Huge congrats to Mike Carey, whose short story Iphigenia in Aulis, from An Apple for the Creature edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, is up for an Edgar Award – huzzah!
The Edgars are given by the Mystery Writers of America; the winner will be announced at the Edgar Banquet on Thursday, May 2.
This is what the Looking Around blog had to say about Mike’s “wonderful short story” …
Carey’s [has a] beautiful way with characters, plot and language will no doubt be evident whatever his genre. The title refers to a Greek legend, previously immortalized in a Euripedes play. How the subject matter of that play is woven through the story is just one of Carey’s many masterful touches.
I am particularly anxious to avoid spoilers where this story is concerned, so I will say only that it provides an unusual take on a fairly common theme, and that it will break your heart — “in a good way,” as my daughter might say. This is a story that clutches at you and stays with you. I haven’t yet finished the anthology; so far, I have enjoyed some of the other stories, and leafed through others. But this one story, at least, is not to be missed.