I was very proud last year to have my novella, “Burnt Black Suns” (from which my fourth collection got its name), published in the Steve Jones-edited BEST NEW HORROR #26 (PS Publishing, 2015). This was the first edition released by PS (if you exclude the reprints of 1 through 4, and 25) and the production quality, as ever, is incredible. It was also the first time I shared space with Peter Straub in a book, which remains a surreal experience for me.
“Burnt Black Suns” was a novella that took me a long time to write, especially since it was, at the time, the longest piece I’d ever written, and it taught me a lot about my own craft and capabilities. The most important lesson I learned from writing it was how exciting a form the novella can be to work in, and I hope to write many more of them in the coming years.
I’m happy to announce my collection BURNT BLACK SUNS is now available in an Italian translation by the good folks over at Edizioni Hypnos. Retitled SOLI CARBONIZZATI for that market, it joins other books in their Modern Weird line, and is the first single-author collection on their docket.
If you read Italian, or know a fan of weird horror that does, please visit Edizioni Hypnos’s page to learn more and to pre-order.
Dark Regions Press has always had faith in me. They re-released my first collection when its original publisher went out of business, and took a chance on producing a leatherbound and slipcased special edition of it. That sold well, as did the reprint of my second collection in the same format. When my third collection was ready, they published it, and as a new book it did extremely well, especially in that deluxe special edition treatment .
Well, I’m happy to announce that streak hasn’t ended. Picking up the baton from where the trade paperback continues to thrive, Dark Regions is catering to your collector’s heart and releasing a deluxe special edition of BURNT BLACK SUNS as well. Limited to 66 copies, this leatherbound and slipcased edition is oversized, and contains the entire contents of the book. But there are new features, too, including five black and white illustrations by Jethro Lentle, and a new afterword by me, along with some story notes. Signed by everyone involved, this is going to look great on your shelf. You can PRE-ORDER it now.
Over half the copies are sold, and it’s only been 48 hours. Who knows how much longer copies will be available? Better hurry..
I’ll be participating in two events to help launch my new collection, BURNT BLACK SUNS. The first will be a Reddit AMA on June 15th. If there’s anything you’d like to know, perhaps this is the time. Sign-up for the Horror Lit Reddit now in preparation, then visit on the 15th to ask your question: reddit.com/r/horrorlit
A few days later, on June 18th, I’ll be participating in ChiZine’s monthly ChiSeries in downtown Toronto. I’ll be reading a story not actually included in BBS, but I suspect the story will be more entertaining for the listener. I’ll even have a handful of books with me for purchase by the uninitiated. More details can be found here: chiseries.com
BURNT BLACK SUNS is already receiving some great reviews and word of mouth.
“I have no doubt that this will be one of the strongest contenders come award season, and shouldn’t be missed by any fan of literary weird horror.” — The Arkham Digest
“Read and enjoy – if you can enjoy being scared and profoundly disturbed.” — TeleRead
“I can honestly say that it’s been a while since I’ve been this impressed by a weird fiction collection.” — Rising Shadows
“Burnt Black Suns is a landmark collection and is easily Simon’s strongest and most diverse.” — Richard Gavin
My newest collection of stories, BURNT BLACK SUNS, is now available from Hippocampus Press. It contains nine stories, four of which have never been published before; and those four collectively comprise about three quarters of the book’s 300+ pages.
Included are the following stories:
On Ice (original to the collection)
Dwelling on the Past
Strong as a Rock
By Invisible Hands
One Last Bloom (original to the collection)
By the Banks of the River Seine
Emotional Dues (original to the collection)
Burnt Black Suns (original to the collection)
I’m not terribly interested in books that skip from science fiction to horror to fantasy to ghostly before the end is reached. I prefer a straight line throughout. Which isn’t to suggest I want repetition, but rather an exploration of a mode. This is what I aimed to do with BURNT BLACK SUNS—explore the cosmic locally, while paying tribute to some of those giants who trod before me. Thus, you’ll find in here stories that celebrate Lovecraft. Stories that celebrate Chambers, and Campbell and Klein and Ligotti, all filtered through my own lens. I tried to provide a variety of locales, a mixup of characters and emotions. I wanted you to feel the full breadth and depth of a world one step out of touch with our own.
I’m indebted to a number of folks who helped with this book, including Laird Barron for his wonderful introduction, and Santiago Caruso for his stunning, stunning cover artwork. Both these men helped to elevate the thing and guaranteed it would be something I was extremely proud of. I’m thrilled the book found a home at Hippocampus Press, where it shares space with some of the best practitioners of the weird currently working in the genre. I’m honoured to be counted among their numbers, and hope readers find this book as inspiring as I found those.