As you know, Hymns of Abomination: Secret Songs of Leeds, our tribute to the work of Matthew M. Bartlett, has turned quite a few heads since its release. It was the #1 seller in horror anthologies on Amazon upon its release and has subsequently received positive reviews from Nerdgoblin, Ginger Nuts of Horror, and Rue Morgue magazine. Tor Nightfire even included it in a list of "Best Horror Short Story Collections and Anthologies of 2021." I couldn't be happier with its reception.
And now, there's even more good news! Two of Jonathan Raab's colorful vignettes describing nightmarish films modeled on Bartlett's "Anne Gare's Rare Book and Ephemera Catalogue"--specifically: "Elephant Subjected to the Predations of a Mentalist" and "Ol' Will's Birthday Bash and Dither Family Reunion"--have been selected for inclusion in the fourteenth volume of Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year.
Cue mountains of cheers and congratulations to Mr. Raab! This placement is very well deserved. Raab's pieces truly add a lot to the unsettling menace of Hymns, and I'm thrilled to see two of the strongest of them receiving due recognition alongside a host of other esteemed authors.
Here you'll find the rest of Best Horror of the Years 14's TOC. Once again, I want to thank you all for your support and help spreading the word about Hymns. While we're here, please note that the beast could always use more reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. If you've given Hymns a read and wouldn't mind leaving a review or rating, please do so! It helps much more than you'd think.
Now, a Hymns of Abomination side note: the Hymns paperbacks have begun vanishing from major distribution platforms. Don't worry! We're merely transitioning to a second edition that should be released soon. We're parting with our initial printer, and we're making a few minor corrections and adjustments while we're at it. The first edition will remain available on the "Anthologies" page. If you know of anyone looking for a copy during the upcoming scarcity, please direct them to the site!
Again, congratulations to Jonathan Raab! Be sure to snag a copy of Datlow's Best Horror volume 14 when it releases.