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, 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?

“A Girl’s Guide to Sexual Purity” is now online!

My essay “A Girl’s Guide to Sexual Purity,” which ran in print in the Los Angeles Quarterly Review last fall, is now online at Los Angeles Review of Books. It feels good (and intense and strange and scary and weird and wonderful all at the same time) to have it out in the world. A special thank you to my editor, Michelle Huneven, who walked me through every step of revising this essay.

“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.

“Descent” in Nightmare Magazine

Nightmare Magazine February 2015My brand-new story “Descent” is in the February issue of Nightmare Magazine! The issue also includes short stories by Karen Munro, Halli Villegas, and Brian Evenson, and an interview with Chuck Palahniuk. Subscribers can read it now; it’ll be online on 2/18. Enjoy!

(You can subscribe or buy individual issues here.)

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, or b&, 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.

Announcements & Links

First of all, I am excited to announce that my story “Please Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead” will be appearing in the John Joseph Adams anthology Help Fund My Robot Army & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects. The anthology will drop in July. Get ready! It’s gonna be amazing.

Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine recommends my Lightspeed story “Observations About Eggs from the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.” She writes that “[eggs] as cosmic metaphor and pickup line [is an] unusual and original premise.”

In a round-up about the “best stories [he’s] been making time for,” Matt Bennardo recommends and also does a close reading of “Observations About Eggs…” that makes my heart sing.

In an interview with Short Story Review, Rachel Swirsky reiterates her love for “Inventory.”

In “something you need to watch today” news, I recently stumbled across this amazing clip of David Lynch explaining where his ideas come from. His observations and advice are invaluable for any creative person.



Links & Updates: The New Yorker, Hugos, & Sofia Samatar

A few links & updates:

First of all, can we talk for a second about Sofia Samatar, y’all? She’s one of my favorite up-and-comers in the fiction world and everything of hers just takes my breath away. If you haven’t obsessively read everything she’s written, do, and then go read her newest story “How to Get Back to the Forest,” which is in the newest issue of Lightspeed.

On my end: I have a new piece up at The New Yorker–“The Boy Scouts’ Image Problem“–and Abigail Nussbaum has recommended two of my stories–“Inventory” and “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU”–for short story and novella Hugos, respectively. Thanks, Abigail!