Ana Kai Tangata
Welcome to the Official Website of Scott Nicolay, winner of the 2015 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction, and author of Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed, published in 2014 by Fedogan and Bremer. Here you’ll find my latest news, reviews, essays and more.
“Distrust is a serious issue, especially when it is based on someone’s actions, but when you mix it with physical and psychological fear, uncertainty, and the possibility of death, the result is an explosive novella that’s full of classic elements while also pushing into new territory,” says Gabino Iglesias about Noctuidae in HorrorTalk. Read his full book review here.
The Outer Dark has moved to This Is Horror! Listen to the first episode, another Outer Double, Alyssa Wong: A Shitstorm in Flavortown and Marc Laidlaw: Swimming Upstream to Spawn here. I’m gradually remixing and reposting all archival episodes as well. Visit The Outer Dark page at this Website to keep up with the latest episodes and news!
My “Stories from the Borderland” blog post on “Horror Howce” by Margaret St. Clair has been picked by Weird Fiction Review here. Read the rest of the series, a collaborative project with artist Michael Bukowski, at the blog link on this Website.
Noctuidae is alive! Order it from Amazon here or directly from King Shot Press here. This is Horror gets excited about it here. Also, Vol. 1 Brooklyn was haunted by Matthew Revert‘s cover, David Bowles reviews it in The Monitor here, and Benoit Lelievre reviews it for Dead End Follies here.
The Outer Dark has been named “Best Podcast” in the 2015 This Is Horror Awards.
I have been invited to write the introduction to Lost Signals, an anthology edited by Max Booth III and Lori Michelle, to be released by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing in June 2016. Pre-order it here.
“Do You Like to Look At Monsters?” received the 2015 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction, on Sunday November 8 at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY. The story was published exclusively as a chapbook with the deluxe limited edition of Ana Kai Tangata, but now is also available on its own as a Kindle eBook.
The Outer Dark, my Weird Fiction podcast on Project iRadio, was named #4 on Max Booth III‘s list of 8 Great Podcasts for Writers at LitReactor.com. “Scott Nicolay analyzes horror like no one else out there. Give his show a listen, I guarantee you won’t regret it.” With just six shows aired, that’s high praise. Thanks, Max!
Superstorm Sandy washes up both memories and a monster in “after,” a new weird horror novella written by Scott Nicolay, with cover art and illustrations by Michael Bukowski, published in a limited edition chapbook by Dim Shores in August. The official release took place at NecronomiCon, August 20-23, in Providence, RI, and both I and Bukowski were in attendance and signed copies of “after.” Read the full press release here.
I am excited to announce that I am now hosting THE OUTER DARK, a weekly interview podcast series on Project IRadio posting on Tuesdays. I’ll be interviewing authors, artists, and other voices from the dark end of the spectrum, with an emphasis on what’s happening NEXT in the Weird Renaissance. Big thanks to Jess Roberts, Jim Adams, and the Project iRadio team, and to artist Nick Gucker, who created the stunning logo for The Outer Dark! T-shirts with that logo are available from SkurvyInk.com here.
King Shot Press will be releasing my novella, “Noctuidae,” in spring 2016. In a sentence: “An impromptu hike through an Arizona canyon leads a young woman into the paths of monsters both human and otherworldly.” Listen to a follow-up interview by Project iRadio about this and other projects here.
The Children of Old Leech, which includes my novella “Tenebrionidae,” was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Anthology of 2014, presented at Readercon. Congratulations to my editors Ross Lockhart and Justin Steele!
Ana Kai Tangata is now available as an eBook! Order it here for just $5.99!
My essay, “The Expanding Borders of Area X: Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach in the Context of a Weird Renaissance,” appeared in Weird Fiction Review on November 21, 2014.
Praise for Ana Kai Tangata:
“Scott Nicolay is as good a debut author as I’ve ever read. This collection of weird and horrific tales would be a significant accomplishment for a tenured master of the black arts. That it has been created and put forth by an author in his third or fourth year on the scene is extraordinary . . . We are not in the presence of a callow and bullish youth, but a man of erudition and experience. Nicolay is one who has seen much, endured much, has undergone prolonged pressure and the result is a diamond among stones.”
—Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All
“What you have here is indeed something special: a debut collection that shows none of weaknesses one might expect from a new writer…I’d have assumed thsis was the fourth or fifth collection by a seasoned pro at the top of his game.”
—John Pelan, author, editor and publisher
“The stories in Scott Nicolay’s excellent debut collection unite a lean, elegant prose style with meticulously-observed characters moving through landscapes rendered with painterly precision. Rooted in but not confined to the body, the terrors Nicolay’s characters confront pay subtle homage to the traditions and practitioners of weird fiction who have gone before, even as his willingness to develop his narratives at length moves them into a territory that is uniquely his own. With this book, Scott Nicolay lays claim to the attention of everyone interested in the future of weird fiction, and his claim is a strong one indeed.”
—John Langan, author of The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
“Leave safety at the door…shaped by this weatherman of a wounded humanity, Nicolay’s punch is grim and honest, his horizons vast, alluring, and keenly attuned to what unfurls in our darkest dreams. This explorer’s debut is a collection of strange…living inside some wonderful reading.”
