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Publication Order of Hexslinger Books

A Book of Tongues (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Rope of Thorns (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tree of Bones (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

We Will All Go Down Together (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Experimental Film (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Each Thing I Show You Is a Piece of My Death (With: Stephen J. Barringer) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jacaranda Smile (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Kissing Carrion (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Worm in Every Heart (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spectral Evidence (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drawn Up From Deep Places (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark is Better (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood from the Air (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Conversation Pieces Books

Alien Bootlegger (By: ) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Counting on Wildflowers (By: Kim Antieau) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ordinary People (By: Eleanor Arnason) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Candle in a Bottle (By: Carolyn Ives Gilman) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Absolute Uncertainty (By: Lucy Sussex) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knots (By: Wendy Walker) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aliens of the Heart (By: Carolyn Ives Gilman) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voices from Fairyland (By: Theodora Goss) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Observations and a Dialogue (By: Sylvia Kelso) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Through the Drowsy Dark (By: Rachel Swirsky) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slightly Behind and to the Left (By: Claire Light) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
With Her Body (By: Nicola Griffith) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red Rose Rages (By: L. Timmel Duchamp) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grand Conversation (By: L. Timmel Duchamp) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Distances (By: Vandana Singh) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shotgun Lullabies (By: Sheree Renée Thomas) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Of Love and Other Monsters (By: Vandana Singh) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
De Secretis Mulierum (By: L. Timmel Duchamp) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Brood of Foxes (By: Kristin Livdahl) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of the Faithful Counselor (By: Anne Sheldon) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing the Other (By: Cynthia Ward) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bone Spindle (By: Anne Sheldon) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talking Back (By: E.C. Myers) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Letter (By: Fiona Lehn) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Making Love in Madrid (By: Kimberly Todd Wade) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Wuz Pushed (By: Lee Mandelo) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traveling Tide (By: Rosaleen Love) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Receptionist (By: Lesley Wheeler) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birds and Birthdays (By: Christopher Barzak) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naomi Mitchison (By: Lesley A. Hall) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen, the Cambion, and Seven Others (By: Richard Bowes) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spring in Geneva (By: Sylvia Kelso) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The XY Conspiracy (By: Lori Selke) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction (By: Sheila Finch) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Numa: An Epic Poem with Photo Collages (By: Katrinka Moore) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
NoFood (By: Sarah Tolmie) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted Girl (By: Lisa M. Bradley) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Songs for Roxy (By: Caren Gussoff) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Signs (By: Sonya Taaffe) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prince of the Aquamarines (By: Ruth Berman) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Back, Belly, and Side: True Lies and False Tales (By: Celeste Rita Baker) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Day in Deep Freeze (By: Lisa Shapter) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marginalia to Stone Bird (By: R.B. Lemberg) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unpronounceable (By: Susan diRende) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (By: Sheree Renée Thomas) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Places (By: Karen Heuler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monteverde (By: Lawrence Schimel) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of the Incognita Countess (By: Cynthia Ward) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boundaries, Border Crossings, and Reinventing the Future (By: Beth Plutchak) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Field Guide to the Spirits (By: Jean LeBlanc) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Liberating the Astronauts (By: Christina M. Rau) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Search of Lost Time (By: Karen Heuler) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
We, Robots (By: Sue Lange) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cosmovore (By: Kristi Carter) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Helen's Story (By: Rosanne Rabinowitz) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Liminal Spaces (By: Beth Plutchak) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints (By: Alex Dally MacFarlane) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Not Skin (By: Toby MacNutt) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Changeling (By: Nancy Jane Moore) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum (By: Cynthia Ward) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
People Change (By: Gwynne Garfinkle) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invocabulary (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Green and Growing (By: Erin K. Wagner) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Everything is Made of Letters (By: Sofía Rhei) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight at the Organporium (By: Tara Campbell) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Algorithmic Shapeshifting (By: Bogi Takács) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rampant (By: Julie C. Day) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Shelley Makes a Monster (By: Octavia Cade,Crista Kempton) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Articulation (By: Cesi Davidson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of a Thousand Feelings (By: Anya Johanna DeNiro) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of the Naked Guide (By: Cynthia Ward) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ancient Songs of Us (By: Jean LeBlanc) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sacred Summer (By: Cassandra Clarke) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disease (By: Sarah Tolmie) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goddess Bandit of the Thousand Arms (By: Hal Y. Zhang) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resistance and Transformation (By: Mari Ness) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silences of Ararat (By: L. Timmel Duchamp) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cabinet of Wrath (By: Tara Campbell) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of the Golden Woman (By: Cynthia Ward) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fricatives (By: Cesi Davidson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
We’ve Been Here Before (By: Anne Carly Abad) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bilabials (By: Cesi Davidson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Home, No Need to Cry (By: Erin K. Wagner) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apollo Weeps (By: Xian Mao) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
To the Woman in the Pink Hat (By: LaToya Jordan) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
From Voyages Unreturning (By: Deborah L. Davitt) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Seductive Spectres(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queer Fear(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, #11(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queer Fear II(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Terrors 6(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Vol. 15(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Monsters(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mighty Unclean(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clockwork Phoenix 2(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Two(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clockwork Phoenix 3: New Tales of Beauty and Strangeness(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apex Magazine #16, September 2010(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chilling Tales: Evil I Did Dwell; Lewd Did I Live(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arcane(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Imaginarium 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Season in Carcosa(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 23(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grimscribe's Puppets(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clockwork Phoenix 4(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chilling Tales: In Words, Alas, Drown I(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 24(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stamps, Vamps & Tramps(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lovecraft's Monsters(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fearful Symmetries(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Children of Old Leech(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Imaginarium 4(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Lovecraft(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Starry Wisdom Library(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Doll Collection(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Seven(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aghast Vol. 1: A Journal of the Darkly Fantastic(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eulogies III(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists!(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Monstrous(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
She Walks in Shadows(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Seven(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aghast(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Madness of Dr. Caligari(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 27(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Nine(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Looming Low: Volume I(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chthonic: Weird Tales of Inner Earth(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fright Into Flight(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine, Issue 75(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 29(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thinking Horror Volume 2: The Horror Boom(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Eleven(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Behold the Undead of Dracula(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apostles of the Weird(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not Just a Pretty Face(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Dream Society(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Twelve(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales from OmniPark(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
In that Endlessness, Our End(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Book of Eibon(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
There Is No Death, There Are No Dead: Tales of Spiritualism Horror(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Humans Are The Problem: A Monster's Anthology(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Body Shocks(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Veil(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Screams from the Dark(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mother(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Fourteen(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Damnation Games(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Eternal Haunted Summer(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Future Folk Horror(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Darkness Visible: Explorations of Horror in the Postmodern(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Letters: Episodes of Epistolary Horror(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Fifteen(2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Gemma Files

