A Note About Our Haitus

We’re spending this time away wrapping up our previous obligations to our Kickstarter backers and authors, but we’re not going away for good. We hope to have our old business settled by the end of the summer so that we can move forward with new work.

Part of that involves reincorporating Dagan Books — already an LLC — as a not-for-profit. We feel this will better allow us to focus on our mission of producing beautiful and unusual books even when they involve less-commercial subjects. It is time-consuming, though, and we appreciate your patience.

Meanwhile, our magazine of short speculative fiction is now on its second issue and looking good. Please check out Lakeside Circus at www.lakesidecircus.com. With this issue. we’ve added podcasts! Everything posted on the site is free to read, and listen to.

We’ll be back here shortly with more news about our reorganization and future projects.

Thank you.

Carrie Cuinn, Publisher

Holiday Ebook Sale! Get a bundle of EVERY book we’ve published for only $8.98 (or individual books for $1.99 or less)

To celebrate the holiday season — whichever holiday you choose — and to help fund our upcoming year, we’re offering a deep discount on all of our DRM-free ebooks. What can you get?

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OUR BEST DEAL: Every ebook we’ve published so far (CthulhuroticaBibliotheca Fantastica, Fish, in Situ, and Inedible Sins) for only $8.98. ePub or mobi

You can also get FISH and Bibliotheca Fantastica in a bundle together for $3.98: Epub or mobi

Want them individually?

Cthulhurotica, an anthology of seductive and scary horror tales inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Edited by Carrie Cuinn, published December 21, 2010. The revised edition contains more than 20 original works of art. Read more about our contributors here.

Buy it now FOR $1.99 EACH! EPUB for NOOK and other readers, $1.99: click here, or MOBI for Kindle and other readers: click here

Bibliotheca Fantastica: twenty new fabulous tales of bibliophilic wonder, enchantment, terror, romance, mystery, and adventure… Edited by Don Pizarro with a cover by Hugo award-winning artist Galen Dara; contains stories by Ray Vukcevich, Michael J. DeLuca, Tina Connolly, A.C. Wise, S.J. Hirons and more. Read more about our contributors here.

Buy it now FOR $1.99 EACH! ePub here, mobi here, or PDF here. Or you can buy a bundle of Bibliotheca Fantastica in all three digital formats, for only $4.99 (here)

FISH, edited by Carrie Cuinn & KV Taylor; Cover by Galen Dara.

Science fiction and fantasy. Retold fairy tales and brand new myth. 33 original stories by some of today’s best new writers, exploring a theme which is both simple, and impossible to understand, all at once. This anthology of slippery, flashy, delicate, dangerous, and beautiful tales features work by Camille Alexa, M. Bennardo, Corinne Duyvis, Cate Gardner, Sam Fleming, Andrew S. Fuller, Claude Lalumière, Ken Liu, Cat Rambo, Alex Shvartsman, and many more.

What secrets belong only to a fish? Dive in and find out. Read more about our contributors here.

Buy it now: ePub (buy here) or mobi (buy here), only $1.99

IN SITU, an anthology of science fiction tales about alien excavations, weird archeology, and the unearthing of mysteries. Edited by Carrie Cuinn, includes stories from Ken Liu, Paul A. Dixon, K. V. Taylor, Rebecca Lloyd, Bear Weiter, Mae Empson, and more.

Buy it now for only 99 cents: ePub (click here) or mobi (click here)

Spring 2013 novella: “Inedible Sins” by KV Taylor

Set in Washington, DC, just before the civil war, “Inedible Sins” follows a seminary drop-out named Sebastian Jones as he navigates the intricacies of friendship, sex, love, morality, and the social circle to which he aspires. Taylor’s been discussing the tale over on her blog, where she has a page set up for it. Read excerpts from the story, and her thoughts on the city and her characters. (The novella is just over 30,000 words long.)

Buy it now! Only 99 cents for the ePub (click here) or .mobi (click here)

 

“The Touch of the Taniwha” by Tracie McBride (Fish) is

“The Touch of the Taniwha” by Tracie McBride is a finalist for the 2013 Aurealis Awards, in the category of “Best Fantasy Short Fiction”. The Aurealis Awards are Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards.

