Today brings us an email by Flame Tree Publishing’s Gillian Whitaker to the effect that their two upcoming mystery anthologies (cf. June 20) have now gone to print.  Moreover, “we have now announced the list of authors — new and classic — included in each anthology, so you can finally see who you will be appearing alongside.  The stories appear alphabetically by author in the books, regardless of whether they were classic stories or new submissions, as we have found this keeps the pacing and tone varied throughout.”  For a little background, or to practically quote myself from last month, two titles had been announced, CRIME AND MYSTERY (to “feature whodunits, detective stories and mysteries bordering on the supernatural.  Probably the more gentle of the two volumes so think Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown and Poirot”) and MURDER MAYHEM (“more hard boiled and hard gore.  If your 13626995_919973128130969_4821930082339875374_nstory features real monsters, human, serial killer or otherwise, this is the home for them, especially if the story’s POV is the killer’s”).  My offerings in these are “Paperboxing Art,” originally published in NEW MYSTERY in Summer 1997 and a 1998 Anthony Award nominee for best short story, and “Mr. Happy Head” from WICKED MYSTIC, Spring 1996, the magazine that once had the distinction of being turned back from a prisoner-subscriber by the Texas prison system as being unsuitable for an inmate on death row (true story).

So now we know where the “new” stories stand, or two of them anyway, but what we don’t know still are the titles of the classics they’ll live amongst.  Be that as it may though, below are listed the roster(s) of “newbies” by name and title, plus listings of names alone of the old masters.

Gotta retain some surprises, eh?

But to the chase, or, to quote the publishers once again:  Building on the success of last year’s Gothic Fantasy anthologies, deluxe hardcover editions on Horror, Ghosts and Science Fiction, we’re thrilled to be adding two new titles to the collection: Crime & Mystery, and Murder Mayhem.  Once again offering up the potent mix of classic tales and new fiction, we take a fascinating look back to the origins of the genre from golden age detective whodunnits to chilling horror-based tales of murder.  We’re including such auspicious names as Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, G.K. Chesterton and William Hope Hodgson, who masterfully crafted stories that are still worth reading today, and that continue to inspire the modern authors we are excited to be able to publish alongside them.  Our call for submissions was met with a fantastic response, and though the final selection was tough, we thoroughly enjoyed reading so many new tales of mayhem and intrigue.

We’re delighted to announce the full list of successful submissions for the first two of our 2016 Gothic Fantasy deluxe anthologies.

Crime & Mystery

The Cost of Security by Tara Campbell
Skitter and Click by Jennifer Dornan-Fish
Paperboxing Art by James Dorr
Home Run by Marcelle Dubé
Suggestive Thoughts by H.L. Fullerton
I Am Nightmare by Jennifer Gifford
Three Words by Nathan Hystad
The Marionettist by John A. Karr
Mechanical Love by Kin S. Law
iMurder by Josh Pachter
Creature of the Thaumatrope by Tony Pi
The Whipping Boy by Conor Powers-Smith
The Man Wore Motley by Stephen D. Rogers
The House by Steve Shrott
Catzized by Annette Siketa
Ghosts, Bigfoot and Free Lunches by Dan Stout
Blood and Silver Beneath the Many Moons by Brian Trent
Murder on the Cogsworthy Express by Cameron Trost
Chains of Command by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley and Ruth Nestvold

These new authors will appear with the following classic and essential writers: Ernest Bramah, G.K. Chesterton, Wilkie Collins, Richard Harding Davis, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, R. Austin Freeman, Jacques Futrelle, Anna Katharine Green, Arthur Griffiths, E.W. Hornung, Maurice Leblanc, Jack London, Arthur Morrison, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur B. Reeve, Mark Twain, Edgar Wallace, Victor L. Whitechurch, Israel Zangwill.

Murder Mayhem

The Wendigo Goes Home by Sara Dobie Bauer
Funeral by Michael Cebula
Into the Blue by Carolyn Charron
Mr. Happy Head by James Dorr
Nineteen Sixty-Five Ford Falcon by Tim Foley
Mama Said by Steven Thor Gunnin
Six Aspects of Cath Baduma by Kate Heartfield
Freedom is not Free by David M. Hoenig
How to Build a Mass Murderer by Liam Hogan
The Two-Out-of-Three Rule by Patrick J. Hurley
Getting Shot in the Face Still Stings by Michelle Ann King
Less than Katherine by Claude Lalumière
Shared Losses by Gerri Leen
Drive Safe by K.A. Mielke
Redux by Alexandra Camille Renwick
The First Seven Deaths of Mildred Orly by Fred Senese
Mister Ted by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
Corpses Removed, No Questions Asked by Dean H. Wild
Fragments of Me by Nemma Wollenfang

These new authors will appear with the following classic and essential writers:  Ambrose Bierce, Steen Steensen Blicher, G.K. Chesterton, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Dick Donovan, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Hope Hodgson, E.T.A. Hoffman, Robert E. Howard, W.W. Jacobs, Franz Kafka, Rudyard Kipling, H.P. Lovecraft, Edith Nesbit, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur B. Reeve, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Ethel Lina White, Oscar Wilde.


  1. Very good progress for information! They are so lucky to have your contributions (albeit from the 90’s). In fact, I am willing to bet what you have in there beats all. But then, I’m prejudiced.

  2. Wednesday perks her ears. Thanks, though! These guys also pay 6 cents a word, including for reprints, so in that sense they’re making their own luck (have 2 more books they’re reading for too, as I just found out, but with a deadline of about 10 days — if interested try Googling Flame Tree Publishing).

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