Good news announced on my birthday yesterday.
“The Hanged Man of Oz” is being reprinted in a new anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. The Cutting Room comes out next year from Tachyon Publications.
I love this story for a number of reasons. It’s the first I ever finished and sold, appearing in Gathering the Bones, edited by Dennis Etchison, Ramsey Campbell, and Jack Dann. It was reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Vol. 15, by Stephen Jones. And now it’s seeing publication again in an Ellen Datlow anthology.
I’ve known about its inclusion for a while. The sale was the spark for the recent surge of creativity by the muse, and why I’ve knocked out two short stories in the last two months, started on a third, and taken a second look at the horror novel I slaved over the year before.
The table of contents includes lots of great stories, nearly all reprints, and I’m overwhelmed to see mine among them.
Introduction by Ellen Datlow
The Cutter by Edward Bryant
The Hanged Man of Oz by Steve Nagy
Dead Space by Dennis Etchison
Cuts by F. Paul Wilson
Final Girl Theory by A. C. Wise
Lapland, or Film Noir by Peter Straub
The Thousand Cuts by Ian Watson
Occam’s Ducks by Howard Waldrop
Dead Image by David Morrell
The Constantinople Archives by Robert Shearman
each thing I show you is a piece of my death by Gemma Files & Stephen J. Barringer
Cinder Images by Gary McMahon
The Pied Piper of Hammersmith by Nicholas Royle
Filming the Making of the Film of the Making of Fitzcarraldo by Garry Kilworth
Onlookers by Gary A. Braunbeck
Recreation by Lucy Snyder
Bright Lights, Big Zombie by Douglas E. Winter
She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion! by Genevieve Valentine
Even the Pawn by Joel Lane
Tenderizer by Stephen Graham Jones
Ardor by Laird Barron
Final Girl II: the Frame by Daphne Gottlieb
Illimitable Dominion by Kim Newman