Heads Together

So, this seems like a pretty good time to tell you about a brand new anthology that I’m in, edited by New York Times bestselling author (and all-round top dude) Christopher Golden. DARK DUETS is a collection of collaborations featuring an ensemble of authors working together for the first time.

From the back cover:

DARK DUETS is a feast of eerie and mesmerizing horror, thriller, and dark fantasy tales—an ambitious and unique anthology featuring biting and atmospheric original stories from seventeen pairs of acclaimed writers, all collaborating together for the first time, including New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Stuart MacBride, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jonathan Maberry and David Liss.

Penned by two authors—and in one case, a trio—who have never worked together before, the stories in this enthralling literary chemistry blend diverse elements and rich themes into mesmerizing and highly combustible tales that delve deep into the shadowy, unexplored realms of the imagination.

Here’s the full (and very impressive) table of contents:

TRIP TRAP by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Kevin J. Anderson
WELDED by Tom Piccirilli & T.M. Wright
DARK WITNESS by Charlaine Harris & Rachel Caine
REPLACING MAX by Stuart MacBride & Allan Guthrie
T. RHYMER by Gregory Frost & Jonathan Maberry
SHE, DOOMED GIRL by Sarah MacLean & Carrie Ryan
HAND JOB by Chelsea Cain & Lidia Yuknavitch
HOLLOW CHOICES by Robert Jackson Bennett & David Liss
AMUSE-BOUCHE by Amber Benson & Jeffrey J. Mariotte
BRANCHES, CURVING by Tim Lebbon & Michael Marshall Smith
RENASCENCE by Rhodi Hawk and F. Paul Wilson
BLIND LOVE by Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale
TRAPPER BOY by Holly Newstein & Rick Hautala
STEWARD OF THE BLOOD by Nate Kenyon & James A. Moore
CALCULATING ROUTE by Michael Koryta & Jeffrey David Greene
SISTERS BEFORE MISTERS by Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, & Holly Black
SINS LIKE SCARLET by Mark Morris & Rio Youers

Mark Morris and I close out the show with our story, “Sins Like Scarlet”—a particularly dark piece about a man dying of cancer, who needs to confront the shadows of his past if he hopes to find peace in his final days. I’m a long-time fan of Mark’s; I remember seeing his book, TOADY, in stores when I was a kid—a chunky horrorfest of a novel—and being filled with envy that he was sitting on the same shelf as Stephen King, James Herbert, and Ramsey Campbell. I’m delighted to say that he is one of my very dear friends now, as well as one of my favourite authors, and collaborating with him on “Sins Like Scarlet” was a genuine privilege. It was the first time we worked together, and I sincerely hope it won’t be the last.

Published by Harper Voyager, DARK DUETS is available everywhere, but here are those handy Amazon links:

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

Amazon U.K.

So go ahead … grab yourself a copy. Dance with us, why don’t you? See what kind of dark chaos we can create when we put out heads together …

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