Gemma Files, a talented Canadian writer, has earned acclaim in the realm of horror fiction. Prior to diving into the world of storytelling, she worked as a film critic for the Eye Weekly in Toronto, a publication based in Toronto. Her background in education and experience as a screenwriter have undoubtedly contributed to her proficiency in creating intriguing plots and authentic characters. Files’ multi-faceted career has enriched her narrative skills, endowing her with a well-rounded expertise in the art of storytelling.

Her unique approach to character creation is one of the key reasons her writings stand out. Files has a knack for crafting protagonists who are not just central to the plot but also profoundly relatable, making her tales much more immersive. The individuals she brings to life in her stories are complete with complexities and nuances, leaving readers invested in their journeys. It’s the depth and authenticity of these characters that often keep readers eagerly turning the pages.

Beyond character development, Gemma Files has a gift for spinning yarns that captivate and entertain. Her stories are well-known for their gripping narratives that engage readers from start to finish. She skillfully weaves elements of suspense and surprise throughout her work, ensuring that those who delve into her stories are in for a thrilling experience. The special blend of engaging plots and dynamic characters makes Files a standout author in the sphere of horror fiction.

Early and Personal Life

Gemma Files was born in London, England but later made Canada her home. Her childhood interest in literature paved the way for her eventual career as a horror writer. With every story, she continued to refine her writing abilities, drawing inspiration from her surroundings.

