Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ghosts by Gaslight available for pre-order

Ghosts by Gaslight
(Harper, forthcoming September, 2011)
Edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers

1."The Iron Shroud" by James Morrow
2."Music, When Soft Voices Die" by Peter S. Beagle
3."The Shaddowwes Box" by Terry Dowling
4."The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder As Experienced by Sir Magnus Holmes and Almost-Doctor Susan Shrike" by Garth Nix
5."Why I Was Hanged" by Gene Wolfe
6."The Proving of Smollett Standforth" by Margo Lanagan
7."The Jade Woman of the Luminous Star" by Sean Williams
8."Smithers and the Ghosts of the Thar" by Robert Silverberg
9."The Unbearable Proximity of Mr. Dunn's Balloons" by John Langan
10."Face to Face" by John Harwood
11."Bad Thoughts and the Mechanism" by Richard Harland
12."The Grave Reflection" by Marly Youmans
13."Christopher Raven" by Theodora Goss
14."Rose Street Attractors" by Lucius Shepard
15."Blackwood's Baby" by Laird Barron
16."Mysteries of the Old Quarter" by Paul Park
17."The Summer Palace" by Jeffrey Ford

Wee piece on The Beastly Bride from that bold and energetic reviewer (and anthologist), Rich Horton:

The Beastly Bride is devoted to stories about shapeshifters. My favorites were Christopher Barzak's "Map of Seventeen", an engaging story about a girl, Meg, and her older brother, who has just returned home after some time away -- bringing back his lover, another man -- and, given the theme of the book, different in another way than being gay; and "The Salamander Fire", by Marly Youmans, which naturally enough concerns a glassblower who falls in love with the title fire creature, only to be concerned about her lack of a soul. I also liked stories from E. Catherine Tobler, Lucius Shepard, Carol Emshwiller, and Tanith Lee.

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