“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.

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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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”

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.

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet & Watchlist

Some updates!

First, my story “I Bury Myself” will be appearing in the next issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Second, my micro-essay about my Watchlist anthology story “Transcription of an Eye” appeared at The Quivering Pen. And on a related note, Watchlist goes on sale this week! I’ll be in New York City on May 27th for its reading/launch party at Babycastles.

Third, Joshua Johnson is did a very smart, thoughtful write-up of three of my stories over at his blog for his Three-a-Week series: “Descent,” “Mothers,” and “Especially Heinous.” Thanks, Joshua!

“Descent” at Nightmare, Kelly Link Essay at LARB

Two updates! First, my story “Descent,” which appeared in this month’s Nightmare Magazine, is now available to read online.

Second, my essay on Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble, unfilmable stories, short fiction, first sentences, and literary obsessions is up at Los Angeles Review of Books.