Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Gemma Files

This coming Saturday is Gemma Files' birthday so I'll be posting an old world god referenced in her  short story The Narrow World. 

Another Toronto based author, Files has written two collections three novels (in her Hexslinger series) and last year's We Will All Go Down Together (a collection of loosely interwoven short stories). I've read both her collections and I am in the middle of her newest and I can't get enough. She manages to effortlessly meld old world magic with modern day urban despair. Not only that but the story Kissing Carrion is one of the grossest stories I've ever read!

She's had stories reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror and The Best Horror Of the Year as well as having won The Black Quill Award, The International Horror Guild Award and been nominated twice for a Shirley Jackson Award. Not only that, but five of her stories have been adapted for the late 90s tv series The Hunger!

You may also recognize Gemma Files' name because she was one of the authors that wrote for my Nyarlathotep collaborations.

Again, these birthday posts are usually older, mostly dead, authors. However, reading those dead authors have led me to discover some very talented and alive authors that I'd love to help get a little more exposure in what ever small way I can. Gemma's work is very engaging as well as being dark and grimy. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of her books if you haven't already.