EXOTIC GOTHIC 4 is available from Postcripts #28/29 and includes stories by Margo Lanagan, Adam Nevill, Reggie Oliver, Lucy Taylor, Stephen Dedman Terry Dowling, Isobelle Carmody Anna Taborska, and others.
In 2013, Exotic Gothic 4 won the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.
How the Exotic Gothic Series Came To Be
Exotic Gothic series editor Danel Olson dates his passion for Gothic conflicts, characters, and settings back to a broken place of lost drreams and loster minds. It was where his Mom, all in white, occasionally took him to as a little boy when there was no one else to watch him — her employer, the Brainerd State Hospital, a mental asylum now mostly in disuse. Through slow winter mornings and longer summer afternoons, he waited near the gigantic kitchen for her shift to end. A memorable babysitter is the State. He remembers drawing and reading comics and eating waffles with strawberries as he overheard patients’ declarations and conversations over the dining hall tables. Stories infernoed with fear and anguish, crying, long pauses, real demons, movement disorders, shouts, but then inexplicable
laughter were the order of the day at the psychiatric hospital caf. And so close to the madness of these committed strangers was the sweetness of his Mother’s love.
As evidenced by Exotic Gothic 4 and in true Gothic style, Danel now finds himself compelled to reenact the past…he is still learning the gory and melancholic details of the latest story, and still collecting the uncanny, distraught, fevered tales for others to this day.