Brave New Love, the theme of which is dystopian romance. My story is called 357 and is about the most dystopian romance I could come up with. I am, of course, very proud to have been invited to contribute at all, but I am all the more grateful for two reasons:
1. The collection is edited by Paula Guran, who has a great sensibility for dark fantasy and whose collection The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2011 was recently released. I posted about last year's excellent collection here.
2. My story in Brave New Love immediately precedes Eric and Pan, a contribution by William Sleator, who -- among many other books -- wrote the great House of Stairs, a book that was hugely influential in my reading (and writing) life. It was a story that has haunted me (in the best way possible) since I read it back in my preteen days and I would have to say that it is the story most responsible for shaping my outlook as a storyteller and my desire to ask deeper questions within a dark narrative framework.
Brave New Love is available imminently in the U.K. and will be released in the U.S. on February 14th.