Appearance: The 2019 Outer Dark Symposium–Atlanta, Georgia

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 5.28.45 PMI am pleased as punch to announce that I will be a guest at this year’s OUTER DARK SYMPOSIUM in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s been an evolving and wonderful conference, with each year outdoing the other, and I was sorry to have missed last year in CA. I was honored to be at the first one, and looking forward to reconnecting to old friends, and making new ones. Will I see you there?

What is especially exciting this year is this: “This year we’re beyond excited to welcome our largest line-up yet, 40 of the most dynamic authors, editors, artists, publishers, and scholars in Weird fiction today. As with The Outer Dark podcast, our goal is to foster conversation and community among a diverse slate of program participants–inclusive, safe and welcoming to women, LBGTQ+, and writers of color. Returning to Atlanta allows us again to involve SOBSF/BlacktastiCon organizers Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade. And sponsor support from Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s Innsmouth Free Press is helping us bring World Fantasy Award-nominated Mexican author Gabriela Damián Miravete.” (This is a huge deal. Don’t believe me, here are some of her stories online here and here.)

In order to fund this conference, Scott Nicolay, Anya Martin, and Melanie Crew are holding an Indiegogo with some pretty insane perks–signed Hellraiser memorabilia, rare and out-offprint chapbooks, and bundles by your favorite Weird authors. (They also make an amazing program book, with exclusive art and such. When I went in 2015, Yves Tourigny illustrated my piece on Leonora Carrington’s “Down, Down, Down.” This year it features original cover art by Liv-Rainey Smith!

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I was happy to donate a few books and some services: currently, there are a few copies of my first Dunhams Manor Press limited-edition chapbook, Of Parallel and Parcel, which was sold out in 2014, and has a run of 50 copies. You can also get this chapbook in a bundle with an ARC of my short story collection, CALLS FOR SUBMISSION. All signed and personalized!

I’m also offering some Tarot reading services. Tarot has become an important creative tool for me, and I love sharing its power with friends and colleagues, so I’m doing two kind of readings for Outer Dark fans and supporters. For $25, you can get a personalized email reading with images, or for $50, you can get a 60-min Skype session with me, plus follow-up email with a write-up and images.

Of course, I know there are other things needing your money, but if you had just $5 to spare in support, that would be of great help and will get you some swag and a shout-out in the program book.

If you are unfamiliar with THE OUTER DARK, here is more info quoted from their Indiegogo page:

“The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird is the world’s only conference focusing on contemporary Weird fiction, film and art. The third annual symposium will gather more than 40 writers, artists, filmmakers & editors on March 22 and 23, 2019 at Silver Scream FX Lab and Hotel Indigo-College Park in Atlanta, GA. Hear all the readings and panels on The Outer Dark podcast, which airs on This Is Horror, reaching thousands of listeners who are readers of Weird and speculative fiction.

“GUESTS/PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS: Mike Allen, Gregory Norman Bossert, David Bowles, Jesse Bullington, Nadia Bulkin, Selena Chambers, Gerald Coleman, Nancy A. Collins, Milton Davis, Kristi DeMeester, Kurt Fawver, John Foster, Chris Gavaler, Fiona Maeve Geist, Craig Laurance Gidney, Larissa Glasser, Orrin Grey, Edward Austin Hall, Lynne Hansen, Brian Kirk, Gwendolyn Kiste, Marc Laidlaw, Ian McDowell, Violette L. Meier, Gabriela Damian Miravete, Sunny Moraine, Shane Morton, Balogun Ojetade, Liv Rainey-Smith, Zin E. Rocklyn, Eric Schaller, Jeff Strand,  Damien Angelica Walters, Brookelynne Warra, Michael Wehunt, Lesley Wheeler, Gordon B. White, Lisa Yaszek.

 

 

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.

Ann VanderMeer on CALLS FOR SUBMISSION

17917211_1494939143881552_7421868425875040407_oSo, this one is going to get a bit personal, so bare with me.

I am very lucky to live in the same town as Ann VanderMeer. She lit a torch with her lit zine, Silver Web, that illuminated experimental and weird writing here in Tallahassee (and everywhere) that counteracted the academic literary presence that looms from the local universities. For years, she was a mystery to me. I’d see issues of Silver Web on the racks of my favorite used bookstore Paperback Rack (R.I.P.) and marvel that this was all happening in my proverbial backyard…way out in the dark beyond. Who was this Ann Kennedy? What was she like?

Tallahassee being Tallahassee, I eventually got to meet Ann, now VanderMeer, and better yet, got to learn and work with her when I started collaborating with her husband Jeff  on The Steampunk Bible. Even though her torch had exploded into the sun-like body of work with her editorship at Weird Tales, and seminal anthologies The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, The Time Traveler’s Almanac, and Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, Ann took the time to talk to me like a neighbor and a friend who just happened to be into the same bizarre stuff. She talked to me like a peer and made me feel like a real writer.

I learned a lot from her during that time, and felt bolstered to pursue my fiction and be more public with it. Thanks to the encouragement of both she and Jeff, I was honored to have my first professional sale with them for “Dr. Lambshead’s Dark Room,” which appeared in their Dr. Lambshead’s Cabinet of Curiosities. (Jeff is taking his Lambshead history into the YA world with a newly sold trilogy The Adventures of Jonathan Lambshead).

So…perhaps this is way more personal than a professional thing about a book should be…but I can’t help it. When I met Ann, not only did I gain a mentor, but a friend, someone who embodies everything I ever wanted in a cool, older sister. That is why I am blabbering on because it meant the world to me that she approved of this work, because she knows what is off these pages as much as on them.

Thank you, Ann!

SPEAKING OF BACKYARD:  Tonight in Tallahassee, Jeff will be appearing at an event from Midtown Reader and The Tallahassee Democrat celebrating his new, tour de force, Borne. Ann will be joining him to interview him and help present the book. It should be a great night, and if you are in the area, definitely check it out.

Here’s info about the event, if you are in the area:  Jeff VanderMeer-Borne!