A Flood of Anthology News
Everything happens at once. By some weird alignment of events (no doubt triggered by strange goings on among the stars) I have previously-unpublished work coming out simultaneously in three new anthologies. You’re busy, I’m busy, so let’s cut to the chase and briefly talk about each.
Editor Jason V Brock has been supportive of my work for awhile now, and I’m grateful for that and proud to have five or ten pages in this huge (over 700 page) anthology. The book includes a previously-unpublished foreword by Ray Bradbury and all new stories from an eclectic mix of authors from just about every branch of dark speculative fiction. I mean, seriously folks…Lucy A. Snyder, Greg Bear, Joe Lansdale, Dennis Etchison, Steve Rasnic Tem, Weston Ochse, S.T. Joshi and…um…me.
(My contribution is a new, 3,000ish word story called “The Squatters”. It’s weird and dark and sexual and surreal).
The t.o.c. for this one looks like the guest list for a wild party (or maybe just a particularly rambunctious cookout). Oh, and speaking of wild — or merely rambunctious — social gatherings…
There will be a signing event for this anthology tomorrow (Thursday, November 6) at 6:00 p.m. in Glendale, California at the Mystery & Imagination Bookstore (238 N. Brand Boulevard ). I won’t be there because Glendale, California is a bit of hike from southern Indiana. But if you’re out that way, please do drop by. They’ll be opening the doors at 5:30. William F. Nolan, Joe Lansdale, Dennis Etchison, Jason and Sunni Brock, Cody Goodfellow, J.C. Koch, E.E. King, and Misty Dahl are all scheduled to be in attendance.
Oh, and, clicky-click on the linky-link for more information about the book.
The next anthology I want to talk about is a special charity fundraising effort called Gifts of the Magi: A Speculative Holiday Collection. All proceeds from this one will benefit the literacy charity Indy Reads. Here’s more about Indy Reads, from their website:
Indy Reads is a not-for-profit organization that relies on volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to illiterate and semi-literate adults. Our mission is to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to learn to read, and our goal is to make Indianapolis 100% literate. Our programs include one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, English as a Second Language instruction, and “Literacy Labs” at neighborhood centers.
That all sounds good to me. Literacy is a cause I feel especially moved to support, as I feel strongly that (in addition to offering many practical, day-to-day benefits), it plays an essential role in facilitating the exercise of one’s civil liberties.
A lot of fellow-Hoosiers are in this one, and it’s edited by John F. Allen, E. Chris Garrison, and R.J. Sullivan.
I donated a short humor piece to this one (called “Lumps of Coal”). It discusses two TV shows (and one movie) which try to graft a cheery holiday message onto genre entertainment (and fail miserably in the process). Folks who enjoy my short fiction may find this essay to be a bit of an odd duck, as it has more to do with my appreciation of so-bad-it’s-good pieces of pop culture and absolutely nothing to do with serious literary endeavors, but sometimes a girl’s allowed to let her hair down, eh?
Next up? Women Writing the Weird II: Dreadful Daughters. I was invited to submit a short story to this anthology and ended up contributing a novelette called “Non Evidens”. It’s a previously-unpublished piece. This one has moments of dark satire and moments of strangeness, but — as it’s my take on mother-daughter relationships — there are some serious aspects to it, too.
Here’s the list of contributors (besides me): Merrie Haskell, J.S. Breukelaar, Sandra McDonald, Janett L. Grady, Victoria Hooper, Tantra Bensko, Rachel Kendall, Roberta Chloe Verdant, Amelia Mangan, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Michele Lee, Deb Hoag, Janis Butler Holm, Nancy Collins, Sarah A.D. Shaw, Lorraine H McGuire, Nikki Guerlain, Peggy A. Wheeler, Aliya Whiteley and Charie D. La Marr.
It’s especially good to see my friend Michele Lee and weird fic acquaintance Nikki Guerlain in this one.
Please consider purchasing one (or all) of these publications, y’all.