Crow Shine is the debut horror collection from Australian dark fantasy writer Alan Baxter. I’ve never heard of Baxter, but the book is generating a lot of buzz from people I have heard of, like Nathan Ballingrud, who called it “A sweeping collection of horror and dark fantasy stories, packed with misfits and devils, repentant fathers and clockwork miracles.” On his website, Baxter talks about a little about the book.
It’s no news to regular readers here what a fan I am of short stories. Ever since I was about 11 years old and picked up a Roald Dahl book called Switch Bitch, expecting something like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Danny the Champion of the World and got… well, I got my mind blown. I think the short story and novella are a unique art form, one that is incredibly hard to do well, entirely different from novels, but one that is utterly captivating… So to be in a position now where a publisher as respected as Ticonderoga are publishing a book collecting the best of my own short stories? My mind is blown again. It’s amazing. Crow Shine will contain nineteen short stories and novellas, and is named after one of the three stories original to this collection. The other sixteen are drawn across many years of my yarns exploring the dark weird fantastic that I love so much.
Baxter’s short fiction has been published in F&SF, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Postscripts, Daily Science Fiction, Midnight Echo, Pseudopod, and in more than twenty anthologies. He is the author of the dark fantasy trilogy, Bound, Obsidian, and Abduction (the Alex Caine series) from by HarperVoyager, and the dark urban fantasy novels RealmShift and MageSign from Gryphonwood Press.
Crow Shine was published by Ticonderoga Publications on November 11, 2016. It is 296 pages, priced at $29.99 in hardcover, $22.99 in trade paperback, and $4.99 for the digital edition. I don’t know who did the excellent cover, but I’m trying to find out.