~post by Steve(n)
Just as it began – cold, tipsy, and confused – so too shall 2013 come to an end. The Nightmare Factory Book Club is honored and more than a little self-satisfied to close out the year with twelve ferocious forces of fiction in our rearview mirror. This was a year of cultists, killers, witches, little people, werewolves, psychosexual desert monsters, foul foliage, and a surplus of vampires.
As mid-December is traditionally the season of list-making, we assemblers of nightmares have gotten out our ledgers and plunged headfirst into The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 edited by Paula Guran in order to get into the true spirit of holiday enumeration. However you choose to index your pugnacious, personal picks for year-end “best of” lists, be it with a spreadsheet, matrix, or scroll of tortured flesh, bring your favorites to BookPeople on Tuesday December 17th where, at 8:00 p.m., The Nightmare Factory Book Club will be meeting for an uncharacteristically festive hour of hellfire and harmony in the cafe.
In The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013, Paula Guran has amassed thirty-six phantasmagoric flights of fancy that will chatter your teeth, so you don’t have to as you brave the wintry onslaught this season. Contributors include past Nightmare Factory favorites such as Caitlin R. Kiernan (author of The Red Tree), Joe R. Landsdale (contributor to Tales of Jack the Ripper), Ellen Klages (contributor to Poe’s Children), and Laird Barron (author of The Croning). Additional stalwart superstars featured in the collection are the likes of Neil Gaiman, local-ish author Stephen Graham Jones, and the hilariously violent Jim Butcher.
If you miss this collection, your restless spirit will be doomed to wander the desolate corridors of your former existence for an eternity, its earthly business never quite complete. Therefore, in the interest of not becoming an annoying ghost, pick up a copy of The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 and join the Nightmare Factory Book Club this Tuesday at 8:00 to celebrate another year in the books.
The Nightmare Factory Book Club is an affable assortment of apes who meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 8:00 p.m. in the cafe at BookPeople to discuss the best, worst, and best worst that literary horror fiction has to offer. We’re always excited to see new faces, if only to fantasize about wearing them as our own. So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or a daring dilettante, swing by this Tuesday December 17th to talk about the things that go “bump”, “ding”, or “boing” in the night. Remember, the stories can only hurt you if you don’t talk about them.
The Nightmare Factory Book Club meets the third Tuesday of every month. This month’s meeting is tomorrow at 8 PM in the BookPeople Cafe. The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 can be purchased in-store with a 10% discount for all who join the discussion. Mention you’re purchasing the book for the meeting and get the discount! See you tomorrow!