Grey Matter Press, that smart, swanky publisher up in the far northern wilds of Chicago, just announced some of its 2016 schedule and believe me, it’s a doozy. And keep in mind, this is just the stuff they can announce right now–still in 2015. I guarantee you that there is much more afoot.
The first book on GMP’s 2016 agenda is the aptly named DREAD: The Best of Grey Matter Press Vol. 1. This collection will be published in the Spring, and will feature stories taken from GMP’s first volley of anthologies: Dark Visions Vol. 1, Splatterlands, Ominous Realities, Dark Visions Vol. 2, and Equilibrium Overturned. But here’s the pretty neat part. GMP didn’t select the stories featured in DREAD–just 20 stories from the 70 published in these five volumes. Readers did. Readers voted for their favorites from these anthologies, and those are the 20 stories that appear in this Best Of… volume.
OK, here’s the pretty neat part, part deux. I have two, count ’em, two stories in this book. So, of the 20 stories selected for DREAD, readers voted two of my stories–“Show Me” from Dark Visions Vol. 1 and “Angie” from Ominous Realities–as “best of” from the 70 possible stories. That’s awesome…at least I think so. Only one other author, the remarkable Ray Garton, has two stories in this collection. That’s some damn good company to be in.
GMP also announced its first novel, John Foster’s thrilling Mr. White (I’ve read it…it’s fantastic!), the big-name antho Peeling Back the Skin, and hinted at a host of other novels and novellas to come.
Also they announced I Can Taste the Blood, the shared-world (sort of) novella collection featuring me, Joe Schwartz (his new book, STABCO, is a fantastic read), Erik T. Johnson (he’s up to something new, I understand), J. Daniel Stone (get his new novel, Blood Kiss, soon from Villipede. I read it, too, and it’s moody and awesome) and the peripatetic Josh Malerman (second blockbuster on its way). More on I Can Taste the Blood later…but I can promise you, this collection is gonna blow you away.
Anyway, go here to read GMP’s full release and watch for more news soon. And, for the love of all that’s holy and unholy, support the independent press. Support the people who are putting out some of the best dark speculative fiction available…and for the most part, it ain’t the big press. Publishers like GMP, who work hard to bring you the very best authors and fiction out there, deserve your support, especially if you want to read quality work. And, frankly, right now, no one is doing this better than Grey Matter. Period.
2016 is going to be fucking awesome, my friends. Are you ready for the ride? I know I am.