Eboni Dunbar, Jewelle Gomez, Darcie Little Badger and I will be discussing Queer Community in Speculative Fiction with Ruthanna Emrys moderating at this year’s virtual OutWrite festival this weekend!
I will on hand for the Skype discussion of my novel this Thursday, July 30 7-9 PM ET.
If you order my novel directly from Word Horde, you can get a signed bookplate…. I just finished signing a new batch!
My black and queer fantasy story “Sea, Swallow Me” is given the Lovecraft Reread treatment by the critic/authors Ruthanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth. Thanks to them and Tor.com for putting new eyes on this piece.
The title of the piece comes from one of my favorite Cocteau Twins piece, and I always associate their heavenly music with the story, rather than Lovecraft (who probably wouldn’t be a fan of the homoerotic Negritude of the piece).
Anyway, check out An Ecstasy of Arrows: Craig Laurance Gidney’s “Sea, Swallow Me.”
The first piece of flash fiction is up at the Baffling Magazine Patreon. It’s one of Jewelle Gomez’s Gilda Stories–the now classic black lesbian vampire protagonist.
Storm Constantine invited me to write about Tanith Lee’s obscure epic dark fantasy, The Blood of Roses, which her Immanion Press reprinted.
You can read the blog post here!
The Weird Tales Podcast did an audio version of my story The Magus Club in honor of Pride. This story first appeared in the anthology Madder Love: Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism (edited by Peter Dubé). This story is inspired by the playwright Joe Orton’s novel Head to Toe and the music of Coil.
Also, there’s a link to support the Black Visions Collective –a Minnesota based Black activist organization.
Whether Change: The Revolution Will Be Weird
From the creators of Tomorrow’s Cthulhu, Ride the Star Wind, and Nowhereville, here comes the next anthology! Broken Eye Books is publishing original stories of the revolution.
Whether Change: The Revolution Will Be Weird tackles the theme of change, of revolution, with tales of resilience and growth, defiance and upheaval. These are celebrations and warnings of the body, mind, and spirit. These are tales of our changing times ahead.
These acclaimed authors are mixing the weird with fantasy and sci-fi in modern and near-future tales with superpowered nationalists, CRISPR babies, alien communists, bloodsucking buildings, anarchist kids, resurrection in the post-apocalypse, and so much more.
If you’re already familiar with our books, then you know how much we love anthologies, and this will be our ninth. Help us launch Whether Change today. Then lay back and let us light a fire in your belly.
We at Broken Eye Books dream of a diverse, vibrant future. We believe Black lives matter and so do Black futures. We believe love is love, trans rights are human rights, feminism is for everyone, no human is illegal, and science is real. And we like our books the same way.
Note: I will have a story in this!
Craig L. Gidney and dave ring are pleased to announce the imminent launch of our speculative flash publication Baffling Magazine. Baffling will pay pro rates for queer stories, publishing one per month at first, and growing in accordance to this Patreon. The stories published on the Patreon will be available at bafflingmag.com for the public in quarterly issues.
Note: We have an amazing lineup for the first issues!
Like many writers, I have a collection of notebooks of all kinds. From Moleskins to school composition books. Gilt-edged tomes, bespoke journals made of heirloom fabric and hand stitched. Ruled and unruled paper, or unlined. None of them work for me, though. The fancier the notebook is, the more daunting it is to fill with scribbles. Those books and journals are a pleasure to have and hold. But I always think that I need perfect handwriting to fill those pages. I write messily. It’s full of crossed out words and misspellings and my handwriting, though perfectly legible, is not aesthetically pleasing and switches between block letters to scrawling across the paper. What works for me is a notebook that can lie flat, so I’ve turned to spiral notebooks. I find them less intimidating and they don’t inhibit the flow.
Where I indulge in whimsy is in the ink I use. I have an arsenal of multicolored gel pens I use. The various colors denote the different writing sessions. It might be blue ink for a morning session and black for a late night impromptu spurt of inspiration. It’s also visually appealing to consult a page filled with different hues.
I have three “active” notebooks — one for short fiction, another for whatever novel I’m working on, and one for blogging/non fiction. My process is making notes, sketching scenes, coming up with character names in ink and using that as jumping off points/warm up techniques before I start computer work. When I’m stuck, I return to the notebooks and comb them for ideas or jot down ideas for future sessions. My A Spectral Hue notebook, for instance, is filled with anything from complete scenes to random lists of words. My process is somewhat chaotic and amorphous, and it took a long time to develop. I have found that while I mostly draft things on computer, putting actual ink to actual paper has to occur at some moment in the act of creation.
The incisive and thorough Anya Martin (author and cohost of the Outer Dark) and I talked for an hour about A Spectral Hue, Hairsbreadth and other fiction projects. It’s now available for your listening pleasure!