Selena Chambers

I imbibe words and consume past minds. As a result, I often awake next to strange sentences and forgotten meanings. I am the Bas Bleu Zombie.

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“On display in Calls for Submission is an artist unafraid to ride the stylistic merry-go-round, because her core is adamant.”  —Molly Tanzer, in the Introduction to Calls for Submission.

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Praise for Calls for Submission:

“Selena Chambers is a rare visionary who is able to illuminate the poetry that lurks at the heart of the macabre. Her sumptuous prose and boundless imagination conjure a blazing pyre of souls, eras, worlds. I am in awe of her talent.” — Richard Gavin, author of Sylvan Dread.

“Chambers uses the power and versatility of short fiction to full effect, combining acute literary sensibilities with a mastery of weird fiction techniques, surrealism, and raw, heartbreaking horror.” —This is Horror

“Combining a welcome scholarly bent with a punk rock attitude, Selena Chambers pens tales as fresh as they are fierce. From suicidal Beat poets to alt-historical travelogues to a modern take on Poe’s “M. Valdemar” (complete with rock bands), the stories in this brilliantly-titled debut may vary in tone, setting, and form, but they all share one thing in common: the unmistakable timbre of a resonant new voice in weird literature.”– Orrin Grey, author of Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beasts

“The variety of stories within Calls for Submission are a breath of fresh air. They can also be used effectively to subvert your expectations and pull the rug out from under you.” —Lovecraft E-Zine

“I have always loved the richness of Selena Chambers’ writing, and that richness is made even more apparent when her stories are gathered together in her collection, Calls for Submission. These stories are full of elegance and strangeness, written with a fierce intelligence that will haunt you. It’s an excellent collection.” — Kat Howard, author of Roses and Rot.

“If you’re in the mood for something gothic, something both lovely and grotesque, this debut story collection from Pushcart Award-nominated Selena Chambers will envelope you in a bone-deep autumn chill. Most of the stories compiled here were written for themed anthologies—the title Calls for Submission alludes to that—but no matter the market, Chambers’ artful prose and her personal obsessions ring consistent and clear.” —Tor.com

“Reading Selena Chambers’ fiction has the same unsettling sensation as walking into the waters of what you think is low tide—the sand is beneath your feet, the waters are warm and beautiful, all seems as a dream; and only when you have been lulled beyond the point of no return do you realize that you have stepped off into the deep, into a world stranger and more cruel and wondrous than you thought you’d been bargaining for. These are masterful and powerfully emotional stories that will lure you, enchant you, overwhelm you, and leave you gasping for air, and for more.” –Livia Llewellyn, author of Furnace and Engines of Desire.

“Selena Chambers is a genuine spirit medium, and every story is a séance. Few fantasists are as versed in literary history, and none can summon up the decadent past as easily and as entertainingly.”—Nick Mamatas, author of The Last Weekend and I Am Providence.

“Eerie and captivating—blissfully unnerving. Beautiful. Powerful. Selena Chambers is a radiant light among the foremost writers of horror and weird fiction working today. I am in awe of this lady’s talent!”—Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., editor of The Madness of Dr. Caligari.

“Selena Chambers’s collection CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS is a wonderful, irresistible mix of the historical and modern, the literary and fantastic, These stories burst with humor, genuine emotion, wonder, and the dread of those who see the end coming.”–Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock.

“From the dazzling mind of Selena Chambers, we are treated to fifteen provocative stories. Whether in collaboration with other writers, or on her own, her voice shines brightly through each tale.  Although these stories have an underlying darkness within them, they are still gloriously illuminating.”–Ann VanderMeer, co-editor of The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories and Sisters of the Revolution.

“…it’s truly sui generic: elegant, punchy, formally inventive and beautifully written. Think Leonora Caarrington, Borges, Caitlin R. Kieran, and Jennifer Egan, as wild as that sounds.” —Adrian Van Young, author of Shadows in Summerland.

Interviews and Guest Posts

“The Weird World of Selena Chambers,” an interview at Electric Literature

Book Notes — CALLS FOR SUBMISSION playlist at Largehearted Boy

“The Women Surrealists Helping Me Through Our New Political Reality,” guest post for Literary Hub

Mary Robinette Kowell’s My Favorite Bit: Selena Chambers talks about CALLS FOR SUBMISSION

About the Author

Selena Chambers’ fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a variety of venues including MungBeing magazine, Clarkesworld, The Non-Binary Review, Tor.com, Bookslut, and in recent anthologies such as Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipies (and Flash Fiction) For The Discerning Drinker (and Reader) (Skyhorse Publishing), and Cassilda’s Song (Chaosium). Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart, Best of the Net, the Hugo award, and two World Fantasy awards, including one in 2016 for the story “The Neurastheniac,” included in this collection. Writing as S. J. Chambers in 2011, she co-authored the critically-acclaimed and best-selling The Steampunk Bible with Jeff Vandermeer (Abrams Image), but has since eschewed the initials. You can find out more about her work and happenings at www.selenachambers.com or on Twitter at @basbleuzombie.

About the Publisher

Pelekinesis is an independent book publishing company focusing on the development of literary-minded authors and artists by embracing the evolving publishing paradigm and creatively supporting the skills of these talented individuals. Full catalog and press material can be found at http://www.pelekinesis.com

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