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My Nebula-Eligible Stories

In 2014, I published half my stories at SF/F-specific venues (Lightspeed twice, Interfictions) and half at non-genre places (Granta, AGNI, Yalobusha Review). All of them were non-realist, and some mix of fantasy and horror. Here are my Nebula-eligible stories for the upcoming awards cycle. Thank you, as always, for your consideration.

The Husband Stitch,” Granta. This story has gotten more love than anything else I’ve published this year. J.Y. Yang said: “I started reading. And then kept reading. And kept reading. The beauty of this story is the way it takes urban myth, freshly scraped off the walls of the Internet, and kneads it into something electric.” Over at SF Signal, A.C. Wise wrote: “Nearly everyone knows how the story will end, how it must end, and yet the sense of impending doom, the question of when crawls beneath the reader’s skin and leads them through the story.” K. Tempest Bradford included it in her “Best Short Stories for the Week of November 10th – 15th,” saying: “This is exactly the kind of SF you’d expect to find in a magazine like Granta — language spun like gossamer, linear narrative dipping in and out of some other mode, be it the past, the future, or the stories of others, a mysterious truth held tight in the hand, a surprise to people unfamiliar with fantasy or horror but sweetly expected by those of us who are.” And perhaps most excitingly, Ellen Datlow mentioned it during a World Fantasy Convention panel when asked about her favorite work of the past year.

Mothers,” Interfictions. This story was a finalist in the American Short Fiction Contest, judged by Amy Hempel. Gillian Daniels at Fantastic Stories calls the prose “tight and gorgeous,” and says “the main character of ‘Mothers’ [functions] in worlds where explanations hide behind curtains that are never lifted. [She] can only do the best with the circumstances offered to [her].”

Please Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead.” First published in the John Joseph Adams anthology Help Fund My Robot Army & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects, and later reprinted in Lightspeed Magazine. K. Tempest Bradford included this in her “Best Short Stories for the Week of July 7th – 12th” post at io9, saying “The concept is interesting but I had my doubts about whether or not it could be pulled off without seeming gimmicky. I should have known that Machado’s story would be brilliant and work exactly right, given that she’s already proved her skill at spinning great tales through unconventional story structures.”

Observations About Eggs from the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa,” Lightspeed Magazine. Lois Tilton at Locus Magazine recommended this story: “Eggs as cosmic metaphor and pickup line – unusual and original premise.”

California Statutes Concerning Defrauding an Innkeeper,” AGNI. A genre- and form-bending romp through a magic-realist road trip gone terribly awry. (Print only – available on the SFWA forums)

Ekphrasis,” Yalobusha Review. For the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure enthusiasts out there.

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Update: “A Girl’s Guide to Sexual Purity” & “The Husband Stitch”

LARB QJ CoverMy personal essay “A Girl’s Guide to Sexual Purity” – about adolescence, sex, and faith – is in the LA Review of Books’ Quarterly Journal’s Fall 2014 issue, which is hitting shelves soon. You can pick up a copy via amazon.com, indiebound.com or b&n.com, or become a LARB member and receive the issue. I’m in there alongside of amazing company: Aimee Bender, Michelle Huneven, Mona Simpson, Daniel Handler… couldn’t ask for a more exciting lineup. Check it out!

HusbandStitchLadiesAlso, my story “The Husband Stitch” is now up at Granta! A special thank-you to Mark Mayer, Val Howlett, and Granta editor Yuka Igarashi for their indispensable feedback and thoughtful edits and advice. This story is better for their presence.

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Updates: The New Yorker

2014-10-10_1412956716Last night, a friend let me know that a blurb from my NPR review of John Darnielle’s amazing new novel Wolf in White Van is on page 53 of the October 13th issue of The New Yorker. So exciting! So I just spent half my morning hunting down a copy. I finally found it, and was a huge nerd and had a librarian here at Moravian take my photo with the magazine.

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Updates: No Bible Without the Devil & Rosemont College Reading

My review of Peyton Marshall’s debut novel Goodhouse is up at Los Angeles Review of Books.

Also, Philly-area folks: I’m giving a reading alongside Julianna Baggott tomorrow (Thursday, October 9th) at 7:30pm at Rosemont College as a part of the Rosemont College MFA Reading Series. More information, including a link to the event on Facebook, here.

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Updates: Wolf in White Van, Ekphrasis, Readings, Sexual Purity, & Kickstarters

My review of John Darnielle’s debut novel, Wolf in White Van, is up at NPR Books.

I have a new story out with Yalobusha Review, the literary magazine from the MFA program Ole Miss: “Ekphrasis.” It’s a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story, for you adventurous types.

I’ll be reading alongside bestselling author Julianna Baggott on October 9th at Rosemont College. If you’re in the Philly area, stop by and say hi!

I just sold an essay, “A Girl’s Guide to Sexual Purity,” to the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Quarterly Journal.

Lastly, there’s a new speculative anthology in the works, Latino/a Rising, and their Kickstarter is running now! I’ll be contributing to the anthology, and I’ve also donated to the reward tiers. For a $200 pledge, you can get a manuscript critique/consultation from me or a number of other amazing writers. Donate today!

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Updates: io9 & #pitchbitch

K. Tempest Bradford says lovely things about “Please Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead” over at io9:

This story is a reprint from the anthology Help Fund My Robot Army!!! (edited by John Joseph Adams) where all of the stories take the form of crowdfunding pleas. The concept is interesting but I had my doubts about whether or not it could be pulled off without seeming gimmicky. I should have known that Machado’s story would be brilliant and work exactly right, given that she’s already proved her skill at spinning great tales through unconventional story structures.

Also, my interview with Estelle Tang about pitching and writing literary criticism is up at #pitchbitch. Check it out!

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Updates: Granta & Especially Heinous

Two bits of news! First of all, my story “The Husband Stitch” will be appearing online at Granta around Halloween, alongside their fall issue, “Fate.” I absolutely love Granta and am honored and excited to have my work appearing there.

Secondly, over at Huffington Post Books, Arna Bontemps Hemenway calls “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU” one of the “best short stories you’ve never read.”

By turns funny, disturbing, canny, and inventive, this novella takes the form of fictional episode summaries of the famous show (but if the show, as one reader puts it, were directed by David Lynch). Machado, another new voice in American fiction, manages to create an engaging, strange, and wholly original story that draws into conversation sexual violence, popular culture, and our own weird-feeling relationships therein.

Thank you, Arna!