Some could argue there’s a vision of Hell in my story ‘Slaughtered Lamb’, which first appeared in the Eleventh Black Book of Horror, the latest in the long-running anthology series edited by Charles Black. But I was in my seventh Heaven, when I received a message saying it’s ‘Ell in here; actually ‘It’s Ellen here’: Ellen Datlow saying she was interested in reprinting the story for her anthology Best Horror of the Year #8.
I think it’s a tribute to the strength of the latest Black anthology that Ellen took not just one but two reprints in BHOTY#8: also on the TOC, which you can see below (and quite a line-up it is!) is Stephen Bacon’s ‘Lord of the Sand’, originally published in the same place. I still can’t quite believe Ellen has picked my story, but just as you can’t argue with rejections from publishers, the same is happily true of acceptances: The editor’s decision is final!