The first three months of my 2013 have been marked by semi-decent fumblings, always in-progress attempts to add to one of my glorified hobbies: writing.
Book-related news: We Bury the Landscape
At Weird Fiction Review, critic and reviewer Maureen Kincaid Speller reviews We Bury the Landscape alongside books by luminaries Marcel Aymé (trans. Sophie Lewis), Guido Gozzano (trans. Brendan and Anna Connell), Andrew Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, and Kij Johnson.
There are also new reviews at Goodreads. All the other bells and frills are indicated here.
Meanwhile, Angela Xu and Peter Tieryas Liu created a video adaptation of Liu's review of We Bury the Landscape at HTMLGiant. Also, check out the cool video reviews made by Peter and Angela for two books by super-talented writers: Tim Horvath's Understories and Amber Sparks' May We Shed These Human Bodies.
Book-related news: Grim Series
My poetry collection, Grim Series, made it all the way to the preliminary ballot of the HWA's Bram Stoker Award. I'm so stoked and deeply honored.
At Rebellious Magazine, Jessica Dyer and Susan Yount runs a monthly column called Rebellious Women in Poetry. They ran an excerpt from We Bury the Landscape and said some really nice things about my books. Susan Yount runs Arsenic Lobster and Misty Publications. She also published me before (see image, with Arlene Ang and her indefatigable A leading the fine pack of alphabetized lobster names).
And here are my Arsenic Lobster back issues.
Book-related news: Smaller Than Most
At SF Site, Trent Walters reviews Smaller Than Most, an old project of mine published by Frank Burton's Philistine Press.
More Publication News
Three of my Conrad poems were selected by Gina Ochsner, guest editor of Bestiary: the best of the inaugural demi-decade of A Cappella Zoo. The poems were collected in Grim Series.
Here are the amazing people who had made the epic issue possible:
Colin Meldrum, founding editor
Amanda Lyn DiSanto, fiction editor
Lisa McCool-Grime, poetry editor
Cover and interior illustrations by Anna Bron
Additional illustrations by Cheryl Gross and Gavin Faherty
Stories and poems by A. A. Balaskovits, Adam McOmber, Alana I. Capria, Ali Lanzetta, Amber Sparks, Andrew Mitchell, Anton Baer, Benjamin Clark & Colin Winnette, Bernard M. Cox, C. E. Chaffin, Caitlin Thompson, Chantel Tattoli, Charlene Logan Burnett, Claire Massey, Collin Blair Grabarek, Daniel Porder, Danya Goodman, Edmond Caldwell, Elizabeth O'Brien, Emily J. Lawrence, Erich Schaller, Felicia Zamora, Feng Sun Chen, Hayes Moore, Jack Kaulfus, Jeff Pearson, Jessica Young, Joe Kapitan, John Jasper Owens, John Myers, Joseph Harrington, Josh Denslow, Julia A. Rosenthal, Julie Day, Kate Riedel, Kristine Ong Muslim, Kurt Newton, Linda Ann Strang, Lindsay Miller, Lora Rivera, M. P. Powers, Margaret Bashaar, Margaret Walther, Maria Deira, Martin Ott & John F. Buckley, Mary Lou Buschi, Micah Dean Hicks, Michael Schmeltzer, Nancy Gold, Nicelle Davis & Cheryl Gross, Nicole Miyashiro, Patrick Sugrue, Pedro Ponce, Prartho Sereno, Rachel Adams, Redfern Barrett, Robert Edward Sullivan, Robin Patric Clair, Roxane Gay, Shellie Zacharia, Theodore Carter, Tina Hyland & Gavin Faherty, Walter Bargen, and William Keener.
At Southern Pacific Review are two of my flash fictions, "The Girl Who Did Not Exist" and "Zombie."
I also received my gorgeous copies of The State, where my story, "The Proustian Phenomenon," appears. I am still waiting for the back issue I ordered. The State is a pro-paying market with superb production quality--textured pages, semi-transparent plates showcasing some of the illustrations, and great writing.
My poem, "Menu Entry for a Mr. Saunders," is included in the 86th issue of Painted Bride Quarterly. Contributors for this unthemed issue are listed here.
Rhys Hughes guest-edited the Ironic Fantastic issue of Rachel Kendall's Sein und Werden, where my tiny story, "Preacher Kim," appears. Contributors include Gaurav Monga, D. F. Lewis, Douglas Thompson, Bob Lock, Jason E. Rolfe, Caleb Wilson, Lou Antonelli, Ellaraine Lockie, Aliya Whiteley, Terry Grimwood, Steven Pirie, and Trent Walters.
Also, Meg Tuite's Exquisite Quartet Anthology 2012 is now released. The book contains a story I co-wrote with Alex Pruteanu, Mary Stone Dockery, and all-around ring-master Meg Tuite.
