As a peer and self-identified "other," I ran to this book like a madman. It's hard to say I was terrified by any of the stories in this compilation because I'm too focused on the justice of an inclusive horror anthology with Big 5 traction, but that's not to say that you won't be. The stories are both feral and poised, grotesque and dazzling, highlighting Hailey Piper's "The Turning" and Tananarive Due's "Incident at Bear Creek Lodge." Recommended By Stacy W., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
An anthology of original horror stories edited by Bram Stoker Award(R) winners Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason that showcases authors from historically excluded backgrounds telling terrifying tales of what it means to be, or merely to seem, "other."
Offering new stories from some of the biggest names in horror as well as some of the hottest up-and-coming talents, Other Terrors will provide the ultimate reading experience for horror fans who want to examine fear of "the other."
Be they of a different culture, a different background, a different sexual orientation or gender identity, a different belief system, or a different skin color, some people simply aren't part of the community's majority — and are perceived as scary. Humans are almost instinctively inclined to fear what's different, and there are a multitude of individuals who have spent far too long on the outside looking in. And the thing about the outside is... it's much larger than you think.
In Other Terrors, horror writers from a multitude of underrepresented backgrounds have created stories of everyday people, places, and things where something shifts, striking a deeper, much more primal, chord of fear. Are our eyes playing tricks on us, or is there something truly sinister lurking under the surface of what we thought we knew? And who among us is really the other, after all?
CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: Tananarive Due, Jennifer McMahon, S.A. Cosby, Stephen Graham Jones, Alma Katsu, Michael Thomas Ford, Ann Dávila Cardinal, Christina Sng, Denise Dumars, Usman T. Malik, Annie Neugebauer, Gabino Iglesias, Hailey Piper, Nathan Carson, Shanna Heath, Tracy Cross, Linda D. Addison, Maxwell I. Gold, Larissa Glasser, Eugen Bacon, Holly Lyn Walrath, Jonathan Lees, M. E. Bronstein, Michael Hanson
“There is a wide array of types and genres of horror on offer in this collection, which should more than satisfy any reader interested in exploring the fear of otherness, in life or in fiction.” Booklist (Starred Review)
“Stoker Award-winning editors Liaguno and Mason cleverly subvert the common horror trope of the monstrous other in this powerful anthology that spotlights 24 writers with marginalized identities….Unmissable for horror fans of all backgrounds.” Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Vince A. Liaguno is an award-winning writer, anthologist, and editor and an occasional poet. He is the Bram Stoker Award-winning editor of Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press, 2008), an anthology of queer horror fiction, which he co-edited with Chad Helder. His debut novel, 2006's The Literary Six, was a tribute to the slasher films of the '80s and won an Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) for horror and was named a finalist in Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards in the gay/lesbian fiction category. Vince currently resides in the mitten-shaped state of Michigan, where he is a licensed nursing home administrator by day and a writer, anthologist, and pop culture enthusiast by night.
Rena Mason is a three-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls, as well as a 2014 Stage 32 / The Blood List Presents: The Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest quarter finalist. She's had nearly two dozen short stories, novelettes, and novellas published in various award-winning anthologies and magazines and writes a monthly column, often featuring special guest articles. Her debut novel, The Evolutionist, has been used in creative writing workshops to teach Southeast Asian students how to write minority characters as metaphors. Rena has also helped spearhead the Horror Writers Association's Diverse Works Inclusion Community that now runs a website feature titled The Seers' Table, hosting and promoting diverse authors and their works. Born in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, Rena is a Thai-Chinese American and frequently incorporates Asian characters and mythos into her stories. A retired registered nurse, avid scuba diver, and world traveler, she currently resides in Reno, Nevada.