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Goings On

There are various goings on happening, now or coming up soon, so instead of a really substantive post, I’m going to tell you about them.

On April 5th at The Brooklyn Commons, I’ll be taking part in the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings’ launch party for Clockwork Phoenix 5. Clockwork Phoenix is an excellent anthology series, and the fifth entry is no exception. It’s full of fantastic stories, some of which I’ve covered in my recent Women to Read posts at SF Signal, and my Non-Binary Authors to Read posts right here on this blog. You can find the posts in question here, here, and here. Clockwork Phoenix 5 is currently available for preorder, and will be officially available as of April 5th. Starting March 18th, you can also enter to win your very own copy at Goodreads. I highly recommend grabbing a copy any way you can.

01 Publishing is currently running a Kickstarter for Whispers from the Abyss 2. As you might guess from the title, this is an anthology of Lovecraftian fiction. It contains a story a story of mine set in the same universe as Venice Burning, where R’yleh has risen, time is broken, and humanity is essentially fucked to hell. It’s a love story, of course. As part of the Kickstarter campaign, you can claim a critique from me – up to 8000 words for either a story of a novel excerpt. There’s lots of other fantastic rewards on offer, too. Go check it out!

Speaking of Kickstarters, Apex is currently working toward their second Stretch Goal for their anthology Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling. The anthology is edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates and packed full of fantastic authors such as Sunil Patel, Alyssa Wong, Haralambi Markov, Maurice Broaddus, Michael Underwood, and Nisi Shawl taking tropes and flipping them on their heads. Thanks to meeting the first Stretch Goal, I will be contributing an essay to the anthology all about the Heroine’s Journey and everyone’s favorite goblin sparkle fest, Labyrinth.

This March marks Lethe Press’ 15th Anniversary. To celebrate, they’re holding a massive ebook sale. Buy a minimum of three ebooks and get them for $1.50 each. For less than the price of a fancy cup of Starbucks coffee, you could get, oh, say The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, along with two other fabulous titles. That includes excellent things such as Christopher Barzak’s Before and Afterlives, Richard Bowes’ Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe edited by Steve Berman, Heiresses of Russ: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction edited by Jean Roberta and Steve Berman, or Livia Llewellyn’s Engines of Desire.
And that’s just the tip of the highly affordable iceberg. What are you waiting for? Head on over and buy up some ebooks!


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Monster Mash

MonstrousJust in time for Halloween, several anthologies have made their way into the world dealing with the theme of monsters and the monstrous. By coincidence, I just happen to have stories in four of them. In my admittedly biased opinion, they all have gorgeous covers. I haven’t had a chance to dive into the stories yet, but, again in my admittedly biased opinion, they’re all worth checking out if you’re in the mood for something seasonal of the monstrous variety.

The Monstrous edited by Ellen Datlow reprints Chasing Sunset. The story has a kind of noirish vibe, mashed up with Lovecraft, mashed up with good old fashioned devilry. Father and son sling cosmic horrors at each other across the distance as the progeny tries to outrun the sire. The collection recently received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which is a pretty good endorsement. Besides, its edited by Ellen Datlow, so you know you’re getting something good.


The Humanity of Monsters edited by Michael Matheson reprints Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife. Yes, the story is inspired by that Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife. It’s got tentacles and sexy times, and it isn’t all that monstrous in the traditional sense of the world. Which is exactly what I believe Michael Matheson was going for in putting together this collection – taking the concept of monsters, and turning it on its head. The line-up for this one is fantastic; I’m in extremely good company here.

ApotheosisApotheosis: Stories of Human Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods edited by Jason Andew reprints my story Venice Burning. As you may have gathered from the title, this anthology is straight up Lovecraft. Say what you will about Lovecraft, but his world is a heck of a lot of fun to play in. As a matter of fact, it’s so much fun, that I’ve gone back to the particular Lovecraftian world I built for Venice Burning in two more stories so far. Which brings me to…

Whispers2Whispers from the Abyss 2 edited by Kat Rocha. Lest you think all these stories are reprints, Whispers from the Abyss has an original piece, We Are Not These Bodies, Strung Between the Stars. It’s not a sequel to Venice Burning, but it’s certainly adjacent, set in the same broken world where R’lyeh rose and has always risen and is rising and time is completely and utterly fucked. This one also has a bit of a noirish vibe. There’s also queerness, and the Great Race of Yith and their Library make an appearance. There’s a third story set in this world forthcoming, but I don’t know that I have dispensation to talk about it yet. As a side note, the first Whispers from the Abyss anthology was the original venue for Chasing Sunset, and that brings this post full circle.


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