Friday, October 29, 2010

The Wild Side

As some of you will remember, The Wild Side is an anthology of original urban fantasy stories with an erotic edge. I'm the editor, and I also have a story in the book. I've kept mum about it for quite some time, but now it's close enough to done that I can share with you a little bit about it.

First, here’s the Table of Contents:

* Introduction - Mark L. Van Name

* Songs Sung Red - Tanya Huff

* Careless of the Night - Gina Massel-Castater

* For a Good Time, Call - Toni L.P. Kelner

* Fine Print - Diana Rowland

* Unawares - Sarah A. Hoyt

* Of Sex and Zombies - Ticia Drake Isom

* Love Knot - Dana Cameron

* Beauty Is a Witch - John Lambshead

* The Long Dark Night of Diego Chan - Mark L. Van Name

* Born Under a Bad Sign - Caitlin Kittredge
For those who like their anthology trivia, I have some fun facts:
* Length: North of 90K words but south of 100K

* Old hand/newbie mix: 8 established writers, 2 first-timers

* Gender mix: 8 women, 2 men

* Country mix: 8 Americans, 1 Brit, 1 Canadian

* Topic range: all over the map, but most supernatural critters appear at least once

* Level of eroticism: nothing anywhere near porn, but definitely from mild to wild
All in all, it’s a volume I quite like and very much enjoyed reading. I think you'll have a good time with it as well.

The Wild Side is currently set to be an August, 2011 trade paperback, so put aside a few dollars in your August budget to cover it.

The cover art will be an original piece by Dan Dos Santos, one of the most acclaimed illustrators working in the urban fantasy area. For example, he won Chesley awards for both Best Paperback and Best Hardcover of 2009, and books with his covers have hit number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. When the art is done and I get to see it, I'll try to show it here.

If it isn't obvious, by the way, this is not a child-friendly book; it's definitely an adult volume. Sarah and Scott have already told me they don’t plan to read this one.

I hope, though, that all of you will!


via sonatina said...

Hi I'm from Philippines, my boyfriend just bought me The Wild Side Book Last night. It was his non occasional present for me, coz the day before yesterday, we saw the book and i was reading the front and the back cover nth times. He knew i wanted it. Mr. Santos did an extremely good job on the front covers, can't wait to finish the book.

Mark said...

Thanks for the kind words. I hope you enjoy the book.


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