“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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“The Husband Stitch” has been nominated for a Nebula Award!

nebulaHere’s some awesome news that I’ve been sitting on all week: my story “The Husband Stitch,” originally published in Granta, has been nominated for a Nebula Award.

Congrats to all the other nominees, including Rachel Swirsky, Mary Rickert, Richard Bowes, Kai Ashante Wilson, Aliette de Bodard, Matthew Kressel, Usman T. Malik, Sarah Pinsker, Alyssa Wong, and especially my beloved Sam J. Miller, who went to Clarion with me and is delightful and talented and amazing and I am incredibly honored to be next to him on the novelette ballot. I can’t wait to see the results in June!

“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.

Franz Kafka Award in Magic Realism & Tor.com mention

A few small updates:

Sabrina Vourvoulias wrote a lovely bit about me (and dozens of other incredible writers) in “Putting the I in Speculative: Looking at U.S. Latino/a Writers and Stories” at Tor.com. Thank you, Sabrina!

Also, I found out this weekend that my story “Mothers” is a finalist (and still in the running) for the Franz Kafka Award in Magic Realism.

Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2 Cover & ToC

Editors Michael Kelly and Kathe Koja have just released the complete Table of Contents & the cover for Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2. I’m so excited to be in such good company!

  • YBWF-2“The Atlas of Hell” by Nathan Ballingrud
  • “Wendigo Nights” by Siobhan Carroll
  • “Headache” by Julio Cortázar. English-language translation by Michael Cisco
  • “Loving Armageddon” by Amanda C. Davis
  • “The Earth and Everything Under” by K.M. Ferebee
  • “Nanny Anne and the Christmas Story” by Karen Joy Fowler
  • “The Girls Who Go Below” by Cat Hellisen
  • “Nine” by Kima Jones
  • “Bus Fare” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • “The Air We Breathe Is Stormy, Stormy” by Rich Larson
  • “The Husband Stitch” by Carmen Maria Machado
  • “Observations About Eggs From the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa” by Carmen Maria Machado
  • “Resurrection Points” by Usman T. Malik
  • “Exit Through the Gift Shop” by Nick Mamatas
  • “So Sharp That Blood Must Flow” by Sunny Moraine
  • “A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “Migration” by Karin Tidbeck
  • “Hidden in the Alphabet” by Charles Wilkinson
  • “A Cup of Salt Tears” by Isabel Yap

Year’s Best Weird Fiction & storySouth Million Writers Award

Some great news to kick off 2015: