Monday, November 20, 2023

November 2023 Horror Spotlight Shelf Edition: Cormack Baldwin

 Shelf Edition: Cormack Baldwin

Today we welcome Cormack Baldwin and his shelves!

Do you have any recent favorite Horror Spotlight books?

Too many! Not enough! I’ve been on a nonfiction kick recently for some reason, but most recently I finished Jamison Shea’s I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast is Me (YA horror, body horror! Ballet! Everything you could want!) and Jackal by Erin E. Adams (psychological horror! Thriller! Mother-daughter relationships!). I really loved both of them, albeit in very different ways.

Which Horror Spotlight books do you currently have on your TBR?

My library hold for Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s The Daughter of Doctor Moreau just came down, so that's first up! After that, Ashley Deng's Dehiscent and Tiffany Morris’s Green Fuse Burning.

Where do you find recommendations? Are there any Horror Spotlight books that have been recommended to you that you loved?

My recommendation system is pure chaos. I read almost exclusively through my library, which means I have no qualms about picking things up at random and DNFing the moment I decide I could be reading something else. I’ll take recommendations from social media every so often. In general, though, I like to ask people for recommendations. If they know me, they generally have a sense of what I might like—which, to be fair, covers a lot of ground. I love getting weird, niche recommendations for books whose target audience appears to be me and two other people who’ve already read it.


Are there any upcoming Horror Spotlight releases you're excited about?

I am so behind on figuring out what’s coming out. I listed four different titles here before realizing that a) they’d already been released, and b) I’d already read them. Time is a flat circle. However, I have now gone on an adventure to find what is coming out, and I discovered that E.M. Roy's Let the Woods Keep Our Bodies came out last month. I don't have it yet, so that makes it upcoming as far as I'm concerned.

Let’s get a little adventurous. Answer one or both: What Horror Spotlight book (or story, or movie, etc) would you like to see turned into a Muppet Movie? And/Or Who would play you in a horror movie based on your life?

I think every book should have the opportunity to be a Muppet movie. I think the world would be a better place. But assuming the spirit of Jim Henson has vested unto me the power to pick ONE title for my magnum muppus, I'm choosing Victor LaValle's The Changeling. There are puppets in it already; it'll be meta. It'll be daring. People are going to walk away changed.

Note on the Archive of the Odd illustration: The author of the piece is Ellen Edwards, and the illustrator is Alina Gottbrecht.

In regards to your own work, tell our readers a little bit about what’s new and/or coming up for you.

Not a ton coming up immediately! Late summer/early fall was pretty big for me this year, with the release of Soul Jar (a speculative fiction anthology by disabled authors) on the author side of things, and publishing Cat Voleur’s Revenge Arc on the publisher side of things. I’m immensely proud of both releases, as well as Archive of the Odd issue 3 (from this summer) and Fish Gather to Listen from Horns & Rattles Press, which was the perfect home for an extremely bizarre co(s)mic horror cowritten with my partner EV. Right now I’m reading for issue 4 in terms of Archive of the Odd, and otherwise planning and scheming.

Where can people find you on social media and/or find your work?

If you're going to find me anywhere, it's going to be @cormackbaldwin. Generally I just use social media for press stuff, though, which is @archiveoftheodd ( In either case, I welcome messages, tags, anything! Share a weird book you’ve read recently! Give me a fun fact about bugs! I do like talking with people, despite the warning signs.

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