Sunday Miscellany: Books, Crutches, Mantels

Jeff VanderMeer • October 11th, 2009 @ 10:17 am • Culture, Photos


(The FTC can stick this where the sun don’t shine. This caption would’ve been more effective a couple days ago.)

Interiors from the Centipede Press edition. You want a full blog post on this book, no?

A new book by one of our Clarion students (he sold it before Clarion) and, er, the infamous antho arrived.

Deluxe Lenore…

Glad to see the horror half of The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror still alive. Not so happy to see Ellen Datlow’s sloppy reading of New Weird in her summary of the year, citing writers included who’ve been around forever like Mike Moorcock and Clive Barker and using them to discount the idea of New Weird. Um, yeah–that’s because those writers are in the precursors section. We don’t define them as New Weird. But, nice try…also, man, Night Shade, your margins suck. Your interior layouts are just functional. Compare The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror to this volume and you’ll see the diffference. I’m sure it saves money, but it also makes books like this one look ordinary inside.

Two very cool books.

Great new CD

All the books I haven’t gotten to yet. Sigh.

Stuff on our mantel makes me think…we might have too much stuff…

The crutches are still on our neighbor’s roof.

7 Responses to “Sunday Miscellany: Books, Crutches, Mantels”

  1. kellys says:

    >>…also, man, Night Shade, your margins suck. Your interior layouts are just functional.

    Agreed! It looks like too much text is crammed into each page. Night Shade, I think, could learn something from the reading-friendly margins in Golden Gryphon, Tachyon, PS, or Underland’s books.

    Regarding the contents of Datlow’s collection, I’m glad to see the inclusion of so many newcomers.

  2. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    I agree, Kelly, re the newcomers, but I’m not fond of factual errors in year-end summaries since that’s usually codified as how things went down.

  3. kellys says:

    >>but I’m not fond of factual errors in year-end summaries since that’s usually codified as how things went down.

    Can’t argue there. Datlow’s year-end summaries, which attempt to be wide reaching, often come off as rather light and, in the case of her comments on novels, rather random. She could probably benefit from having a team of readers to lend a hand.

  4. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Worst ever, though, was Stephen Jones using his summation in his best horror series to rewrite history with regard to his petition to force the International Horror Guild Awards to give an award one year in the antho category even though the judges had determined there were not three anthos good enough to be worthy of the honor. Totally without class.

    In fairness to Ellen, it’s an almost impossible task, and she’s not a writer so I think it’s probably pretty excruciating for her to do.

  5. kellys says:

    >>In fairness to Ellen, it’s an almost impossible task, and she’s not a writer so I think it’s probably pretty excruciating for her to do.

    Indeed! And I’m a huge fan of the horror genre, with all its flaws, and love what Ellen does to support it. So, I’ll stop picking knits …

    Also, Ellen’s publishers probably don’t invest too much in resources to assist her.

  6. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    I brought up the NW thing specifically because it was used to support a hazy received idea that the antho is not legitimate. In other words, I don’t think Ellen thought about it at all–she just remembered something someone else said and then used the names to support it. That kind of stuff needs to get weeded out no matter who the source.

  7. Larry says:

    I recently read Toscana’s book in Spanish and found it to be short and sweet. I wonder how well the translation was. I still think you need to read/review the Zombie Raccoon anthology for Halloween ;)

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