.
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from the Darkest Depths
For the Night is Dark eBook categories:
- Horror anthology
- Haunted houses and ghosts
- Disturbing psychological horror
- Urban Suspense
- Short stories
- Dark Fantasy Horror
- Psychological thriller
- Paranormal suspense
- Unexplained Mysteries
- US Horror Fiction
- Thriller short stories
Black Static is essentially a fiction magazine containing short stories in the horror and dark fantasy genres. But it covers other aspects of the genre via reviews of books, movies, DVDs and TV.
Fiction this issue:
Isaac's Room by Daniel Mills
Men Playing Ghosts, Playing God by Steven J. Dines
The Monster Makers by Steve Rasnic Tem
Arches and Pillars by Michael Griffin
Summer Girls by Caspian Gray
What Would You Say If I Asked You To Love Me? by Jason Gould
If You Can Read This, You're Too Close by Carole Johnstone
The issue's artists are Richard Wagner (cover & interior), Richard Sampson,
Vincent Sammy, Dave Senecal & Geoffrey Grisso
Peter Tennant's Case Notes reviews include
The 13 Ghosts of Christmas editor Simon Marshall-Jones
Dark World: Ghost Stories editor Timothy Parker Russell
Hauntings editor Ellen Datlow
This House is Haunted John Boyne
The White Devil Justin Evans
A Haunting of Ghosts Maynard Sims
In a Season of Dead Weather Mark Fuller Dillon
A Natural History of Ghosts Roger Clarke
Darker Minds editors Ross Warren and Anthony Watson
Shadows Edge editor Simon Strantzas
Roadkill Joseph D’Lacey
Touch Me With Your Cold, Hard Fingers Elizabeth Stott
The Jungle Conrad Williams
An Antique Land John Shire
Everything is Always Wrong Graham Tugwell
Little Red Transistor Radio From Trieste Dragan Todorovic
Girls & Monsters Anne Michaud
Soul Screams Sara Jayne Townsend
Busy Blood Stuart Hughes & D.F. Lewis’
Danse Macabre editor Nancy Kilpatrick
Vampyric Variations editor Nancy Kilpatrick
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre James Rose
The Descent James Marriott
The Shadow Out Of Time H.P. Lovecraft, Graphic adaptor N.J. Culbard
The Castle Franz Kafka, Graphic adaptors David Zane Mairowitz & Jaromir 99
Tony Lee's DVD reviews this issue:
CURANDERO: DAWN OF THE DEMON, IN THEIR SKIN, TEXAS CHAINSAW, APARTMENT 1303, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, MAMA, WARM BODIES, MANIAC, STOKER
BLACK SABBATH, THE BROOD, KURONEKO, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, THE MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF, MOTEL HELL, SPIDER BABY
THE INCIDENT, KILL FOR ME, DEATH GAME, STATIC
WINNER OF THE 2018 BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY AWARD FOR BEST ANTHOLOGY. Includes Josh Malerman's 'House of the Head' as seen in Creepshow. An electrifying anthology of new horror stories by award-winning masters of the genre, including Josh Malerman, Ramsey Campbell, Alison Littlewood and Christopher Golden.
FEAR COMES IN MANY FORMS
The horror genre's greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this collection of nineteen brand-new stories. In “The Boggle Hole” by Alison Littlewood an ancient folk tale leads to irrevocable loss. In Josh Malerman’s “The House of the Head” a dollhouse becomes the focus for an incident both violent and inexplicable. And in “Speaking Still” Ramsey Campbell suggests that beyond death there may be far worse things waiting than we can ever imagine...
Numinous, surreal and gut wrenching, New Fears is a vibrant collection showcasing the very best fiction modern horror has to offer.
In this wonderful anthology of new stories, Sherlock Holmes travels to the far ends of the Earth in search of truth and justice. A host of singularly talented writers, while remaining respectful towards Conan Doyle's work, present a new and thrilling dimension to Holmes's career.
Full list of contributors:
Simon Clark; Andrew Darlington; Paul Finch; Nev Fountain; Carole Johnstone; Paul Kane; Alison Littlewood; Johnny Mains; William Meikle ;David Moody; Mark Morris; Cavan Scott; Denis O. Smith; Sam Stone and Stephen Volk.
What frightens us, what unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the seventeen stories included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year.
Legendary editor Ellen Datlow (Poe: New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe), winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, joins Night Shade Books in presenting The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Two.
"Superstar editor Datlow makes no missteps...."
Take a terrifying journey with literary masters of suspense, including Peter Straub, Kim Newman, and Caitlín R. Kiernan, visiting a place where the other is somehow one of us. These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump in the night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it's a seemingly devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there—and much closer than it appears.
“I saw him Mr Munroe.” A sly look lit up Jimmy’s blinking eyes. “He’s always chasing you.”
Raym’s hand froze in front of his chest, creeping back up towards his throat again. “What?”
“In a funny square van.” The kid blinked, blinked, blinked. He wooshed his hands either side of his body like he was starting a drag race, and Raym flinched again. “It’s got black tails – really, really looong ones, like party streamers!”
All Raym wants to do is give up smoking. So why is his entire life falling apart? Why are new mistakes and old terrors conspiring against him? Why is he being plagued by the very worst spectre from his childhood? And why does giving up suddenly – horrifyingly – feel much, much more like giving in?
TTA Press have now included Carole's short story 'Signs of the Times', which won the 2014 British Fantasy Award for best short story of the year. They hope you enjoy this little E book extra.
At the British Fantasy Convention, held in York in September 2014, Carole won the British Fantasy Award for best short story of 2013 against strong competition from Pat Cadigan and Conrad Williams among others.
Congratulations to Carole on a significant win. The award is also a feather in the cap for TTA Press, publishers of both Black Static and this novella. So Cold Turkey's e book edition has now been re-edited to include Carole's winning story without increasing the price.
An astonishing mix of hot newcomers, heavy hitters and superstars in this second edition of The Best British Fantasy.
“More good news come our way from Salt Publishing, it seems that they will not only release a series of year’s best British fantasy, but also starting from next year a series of yearly “Best British Horror” too, edited by Johnny Mains.” —Dark Wolf Fantasy
2014’s selection offers stories written by eight women and six men. All have been published in 2013, either in popular genre magazines such as Interzone, or in anthologies. In subject matter, the stories range from hard SF space travel, through near future Zero Hours social comment, to an alternate retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur and a world where flowers whisper poems.
Praise for Best British Fantasy
“All in all this is a great little collection of short stories by some of the best fantasy writers around, some you will have heard of and some that may be new to you but all of whom have earned their place in this anthology by being good writers. Whether or not it's the 'best' and whether or not every writer is actually 'British' is open to debate, but one thing's for sure, it will make a great addition to anyone's fantasy library.” —Sci-Fi London
"Skinner Box," a Tor.com Original short story from award-winning author Carole Johnston.
A disturbing science fiction story about space exploration and a seemingly routine scientific mission to Jupiter that is threatened by the interpersonal relationships of its crew.
Content warning for fictional depictions of sexual content, including abuse and assault.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.