“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?

My Baltimore Book Festival Schedule

I’m going to be at the Baltimore Book Festival, which is Friday, September 25th – Sunday, September 27th in the Inner Harbor. I’m on three panels, and in one reading and one event. I’ll also be hanging around the festival when I don’t have these commitments. Swing by and say hi! Here’s my schedule:

Friday the 25th
2pm Panel: “Blurring the Edges of Genre”
5pm Panel: “When Science Fiction & Fantasy Get Sexy”

Saturday the 26th
6pm Event: “Meet the Authors Party”

Sunday the 27th
1pm Reading: “Short Fiction Spotlight”
2pm Panel: “Short Stories: Why They Rock SF/F”

Updates: AWP, Podcasts, Badass Ladies, Books You Should Buy

First, reprint news! My story “I Bury Myself,” published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 33 this July, is the featured story in their new podcast. You can listen to it in its entirety, and hear it a gorgeous voice, here. Also, my story “Inventory” – my first pro-sale, first published in Strange Horizons in 2012 – has been selected for a new anthology, Grave Predictions: Tales of Mankind’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and Disastrous Destiny, from Dover Publications. I’ll be there alongside Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.

Second, some new work. I have two reviews out at NPR this month: one for Adrienne Celt’s The Daughters, and one for Angélica Gorodischer’s Prodigies. They’re both amazing – check them out!

Next, some lovely kindnesses: My short story “Descent” is on a list of early-2015 short fiction favorites from Ladybusiness, and Sarah McCarry names me as a badass lady you should know.

Also! I am going to be on two panels at AWP 2016:”In the Realms of the Real & Unreal” with Alice Kim, Sofia Samatar, and Kelly Link, and moderated by Katharine Beutner; and “In Case You Think You Don’t Belong Here: Imposter Syndrome and AWP” with Aubrey Hirsch, Jessie Carty, and Samantha Dunn, and moderated by Margaret LaFleur.

Last, but certainly not least: I have a bunch of wildly talented writer friends, and one of them in Tony Tulathimutte. His novel Private Citizens, which I read giant swaths of throughout our time at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is coming out in February, and is now available for pre-order. This book is brilliant and funny and heartbreaking, and you need to get on that train, like, now.

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.

My Campbell Award Eligibility & Recommendations

I made an awards eligibility post a few weeks ago, but it occurs to me that I should make one specifically for the Campbell, since it covers two years’ worth of work.

I am in my second qualifying year for the Campbell Award. My first professional sale was to Strange Horizons, for “Inventory,” which was published in January 2013. Since then, I’ve published 19 short stories in a mix of genre/non-genre magazines.

Last year, I included my three favorite stories from 2013 in the Campbell anthology.

(I also published one other genre story that wasn’t included in the anthology: “Real Women Have Bodies” at FiveChapters.)

In her NPR review of the 2013 Campbell anthology, K. Tempest Bradford recommended me for nomination, writing:

Carmen Maria Machado’s stories build and build until they surround and ensnare, and at the end you’re always glad to be all tangled up. My favorite, “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU,” defies explanation. Call it postmodern, or fan fiction, or Lovecraft meets Dick Wolf — all labels fall short of capturing the essence of this story.

This year, the 2014 Campbell anthology will include:

  • “California Statutes Concerning Defrauding an Innkeeper” / AGNI
  • Mothers” / Interfictions
  • The Husband Stitch” / Granta (recently selected for inclusion in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2)

In addition to these stories, I published three other speculative stories, including:

When it comes to my personal ballot, here are the other writers on my shortlist: