The lineup of writers for the first issue of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction made me squeal with delight.
Etching the Lontar | Jason Erik Lundberg (Editorial)
Departures | Kate Osias (Fiction)
Love in the Time of Utopia | Zen Cho (Fiction)
Philippine Magic: A Course Catalogue | Paolo Chikiamco (Non-Fiction)
Jayawarman 9th Remembers the Dragon Archipelago | Chris Mooney-Singh (Poetry)
The Immortal Pharmacist | Ang Si Min (Poetry)
Stainless Steel Nak | Bryan Thao Worra (Poetry)
The Yellow River | Elka Ray Nguyen (Fiction)
The Gambler | Paolo Bacigalupi (Fiction Reprint)
We are now reading for the second issue. Please consider submitting if you have anything that fits the theme of LONTAR. Submission guidelines can be found here.
We Bury the Landscape
Dwarf Stars Award
Got a nice little jolt yesterday after receiving an email notifying me that my short poem was a finalist for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Dwarf Stars Award. I'm not a member of the SFPA. I'm humbled, honored, and grateful each time some SFPA members find my work worthy enough to be nominated several times for the Rhysling Award (2010, 2009, and 2008) and twice for the Dwarf Stars Award (2008 and 2012). I don't know if there's such a thing as getting starstruck by an email, but it can happen. I was very much starstruck, still am, upon receiving the email (notifying me of inclusion to the Dwarf Stars antho) from a Nebula Award winner who writes hard sf and works for NASA.
New work in magazines and journals
The latest issue of Dirtcakes is packed with a diverse mix of literary treats and art, including brilliant work from Mary Stone Dockery and Jennifer Hollie Bowles. The theme of the issue is "Girls Will Be Women," and it features my prose poem "A Novel" and flash fiction "Surgical Addiction."
Behold the fantastic third issue of Flywheel Magazine!
My story in Flywheel Magazine is entitled "The Uninvited," which is culled from this horror movie.
Hot pink Ping Pong has three of my Heffernan-inspired shorts. Ping Pong is curated/edited by the amazing Maria Garcia Teutsch. Poetry editors are Christine Hamm and Joanna Fuhrman.
Read and Loved
I read and loved Meg Tuite's Domestic Apparition. My copy arrived last week. Meg talked about Domestic Apparition in our Her Kind conversation.
Via Domestic Apparition, I met the unforgettable Brenda Stantonopolis, a superbly fleshed out character. Brenda is a wild one. Here's an excerpt:
"Brenda not only saw farts but had imprinted in her brain almost every penis in the group scattered around us and we learned that each one had its own particular slant."
I also read and loved the ARC of Peter Tieryas Liu's debut short story collection, Watering Heaven (Signal 8 Press, 2012).
Our writing paths converged multiple times. I had the honor of having work in the same issues (pictured below) where Liu's stories also appeared: Gargoyle #57, Existere 31.1, and Sheepshead Review 32.1. Liu's stories are solid stuff--with an ear for language and for storytelling. Half-genre, half-literary: exactly how I like my reading fare.
I so recommend his book! Release date of Watering Heaven is October 16, 2012. Check out the cool book trailer.
I read and loved the ARC of Berit Ellingsen's Beneath the Liquid Skin. It's magical! "Stendhal Syndrome" stands out and is my favorite.
Stendhal syndrome is a psychosomatic reaction to beautiful art. I've read about this disorder a long time ago. My first thoughts were: a natural reaction, perhaps? Is it only fitting that the truly beautiful works of art astound, move, sometimes disturb us, and yes, stendhal us all the way?
Ellingsen's book is forthcoming in November from firthFORTH Books. firthFORTH Books is an imprint of Queen's Ferry Press, publisher of my unkillable We Bury the Landscape.
I read and loved Birkensnake. I'm a proud previous contributor of this stunning handmade zine that pays its contributors and just decides impossibly, crazily, oh-but-I-feel-the-spirit-that-sustains-the-urge-to-create-something-beautiful-just-for-the-sake-of-it to give away copies for free. Please consider donating instead.
My favorite Birkensnake story is Michael Stewart's "The Children's Factory," which is short, potent, and chilling.
Birkensnake is named by Flavorwire as one of the 12 most beautiful online literary magazines. How cool is that.
These are two issues of Birkensnake. The packet of black thingies (they are odorless and tasteless, and their behavior is governed by Newton's laws of motion) came with the zine. My initial impulse was to sniff them.
Lookit them pretty babies.
Months ago, I read and loved Theodore Carter's marvelous The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob. This book holds a special place in my heart.
And it has nothing to do with Carter and I having the same publisher.
Once upon a time, I read a story about a special type of voodoo doll, one that responded to a "lesser" type of magic. It was published in the long defunct From the Asylum. Now, this happened a long time ago. Five-six years, that long. I remember the story, and I remember where I've read it.
The story is a standout. It revolves around obsession and channels "Sredni Vashtar" without the requisite carnage. I haven't been able to forget it since. Sure, I admit to forgetting the author's name but the story stayed, and that's how I measure a masterpiece. I did not make the connection until I read Carter's book. I got goosebumps when I did. "The Who Doin' Doll" is just one of the many he has written. Truly gifted, this Carter.
In The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob, you catch a heartbreaking glimpse of an old couple's life as they found comfort in the discovery and imagined backstory of an unknown species of sea blob. You get to read about Sonya, the girl who eats and eats and eats. You get to read about so much more...
You should pick up the book.
Meditations of a Beast
Age of Blight
A Roomful of Machines
We Bury the Landscape