Tuesday, 15 March 2011

New Gene Wolfe short story in the upcoming anthology Ghosts by Gaslight

SF Signal just posted the table of contents for an upcoming anthology: Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers. The book, which will be published by HarperCollins and released in September, includes a new story from Gene Wolfe, who is well familiar with writing ghost stories. From the HarperCollins website:
They are the stories that have enthralled and terrified readers for generations, tales of the supernatural featuring haunted houses, phantoms beneath the floorboards, ghostly coachmen, figures in the carpet, ghosts in the machine, foggy, gaslit streets. In this mesmerizing collection, renowned editors Jack Dann and Nick Gevers bring together fresh modern feats of the phantasmagoric in the grand tradition of such classics as Henry James’s "The Turn of the Screw," Robert Louis Stevenson’s "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," and Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Tell-Tale Heart."

Award-winning and bestselling authors, including Peter Beagle, Sean Williams, Gene Wolfe, Garth Nix, and Robert Silverberg, weave their magic in tales abrim with deep frights, shuddering chills, disquieting subtlety, shocking psychological ambiguity, and radical twists on all the classic ghostly elements. Here, too, in all their gothic glory are the eerie mechanisms of steampunk, engines waiting to entrap, magnify, or focus the souls of the dead . . .

Revitalizing the Victorian and Edwardian ghost story for twenty-first century readers, Ghosts by Gaslight reminds us that within the darkness lurk not only our most profound fears, but also unsuspected horrors from within ourselves.
Sounds like a great collection! Wolfe's story will be titled "Why I Was Hanged." You can check out the full list of stories on the SF Signal post or on the HarperCollins website.

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