A while ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Johnny Mains‘s excellent anthology Best British Horror 2014, from Salt Publishing. That collection contained some stories which still stick in the mind for their sheer horrific quality, which is quite a feat considering the amount of horror I read. However, now it appears that the anthology has lost its publisher and is looking for a new home. Johnny Mains wrote:
Today has been a bit of a bad day. Salt Publishing and I have parted company with regards to the future of BEST BRITISH HORROR. When I was asked in 2013 if I would take it on, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands, because I knew that there was an unbelievable wealth of talent out there and I wanted to see what was happening; but because I was so stuck in the past reading anthologies from the 60s and 70s, these new names were passing me by.
As Mains remarks, Salt has lately pulled back on a number of its endeavours, including poetry publishing. But it did manage to get Best British Horror 2015 out, which has apparently kept up the high standards of its predecessor.
Mains adds: “I am currently hoping to find a new publisher to take on the series. I personally think British horror is in the best place it’s been for the last ten years and it would be a crying shame for the brand to be snuffed out before it’s had chance to bed in.”
I can only agree. So, if there is any independent publisher out there willing to take up what looks like a really excellent series of anthologies, go for it.