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Paula Guran

Author of New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird

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Works by Paula Guran

New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird (2011) — Editor — 332 copies
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold (2016) — Editor — 220 copies
The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu (2016) — Editor — 156 copies
Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations (2013) — Editor — 145 copies
Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011) — Editor — 133 copies
Zombies: The Recent Dead (2010) — Editor; Introduction — 122 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Edition (2011) — Editor — 122 copies
Witches: Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful (2012) — Editor — 115 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (2010) — Editor — 106 copies
Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales (2013) — Editor — 92 copies
Warrior Women (2015) — Editor — 91 copies
Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) — Editor — 89 copies
After the End: Recent Apocalypses (2013) — Editor — 88 copies
Brave New Love (2012) — Editor — 84 copies
New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird (2015) — Editor — 79 copies
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women (2015) — Editor — 76 copies
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep (2015) — Editor — 74 copies
Halloween (2011) — Editor — 72 copies
Time Travel: Recent Trips (2014) — Editor — 71 copies
Best New Paranormal Romance (2006) — Editor — 58 copies
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (2019) — Editor — 56 copies
Zombies: More Recent Dead (2014) — Editor — 55 copies
Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire (2012) — Editor — 54 copies
The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons (2013) — Editor — 52 copies
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Editor — 50 copies
Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre (2013) — Editor — 45 copies
Far Out: Recent Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy (2021) — Editor — 44 copies
Season of Wonder (2012) — Editor — 40 copies
Best New Romantic Fantasy 2 (2007) — Editor — 35 copies
Street Magicks (2016) — Editor — 29 copies
Extreme Zombies (2012) — Editor — 29 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume One (2020) — Editor — 27 copies
Swords Against Darkness (2016) — Editor — 27 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Mummy (2017) — Editor — 25 copies
Future Games (2012) — Editor — 22 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Two (2021) — Editor — 18 copies
Embraces: Dark Erotica (2000) — Editor — 11 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy: Volume One (2022) — Editor — 8 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy, Volume Two (2023) — Editor — 3 copies
All Hallows-E — Editor — 2 copies
Best New Romantic Fantasy 3 (2008) — Editor — 1 copy

Associated Works

October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween (2000) — Contributor — 261 copies
The Urban Fantasy Anthology (2011) — Contributor — 199 copies
Horrors! 365 Scary Stories (Anthology) (1998) — Contributor — 124 copies
Eros Ex Machina (1998) — Contributor — 13 copies
Cold Comfort (2001) — Introduction — 7 copies
Imagination Fully Dilated - Volume II (2000) — Introduction — 4 copies
Noctum Aeternus 1 — Contributor — 3 copies
Locus, July 2011 (606) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Birthdate
20th Century
Gender
female
Nationality
USA

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Raamatus kokku kolmkümmend lugu, neist nauditavad alla kümne, väga häid kaks. Paras pettumus :(
 
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sashery | 5 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
Prelim Review: The interesting thing about this collection is that quite a few of the authors aren't normally YA authors. Amanda Downum for instance writes fantasy and John Shirley writes a lot of media tie-in fiction for games and movies. Also there's about twice as much LGBT fiction in here then any other anthology I've read in genre fiction (not specifically geared in that direction). In that, I found this worth reading.

It fails however in that yes its a dystopic future, but very few of the stories give us plausible reasons why, implausible but at least entertaining reasons why or even any reason why. "Otherwise" implies its because everyone began taking the drug (which may have been legal at one point?). "In the Clearing" likewise implies that its because of the drug...but we're only given a very small idea of this drug's effects on the population. Is everyone using this drug to keep the people docile? Is this a government thing or is it a corporation thing? Why?

Many of these stories fail to give a reason how the story got to be in a bleak (or at least strictly controlled totalitarian regime) future. And that's frustrating. I also wish there was a more unified approach to length of story. I read this on my Kindle, so I don't know the exact amount of pages, but some really seemed to drag on while others just abruptly ended (which may have more to do with the writing then the length).

Full review to be posted at Poisoned Rationality

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lexilewords | 1 other review | Dec 28, 2023 |
https://fromtheheartofeurope.eu/mermaids-and-other-mysteries-of-the-deep-ed-paul...

Lots of good stories in this collection, with a number of different takes on the mythology of mermaids and the closely related selkies. I think my favourite story was the rather gruesome “Mermaid of the Concrete Jungle”, by Caitlin R. Kiernan, closely followed by “Somewhere Beneath Those Waves Was Her Home”, by Sarah Monette, but none of these were clunkers and I recommend the whole collection.… (more)
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nwhyte | 1 other review | Aug 27, 2023 |
Not quite as good as the one I read recently about intersection of forest and fairy tale. some interesting retelling of fairly tales in here though.
 
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zizabeph | 3 other reviews | May 7, 2023 |

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Works
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Members
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Rating
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Reviews
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