2012 releases

October 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm (News)

A couple of particularly interesting releases to look forward to in 2012:

 The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan is out 6 March, 2012.

Here is a bit of a blurb, found at en.risingshadow.net: “India Morgan Phelps — Imp to her friends — is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth — or from something far, far stranger…”. You can watch a lovely book trailer by photographer Kyle Cassidy and read some comments about the book by Caitlin Kiernan and other authors at Kickstarter.com, here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/612451148/the-drowning-girl-stills-from-a-movie-that-never-e

Some Kind Of Fairy Tale by World Fantasy Award-winning author Graham Joyce should be out 15 March, 2012.

On his website, www.grahamjoyce.net, Joyce says about the book: “Simon Spanton, my editor at Gollancz, describes it as Angela Carter meets Rob Holdstock meets Kate Bush.” Sounds brilliant! The Sunday Times calls it: “A haunting modern fairy tale from the ‘brilliantly original”.

This is what Amazon says about the plot: “Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings,
a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a Fairy Tale together. It is Christmas afternoon and Peter
Martin gets an unexpected phonecall from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. He
arrives at his parents house and discovers that they have a visitor. His sister Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But twenty years ago Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back and as the years have gone by with no word from her the family have, unspoken, assumed that she was dead. Now she’s back, tired, dirty, dishevelled, but happy and full of stories about twenty years spent travelling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim. But her stories don’t quite hang together and once she has cleaned herself up and got some sleep it becomes apparent that the intervening years have been very kind to Tara. She really does look no different from the young women who walked out the door twenty years ago. Peter’s parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter and his best friend Richie, Tara’s one time boyfriend, are not so sure. Tara seems
happy enough but there is something about her. A haunted, otherworldly quality. Some would say it’s as if she’s off with the fairies. And as the months go by Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family… ”

Sharps, a new stand-alone by K.J. Parker, is out 5 July, 2012.

I’ve found this blurb about it on en.risingshadow.net: “For the first time in nearly 40 years, an uneasy truce has been called between two neighboring kingdoms. The war has been long and brutal, fought over the usual things: resources, land, money. Now, there is a chance for peace. Diplomatic talks have begun and with them, the games of skill and chance. Two teams of fencers represent their nations at this pivotal moment. When the future of the world lies balanced on the point of a rapier, one misstep could mean ruin for all.”

 Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan is out 2 February 2012.

Amazon says this about it: “On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings – and to catch
their wives. The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And, for a price, any man might buy
himself a sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning,
liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment. Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.”

Finally, as everyone probably knows, Stephen King has finished The Wind Through The Keyhole, another installment in the Dark Tower series. It takes place between the action of Volume 4 and 5, Wizard And Glass and Wolves Of The Calla. I’m very optimistic about it, and glad that King set it in-between existing volumes and didn’t try to continue the (very finished) story. King says he expects it will be out in 2012.



  1. Emera said,

    Oh hey, I didn’t realize that The Drowning Girl already had a cover image! Or is that still only a mock-up? Thank god it’s not anywhere near the realm of the cover for Red Tree.

    “Angela Carter … meets Kate Bush” sounds very tempting indeed. And I need to get on the Margo Lanagan bandwagon already; Tender Morsels has been on my to-read list forever, and I’ve also heard good things of her collection Yellowcake.

    P.S. I love your taste in books! If it isn’t obvious already. 🙂 I think I’ll be hanging around…

    • Anna said,

      Hi 🙂 I’m not sure about the cover, actually. I haven’t been able to find it confirmed anywhere that it’s the real one. I just grabbed it off Amazon. I think it’s okay, but the only Kiernan cover I really love is the “To Charles Fort, with love” one.

      I’ve been meaning to read Tender Morsels forever as well, but haven’t yet because someone stole my library’s copy. My introduction to her was the short story collection Red Spikes. I would definitely recommend it!

      I just spent a good part of the evening reading yours and Kakaner’s blog. I love it! Looks like we share a bunch of favourites – I’m crazy about Shirley Jackson and Tanith Lee, too, to name a few 🙂 I’d be very happy to have you hanging around. Now that I know someone actually reads this thing I think I’ll find the motivation to update it more often 😉
      You won’t mind if I put a link up to your blog, will you?

      • eluneth said,

        Bugger and blast, I can’t believe it took me THIS long to remember that I hadn’t come back to this post, or to your blog at all. Mea maxima culpa!

        I’ve been keeping an eye out for the Joyce book; looks like its release has been pushed back to July. I’m putting my impatient face on… though perhaps I shouldn’t, considering that I preordered The Drowning Girl but *still* haven’t been able to make the time/emotional allocation to read it yet.

        Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed our blog!! And of course, I’d love to be link-buddies.

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