Exotic Gothic 5 (volumes 1 and 2)
An anthology edited by Danel Olson with magnificent cover art by Apolinar Chuca
This year the series has gone farther than ever before to include authors who wondrously capture the Gothic spirit. Authors from eleven countries contribute new fiction (or fiction never before published in English) to the fifth in the Exotic Gothic series – twenty-six stories in all, split into two volumes.
Early on editor Danel Olson made a commitment to encourage gender balance in the anthology. After reading with shock how women writers are severely underrepresented in many genre anthologies, Olson asked, “Why are we cheating ourselves and our readers in this way? And how do we face our daughters if we perpetuate that unfairness?” Thus thirteen of the stories are written by women, and thirteen by men.
With great satisfaction PS Publishing now presents what may be the most involving and affecting storytelling yet to appear in the entire Gothic Quintet…
Volume Two begins with a preface by Danel Olson and includes stories by Terry Dowling, Kola Boof, Lily Herne, John Llewellyn Probert, Berumen & Coyote, Carlos Hernandez, Thana Niveau, Anil Menon, Charu Nivedita, Deborah Noyes, Reggie Oliver, Paul Park, Lucy Taylor
A short excerpt from my own story “Djinn’s Blood”:
As the Metro Turizm bus from Ankara pulled into the otogar, I squinted through the dust-caked window, searching for a face that might be familiar to me or for someone holding up a sign with LYDIA OZBEK printed on it.
I saw no one and wondered if Tarkan’s Aunt Sonya had received my email from the hotel in Istanboul two days earlier, telling her that Sofia and I would soon be arriving in Goreme.
Beside me, five-year-old Sofia stirred and sat up, blinking at the hubbub of cars, dolmuses, and pedestrians outside. She gazed up at me, a lovely child with cherub cheeks and dazzling amber eyes, the irises starred with brilliant flecks of topaz.
Are we back in Michigan yet? I thought she must be wondering.
I ruffled her jet curls. “This is Cappadocia, honey. It’s where your Daddy’s family lives.”
From “Djinn’s Blood”