Guest on Tonight’s Lovecraft Ezine Chat!

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“Selena Chambers Delivers Sharp Prose in Calls for Submission” was written by Acep Hale, and ran on Lovecraft eZine on June 8.

I am excited to be on tonight’s Lovecraft Ezine Chat where I’ll be joining Mike Davis, Acep Hale, and crew to discuss my short story collection, Calls for Submission, and all the dark, sundry things within.

If you’d like to tune in LIVE you can do so here at 6 pm EST:  https://youtu.be/9GtcQ-Vsw14. But if you can’t catch it (because like, you are at HPLFF), you can always catch it later on in the week. There will be a podcast version available too, which I will post once I have the relevant linky links.

Signal Boosts: Steampunk Universe, Pseudopod, and Tiki cryptids

There are a few Kickstarters underway that I wanted to share–a little something for everyone:

7523c5a56c2c302b16ead8ac5545141a_originalSteampunk Universe is the long-anticipated follow-up to Sarah Hans‘ award-winning Steampunk World from Alliteration Ink. Like with World, this anthology is “a diverse steampunk anthology from your favorite award-winning authors featuring disabled and aneurotypical characters.” As far as I know, there isn’t anything like this out there, and I am eager to see what the Universes depicted in each story.

While this Kickstarter was fully funded yesterday, there are still 3 days to go, and we all know more $$$ means a better product as well as better pay for the writers. As the publisher outlined:

OUR GOALS

$6000 – Once we hit this fundraising goal, the project will be able to pay all the creative folks for their work. All authors will get at least the current SFWA professional rate.

$7000 – Once we reach this fundraising goal, it will add value to all backers by adding interior line artwork to half the stories!

$8000 – Once we reach this fundraising goal, it will add value to all backers by adding interior line artwork to (the other) half of the stories!

$9000 – Once we reach this fundraising goal, we will be able to give all the authors a pay increase for their stories!

There are still plenty of great Rewards to grab up, but if you are light on the pockets like yours truly, there are more frugal options as well. Every little bit helps.

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If horror is more your thing:  “Pseudopod, the world’s longest running free short horror fiction podcast, is celebrating its 10th Halloween and wants to raise funds to pay their narrators.”

I’ve been a long-time listener of Pseudopod, and while I have yet to crack their market, I have enjoyed their cinematic readings of some of my favorite writers like Thomas Ligotti and Orrin Grey, who has written an essay about the experience here. The goal is about $30,000, which sounds high, but this is actually to ensure professional payment for their narrators for the next several years. In other words, these funds go to ensuring the stability needed to continue to hire and create quality podcasts like they do.

As Rewards go–they’ve got some doozies like the Tiki Pseudopod Tower mugs designed by Horror in Clay:

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Currently, the Pseudopod Kickstarter is a little over half way funded, with 19 days left to go. For more information about Rewards and intentions, visit here.

And speaking of Tiki…

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Holy crap, would you look at Crazy Al Evans‘ Big Sea Serpent!!!!!  Can one be in love with a ceramic mug set? What will society think?

This Kickstarter has been fully funded with 28 more days to go. It is hella expensive compared to the others I have shared, and more than likely I won’t be able to participate because I have a black hole budget, but this is something worth sharing, and the images of process and inspiration make for wonderful virtual window shopping.

Foxhound Favorites: Video Game Music Radio

Foxhound FavoritesI am highly influenced and inspired by my friends. Over my life I have connected with a lot of awe-inducing geniuses, and I try to celebrate them as much as I can. It gets hard, of course, because as we get older, we all move away and shift focus, and evolve in our lives, but even then there are people who can swoop in for a lunch or a drink, pick-up where you left off a few years ago, and enrich your life with their own, and hopefully vice versa. One of those friends is Brendan McLeod.

Brendan, my husband, and I became friends in college, and from the first time I’ve met him I have always been impressed with his optimism, will, and drive to keep owning. He is in the Video Game designing biz, and is a huge advocate of the culture around it, including its music. Last time he was in town, he told me he’d started a radio show podcast called Foxhound Favorites that celebrates a scene I was unaware of…musicians and bands and DJs remixing and covering and bringing to the forefront the video game scores that have always played in the background.

Every Thursday, Brendan a/k/a Fox, and his dog Pullo a/k/a Hound design a playlist based on a hand-picked and annotated theme from this community, most recently: Mega Man X.

I dabble in gaming. Right now, I am at an impasse with it because I failed a case in L.A. Noire and I’m pretty pissed about it. Apparently after thirty-years on this Earth, its taken a video game to tell me I don’t read people well and am pretty gullible. Thanks for the life assessment, Rockstar Games. Anyway, I tend to favor first-person shooter/mission games like Grand Theft Auto 5000 and Fallout 3, games that don’t necessarily have original scores. I have had Nintendo days and Sega days here and there, but I wouldn’t say I was an expert on any of it, so with all that I was pretty sure I wouldn’t recognize anything on Foxhound Favorites.

Curious, I tuned in and had so much fun listening that I started sweeping through the archive. I was really surprised by what I did recognize. First, scores in games I had played but never payed attention too like Silent Hill and Castlevania; then, games I’ve never played but somehow have become part of my collective consciousness like Mega Man and Chrono Trigger. Sensations were nostalgia, wonder, and the occasional “awwww, that’s my jam!” It was really nice experiencing the range without the visual distracting the ears, if that makes sense. Also, there is some real talent here. Who thought trills in Mega Man would translate into some Jimi Hendrix lightening-shreds? I also found it’s pretty fun stuff to work to. In fact, I’m listening to the 2014 Greatest Hits as I draft this. This episode is pretty great, and is among my favorite episodes that include Halloween and Castles.

If you are a dabbler like me, or a hard-core gamer, or just like pop-cultural allusions, you definitely should check out FOXHOUND FAVORITES’ archives and catch new episodes every Thursday.