—Joseph S. Pulver, Sr, author of Blood Will Have Its Season
“With extraordinary precision and a profound understanding of the power of language, Scott Nicolay examines the nuances of modern discontent. In his fiction you will find no refuge from the grime and dust, marrow and sinew of human experience. His characters are damaged by their efforts in a world that thrives on brutality and greed. Many of these characters can’t be redeemed through heroism. Yet they grapple, tooth and claw, with the truly horrific aspects of life: guilt, regret, and despair. And in their struggle we glimpse the last hope for ourselves, to climb over the rubble of so-called civilization and make our way toward compassion, with all odds against us.”
—S.P. Miskowski, author of The Skillute Cycle
“Nicolay’s writing is clean-limbed, not a shred of rococco excess on it. Poetry and the demotic mix well in his prose. He expertly delivers clues and foreshadowings and backstory tidbits attendant upon his enigmas and frights without hammering the reader over the head with gore or hyperbole. His characters are engrossing, if often repellant, his plotting assured, and his venues enticingly nasty. This book marks the start of a fine career, I am sure.”
–Paul Di Filippo, Locus
“Scott Nicolay is a writer in the tradition of modern practitioners of the weird such as Mark Samuels, Terry Lamsley, and Laird Barron. He gives us the unease of Ligotti with the fluid prose of Clark Ashton Smith. Ana Kai Tangata is a serious contender for best collection of the year.”
–John Llewellyn Probert, This Is Horror
“This is a tremendous and important debut, and one which firmly places Scott Nicolay into the upper echelon of writers currently operating in the field of weird fiction.”
–C.M. Muller, Cosmic-Chthonicon
“Remember when you first read the stories of Clive Barker, or T.E.D. Klein, or Thomas Ligotti, or John Shirley, or Dennis Etchison, or David J. Schow or Lucy Taylor, or Caitlin Keirnan, or Michael Shea, or Melanie Tem, and realized you were in the presence of a major talent in modern horror? I got the same feeling reading Nicolay. He steers clear of stock monsters and tropes of the horror genre. His fiction is clear-sighted, hard-edged, realistic, Raymond Carver-like…”
–Leigh Blackmore, Dead Reckonings 15
“Ana Kai Tangata is a bizarre, unsettling book of Weird fiction with some very urban and very bleak settings. It’s a book in which the mundane transforms into something toxic. So, an empty mall becomes a source of evil (“Eyes Exchange Bank”), a rundown apartment plays tricks with your mind (“Geschafte”), and what should be some sort of island paradise melts into a nightmare (“Ana Kai Tangata”).”
–Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Innsmouth Free Press
“Eight of the best weird fiction stories that I have ever had the pleasure of reading, all paired perfectly with shudder-inducing art from David Verba, make this a landmark collection. Publisher Fedogan & Bremer have struck gold with Nicolay, and further refined the presentation with the amazing artwork from David Verba, and introduction from Laird Barron, and an afterword from John Pelan.”
–Justin Steele, Arkham Digest
“Ana Kai Tangata by Scott Nicolay is a truly important collection…to this reader, the supernatural aspects aren’t what give these stories their great power. No, this is what I think Nicolay should be praised for, and what I hope he has more venues to exercise his talents in: human relationships.”
—Anna Tambour, author of Crandolin
“The first thing that hits you while reading Scott Nicolay’s short story collection is a familiar feeling: That old black magic that comes with encountering great weird fiction for the first time. These tales convey dread and fun, often at the same time.”
–Dimitris Kontogiannis, Crows N’ Bones
“Ana Kai Tangata [is] a truly stupendous work of modern horror. The shape of each story plays out like a familiar yet horribly catchy murder ballad–beautiful layering of character detail and an excruciating evocation of foretold doom make us care deeply for his protagonists, after which we’re forced to watch the worst possible outcome for their given situation unfold.”
–Gemma Files, author of the Hexslinger series.
“The eight mostly long tales in Ana Kai Tangata posit a densely woven exploration of the exterior and interior landscapes to create a concise, hyper-realistic picture. Layer upon layer, a CT scan delineated with words. In every story, the psychological terrain is not only expressed by the motivation of characters, the terrain they are immersed in is paramount to the whole picture, bleeding into the character’s mindsets…or vice versa. There’s deep knowledge and understanding of Weird fiction, but the tales are firmly set in the here and now, utterly distinct and uncompromising. Nicolay has vision and sets forth with unwavering determination to convey this vision to the utmost of his immense talent. He succeeds on every count.”
—Jean Claude-Smith, author of Autumn in the Abyss
“I stumbled upon Ana Kai Tangata by Scott Nicolay purely by chance and I only had to read a couple of pages before I knew that he was a real find. Nicolay’s writing is original, acerbic, witty and energetic, and full of depth and grit, [or bone and gristle].”
–Rebecca Lloyd, British Fantasy Society and author of View From Endless Street
“I was expecting a very good book. What I read ended up being one of the best single author collections I came across all year…”
–Sam Cowan, Nothing Is Imminent