Her journey as a writer is marked by a dedication to expanding her skills and finding new sources of inspiration. This commitment has led to a rich collection of work that showcases her growth as an author. As she progressed, her reputation in the horror genre flourished.

Today, Gemma Files stands as an influential figure in horror literature. Her ongoing effort to improve her writing resonates with readers and fellow writers. Her work remains a testament to her talent and her evolution as a storyteller.

Writing Career

Gemma Files has made her mark as an award-winning horror author, alongside her roles as a film critic, teacher, screenwriter, and member of the Writer’s Guild of Canada. Her short story, ‘The Emperor’s Old Bones,’ won the International Horror Guild award for Best Short Fiction in 1999, cementing her status in the genre. She further showcased her versatility by contributing her storytelling talents to television, writing episodes for the erotic horror anthology series ‘The Hunger,’ produced by Scott Free.

Files embarked on a journey in novel-writing with ‘A Book of Tongues,’ the first installment of her Hexslinger series, published in 2010 by ChiZine Publications. The series continued with ‘A Rope of Thorns’ and ‘A Tree of Bones,’ completing the trilogy.

Her career is complemented by an array of novels, collections, and short stories, including ‘We Will All Go Down Together’ and ‘Experimental Film,’ with more innovative works to come as she continues writing.

A Tree of Bones

‘A Tree of Bones,’ written by Gemma Files, was published on May 15, 2012, by ChiZine Publications. This book is the conclusive third entry in the “Hexslinger” series. It marks the end of a trilogy that delves into the realms of dark fantasy.

After Chess Pargeter’s sacrifice, a new conflict erupts around the reborn Mayan goddess Ixchel’s ‘Hex City’ near Bewelcome, with Pinkerton agents, wild magic, and dark science colliding in a catastrophic blend of power. Caught amidst the turmoil is re-enlisted agent Ed Morrow, who grapples with intrigue and an Aztec deity’s deceptions even as allies outside the city strive to prevent a world-threatening breach.

Meanwhile, ‘Reverend’ Rook, bound to Ixchel, contemplates a final act of redemption deep within Hex City’s shadowy confines. Central to all is Chess Pargeter, trapped in an underworld dimension, whose history of escaping from dire realms hints at his crucial role in the unfolding chaos.

Readers will find the intricate blend of wild magic and shadowy intrigue utterly captivating. The book’s robust world-building and well-crafted characters ensure a memorable journey. It’s a must-read for those who appreciate a well-concluded trilogy.

We Will All Go Down Together

‘We Will All Go Down Together,’ again written by author Gemma Files, made its debut through ChiZine Publications on October 28, 2014. This collection of fantasy short stories is yet another showcase of Files’ literary prowess. The publication exemplifies Files’ contribution to the genre and her unique storytelling style.

In the woods near Overdeere, Ontario, lies a mysterious village and a hill that captivates its visitors with enchanting music and tangible dreams. Here, five ancient bloodlines that form the Five-Family Coven—Devize, Glouwer, Rusk, Druir, and Roke— have a history steeped in witchcraft and conflict dating back four centuries, when their world-altering designs were foiled by betrayal. Descendants of the Coven, marked by deep-seated animosity, have been ensnared in a destructive tangle of feuds and alliances.

Now, diverse offsprings of this dark legacy, endowed and burdened with supernatural gifts, are drawn to a decisive confrontation, with forces uniting them against a ghostly presence that overshadows their every move.

Each story in this collection pulses with dark allure and the tension of deep-rooted feuds. Her vivid prose and rich storytelling invite a journey into the mystical woods outside Overdeere, evoking a sense of haunting wonder. This gathering of tales is a testament to Files’ enchanting narrative voice within the fantasy genre.

Kissing Carrion

The fantasy short-story collection titled ‘Kissing Carrion’ was penned by author Gemma Files and released on January 1, 2003. Prime Books is the publishing house that brought this collection to the public.

This debut collection from Gemma Files, transports readers to a macabre reality tinged with dark magic and intense yearnings. In these tales, obsessions transcend death, and existence becomes a malleable, perilous expanse.

Here, sentient abodes yearn for nothingness, and vampires covet beyond blood, revealing darkness as both a refuge and a realm eerily akin to ours.

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