Fish was edited by Carrie Cuinn and KV Taylor, and published in 2013. You can learn more about the anthology here, and read Tracie’s author interview here.

The ceremony will take place April 5, 2014 in Canberra, and we wish Tracie the best of luck!

For Your Consideration: Our 2013 Award-Eligible Contributors List

We published two books in 2013: Fish (edited by Carrie Cuinn and KV Taylor) and Bibliotheca Fantastica (edited by Don Pizarro). We also published a novella, Inedible Sins, and launched the first issue of our new speculative fiction magazine, Lakeside Circus.

Of course, we have to mention that both of our anthology covers for 2013 were drawn by the amazing Galen Dara, who should certainly be nominated for all of the awards this year.

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In addition, the authors we’ve published are eligible for various awards either for the stories we presented to you or for other work. We posted a PDF reading copy of Colleen Anderson’s “The Book With No End” here, since she’s on the Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot in the “Superior Achievement in Short Fiction” category. But there are more!

Polenth Blake, whose story “Thwarting the Fiends” was a favorite from Fish, also has a novelette out: “By Means of Clockwork Selection”. For more details, go here.

Nathan Crowder’s story “Cold Comfort of Silver Lake” is in Blood Rites: an Introduction to Horror, on the preliminary Stoker ballot for anthologies. Crowder can also be found in Cthulhurotica (2011).

Sam Fleming, who wrote the excellent “What the Water Gave Her” for Fish, also wrote “When Shepherds Dream of Electric Sheep” for the Looking Landwards anthology by NewCon Press. Find out more about Fleming here.

Gabrielle Harboway, who appeared in Cthulhurotica, is Nebula-eligible for “Blood Magic,” published in Witches, Stitches & Bitches from Evil Girlfriend Media. The story is online for free in the SFWA short story forum, for the consideration of SFWA members. Read more about her work here.

Ken Liu, who wrote “How Do You Know if a Fish is Happy?” for Fish and ” ” for IN SITU (2012), shares his favorite publications of 2013 and a list of his eligible stories here.

Please also see our list of award-eligible authors from Lakeside Circus, here.

Colleen Anderson’s “The Book With No End”

Colleen Anderson’s “The Book With No End” (from Bibliotheca Fantastica, ed. by Don Pizarro) made the Stoker 2013 preliminary ballot! To celebrate, we’ve made it free to read online for a limited time.

Eligible for the “Superior Achievement in Short Fiction” award, Anderson’s story is definitely horror, yet perfectly fit within the confines of Bibliotheca Fantastica, a book about books. Neon: a Literary Magazine said the story, “Starts innocently enough, but quickly becomes dark and deeply unsettling.”

Yes, it does. Anderson’s titular book is written in blood and sacrifice, ancient and obfuscated, and the secrets it offers up are not to be sought lightly.

Download the PDF here: Anderson.BookWithNoEnd.DaganBooks  (It’s set up in the same format as the print book; we recommend you read it in the “two pages” view for best effect.)

Read an interview with Anderson here.

January E-Book Sale! Buy One, Get One Free.

In preparation for launching new material this spring, we’re offering a sale on ebooks of our current publications, when purchased directly from us. Buy any of the items below, and we’ll email you to find out where you want another copy of the same item sent. Give a belated holiday gift! Give someone a birthday present! Share our books just because you love your friends and want them to read good books!

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We’re also offering this sale on our annual subscriptions to Lakeside Circus, so if you already have our previous books, you can get new original fiction delivered to your inbox for an entire year – and gift that to someone else as well.

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Neon, A Literary Magazine, Reviews BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA

Says reviewer Christopher Frost:

I was initially sceptical of Bibliotheca Fantastica, the recent anthology of short stories published by Dagan Books. The collection is, to put it simply, a book about books. Each of the twenty stories to be found between its covers involves a book, tome, scripture, scroll or tablet of some kind.

Don Pizarro’s introduction does a good job of touching on some of the reasons why books are such a potentially interesting subject – yet it still left me the tiniest bit unconvinced that it would be anything but a dry and interminable read. Thankfully this was not the case. The stories ranged widely, and included some stunningly original takes on the concept of a book.

In fact each story was so wildly unique and intriguing….

Read the rest here.

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