Acclaimed NOWHEREVILLE anthology (featuring my tale “Nolens Volens”) available on Netgalley

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I’m quite honored to be part of the ensemble gathered in Nowhereville, the latest anthology of dark fiction from Broken Eye Books (and not just because appearing in the book got me name-checked in USA Today, though that was still really cool!)

Editors Scott Gable and C. Dombroksi put together an amazing lineup of authors (more on that below); I’m super-flattered to have been included. An additional delight for me is that the story I contributed, “Nolens Volens,” connects directly to my story “Gutter” that appeared in Unseaming, and to more tales soon to appear.

Nowhereville has no shortage of impressive industry reviews (more on that below too), but the more the merrier. To that end, Scott has made the book available on NetGalley. Naturally, I hope that if you’re someone who reviews through that service you’ll request the book and find out what the fuss is about. (You can click on the graphic below to head straight there.)

Here’s the complete lineup:

  • “Introduction: Toward a Weirder Tomorrow” by Scott Gable
  • “Walk Softly, Softly” by Nuzo Onoh
  • “Y” by Maura McHugh
  • “Night Doctors” by P. Djèlí Clark
  • “The Chemical Bride” by Evan J. Peterson
  • “Patio Wing Monsters” by S. P. Miskowski
  • “Underglaze” by Craig Laurance Gidney
  • “The Vestige” by Lynda E. Rucker
  • “The Cure” by Tariro Ndoro
  • “Kleinsche Fläche of Four-Dimensional Redolence” by D. A. Xiaolin Spires
  • “Nolens Volens” by Mike Allen
  • “Vertices” by Jeffrey Thomas
  • “Like Fleas on a Tired Dog’s Back” by Erica L. Satifka
  • “Urb Civ” by Kathe Koja
  • “Over/Under” by Leah Bobet
  • “A Name for Every Home” by Ramsey Campbell
  • “Tends to Zero” by Wole Talabi
  • “My Lying-Down Smiley Face” by Stephen Graham Jones
  • “Luriberg-That-Was” by R. B. Lemberg
  • “The Sister City” by Cody Goodfellow

Here’s what the trade publications say about it:

“The 19 unsettling, universally strong stories in this international anthology are connected by their urban settings and ‘weird’ ethos, which editor Scott Gable defines as the ‘maybe state’ between ‘the impossible of fantasy and the inevitable of science fiction.’ . . . Taken together, these stories create an uncanny, unpredictable hall of mirrors. These wonderfully strange takes on modern living are sure to resonate with fans of speculative fiction.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A short story collection provides mixed-genre, speculative fiction, with the tales bound together by mutual love, fear, and fascination with the concept and mystique of the city . . . They complement one another in a way that’s rare even for collections by single authors, much less an anthology delivering 19 disparate voices. Indeed, the effect of this collection is not so much that of a set of loosely comparable episodes but of a kaleidoscope: variegated and multifaceted yet all of a piece. Remarkably powerful urban tales, each one brilliantly in harmony with the others.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Readers will be enchanted by this collection and eagerly anticipate what the next entry will bring. The stories here are disconcerting, ambiguous, and sometimes confusing—but always intriguing and genre-bending, digging into the ways we connect to those around us.” — Booklist

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