Body Shocks Book Birthday

Birth is a subject ripe for body horror. Take The Brood or Demon Seed or Rosemary’s Baby. It has become customary in these times to refer to the publication date of one’s book as ‘book birthday’, and today is the publication day, or book birthday if you prefer, of Ellen Datlow’s anthology Body Shocks, just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, should you desire some suitable reading matter to mark this festival. Hopefully, despite its theme, it’s birth will not be as stickily unpleasant one as the ones in those various movies / stories, not least because one of my stories features in its pages, along with others by such acclaimed authors as Nathan Ballingrud, Cassandra Khaw, Priya Sharma, Simon Bestwick, Pat Cadigan, Carmen Maria Machado and Gemma Files.

For more information about this excellent volume, see my previous blog post and why not check out this feature in Ginger Nuts of Horror, asking various authors about their personal body horrors! There’s also a review up on GNOH, written by Ben Walker, who warns the reader to have dry toast and water in hand when reading the book. Definitely not for the faint of heart then…

Here’s another review by Adrienne Clarke in phantastiqa. I can’t wait to read the book in its entirety!

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