Scott Nicolay interviewed me for The Outer Dark, a podcast about weird, dark and horror fiction. Thanks to Scott for having me on–the conversation was wide ranging and touched on the Negritude movement, surrealism and Rihanna!
Craig Laurance Gidney: Writing the Beautiful Mess
Also, The Nectar of Nightmares is up for preorder!
I had the tremendous pleasure of assisting editor Wendy N. Wagner in assembling this special issue of Nightmare Magazine, which features works by Chuck Palahniuk (yes, he’s queer), Caitlin R. Kiernan, Lee Thomas and newcomers Alyssa Wong and Matthew Bright. Plus! There’s artwork and nonfiction and poetry, (I read slush for the fiction).
You can buy it here: Queers Destroy Horror
I’ve shared the image on social media, just not here. I’m doing so now! Wait until you see the interior art….
Dreams of Shreds and Tatters by Amanda Downum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An ambitious, if uneven update of the King in Yellow set in modern Vancouver. The plot has echoes of Orpheus and Eurydice, with the ‘underworld’ being the surreal, doomed dreamscape kingdom ruled by an eldritch abomination. Graduate student and lucid dreamer Liz and her boyfriend Alex search for her missing friend, the artist Blake in Vancouver. They find themselves enmeshed in a sinister drug and magic fueled underworld.
Pros: The characters are for the most part, skillfully drawn. Kudos to the portrayal of the sexuality spectrum. Liz is an asexual in a loving, if complicated relationship with her boyfriend. Blake was involved with a male lover. All of these facts are presented in an organic manner. The writing is lovely and full of atmosphere. The nightmarish imagery of the liminal world of Carcosa, with its strange constellations and ruined, sky-piercing towers, is worth the price of admission.
Cons: The plot was a bit muddled, and a couple of characters—particularly the gun toting badass monster killer Lailah—was a bit of a false note. It felt like she belonged to a different story. The novel is short; I would have liked to linger in the author’s world a bit more. The loose ends the author leaves dangling would make an excellent sequel.
Recommended for fans of weird fiction, Caitlin R Kiernan, Shirley Jackson and the music of CocoRosie.
The artwork is complete for my illustrated onieromatic weird fiction piece, The Nectar of Nightmares. The publisher, Dim Shores Press, shared this snippet by the uber talented Orion Zangara, who captured one of the images perfectly!
image by Orion Zangara; copyright Dim Shores Press
The chapbook should be out in time for Halloween.
Dim Shores will release limited edition chapbook of a new short story of mine, “The Nectar of Nightmares.” It will be illustrated by the talented Orion Zangara. It will be out sometime this fall.
The NoN is contemporary dark fantasy, inspired by the “symphonic” technique used by David Mitchell in Ghostwritten, Cloud Atlas and Bone Clocks.
Having an illustrated story is a bucket list dream of mine! Thanks to Sam Cowan of DS and Scott Nicholay for introducing my work to the press.
So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction, featured my first major sale (“A Bird of Ice”). It was an honor to be place alongside work by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Rick Bowes and Tom Caradamone. Publisher and editor Steve Berman is reissuing the book with a hot new cover.