I was surprised—in a wonderful way!—when Teri Clarke and I received the Joseph S Pulver Sr (bEastie) award. My acceptance was short and garbled. I wanted to take a moment to give a proper acceptance speech.
When I was a child, my father used to sing the Jazz standard “Nature Boy” to me, which starts with “There was a boy…a strange enchanted boy….”. He accurately predicted the ambience about my fiction. I write about strange enchanted people who are confronted with transcendence, in often terrifying ways.
So, I would like to first thank my parents, who are departed but when they lived they supported my writing, even when it wasn’t lucrative.
Then I would like to thank my family, both immediate and far flung. They’ve been my cheerleaders.
Thank you to my publishers—Lethe, Rebel Satori, Word Horde, Underland and numerous periodicals and anthologies for taking a chance on my stories about enchanted people.
Thanks to the Outer Dark, who are a pocket universe of people who celebrate contemporary Weird Fiction. That pocket universe has extended to include Necronomicon itself. Though Lovecraft himself would definitely not approve of my Blackness and Queerness, the community built around his legacy has been nothing but supportive of me and my work.
I only knew Joseph Pulver through email and DMs, when he edited a story of mine. The DMs in my inbox show a kind and enthusiastic man.
It is truly an honor to accept this award. Thank you all and everyone who have been touched by my writing!
If you like weird fiction, you might check out Baffling Magazine, the zine dave ring and I co-edit with Gabriella Etoniru. Baffling features queer flash that encompassed Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and yes, Weird Fiction from authors from a variety of backgrounds and identities. The first year of the magazine’s stories has been published. You can order a copy here!
I’m currently at NecronomiCon in Providence, still processing the news.
To my complete and utter surprise, I, along with Zin Rocklyn, won one of the two inaugaral Joseph S Pulver Weird Fiction Awards last night. I briefly interacted with the late Pulver when he edited my story “Eidolon Realty, LLC” for his anthology Walk on the Weird Side. Pulver, who passed in 2020, was a tireless champion for newer and under-appreciated authors of Weird Fiction, and it is an honor to accept this award. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in bestowing me this honor!
I’ve made the decision to go to Necronomicon next month. Right now, I’m only on the Outer Dark panel.
I’ll have a new story out in Looming Low Volume II, along side other great weird fiction writers. My piece is called “Impz” and is a semi-humorous homage to a story by the late Toni Cade Bambara and the demonic children trope of the 70s.
Ever since 2011’s album Eifelian AGS has been composing abstract odes to long lost worlds. Eocene followed in 2018, and Therium is the latest addition to this thematic cluster. It doesn’t stray far from the formula of beautiful soprano wordless vocalizations (Erin Welton) over a shimmering tapestry of guitars, bass and drums (performed by Scott Ferrell). AGS is quite capable of making melodic structured pop songs—last year’s excellent XIII proved that. Therium sees the duo exploring post-rock soundscapes , like Sigur Rós—ambient music using traditional rock instruments. It’s best listened to as a song suite, but there are highlights. The halycon “Animalia” sounds like a lost track from Cocteau Twins’ Victorialand while the euphoric “Mammoth” and “Dire” have genuinely catchy hooks. Therium is the soundtrack for an imaginary film full of hypnotic imagery.
Matthew Cheney interviewed me for his blog The Mumpsimus, where we discussed queer horror, Jean Genet and Joe Orton….. Check it out here!