Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that consulting editor Ellen Datlow has acquired The Twilight Pariah a new dark fantasy novella from Jeffrey Ford. Three friends home from college decide to excavate an abandoned outhouse on the edge of town, in the hopes of discovering treasure or adventure. Instead they find a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid and the bizarre skeleton of a horned child.
Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, and The Shadow Year. His short story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, Crackpot Palace, and A Natural History of Hell. Ford’s short fiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. Both books and stories have been translated into nearly 20 languages worldwide. Ford is the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Hayakawa Award, and Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire. He lives in Ohio in a hundred and twenty year old farm house surrounded by corn and soybean fields and teaches part time at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Ford had this to say about the sale:
I’m thrilled to be working with Ellen Datlow and Tor.com on my new novella, The Twilight Pariah. It’s a mystery, a history, and a horror tale. The sun sets and in the gloaming the vague light, already two thirds dark, can play tricks on your eyes, hiding something monstrous, or worse, revealing it.
Consulting editor Ellen Datlow added:
I’ve been working with Jeffrey Ford on his short stories for over twenty years and am delighted to be working with him now on a new novella. He’s one of the best in our field and his range is amazingly varied.
You can look forward to The Twilight Pariah in late 2017.