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Haunted Legends

By Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas &
Haunted Legends by Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas &  digital book - Fable

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A Bram Stoker Award–winning anthology featuring twenty stories based on local legends and ghost stories from around the world.

Wherever you’re from, there are local stories of ghosts, unexplained phenomena, or some thing that people are afraid to talk about. You can dismiss them as old wives’ tales, and yet they stay with us, haunting our everyday lives. In Haunted Legends, these tales are brought disturbingly to life by some of the best horror and dark fantasy writers in the world. Among the contributors are award-winners Ramsey Campbell, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and many others.

Here are stories from America’s big cities and small towns, as well as far-flung corners of the globe. Discover the fox spirits of Vietnam, the specter of communism still haunting Russia in the form of Comrade Beria’s ghost, the famed vampires of Rhode Island, a haunted amusement park in the Pacific Northwest, the Indian ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, and more.

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4 Reviews

“I wanted to like this so much but I feel like it killed my mood for horror short stories. You have amazing writers writing boring, uninspired legends from around the globe? And don't ruin the mood for a horror anthology by overly stating in your foreword "ghosts aren't real". Over and over again! I get it now why are you putting this together? Probably more disappointing than anything. Bored to death... There are others that are far better, please read Doll Collection over this.”

About Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow, an acclaimed science fiction and fantasy editor, was born and raised in New York City. She has been a short story and book editor for more than thirty years and has edited or coedited several critically acclaimed anthologies of speculative fiction, including the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series and Black Thorn, White Rose (1994) with Terri Windling. Datlow has received numerous honors, including multiple Shirley Jackson, Bram Stoker, Hugo, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards, and Life Achievement Awards from the Horror Writers Association and the World Fantasy Association, to name just a few. She resides in New York.  

Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including The Last Weekend and I Am Providence. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, and many other anthologies and magazines. Nick’s previous anthologies include the Bram Stoker Award-winner Haunted Legends (co-edited with Ellen Datlow) and The Locus Award nominees The Future is Japanese and Hanzai Japan (both co-edited with Masumi Washington). Nick’s editorial work has also been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy awards. He resides in the California Bay Area.

Richard Bowes

Richard Bowes has, over the last thirty-five years, published several novels, four short story collections, and eighty-plus stories. He has won two World Fantasy Awards and the Lambda, Million Writers, and International Horror Guild Awards for his work.

Gary A. Braunbeck

Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including In Silent Graves, the first novel in the ongoing Cedar Hill Cycle. He has published two hundred short stories. Braunbeck was born in Newark, Ohio, the city that serves as the model for the fictitious Cedar Hill in many of his stories. He co-edited with Hank Schwaeble the Bram Stoker Award–winning anthology Five Strokes to Midnight. His work has been honored with seven Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award.

Pat Cadigan

Pat Cadigan is the author of more than a dozen books, including two nonfiction titles, a young adult novel, and two Arthur C. Clarke Award–winning novels, Synners and Fools. She has won two Scribe Awards for a novelization of Alita: Battle Angel and an adaptation of William Gibson’s unproduced screenplay for Alien 3, along with three Locus Awards and a Hugo Award for her novelette “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi.” Pat lives in North London with her husband, Chris Fowler.

Stephen Dedman

Stephen Dedman grew up (though many would dispute this) on the outer limits of Perth’s metropolitan area, far enough from a good library that he had to make up his own science fiction and horror stories. He continued to do this when he should have been studying, and after false starts at two other universities, received a bachelor’s in creative writing and film in 1984. Since then, he’s held too many boring jobs and a few interesting ones, including actor, tutor, experimental subject, editorial assistant for Australian Physicist magazine, education officer and used dinosaur salesman for the WA Museum, and the manager of a science fiction bookshop. He has been writing for fun for more than thirty years, and for money for twenty; he sold his first short story in 1977, and his first novel in 1995. He quit yet another boring job in 1996 to write full time, and is currently working on two novels and writing one new story a month. Dedman is the author of the novels The Art of Arrow Cutting (Tor, 1997) and Foreign Bodies (Tor, 1999), and the nonfiction book Bone Hunters: On the Trail of the Dinosaurs (Omnibus, 1998). His short stories have appeared in an eclectic range of magazines and anthologies, including The Year’s Best Fantasy & HorrorLittle DeathsAsimov’s Science FictionFantasy & Science FictionScience Fiction AgeInterzoneWeird Tales, and Realms of Fantasy. His work has won the Aurealis Award and Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award, and been shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, and the Sidewise Award for Alternate History.

Dedman lives in western Australia, and enjoys reading, travel, movies, complicated relationships, talking to cats, and startling people.

Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels Vanitas, The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, and The Shadow Year. His story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, and Crackpot Palace. Ford has published over one hundred short stories, which have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, the Nebula Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edgar Award, France’s Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, and Japan’s Hayakawa’s SF Magazine Reader’s Award.
Ford’s fiction has been translated into twenty languages. In addition to writing, he has been a professor of literature and writing for thirty years and has been a guest lecturer at the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, the Stone Coast MFA in Creative Writing Program, Richard Hugo House in Seattle, and the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Ford lives in Ohio and currently teaches at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of six books, including Underneath (winner of the Red Hen Press Fiction Award), A Bestiary (PEN/USA Nonfiction Award finalist), and Changing (recipient of a PEN/Open Book Award). Her micro-tale collection The Mute Kids is forthcoming. She is a Professor of Literature at UC San Diego, where she teaches in their MFA program.

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M. K. Hobson

M. K. Hobson is a multimedia artist. She has way too many creative irons in the proverbial fire—writer, photographer, musician, textile artist, and video producer. She also reads short stories for “Beneath Ceaseless Skies.” Her personal website is www.demimonde.com.

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. Their novels include The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl, and their prolific short fiction has been collected in numerous volumes, including The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, The Dinosaur Tourist, and Houses Under the Sea. Kiernan is also a vertebrate paleontologist and currently a research associate at the Alabama Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa.

Carrie Laben

Carrie Laben is the Shirley Jackson Award–winning author of the novel A Hawk in the Woods. Their work has appeared in such venues as The Dark, Electric Literature, Indiana Review, and Outlook Springs; they’ve been a MacDowell Fellow and a resident at the Anne LaBastille Memorial Residency and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. They hold an MFA from the University of Montana and live in Queens.

Kit Reed

Kit Reed was the author of more than a dozen novels; her last book, Mormama, was published in 2017. Her short novel Little Sisters of the Apocalypse and the collection Weird Women, Wired Women were both finalists for the Otherwise/James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

Her short fiction was published in various anthologies and magazines including Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Yale Review, and The Kenyon Review. She also wrote psychological thrillers under the name Kit Craig.

She died in 2017.

Steven Pirie

Steven Pirie lives in Liverpool, England. His fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies around the world. His comic fantasy novel, Digging up Donald, came out in paperback in 2007, recently followed by the related (although not sequel), Burying Brian.

Ekaterina Sedia

Ekaterina Sedia resides in the Pinelands of New Jersey. She has written several critically-acclaimed novels, The Secret History of Moscow, The Alchemy of Stone, The House of Discarded Dreams, and Heart of Iron. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, and she is the editor of several anthologies. Her short story collection, Moscow But Dreaming, was released in 2012. She co-wrote a script for Yamasong: March of the Hollows, a fantasy puppet film with voicework by Nathan Fillion, George Takei, Abigail Breslin, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Catherine Turgeon

Carolyn Turgeon is the author of five novels, including Godmother and Mermaid, as well as TheFaerie Handbook, Mermaid Handbook, and Unicorn Handbook. She’s been the editor-in-chief and co-owner of Enchanted Living, a quarterly print magazine, since 2013. Turgeon can be found at carolynturgeon.com.

Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times and USA Today–bestselling author of over forty books, including Space Opera, the Fairyland series, Deathless, and Osmo Unknown and theEightpenny Woods. She is the winner of the Hugo, Locus, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, and Otherwise Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner and child.

Kaaron Warren

Shirley Jackson Award winner Kaaron Warren has published five novels and seven short story collections. She’s sold two hundred short stories to publications big and small around the world and has appeared in Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best anthologies. Her novel The Grief Hole won three major Australian genre awards. She has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Fiji, and Canberra; her most recent works are “The Deathplace Set” in Vandal, and Bitters, a novella. Warren won the inaugural Mayday Hills Ghost Story Competition.

Erzebet YellowBoy

Erzebet YellowBoy is an author, artist, editor, bookbinder, and independent publisher. She is inspired by fairy tales, folklore, and the wild places in the world. She owns and manages Papaveria Press, a micropress devoted to miniature books and the literature of the fantastic, and Hadean Press, an esoteric press exploring the union of myth and magic. Her stories have appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, in anthologies, and more. Visit her at www.erzebetbarthold.com.

John Mantooth

John Mantooth is the award-winning author of two novels and a short story collection. His first novel, The Year of the Storm, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. He has also published three crime novels under the pseudonym Hank Early, including Heaven’s Crooked Finger, which was a Next Generation Indie Book Award winner and 2017 Foreword Indies Silver Award winner. He lives in Alabama with his wife and two children.

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