Congratulations to Clint Smith for The Skeleton Melodies, which is now available for pre-order. The book has already garnered praise from Laird Barron and Adam Golaski (who provided the introduction), so my two-cents is irrelevant. Suffice it to say it’s a brilliant collection of the macabre, and Smith is at the head of the pack when it comes to contemporary horror. I wish the world for Clint who is not only an accomplished writer, but also a wonderful and generous person. I can’t thank him enough for allowing me to read The Skeleton Melodies a few months back, and I look forward to seeing his work attract a lot more deserved attention.
“…The Skeleton Melodies… nicely ups the game from his 2014 debut, Ghouljaw and Other Stories. A resident of the U.S., Smith nonetheless has a gift for language and story that reminds me of my favorite weird fiction authors across the pond, namely Conrad Williams, Frank Duffy, and Joel Lane. The Skeleton Melodies is good work in its own right, however I admit to a trace of nostalgia. Smith’s affable and easy tone changes on a dime; monsters lurk in the shadows. He writes pulp of a literary sensibility that I relished in 1980s anthologies by editors such as David Hartwell and Karl Edward Wagner.”