New Release: Dunhams Manor Press Presents: The Last Session

Last Session
Contributor copies of The Last Session, now available for purchase at Dynatox Ministries.

I am very happy to announce that my new novelette, The Last Session: or, The Facts in the Case of Clarissa Collyer, is now out and available for purchase. This is my fourth project with Jordan Krall, Dunhams Manor Press, and Dynatox Ministries, and it has been every bit an awesome experience as the last three. As with all DMP chapbooks, this is a limited run, so when they are gone, they’re gone.

A few readers have been posting pics of their copies on Facebook, and that has really been making my days. Thank you so much, and I hope you all enjoy.

Synopsis:

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.

Purchasing details:

$8 + S & H.

Copies can be ordered from:  http://dynatox.storenvy.com/products/15651756-the-last-session-by-selena-chambers-dunhams-manor-weird-fiction.

 

 

io9 reviews THE NEW GOTHIC

io9 reviews THE NEW GOTHIC

io9 ran a great review of Stone Skin Press’ THE NEW GOTHIC, edited by Beth Lewis, and features a grunge-nightmare by Jesse Bullington and me called “Dive In Me.”  The reviewer Ed Grabianowski said this about our tale:

“Things get off to a terrifying start with Jesse Bullington and S.J. Chambers’ “Dive in Me.” It pushes so many horror buttons, from the crushing insecurity of youth to the simple fear of drowning, and it builds to a stunning climax, the kind where you’re sort of breathlessly turning each page as your eyes gradually get wider and wider. This one will stick in my head for a long time.

It’s no insult to say that no other story in the book quite reaches the heights of “Dive in Me,” because it’s that good.”

 

Backward Glances: January summation

January funtimesSome months are quiet, and others are very loud with announcements and such.  In the later case, those are often broadcasted reactively as they happen, and get lost in the shuffle of all the other news-bytes out there.  So, I thought an end of the month summation would be a nice way to compromise the fragmented with the soft and clamorous, of which, January definitely fell into the former.

First, I am writing this during the polar vortex attack on everywhere, including the South.  All day yesterday, people lost their cool as public building closures were gradually announced.  Hysterical hyperboles floated from mouth to mouth faster than the flu, and after Atlanta and the more northern Southern areas were dusted with the white stuff, suddenly, we were in for God knows what—a blizzard?

While it has been drizzling sleet, I am sad to say there is no snow. I’m disappointed. The last time it snowed here was in 1989, unless you count that time in college when I saw one solitary snow flake fall and melt on my hand. Both were rare and magical moments.  Today, just another cloudy and wet wintry day in North Florida. Even so, the gentle tapping of the sleet against the windows have been comforting, the cat wants to cuddle rather than play all day, and if I am good, I’ll get to have a hot toddy with a friend later on.

I know I am not the only one swathed in blankets and nursing hot tea. So what’s everyone else been up too in January? Does the cold have you down? Or does it have you deep in a book or project? What are you all doing to make the best of it?

As for me….

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2013: A Year of Some Stuff

2013 happened. I did some stuff.

I traveled to Denver, CO twice. First as a guest of Anomalycon, which was a really fun experience. I went to Providence, RI and New Bedford.  I went and visited friends in Vancouver, and drove the entire West coast (from Seattle to San Diego) in a week with my husband, and fell more in love with California more than ever.  I spent time with old friends and became acquainted with new ones.  I had a lot of rich experiences, including getting to sit for Henrietta’s Eye in Seattle, which I will post about more extensively soon.

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I wrote a lot more than I did in 2012, and most of it was fiction, which I also sold.  

I had reprints appear in Zombies: Shambling Through The Ages and Planes B.

I sold original stories to The New Gothic (the story there is a collaboration with Jesse Bullington), to the much anticipated Steampunk Worlds (the kickstarter is still monstrous and kicking!), and to the Spanish steampunk anthology Acronos II (I believe this will be Spanish and English, but will update if something changes).

I am an immensely slow writer, especially with the making up of things, so while this looks pithy, this is a huge deal for me, especially considering that, all the above awesomeness aside, 2013 was also a trying year. 

My non-fiction production has wound down a bit, and I’m not sure it will pick up much more this year.  We’ll see.  However, the pieces that were published in 2013 are among some of my favorite I’ve produced in the past ten years.

There was my “Wandering Spirits: Traveling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” series that ran at WeirdFictionReview.com and “Touring Steampunk Paris” which I co-wrote with Arthur Morgan, and photos by Nicolas Meunier.  I also wrote the introduction to Morgan’s Le Guide Steampunk, which he wrote with Etienne Bariller.

And I think that is it for the writing front.

On the reading front, I didn’t keep the usual OCD list of books consumed during the year.  Off the top of my head, I think I read about 15-20 books, a few that stood out to me being (in no particular order):  To Have and Have Not: A Hemingway Drinking Companion by Phillip Greene, Folly of the World by Jesse Bullington, Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier, Short Stories of Mary Shelley, A Pretty Mouth by Molly Tanzer, Love is the Law by Nick Mamatas, and Never Bet the Devil by Orrin Grey.

Looking at that list, immediately I notice it is more dudes than not.  I think that besides Patricia Highsmith, purchasing every damn Sylvia Plath book I could find at Goodwill bookstore Mondays, and my Mary Shelley readings, my overall male reading dominated my female reading last year by about roughly 3:1. 

I’ve never really kept a tally like that, but I watched that Facebook meme about 10 books that stuck with you, or something like that, circulate and became inspired by an awesome comment by author Sarah Hans who suggested that reading more female authors wouldn’t be a bad new year’s resolution for male and female friends alike.  As I align myself with the Bluestockings, believe that I write within a female tradition and about female issues (mostly), and worship the ground of many female authors and auteurs like Mina Loy and Frieda Khalo, my reading of said Bluestockings is actually kind of dismal. 

So, this brings me to the whole 2014 resolution schtick, which is three-fold:  

I want to read AT LEAST 50 books this year, but, the majority of those 50 titles (let’s say 40 out of 50) will be by not only female authors, but those that I have never read before. I also want to blog more (hence this sudden WordPress manifestation), so I will write about the work and the authoresses as a beginning of a series I have always wanted to do but never had the time/nerve/drive/clams/venue to do: The Bas Bleu Zombies (hey, that’s the name of my tumblr!).

Already, I am going to cheat a little with the aforementioned Sylvia Beach books (her Seventeen magazine articles, y’all!) and with Molly Tanzer’s new short story collection Rumbuillion, but I may also read several volumes by the same people if I am really feeling their oeuvre. Yeah, yeah, yeah—but warnings like that aside, I will try to go beyond my usual goddesses and post here about them as regularly as possible.

I also encourage everyone to join me.  While I can’t commit to a proper book club, I can try to anticipate what I will be reading next, and am also always open to recommendations and discussion.

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So, to start off, I will be reading THE DUD AVOCADO by Elaine Dundy.  I am picking this selection because I impulse bought it at a Goodwill book sale, and my friend (who has the best taste in books) is in love with it so much she ordered it a few days after borrowing it from me. So, that’s a pretty good endorsement…

 So I will see everyone in about 200 pages. Meanwhile, Happy New Year’s, may 2014 be filled with wonder and glory for you all.