Our parcel postman is a drop and run kinda person. He’ll leave the parcel next to my letter box, or sometimes at the front door, even when I’m home. Luckily we don’t seem to have any opportunistic thieves in this neighbourhood.
Today he delivered a gorgeous hardback book to me. Exotic Gothic 3, edited by Danel Olson and published by Ash Tree Press. My story “The Gaze Dogs of Nine Waterfall” a strongly Fijian story, appears in the book, along with stories from Robert Hood, Terry Dowling and Steve Rasnic Tem.
Ellen Datlow is taking “The Gaze Dogs of Nine Waterfall” for her Best Horror 2. This news made me leap around the room! The story was inspired by a newspaper report in the Fiji Times, about blue skinned vampire dogs killing cows in the interior of Viti Levu.
I really need to keep working on my novel (the characters are starting to breathe! Don’t you love that? I even have a guy who assesses deceased estates, and I know what he says as he walks in the door every time!) but what I want to do is sit down with a good cup of coffee dosed with caramel syrup and read this book.