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

“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.