Recently a coworker went to Kayo Books in downtown San Francisco and scored a mint-condition first-edition copy of Science Fiction Terror Tales. Lucky! This book, containing stories by Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein and others, is semi-famous for connecting the dots between science fiction and horror fiction. Author Mike Resnick, for one, credits it for sparking his life-long interest in the weird and bizarre.
Undoubtedly Science Fiction Terror Tales inspired many kids around the world as well. It was even translated into Japanese at one point. Which leads us back to a discussion we had previously on the Haikasoru blog: Why are we publishing a book of horror short stories? The answer is: why not? We’re thrilled to include ZOO by Otsuichi in our catalog. As Nick wrote earlier, “There’s a long tradition of horror being published alongside (and even as) SF and fantasy… the appeal is often broadly similar.”