The excellent new Gothic anthology Exotic Gothic 2, in which my story “Kulpunya” appears, has just been announced as a finalist in the Shirley Jackson Awards anthology category. These Awards salute original works for their “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror and the dark fantastic”.
Exotic Gothic 2 — unsurprisingly a follow-up to the successful Exotic Gothic — was edited by Danel Olsen and published by Ash-Tree Press in 2008. As well as my story, two other scary tales by Australians appear in it — by Terry Dowling and Stephen Dedman.
The book has already come in for some high praise:
‘With its stellar line-up of international talent, EXOTIC GOTHIC 2 is the must-read anthology of the year’ (F. Paul Wilson, author of JACK: SECRET HISTORIES).
‘The concept of a horror anthology structured by world regions is enticing in itself. Danel Olson’s first such compilation of exo-terror tales in EXOTIC GOTHIC included some of the finest writing in the genre. In this sequel anthology, which is even more focused on unfamiliar territory, the writing is equally fine and each of its locales is well explored for the peculiar horrors they hold. What H. P. Lovecraft did for New England, EXOTIC GOTHIC 2 does on a global scale. (Thomas Ligotti, author of TEATRO GROTTESCO.)
The book is well worth your time — and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed as the awards are announced.