Since the table of contents is already beginning to pop up on various blogs, now seems as good a time as any to announce that “The Virgin Butcher”, also known to a few of you as “My Neil Gaiman Story,” will be reprinted in Horror: The Best of the Year 2007. The anthology is published by Prime Books and edited by Sean Wallace and John Gregory Betancourt. “The Virgin Butcher” also got an honorable mention from Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2006, edited by Ellen Datlow.
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brenna, this is FABULOUS.
I am so enormously, immensely proud of you. I wish I could be there to celebrate with you.
I even have to use my Cheshire cat icon, it’s the only one with a grin big enough.
I’ve got a pretty big grin myself, these days :D
Your writing is gorgeous. It slides into your heart as easily and softly as Adalet’s knife and holds you while you marvel at how pretty blood can be.
When you are crowned America’s Dark Queen of Horror (which I have no doubt you will be), I have dibs on a signed Adalet action figure!
I have a startlingly clear picture of what Adalet looks like in my mind, inspite of the fact that you never really describe her. I’m curious…what does she look like to you?
It’s funny, I was talking to a friend the other day and he said, “I keep seeing that story as a movie, but one with not very many colors.”
I said, “Yes, it’s only black and gray and red. Except, with one white spot for her apron.”
Other than that white spot, I don’t really see her (I’m not very visual at all). If I had to think her up, I’d say my idea of a generic Turkish girl actually looks quite a bit like me, but with softer cheekbones and heavier eyebrows. Much darker hair. In fact, she’s the only character I’ve ever made up who’s resembled me at all. Although not in temperament ;-)
I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hand :)
I get an autograph, right?
As the final draft owes an awful lot to your judicious (and gracious) editing–whatever you like, no matter how ridiculous.
Do you want to go with me to Mia’s reading on Thursday?
That rocks, and so do you :)
I have a sneaking suspicion that my horror fixation owes a lot to our unruly and biology-obsessed childhood.