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A cold morning at the end of March. Currently, here in Providence it's 25˚F, and the 3"-6" of snow is still in the forecast. At least the actual blizzard is veering out to sea, or so it seems.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,582 words on Chapter Six of Cherry Bomb.

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As promised on Friday, here's the complete "final" Table of Contents for Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume Two):

Part One (Atlanta, 2004-2008)


Author’s Introduction
“Bradbury Weather”
“Pony”
“Untitled 17”
“Highway 97"
“A Child’s Guide to the Hollow Hills”
“The Ammonite Violin (Murder Ballad No. 4)”
“A Season of Broken Dolls”
“In View of Nothing”
“The Ape’s Wife”
“The Steam Dancer (1896)”
“In the Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection.”
“Pickman’s Other Model”

Part Two (Providence, 2008-2013)


“Galápagos”
“The Melusine (1898)”
“As Red As Red”
“Fish Bride”
“The Mermaid of the Concrete Ocean”
“The Sea Troll’s Daughter”
“Hydraguros”
“Houndwife”
“The Maltese Unicorn”
“Tidal Forces”
“And the Cloud That Took the Form”
“The Prayer of Ninety Cats”
"Slouching Towards the House of Glass Coffins”
“Daughter Dear Desmodus”
“One Tree Hill (The World As Cataclysm)”
Black Helicopters
“Elegy for a Suicide”
“The Peddler’s Tale, or Isobel’s Revenge”

A few days after I'd finally settled on the ToC, it occurred to me that 21 of these 30 stories (70%) first appeared in Sirenia Digest. Which ought to tell you how important the digest's continued existence is to my freedom to write short fiction and what admirers of my short stories who don't subscribe are missing.

And, also as promised, an announcement. PS Publishing (Drugstore Indian Press, UK) will be releasing trade paperback editions of four of my short-story collections: Tales of Pain and Wonder; To Charles Fort, With Love; A is for Alien; and The Ammonite Violin & Others. This will be the fourth (!) edition of Tales of Pain and Wonder, by the way.

When I have release dates on these books, I'll post them.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

“And jealous now of me, you gods, because I befriend a man, one I saved as he straddled the keel alone, when Zeus had blasted and shattered his swift ship with a bright lightning bolt, out on the wine-dark sea.” — Homer, The Odyssey

Comments

( 19 comments — Have your say! )
shanejayell
Mar. 24th, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new editions!
elsewhereangel
Mar. 24th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
Excited for all of this!

Well, except for the bit about the weather. I've actively started working on getting a job in the Gulf Coast. So over New England.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 24th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)

So over New England.

Yup.
Graham Warnken
Mar. 24th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
As someone who's been searching for your short story collections at bookstores for ages and always failing, having to content myself with the ones that appear in multi-author anthologies, I can't tell you how excited I am that these new editions are being released. Fingers crossed that your weather takes a turn for the better soon—as I hail from Minnesota, I can sympathize.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 24th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)

I can't tell you how excited I am that these new editions are being released.

It's gonna be cool.

as I hail from Minnesota, I can sympathize.

And you have my sympathies.
pisceanblue
Mar. 24th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing the ToC, to say I am excited for Volume Two is an understatement. And huzzah for the trade paperbacks (of which I will have to obtain as well).
greygirlbeast
Mar. 24th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)

You're welcome, and thank you.
aarongp
Mar. 24th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
That is a fine looking TOC indeed. It will be a wonderful book.

Great news about the new PS editions. I own their recent Ramsey Campbell releases and they are lovely, well-made books. Along with Basil Copper etc., you will be in esteemed company.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 24th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)

I own their recent Ramsey Campbell releases

I just got those, actually.
corucia
Mar. 24th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)

Great list of stories for volume II - glad to see that Black Helicopters is on the list, along with 'Highway 97' and 'One Tree Hill (The World as Cataclysm)'.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 24th, 2014 09:13 pm (UTC)

glad to see that Black Helicopters is on the list,

That one was a given.
sovay
Mar. 24th, 2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
As promised on Friday, here's the complete "final" Table of Contents for Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume Two):

That looks like an excellent Table of Contents.

Hurrah for PS Publishing! I look forward to those editions. Will they be illustrated, like most of the originals?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 24th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)

Will they be illustrated, like most of the originals?

Alas, probably not.
captaincurt81
Mar. 24th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
Welcome news! Please let us know about the availability of pre-orders for Best Of 2. You rock, Aunt Beast!
greygirlbeast
Mar. 25th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)

You'll hear it here.
cliffs_end
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:33 am (UTC)
Volume Two looks like a great volume. Very pleased to see that those short story collections are to be reissued. Will the Tales Of Pain And Wonder be the 'Mercury'/'Salammbô Redux' version or the 'Angels You Can See Through' version? Any plans for From Weird And Distant Shores to be reissued?
dipsomaniac
Mar. 25th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume Two.) Is Lee Moyer designing the cover again? I loved the cover of Two Worlds and In Between.
ashlyme
Mar. 25th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
I love the title and TOC for Volume Two.

Also, that's great news about the reprints. I've wanted to see some UK editions of you for a long time and I'll be able to get hold of "Charles Fort" at last.

Edited at 2014-03-25 03:27 pm (UTC)
readingthedark
Mar. 25th, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
Wow. Wonderful announcements piled on top of each other. A is for Alien in paperback strikes me as especially momentous. Well-deserved all around.
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