Video: P. Djeli Clark and myself in conversation at the Sturgis Library

Corey Farrenkopf, the director of Cape Cod’s Sturgis Library has made the conversation and reading event with P. Djeli Clark and myself available on YouTube. Clark read a section from his award-winning story The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington. I read from A Spectral Hue. Then we took audience questions.

Thanks again to Farrenkopf and the library for hosting the event, and to the audience members!

Live reading of “Come Join We” on Story Hour

You can hear me read with Alexander Danner on Story Hour below. I read the entirety of my story “Come Join We” from my collection Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories. Thanks to Story Hour for having me on again. I read in support of SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League), a DC-based queer youth group I joined back in the day.

https://fb.watch/3Kk5rqC41V/

New story at Broken Eye Books Patreon; Cool Black History Month Library ad!

New story up on Broken Eye Books—Patreon-Locked

My Brazilian fantasy story “Sacred She-Devilwill be printed in the forthcoming Broken Eye Books anthology Whether Change: The Revolution Will Be Weird.

Patreon subscriptions of Broken Eye Books can read the story now!

Sturgis Library put A SPECTRAL HUE in such august company!

Storm Constantine (October 12, 1956 – January 14, 2021). Queer Speculative Fiction Trailblazer.

I first came across Storm Constantine’s work in the early 90s, at the local gay bookstore. Her Wraeththu novels were post-apocalyptic fantasy that featured androgynous post-humans who all looked like a cross between David Bowie and members of an 80s goth band. The novels featured a fairly explicit sex-based magic(k) system that was groundbreaking to me. As much as I enjoyed the Wraeththu novels, it was her stand-alone novels that really grabbed me. Novels like Calenture, A Sign for the Sacred, and Hermetech were full of gorgeous prose, homoerotic imagery and dream-logic plots. They were New Weird before New Weird was a thing. 

We got in contact when Storm started publishing Tanith Lee novels through the publishing house she founded, Immanion Press. In addition to bonded over Lee’s later work, Storm also let me write blog posts and blurbs for the reprinted collections, ultimately letting me write the introduction to Love in A Time of Dragons & Other Rare Tales.

Storm Constantine was a trailblazer in Queer Speculative Fiction and neo-Gothic/neo-Decadent fantasy. Her work explored eroticism, gender and ultimately, found family. She will be missed.