Mythic Delirium 25 preview, part 4 (w/ cover art)

/ October 1st, 2011 / No Comments »

Tim Mullins’ cover art for Mythic Delirium 25.

Cover by Tim Mullins

And here’s another illustration by Paula Friedlander, that nestles between Melissa Frederick’s poem “Venus Crossing the Sun” and Mari Ness’ poem “Raven Singing.”

Mythic Delirium 25 preview, part 3

/ September 30th, 2011 / No Comments »

Daniel Trout’s moody illustration for Florence Major’s poem “Joseph Carey Merrick.”

Mythic Delirium 25 preview, part 2

/ September 29th, 2011 / No Comments »

Paula Friedlander’s illustration for Jessica Wick’s poem “Nobody’s Song.”

Illustration by Paula Friedlander

“Surviving Wonderland” appears in Stone Telling; “Heart’s Delight” appears in Not One of Us

/ September 27th, 2011 / No Comments »

Today ends up being a double-poem day.

My poem “Surviving Wonderland” popped up today at the new issue of Stone Telling, which just went live. It’s a delicious looking issue, focused on myth in storytelling, with contributions by Yoon Ha Lee, Delia Sherman, Amal El-Mohtar, Sonya Taaffe, Erik Amundsen, Shira Lipkin and many others. The issue also contains a creepy recording I made to go with my poem, and a few thoughts I shared on the poem in a round table discussion. There’s also a review I wrote of the poems (and just the poems) in Not One of Us 45.

And, coincidentally, my poem “Heart’s Delight” (a Claire-dare poem prompted by Nicole Kornher-Stace) appears in Not One of Us 46, which is being mailed to subscribers this week. There’s also work from Patricia Russo, Rose Lemberg, Sonya Taaffe, Erik Amundsen and more. If it’s not on its way to you, here’s where you go to fix that.

Mythic Delirium 25 — a preview

/ September 26th, 2011 / No Comments »

Paula Friedlander’s illustration for Sonya Taaffe’s poem “The Description of a Wish.”

Mythic Delirium closes to submissions Oct. 1

/ September 25th, 2011 / No Comments »

Just a reminder to folks that you have until Oct. 1 (this coming Saturday) if you want to submit poems to be considered for Mythic Delirium 26. Guidelines are here.

I haven’t been as ruthlessly efficient this reading period as I was with the last one. To my knowledge I’ve read every submission sent in from Aug. 1 through the first week of September, but I haven’t made decisions on every single one, which is why some of you haven’t gotten responses yet; so, my apologies for that. I hope to have answers to everyone within a couple weeks after the submission window closes.

Fantastique Unfettered 3 (containing an interview with yours truly) now available

/ September 18th, 2011 / No Comments »

The third issue of the new zine Fantastique Unfettered has just become available, and it features a long interview with me about all sorts of writing-and-editing related things.

Much to my delight, this isn’t the end of my interaction with Fantastique Unfettered. The next issue will contain my poems “Binary” (on which the cover art is based,) “Seed the Earth, Burn the Sky,” “Sisyphus Crawls” and my sf novelette “Stolen Souls.” Woo-hoo!

“Carrington’s Ferry” sells to Strange Horizons

/ September 17th, 2011 / No Comments »

My poem “Carrington’s Ferry,” the newest in my Disturbing Muses series, has sold to Strange Horizons. Good news to start the day with!

“The Vigil” sells to Goblin Fruit

/ September 15th, 2011 / No Comments »

I received word this morning that my poem “The Vigil,” dedicated to Nicole Kornher-Stace (and one of the last unsold poems in the “Claire-dare” series) has sold to Amal El-Mohtar and Jessica Wick at Goblin Fruit, and will appear in their Fall 2012 issue. Most excellent.

My novelette “Stolen Souls” to reappear in Fantastique Unfettered

/ September 9th, 2011 / No Comments »

I learned something today that leaves me especially tickled.

As a part of the “Mike Allen feature” in issue 4 of Fantastique Unfettered, the zine is reprinting my science fiction novelette “Stolen Souls.”

Whatever flaws it may have, this piece holds a lot of sentimental value for me. The opening scene was the final bit I came up with for my creative writing seminar at Hollins University when I was a grad student there. Five years later, fleshed out into an 8,600-word novelette, that story became my first SFWA-level pro sale (whatever stock you put in that.) It appeared in the Australian magazine Altair in 1999 and earned a sweet review from Tangent:

One of the two tales in this issue I felt stood far above the rest … Venner lives in the near future, where aliens steal living human brains to use as computers. His wife is such a victim, and Venner vows to recover her. So he allows himself to be cyborged, and tracks the brain thieves across the universe. But as he approaches closer and closer to his goal, he must surrender piece after piece of his humanity to gain the edge on his adversaries. In the end he succeeds, but it’s unclear if he is capable of understanding what his victory means.

There’s a minor tale of woe that’s also attached to this piece. Once upon a time there was going to be an American edition of Altair and it was supposed to launch with the very same issue “Stolen Souls” appeared in. The issue was actually printed (and I saw the proofs) but because of a financial dispute between publisher and printer it was never distributed to newsstands and presumably ended up being pulped.

So, I’m delighted that Alexa and Brandon at Fantastique Unfettered are giving this story a chance to appear before some new eyes.

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