With Hilary Davidson’s The Black Widow Club recently available as an eBook and the Kasey Lansdale-edited Impossible Monsters out now (featuring the likes of Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, and Kasey’s father, Joe), we got to thinking about some other great short story collections that are coming out. Here are five we’re looking forward to.
Deadman’s Road by Joe R Lansdale (Just released)
These stories featuring Lansdale’s gun-toting, whiskey-swilling Reverend Jedidiah Mercer could previously only be found together in a pricey collector’s edition. Now in an affordable trade paperback, everyone can follow the “good” Reverend across the old, weird west as he battles werewolves, zombies and other forms of nastiness
Nightmare Range by Martin Limon (September 24th)
Sueno and Bascom, two Army CID cops in Seventies Korea, first appeared in short stories published in Alfred Hitchcock Magazine before Limon’s first novel, Jade Lady Burning. They’re here for the first time in one collection. Limon, a career Army man, who spent much of the service in Korea, gives you a great feel for the place and the military at the time, while delivering both a human and hard boiled story.
The Hunter And Other Stories by Dashiell Hammett (November 4th)
A few years back, a handful of never-before-published Dashiell Hammett stories was discovered at The Harry Ransom Center. Some appeared in The Strand magazine. Now all are together, along with some film treatments and unearthed unfinished pieces. There’s even a story featuring the iconic Sam Spade.
Dallas Noir edited by David Hale (November 5th)
Both crime and general fiction authors take on the Big D in this collection, from the manipulators in the sky scrapers to the hustlers in the gang ridden neighborhoods. Even its suburbs aren’t safe. So far I’ve loved what I’ve read from my advance copy and I haven’t even gotten to my favorite authors like Harry Hunsicker and Jonathan Woods.
USA Noir edited by Johnny Temple
As a part of the upcoming tenth anniversary of their “city noir” series, Akashik has put together the best tales from the books dealing with American towns. Over five hundred pages feature the likes of George Pelecanos, Megan Abbott, and Dennis Lehane.