NEWS: “Little Widow” by Maria Dahvana Headley is a Finalist for the World Fantasy Award!

Maria Dahvana Headley’s story from WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? is a finalist for this year’s World Fantasy Award! The winners will be announced during the World Fantasy convention held November 2-5, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. You can see a full list of the finalists at

NEWS: WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? Ebook Discounted to $3.99 for a Limited Time!

WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? is currently discounted to $3.99 in all ebook formats:

So now’s a great time to pick up the anthology if you haven’t already! In case you missed out, here’s what some critics have been saying about it:

  • If you’re looking for a read (or lots of reads, as the case may be) that’s equally fun, scary, and thought-provoking, then What the #@&% Is That? will be up your alley. With editors as experienced as John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, I’d be surprised if most horror/sci-fi fans don’t enjoy it. The only rating I could possibly give the book is five [out of five] stars —Dread Central
  • [An] amazing collection […] ranging from hilarious to truly terrifying […] a great option to hand to horror fans. —Booklist
  • A genuinely chilling, wildly imaginative collection […] At once timely and timelessly unique, [this anthology] is sure to have genre fans enthralled. [Top Pick, 4.5 Star Rating] —RT Book Reviews
  • This anthology’s fusion of literary horror and emotional/psychological depth will appeal to readers tired of formulaic genre fiction. —Library Journal (starred review)
  • A really intriguing, spooky anthology [with] an incredible table of contents. —The Verge
  • If you derive any sort of pleasure from the grotesque, the fanciful, the freakish and unnatural, buy this book. —Intergalactic Medicine Show
  • [A] particularly clever horror collection […] A collection of tales that are clever, chilling, and #@&%ing weird. […] Old and new favorites trying to break new and bizarre ground here, making it an incredibly enjoyable read from the dedication page (“For Cthulhu…”) on. [Editor’s Pick as one of The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016] —Barnes & Noble

Additionally, it’s worth noting that the anthology includes “The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden, which was a finalist for the Stoker Award, and “Little Widow” by Maria Dahvana Headley, which is a current finalist for the World Fantasy Award.

NEWS: “The Bad Hour” Selected for Reprint in Ellen Datlow’s THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR

The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden, from What the #@&% is That?, was selected for reprint in Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 9 anthology [full TOC].

NEWS: “The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden is a Stoker Awards Finalist!

The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden, from What the #@&% is That?, made the final ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards, so big congrats to Christopher for that honor. You can find the full slate of what made the final ballot at The Stoker Awards themselves will be presented at StokerCon 2017, which is being held in Long Beach, CA, April 27-30.

NEWS: Two Stories from What the #@&% is That? Make the Locus Recommended Reading List!

Locus Magazine released their annual recommended reading list, and we’re pleased to report that What the #@&% is That? has two stories on the list:

  • “Ghost Pressure” Gemma Files (What the #@&% Is That?)
  • “Little Widow” Maria Dahvana Headley (What the #@&% Is That?)

Congratulations to our authors, and to everyone who made the list!

The release of the Recommended Reading List also means that voting for the Locus Awards will be open soon. (The Locus website notes it will be open “the first week of February.”) Anyone is eligible to vote. Visit to cast a ballot or learn more. Voting closes April 15, 2017.

NEWS: Two Stories from WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? Make the Preliminary Stoker Awards Ballot

Two stories from What the #@&% is That?“Only Unclench Your Hand” by Isabel Yap and “The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden—made the Preliminary Stoker Awards ballot for best Short Fiction. A huge congrats to them both for the honor! You can find the full slate of what made the preliminary ballot at The final ballot will be announced February 23, and the the Stoker Awards themselves will be presented at StokerCon 2017, which is being held in Long Beach, CA, April 27-30.

To celebrate this fact, we’ve made both of the stories available for free to read online. Visit our FREE READS page to see all of the material from the anthology we have available for free to read online.

NEWS: “Whose Drowned Face Sleeps” Chosen for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2017

Editor Paula Guran has selected the table of contents for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2017, and it includes “Whose Drowned Face Sleeps” from WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? [TOC]

NEWS: WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? Featured on’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast

Me and my co-editor Douglas Cohen appeared in The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy to talk about our new anthology, WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?, and to discuss other “nameless horrors.” [link]

NEWS: Editors John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen to Appear on HOUR OF THE WOLF Radio Show @ 1:30am ET Tonight

WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? editors John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen will be appearing on the HOUR OF THE WOLF radio show at 1:30am ET tonight to talk about the anthology. It will air on WBAI (95.5 FM) in New York City, or you can stream it live via

NEWS: WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? is Now Available Wherever Fine Books Are Sold!

WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? is now available!


Fear of the unknown—it is the essence of the best horror stories, the need to know what monstrous vision you’re beholding and the underlying terror that you just might find out. Now, twenty authors have gathered to ask—and maybe answer—a question worthy of almost any horror tale: “What the #@&% is that?” Join these masters of suspense as they take you to where the shadows grow long, and that which lurks at the corner of your vision is all too real.


What the #@&% Is That?


  • Introduction by Douglas Cohen
  • MOBILITY by Laird Barron
  • FOSSIL HEART by Amanda Downum
  • THOSE GADDAM COOKIES by Scott Sigler
  • DOWN IN THE DEEP AND THE DARK by Desirina Boskovich
  • LITTLE WIDOW by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • THE BAD HOUR by Christopher Golden
  • NOW AND FOREVER by D. Thomas Minton
  • THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT by Grady Hendrix
  • WE ALL MAKE SACRIFICES by Jonathan Maberry
  • GHOST PRESSURE by Gemma Files
  • FRAMING MORTENSEN by Adam-Troy Castro
  • THE CATCH by Terence Taylor
  • HUNTERS IN THE WOOD by Tim Pratt
  • WHOSE DROWNED FACE SLEEPS by An Owomoyela & Rachel Swirsky
  • CASTLEWEEP by Alan Dean Foster
  • Cover Art by Mike Mignola
  • Cover Design by Michael McCartney


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