“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 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!

“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.

“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!

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: