Between the release of Wandering Spirits: Traveling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the World Fantasy Award nomination, I’ve noticed a bit more traffic here, which means a few more people other than my best friend and mother may be curious who Selena Chambers is and what she’s all about. So, without a further ado, let me introduce myself…
I have been writing professionally for about twelve years now. You name the type of writing, and I’ve probably done it. Journalism? Yes. Fashion copywriting? Oh, yeah. Travel writing? Check. Editing? Check. Eulogy writing? Oddly, yes. Prize-winning fiction? Eh…well, some of my fiction has been nominated for things…”Of Parallel and Parcel” was nominated for a Pushcart, and just a few weeks ago my latest story, “The Neurastheniac” was named a World Fantasy Award finalist.
My non-fiction has garnered some laurels as well. My travelogue Wandering Spirits: Traveling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was nominated for a Best of the Net award by the editors of the Non-Binary Review, where the series appeared, for the first time as a whole, in their Frankenstein issue. You can download that issue for free here. My first book, The Steampunk Bible, was co-written with Jeff Vandermeer and was nominated for a Hugo and World Fantasy award, and won the Steampunk Chronicle’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Award.
Now, you may be scratching your head and asking: “I thought some guy named S. J. Chambers was attached to that.” It’s true, but that guy was me. Up until Spring 2015, I was publishing as S. J. Chambers, but decided to drop my initials for reasons I wrote about here.
While I love exploring other forms of writing, fiction has been and always will be my true passion. I prefer to write about the “asterisks” of history, as Mina Loy wrote in her “Library of the Sphinx” essay. I am very interested in the women that have been resigned to be footnotes in history, and I have slowly been working on a mythos of sorts that involves a secret society of these forgotten maidens, The Bas Bleu. They appear in some shape or form in several of my stories, including “The Neurastheniac,” and occupy most of my current fictional endeavors. Other stories they appear in include “Remnants of Lost Empires” (The Starry Wisdom Library) and “The Veils of Sanctuary” (Sisterhood, forthcoming).
Most of my stories appear in anthologies, but there are a few stories out on the internet available for free:
“Of Parallel and Parcel” is a portrait of Virginia Cleem before she became Virginia Poe. It was first published on Mungbeing magazine, Issue #30 : Secrets.
“The Şehrazatın Diyoraması Tour” is an anti-Orientalist, steampunk tale set in Constantinople, and is available at the new literary magazine WORDS over at Hex Publishing.
On the non-fiction front, I am currently leading a Mary Shelley read along over at Pornokitsch.
Information about my other previous work can be found in my somewhat updated bibliography here.
My current projects include:
A newly annotated and illustrated special, limited bicentennial edition of Wandering Spirits: Traveling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, published by Tallhat Press and available for purchase at Amazon. Fine Books and Collectibles magazine just ran an interview with me on their blog about the project.
“The Last Session: or, the facts in the case of Clarissa Collyer“ is a limited edition chapbook from Dunhams Manor Press. The copy reads: “Clarissa Collyer is having problems growing up. Among the usual teenage problems of identity and independence, she also has to care for her mother, whose soul is stuck in her cancer-ridden body. A modern riffing on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” this weird bildungsroman tale from Selena Chambers frays the threads between cutting the mortal coil and the umbilical cord.”
Mechanical Animals is a crossed-genre anthology looking at the history, trend, and relevance of biomimicry. I am co-editing it with the awesome, Hugo-award winning Jason Heller, and it will be published through Hex Publishing.
I have a few other things in the wings, but they have to remain vaguebook for now.
Other than all that, I am a Lit-Nerd, Francophile, Bibliophile, and dromomaniac. In addition to writing, I love listening to music, analyzing art, dancing the charleston and shimmy, mixing cocktails (possibly related to the first thing), playing my telecaster, playing Fallout, sauntering in the woods, swimming in the ocean, cloud gazing, and traveling to various literary shrines to pay pilgrimage to my betters. When I’m not doing any of that, I’m hanging out with my Boy and my cat.
Phew. Well, that’ll do it for starters. If you’d like to introduce yourself in the comments, please say hi, and if you’d rather lurk around, I invite you to sign up for this page for updates and news of those vaguebook things I alluded to earlier. You can also keep up with me at Facebook or at Twitter: @basbleuzombie.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope some of this was informative and you’ll come back soon!