Delighted to report that three different recent stories of mine have been selected for the three major annual best-of anthologies. “Black Leg”, which you can still read for free at the link above, has been picked by Ellen Datlow for Best Horror of the Year 14. Paula Guran, meanwhile, has chosen “Jetty Sara”, originally in Curious Blue Press’s excellent December Tales, for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, Volume 3. And “Slough”, which originally appeared in Space & Time magazine, has been snapped up by Stephen Jones for the 31st (and, sadly, final) edition of Best New Horror.
I’ve written a new critical article for Shepherd.com, the wonderful new book discovery site, about five novels I love that share some thematic concerns with Infinity Dreams. Authors discussed include Elizabeth Hand, Idra Novey, Rex Stout, Tan Twan Eng, and Helene Hanff. Read the piece here.
Prior to reviewing Infinity Dreams, D.F. Lewis posted these welcome comments about my story, “Slough”, as it appeared in the most recent (and, sadly, final) edition of Best New Horror: “This is a genuine horror story masterpiece, one to help cope with our own hateful times…you MUST read this momentous story full stop.” Full review here.
UK scholar/critic D.F. Lewis has been on a Glen Hirshberg kick of late. Here’s what he had to say toward the end of his deep dive into INFINITY DREAMS: “Bowen blended with O Henry, without it ceasing to be utterly unique in itself…This now arguably most important book I have ever read …Quite staggeringly beautiful. Why is this book not more famous?“
In memory of my sweet, hilarious, brilliant dad, on what would have been his 83rd birthday, here’s a link to “Over”, the story I wrote in his honor. It appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review in the summer of 2020, eight months or so after he died. I was working on it while he was ill, but he never got to see it.
Wishing joy and massive success to Ava Bellows, whom I first taught in high school, then in a Drones Club West Zoom class (where she started this book!). I also had the privilege of helping her with a late edit after she sold it to HarperCollins. She was well on her way to this moment long before she got to my classroom, obviously. Happy Publication Day, Ava. First of many. I have no doubt.
Delighted to have my Tasmania-set spooker, “Devil”, included in Screams from the Dark, Ellen Datlow’s stellar new, alongside new work by so many terrific friends and colleagues.
In his review of the most significant books of 2018, John Langan gives substantial attention to both Nothing to Devour and The Ones Who Are Waving. “Hirshberg has gambled big, and those gambles have continued to pay off. The result is nothing less than inspiring.” For more comments, visit the review pages for each book on this website, or read the whole column here .
“Hirshberg excels at slowly building an atmosphere of dread and foreboding, and…creating gritty, violent, and mesmerizing characters…”— Booklist (see Nothing to Devour page for more of the review)