Exquisite Quartet Anthology 2012 is the composite of 12 collaborative stories, one each month, in which Meg Tuite and three other writers write a story in succession. Writers included are Jordan Blum, Andrea Carlisle, James Claffey, Larry O. Dean, Gay Degani, Faye Rapoport DesPres, Mary Stone Dockery, Aleathia Drehmer, Timothy Gager, Clifford Garstang, Dena Rash Guzman, Deborah Henry, Julie Innis, Linda Hedrick, Nate Jordon, Len Kuntz, Ken McPherson, Court Merrigan, Kari Nguyen, Kristine Ong Muslim, Alex Pruteanu, Joseph A.W. Quintela, Misti Rainwater-Lites, Stephen V. Ramey, Kevin Ridgeway, Leah Rogin-Roper, Linda Simoni-Wastila, Robin Stratton, Ben Tanzer, Angelle Scott, Neil Serven, Samuel Snoek-Brown and Erin Zulkoski. And 33 writers for the March AWP story.
My story, "Beautiful Curse," is included in Smoking Mirrors, an anthology from Connotation Press. Smoking Mirrors features the artwork of Matthew Tuite and an ekphrastic response from the following Connotation Press contributors: Gregory Sherl, Michelle Reale, Len Kuntz, Kristine Ong Muslim, Nicelle Davis, David Tomaloff, Ryan W. Bradley, Nicolette Wong, Robert Vaughn, Eryk Wenziak, Kona Morris, Mary Stone Dockery, Corey Zeller, Tara Laskowski, Meg Tuite, Joseph A.W. Quintela, and Frank Reardon. Masterminds: Meg Tuite, Melanie Huber, and Ken Robidoux.
And here's a facsimile containing the first among the three pages of my story. The captivating art is by Matthew Tuite. He created all the beautiful images in the book.
My story, "Strategize," is included in Lost in Thought #4. Thanks to Kyle Schruder and Robert Vaughan. Contributors include Jen Knox, Michael Gillan Maxwell, Jules Archer, Linda Simoni-Wastila, Josh Denslow, Harley May, Bud Smith, Gregory Sherl, Gloria Mindock, Pamela Davis, Tina Barry, Loren Moreno, Mathieu Callier, and Michael Seidel.
Finally, there's PegLeg Publishing's anthology, Entrances & Exits, which includes three of my poems: "Horses," "Grandfather Spaulding's Guide to Better Days," and "The Juggernaut." I also have a poem in another PegLeg Publishing project, GlassFire Anthology.
Entrances & Exits is produced and edited by Matthew Randall and Kristina Brooks. The Kindle edition is available here.
Books I've Blurbed and Loved
Lately, I've had the pleasure of reading numerous books by extremely talented writers. Here are three of them, plus my blurbs.
Stephen V. Ramey's Glass Animals (Pure Slush, 2013). Kindly purchase the book here.
Stephen V. Ramey’s Glass Animals offers an intimate look at a matador’s passion and pain, a bus driver’s brush with mortality, a jilted lover’s dilemma, a disfigured man who “inhales” his salvation, and a young man hounded by glass animals in a pool. Ramey takes on the richness of his characters’ emotional and physical torment and delivers something morbidly fascinating and keen. A great first collection!
It is never too late to buy Berit Ellingsen's Beneath the Liquid Skin (firthFORTH Books, 2012).
Beneath the Liquid Skin evokes, terrifies, and placates. Berit Ellingsen's stunning collection of stories touches on the mystical, the macabre, and the absurd. I'm quite taken by the dramatic structure and the beautiful writing. Ellingsen's voice is a breathtakingly marvelous one.
Or James Valvis' 190-page How to Say Goodbye (Aortic Books, 2011).
Noel Sloboda's Our Rarer Monsters (Sunnyoutside Press, 2013) is such a treat! Marc Snyder created the fabulous linocuts for the book.
Noel Sloboda’s Our Rarer Monsters dazzles and provokes with poems that tell of “strangers seeking rot” and “crooked routes the limbs take toward sunlight.” Sloboda's rarer monsters can be anything and anyone--from Baba Yaga to Xanthippe, from Cerberus to a man named Glen Forney. I kept coming back to Sloboda's poems and to Marc Snyder’s exquisite linocuts included in this utterly winning book. Here is a poetry collection not to be missed for its audacity and verve.
And more to come: Theodore Carter's forthcoming novel, Stealing "The Scream," and Scott Alexander Jones' poetry collection That Finger on Your Temple is the Barrel of My Raygun, which will be released by Bedouin Books. Also underway is another bookish surprise from Peter Tieryas Liu.
A shoutout for these folks and their books:
The Drone Outside
Meditations of a Beast
Age of Blight
A Roomful of Machines
We Bury the Landscape