It's publication day! And I'm doing a happy dance. Just take a look at this.
I can’t tell you how downright honoured I feel to be a part of this YA anthology of stories about what happens after the apocalypse – after the change, the meteor strike, the plague, the flood, the third World War, any number of other catastrophes that you can imagine and several that you can’t. It’s out today, ninth of October!
And here’s the front cover. Which is awesome.
Obviously I can’t properly review this book, since I do have a story in it (‘Visiting Nelson’) and am definitely an interested party: but the writers’ names should speak for themselves, as should those of the editors, legendary duo Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. I can't even say which stories are my favourites – in any case, they are all so different I keep changing my mind. Some are horrifying, many are very touching, some are full of black humour, some are audacious and fantastic.
The book itself is a beautiful physical object, with a gorgeous, slightly roughened, very tactile cover you want to keep brushing your fingers over.
Click on the links below to find what a few other people think of AFTER:
and there's even a podcast reviewing six of the stories in detail, at The Last Short Story
AFTER, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, is published in hardcover by Hyperion, New York, 9 October 2012.