Check out my interview with Monica Byrne, author of the Tiptree Award-winning novel The Girl in the Road has posted on the Washington Independent Review of Books. I knew it would win the Tiptree as soon as I finished it. Just call me Carnac the Great.
I just came from a wonderful weekend spent at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta.
I’ve never considered myself as a horror writer. My elevator pitch description to folks who ask me what I write is often “magical realist” or “contemporary fantasy.” But there is a streak of darkness that runs through my fiction. Maybe I’m more “dark fantasy,” but I have written some horrific things.
Below is a list of my published horror fiction
In Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories
“The Safety of Thorns”: African elder gods (or spirits) live in the briar patch on a plantation in the antebellum South. The story is about the encounter between them and a young enslaved boy.
“Etiolate”: A homoerotic horror story about a kind of incubus set in the 90s goth scene in Baltimore. It has a David Lynchian feel.
“Catch Him by the Toe”: A Southern Gothic tale about a town haunted by a demonic ghost.
In Skin Deep Magic
“Death and Two Maidens”: A penny dreadful set in Victorian London about an Afro-British charwoman’s misadventures in the afterlife.
“Sugardaddy”: Set in a housing project in DC, this is the story of a teenage girl’s bizarre transformation. It takes the form of journal entries, and is partially a homage to Robert Aickman’s “Pages from a Young Girl’s Journal.”
Last November at World Fantasy, I met the folks at Valancourt Books. They specialize in reprints of both supernatural fiction and long lost gay classics. I told them about a book that melded those two things together: In the Eyes of Mr. Fury by Philip Ridley. It’s a kind of a dark gay fairytale in the magical realist mode, set in London. Full of dream logic, it’s a homoerotic coming of age story, something Angela Carter might write if she were a gay men.
Anyway, Valancourt is reprinting the novel–along with Ridley’s other work. And the new cover is glorious!
Wilde Stories (ed. Steve Berman) collects the years best gay speculative fiction. The 2015 edition, which includes my story “Conjuring Shadows,” got reviewed in the most recently edition of Publisher’s Weekly. Check out the review here.
Wilde Stories 2015 releases in July.
Last evening, I got some good news. Bereft, my YA novel about bullying, won a Silver Independent Book Publisher Award (IPPY). This is in addition to the Bronze Moonbeam Award. This is truly the Little Book That Could.
Below is a video review of Bereft I found a while ago on YouTube. (Thanks to the reviewer!)
Thanks to my publisher (Tiny Satchel Press) and everyone who read the book!
Last Friday I read from “Lyes” in my collection Skin Deep Magic as a part of the Lambda Literary Finalist Reading series. A friend snapped the photo above.