I have two, very different thoughts on this, the first being if you’re unfamiliar with Richard Baron, go read his stuff. Seriously. His story “The Cry in the Darkness” in Cthulhurotica was one of my favorites of the collection.
The second thought is, “Holy crap lions! Ellen Datlow! Ellen freaking Datlow read and liked my story!”
You know who else is on that list? Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle…
If you’ll excuse me, I need to sit down for a bit and process it all!