Calls for Submissions is 6 months old!

I just realized this morning that CALLS FOR SUBMISSION has been out in the world for six months! It’s been a really great experience and I want to thank everyone who bought the book, bore with me during promotions, took the time to read it, review it and blurb it, and championed it either on your social media or through interviews and publications. I also want to thank my publisher/editor Mark Givens and Pelekinesis for midwifing and delivering this strange baby into the world with me. As I wrote in my announcement last May, none of this would have happened without all of you!

If you missed it and are like “Whaaaa? You had a book come out this year?” Check it:

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#Holiday tip: CALLS FOR SUBMISSION would make a great Yuletime gift for that gothy, weird, Lydia Deets-like cousin who is always reading by the fire rather than watching football and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE with the rest of the fam.

The past six months have been a great journey. This was a minimal travel year for me, but I had a fabulous event at Tallahassee’s new independent bookstore, Midtown Reader (I was also honored to help them celebrate their first anniversary last weekend) and I’ve been doing several literary events around my hometown which have lead to new friends and a greater understanding of my community. I also got to present my thoughts on Hemingway and Horror in Key West during Papa’s annual summer celebration.

I’ve done several interviews with great readers, writers, and critics who helped me access and rethink a lot of what I have done and what I want to do in the future with my writing. I also was afforded some important publishing opportunities that allowed me to see my byline at some of my favorite literary publications and spaces. If you’d like to see where these various avenues took me, including at Literary Hub, Electric Literature, and Largehearted Boy, check out my #CFSBOOK round-up page here.

So, yeah, she’s growing up quite nicely.

If you have been wanting to read the book but just haven’t had the opportunity to, there are a few giveaways happening. The first is with THE OUTER DARK, where Scott Nicolay and I plotted a fun puzzle for Poe/Shelley fans to solve, and when my concluding Leonora Carrington article runs on Weird Fiction Review.com, there will be a combo giveaway there along with Carrington’s DOWN BELOW.

And if you’ve read the book and would like to help me out even more, I have one request: Spread the Word. Tell me what you thought or give me a shout out on Twitter or Instagram, tell your GoodReads community or blog readers what you thought, or shout it from the mountain top that is Amazon!

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Note to the Note: I still have some ARCs and would love to see CALLS FOR SUBMISSION receive more reviews. If you are a book blogger or reviewer, please drop me a line at LeFilleHST@gmail.com and I’ll hook you up.

 

Leonora Carrington’s Centennial & Some Giveaways at WeirdFictionReview.com

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WeirdFictionReview.com is having a Leonora Carrington giveaway! To enter, email your mailing address to weirdfictionreview@gmail.com with the subject of “Carrington” by October 31st. US residents only. Winners will also receive an ARC of my collection, CALLS FOR SUBMISSION.

For the past few months, I’ve been living in the bizarre and exquisite surreal world of Leonora Carrington. This year is her centennial, and the publishing world celebrated by bringing most of her writing back into print!

Dorothy, a publishing project published THE COMPLETE STORIES OF LEONORA CARRINGTON in the US, while Silver Press launched their new feminist press in the UK with THE DEBUTANTE AND OTHER STORIES.

Sequentially, New York Review of Books Classics released Carrington’s novella DOWN BELOW and a children’s book MILK OF DREAMS. Virago books published the first proper and authorized biography, THE SURREAL LIFE OF LEONORA CARRINGTON by Joanna Moorhead.

And I’ve been celebrating this wonderful comeback with my read-along, “Hyenas, Horses, and Rabbits, Oh My!” of all the above with WeirdFictionReview.com, and several GIVEAWAYS! Each giveaway will feature one of the Carrington books discussed, plus an ARC of my debut collection, CALLS FOR SUBMISSION.

We started with Part 2, where Craig from Indiana was the lucky winner of a copy of MILK OF DREAMS.

Our next giveaway began today to commemorate the conclusion of reading THE COMPLETE STORIES OF LEONORA CARRINGTON for Part 3, which you can read here.

To enter the giveaway, email your mailing address to weirdfictionreview@gmail.com with the subject of “Carrington” by October 31st. US residents only. Winner will receive a copy of THE COMPLETE STORIES OF LEONORA CARRINGTON from Dorothy, a publishing project, and also receive a signed ARC of CALLS FOR SUBMISSION.

Appearances: Book Release Party at Midtown Reader

Hey Tallahassee! Wanna party? Then come join me this Friday, June 16th at Midtown Reader to celebrate the release of my debut collection Calls For Submission!

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Midtown Reader is delighted to be hosting Selena Chambers to read from, discuss. and sign copies of her debut collection, Calls for Submission, this Friday, June 16th, from 5:30 to 7 pm. Details here.

From 5:30 pm to 7 pm, I will be reading from and discussing the book, as well as signing copies. There will be some fun Selena/Pelekinesis swag-bag giveaways, cupcakes and other refreshments, and the glorious atmosphere of one my favorite places in Tally.

This event is Free and open to the public.

