“Horror Story” in Granta; Interview at Electric Literature

An end-of-October update:CSkLhdAWEAAgDLx

I have a brand-new story up at Granta, just in time for Halloween! You can read “Horror Story” here.

There’s also a wonderful interview with me over at Electric Literature, published last week. There, Rebekah Bergman talks to me about sex, horror, formal constraints, fantasy, gender, and the apocalypse.

Also, speaking of Halloween: I just found out that last year’s Halloween story of mine at Granta (is this a thing now?), “The Husband Stitch,” received a Special Mention in 2016 Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses. So exciting!

Happy Halloween, all.

Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015

BASFF-2015Exciting news! Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015, the first of its kind, dropped yesterday. It’s a spectacular anthology, edited by John Joseph Adams and Joe Hill (you can read his wonderful introduction here), and full of established and up-and-coming writers writing literary non-realism.

And, it just so happens to include my story “Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead,” which originally appeared in Help Fund My Robot Army!!! & Other Improbably Crowdfunding Projects, and was reprinted at Lightspeed.

Over at Tor.com, Martin Cahill has this to say:

Some of the strongest stories in this collection are the ones that perfectly meld the unsettling nature of science fiction and fantasy, with the beating human heart of our own experience. Carmen Maria Machado’s Kickstarter-inspired short story, “Help Me Follow My Sister Into The Land of the Dead,” is heartbreaking and inventive, as it utilizes the format of the crowdfunding website to delve into the relationships of two estranged sisters, and has an ending like a gut punch.

11225468_10101119494256405_1077508257569709999_oI’m unbelievably proud to be appearing in these pages with so many writers I admire, including Sam J. Miller, Kelly Link, Karen Russell, and Sofia Samatar.

So head to your local brick-and-mortar or an internet retailer and pick up a copy of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015. You won’t regret it, I promise.

And if you’re in or around New York City, I’ll be at a panel/signing/Q&A with Joe Hill at Forbidden Planet on November 9th, and a reading with Seanan McGuire as a part of the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series on November 10th, both to celebrate the release of BASFFSee you there?

An Illustration for “Especially Heinous”

 

Of all the characters I’ve ever written, the girls-with-bells-for-eyes from “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU” are some of my favorite. Apparently, they also struck a chord with (the inimitable) E.G. Cosh, who drew this gorgeous illustration. Isn’t it amazing? I’m especially wild about the distortion, which to me suggests that Benson has just woken up to this scene. I love it. I love it SO MUCH.

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Best American SF&F 2015, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and The Rumpus

Three bits of news!

First, a story of mine (the title of which is currently top-secret!) is going to be in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015, edited by Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams. The lineup in this anthology is sort of unreal; I’m going to in be there alongside Karen Russell, Kelly Link, Sofia Samatar, Nathan Ballingrud, Sam J. Miller, T.C. Boyle, Neil Gaiman… I’m so excited.

Next, I have a new story, “I Bury Myself,” in the newest issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet! You can order a hard- or e-copy at the link. Here’s an excerpt from the beginning:

Here is what you do when you need to choose the end.
First, find a person who knows your body, and fuck them for three days.
Then, drive to a meadow, where there is so much life.
There, dig a hole long enough and wide enough for your body to fit.
Next, climb in.
Then, wait…

Last, there’s a lovely essay about Angela Carter and the writers she influenced over at The Rumpus, and Claire Burgess takes a minute to talk about my story “The Husband Stitch.” “Like [Angela] Carter before her,” she writes, “Machado combines humor and horror to an evocative and disturbing effect.” Thanks, Claire!

Guest-Editing Interfictions & How to Submit

As you may have seen on Twitter, Sam J. Miller and I will be guest-editing the next two issues of Interfictions. The fiction submission window for our fall issue is going to be August 15th – 31st. Spread the word! And when the window opens, send us your weird, your beautiful, your impossible-to-categorize stories.

The Shirley Jackson Awards & Love from The Toast

Two bits of wonderful news from yesterday!

First, there was a lovely write-up about my fiction in The Toast/The Butter yesterday: “This Writer’s on Fire: Carmen Maria Machado.”

“Machado tells the stories that are hidden just beneath the stories you think you know. The stories you’ve been waiting for without knowing it…She reveals new shapes, new forms, what’s been hidden right there all along: pain, joy, pleasure, horror.” — Melissa Moorer

Second, my story “The Husband Stitch” was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award. The award was established in 2007 for “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.” I’m a huge Shirley Jackson fan, so I’m really, really honored to have been nominated.

“O Adjunct! My Adjunct!” & Fairy Tale Review

My essay “O Adjunct! My Adjunct!” – about the adjunct instructor who changed my life, and why that’s so complicated – is out at The New Yorker. (It actually came out last week, but I’ve been traveling.) I spoke about the adjunct issue on KCUR’s Central Standard this morning.

Also, a story sale! My story “The Old Women Who Were Skinned” will be in the The Ochre Issue of Fairy Tale Review next spring. I’m a longtime fan of Fairy Tale Review, so I’m really excited about this news.