For Your Consideration: Our 2013 Award-Eligible Contributors List

We published two books in 2013: Fish (edited by Carrie Cuinn and KV Taylor) and Bibliotheca Fantastica (edited by Don Pizarro). We also published a novella, Inedible Sins, and launched the first issue of our new speculative fiction magazine, Lakeside Circus.

Of course, we have to mention that both of our anthology covers for 2013 were drawn by the amazing Galen Dara, who should certainly be nominated for all of the awards this year.

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In addition, the authors we’ve published are eligible for various awards either for the stories we presented to you or for other work. We posted a PDF reading copy of Colleen Anderson’s “The Book With No End” here, since she’s on the Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot in the “Superior Achievement in Short Fiction” category. But there are more!

Polenth Blake, whose story “Thwarting the Fiends” was a favorite from Fish, also has a novelette out: “By Means of Clockwork Selection”. For more details, go here.

Nathan Crowder’s story “Cold Comfort of Silver Lake” is in Blood Rites: an Introduction to Horror, on the preliminary Stoker ballot for anthologies. Crowder can also be found in Cthulhurotica (2011).

Sam Fleming, who wrote the excellent “What the Water Gave Her” for Fish, also wrote “When Shepherds Dream of Electric Sheep” for the Looking Landwards anthology by NewCon Press. Find out more about Fleming here.

Gabrielle Harboway, who appeared in Cthulhurotica, is Nebula-eligible for “Blood Magic,” published in Witches, Stitches & Bitches from Evil Girlfriend Media. The story is online for free in the SFWA short story forum, for the consideration of SFWA members. Read more about her work here.

Ken Liu, who wrote “How Do You Know if a Fish is Happy?” for Fish and ” ” for IN SITU (2012), shares his favorite publications of 2013 and a list of his eligible stories here.

Please also see our list of award-eligible authors from Lakeside Circus, here.

Colleen Anderson’s “The Book With No End”

Colleen Anderson’s “The Book With No End” (from Bibliotheca Fantastica, ed. by Don Pizarro) made the Stoker 2013 preliminary ballot! To celebrate, we’ve made it free to read online for a limited time.

Eligible for the “Superior Achievement in Short Fiction” award, Anderson’s story is definitely horror, yet perfectly fit within the confines of Bibliotheca Fantastica, a book about books. Neon: a Literary Magazine said the story, “Starts innocently enough, but quickly becomes dark and deeply unsettling.”

Yes, it does. Anderson’s titular book is written in blood and sacrifice, ancient and obfuscated, and the secrets it offers up are not to be sought lightly.

Download the PDF here: Anderson.BookWithNoEnd.DaganBooks  (It’s set up in the same format as the print book; we recommend you read it in the “two pages” view for best effect.)

Read an interview with Anderson here.

Neon, A Literary Magazine, Reviews BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA

Says reviewer Christopher Frost:

I was initially sceptical of Bibliotheca Fantastica, the recent anthology of short stories published by Dagan Books. The collection is, to put it simply, a book about books. Each of the twenty stories to be found between its covers involves a book, tome, scripture, scroll or tablet of some kind.

Don Pizarro’s introduction does a good job of touching on some of the reasons why books are such a potentially interesting subject – yet it still left me the tiniest bit unconvinced that it would be anything but a dry and interminable read. Thankfully this was not the case. The stories ranged widely, and included some stunningly original takes on the concept of a book.

In fact each story was so wildly unique and intriguing….

Read the rest here.

Find the post on their Facebook page and “like” or tweet it to be entered for a chance to win an ebook of Bibliotheca Fantastica.

New review of BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA now up at SF Signal

Says SF Signal:

Each story offers its own interpretation of the central theme; subtle work as well as more head-on approaches are represented; imagination and creative freedom are king.

Rated 4.5 of 5 stars!

Of special note were stories by Garry Kilworth, Lydia S. Gray, A.C. Wise, Colleen Anderson, J.S. Bangs, Michael Skeet, Tina Connolly, Andrew S. Fuller, Megan Arkenberg, David Sklar, and Ray Vukcevich. The reviewer’s favorite was Todd T. Castillo’s “Where Love is Written”, about which he says:

It’s a stripped-down, but heartfelt tale and its the emotional honesty that hits very hard. Often the simplest things cause the most astonishment.

and in conclusion, says about the book:

All in all, even the most fanatic of bibliophiles will suffer an overdose in the most positive connotation of the word. In the end, that’s what you need to understand about Bibliotheca Fantastica.

Read the rest of the review here.

Want to read Bibliotheca Fantastica now? Our ebooks offer instant download and an immediate chance to read.

Buy the epub file here, mobi (which also works on your Kindle) here, or PDF here, for only $4.99 each. Always DRM-free! Or you can buy a bundle of Bibliotheca Fantastica in all three digital formats, for only $6.99 (here)

Haven’t read FISH yet? Buy FISH and Bibliotheca Fantastica in a bundle together for $8.98… less than the cost of buying them separately.  Epub or mobi.

If you buy your ebooks exclusively through Amazon, then please go here to purchase a copy of Bibliotheca Fantastica for only $4.99.

Barnes and Noble has it here, and Kobo has it here (both as an epub for their readers). Weightless also offers the DRM-free epub or mobi here.

However you buy it, Bibliotheca Fantastica is a

guaranteed treat for the readers who are infatuated with books as physical objects as the stories help you rediscover why you fell in love with the written word and the act of reading in the first place.

Just ask SF Signal.

Where to Find the Dagan Books Crew at WFC Toronto next weekend

Publisher/editor Carrie Cuinn and editor Don Pizarro will be arriving at the WFC Toronto hotel sometime on Thursday, Nov. 1, weather permitting. Feel free to say hello, invite us for drinks, ask about our upcoming projects, and generally make our acquaintance at any time during the convention. We want to meet you!

There are also some scheduled events featuring a large number of our authors:

Thursday

2 PM: The Windigo and Others, panel. Includes author Ursula Pflug (Bibliotheca Fantastica). Room: Vaughn East

3 PM: The Wilderness Within, panel. Includes author Nathan Crowder (Cthulhurotica). Room: Vaughn East

Friday

1:30 PM: author Cat Rambo (FISH) reads. Room: Aurora

3 PM: Bibliofantasies, panel. Includes authors Michael J. Deluca and Tina Connelly (Bibliotheca Fantastica) and editor Don Pizarro. Room: Vaughn

5 PM: author Gabrielle Harbowy (Cthulhurotica) reads. Room: Aurora

Saturday

9 am: Cat Rambo is moderating the Fritz Leiber: The Secret World panel. Room: Vaughn

2 to 4 pm – DAGAN BOOKS MEETUP! We’ve arranged a room through the convention (room name TBA). Join us to meet authors and editors, snap one of a limited number of convention-only chapbooks, and – time permitting – hear a reading. See the Facebook event here.

5:30 PM: author Colleen Anderson (Bibliotheca Fantastica) reads. Room: King

We hope to see you there!

Looking for the rest of the programming guide? Get it here as a PDF.