It’s a real honor to get to celebrate this occasion at Midtown Reader and in my hometown. Thank you all for the support, and I hope you all will come by! It should be a pretty great weird time.

Calls for Submission Book Release Party is Friday, June 16th, from 5:30 to 7 pm at Midtown Reader. Midtown Reader is located at 1123 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32303. For further details, please check out the event page here.

 

The Curse of Frankenstein, Updates, and Other Frankenphilia

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Wandering Spirits: Traveling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Tallhat Press) now available for purchase at Amazon.

Last Thursday, my good friend, vintage movie expert, bomb writer, and teratologist Orrin Grey inducted me into the wiles of the Hammer Frankenstein films. I’ve never seen them, and so what a better way to celebrate #Frankenstein200 than live-tweeting the experience. It was loads of fun, and we storified the experience here.

In addition to celebrating the Villa Diodati bicentennial, we were also marking a few other related events:

The release of Orrin’s first non-fiction collection, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT, which collects over five years worth of his regular vintage horror flick column, VAULT OF SECRETS, that runs over at INNSMOUTH FREE PRESS. And speaking of, his latest column there delves into more territory with a look at IT! (1967). Check it out here.

Word Horde did a cover reveal of its Frankenstein tribute anthology, ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN, out in October, and boy, it is a beauty!

And, of course, my own little chapbook from Tallhat Press, WANDERING SPIRITS, which has been doing really well since its release last week. In the past few days, it premiered as #1 New Release in its category, even hit #5 at one point, has been spotted in the wild via book pics, become the focus of a really fun giveaway at the Frankenstein200 Facebook page, and has garnered five stars in its first review!  I am really excited about the response it has been getting, and I know it wouldn’t have been done without the help of friends and colleagues who have helped spread the information, and to the readers who shelled out to buy this book. To each and every one of you:  Thank you!

THE NEW GOTHIC Giveaway: On Nirvana and the Gothic

THE NEW GOTHIC among all my Nirvana swag from the Tallahassee concert in 1993. Took those photos in the corner with a really crappy $10 camera from Kmart. Oh, the 90s.
THE NEW GOTHIC among all my Nirvana swag from the Tallahassee concert in 1993. Took those photos in the corner with a really crappy $10 camera from Kmart. Oh, the 90s.

So, this week is a big week for Nirvana fans. Today marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death and on April 10, the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I don’t know if y’all realize, but I’m really into Nirvana. IN UTERO came out just in time for me to throw my twelfth birthday money at it. It, along with BABES IN TOYLAND’s PAINKILLERS and Hole’s PRETTY ON THE INSIDE and later LIVE THROUGH THIS, was one of those albums that changed my life in the way that only music and books and arts can do. Nirvana even came to my town with the Breeders in December ’93, and being at that concert is pretty much on my list of life achievements.

Anyway, as has been mentioned here before, I wrote a short story with my inimitable friend Jesse Bullington that is in Stone Skin Press’ THE NEW GOTHIC: DON’T EMBRACE THE DARKNESS. FEAR IT.  Edited by Beth Lewis, this anthology reassess the Gothic legacy, and as critic Ed Grabianowski put it in a glowing review over at i09:

“I’m not too worried about whether this collection redefines the field. What I can tell you is that editor Beth K. Lewis and the team at Stone Skin Press have selected a terrific set of stories. They hang together, despite disparate elements; each tale hints at the darkness lurking in urban neighborhoods, in old houses, on desolate roads, and in our hearts. Cue Vincent Price’s menacing laugh echoing down a black corridor. There are no castles here, but there’s no sympathy for the devil either.”

Sounds pretty hardcore, right?

The story Jesse and I wrote is called “Dive In Me,” and is about three adolescent girls in the early 90s and their friendship that leads to staring into atramedous pits of both the literal and figurative senses.  Jesse has described it as “Daria goes to Hell,” and I’ve called it a “grunge-nightmare.” It is definitely a period piece, and that hasn’t been more apparent to me than today, on the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, in which I am definitely feeling kind of bored and old.

The title, of course, refers to my personal favorite Nirvana song “Dive,” which is on Incesticide, and provides something of the “soundtrack” to the ramblings, froggings, and chain smoking antics of the girls in this story.  As a Nirvana fan, I didn’t really want to do anything celebrating death or hype or whatever, I kind of wanted to celebrate how expression can lead to other forms of expression, and so because of the connection with “Dive In Me,” I thought it’d be fun to do a THE NEW GOTHIC giveaway during this big   Nirvana week.

Stone Skin Press is throwing in two copies to my one for a three book giveaway! Deets below.

THE RULES:  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post about either Nirvana or the Gothic–it is entirely up to you. Comments will be open from now until April 10 at 12 EST.  I will choose the best three comments and announce the winners Friday, April 11th at 8 am EST.

I do have one tiny request. The kind i09 review aside, THE NEW GOTHIC hasn’t had many reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, etc.  Obviously, it’s a free country, but if the winners of this contest would be so kind as to give their thoughts, even if you hate it, at some bookish reviewer thing, even if it is your blog, that would be lovely.

Alright. Well, let’s dive in then….