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This is a pretty informal announcement, but I have been sitting on this all summer and I must unburden my soul, or else….
I have sold my first short story collection to Pelekinesis press! Entitled CALLS FOR SUBMISSION, it will be born into the world sometime in May of next year. We’re in the beginning stages of production, so there aren’t a lot of details to share at the moment, but…well, okay, here’s a few things:
Molly Tanzer is introducing it,
Jesse Bullington and Virginia M. Molhere will be making guest appearances,
and my story “The Venus of Great Neck,” will appear in English for the first time!
I am humbled by the enthusiasm and encouragement Molly, Jesse, and Virginia have offered me while trying to get all of this together, and I’m so thrilled they will be part of it.
I am also really excited to be working with Pelekinesis, which opened its doors in 2014. For those who haven’t encountered them yet, Pelekinesis “is an independent book publishing company focusing on the development of literary-minded authors and artists by embracing the evolving publishing paradigm and creatively supporting the skills of these talented individuals.” I’ve really been enjoying their titles which range from the erotic illustrations of Edward R. Beardsley in MR. ABOBAZIZ & THE NANCY, to the first children’s book fairy tale to feature a transgender princess in Greg McGoon’s THE ROYAL HEART. I have especially enjoyed Joelle Renstrom’s CLOSING THE BOOK: TRAVELS IN LIFE, LOSS, AND LITERATURE, Marc Zegans’ THE UNDERWATER TYPEWRITER, and Ian Pyper’s CODEX OCULARIS. You can pursue more titles in their catalog here.
And, of course, stay tuned here for more details about CALLS FOR SUBMISSION!
I just turned in proofs for THE TEMPORARY TOMB OF VIRGINIA POE, and here is a sneak peak of the cover.
If you missed the Poe Perk as part of the Dunhams Manor Press Indiegogo campaign, it is now available as a donation incentive at the Dynatox Ministries store.
All proceeds go solely to funding the next few years of Dunhams Manor Press awesomeness, which means writers get paid, artists get paid, and strange and bizarre content is made.
This is an unpublished poem about the weird circumstances of Virginia Poe’s current grave. It is the predecessor of “Of Parallel and Parcel,” and was “typeset” by my Lamy Safari Fountain Pen and Selectric II. It was a fun process, and I hope to share some behind-the-scenes of that down the road. But for now, I hope those who receive it enjoy it.
Just like the campaign, the number of issues as well as availability time are limited, so buy now or never. I hope you’ll buy now (please!).
So, it’s what, 14 days into the New Year, and I’m already pretty stoked about it. Maybe it has something to do with Gävle making it all the way to Christmas, but I am not going to question the positive forces too much just now.
I have had two great pieces of news.
First, I sold my story, “The Neurastheniac,” to Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.’s upcoming anthology CASSILDA’S SONG, an all-women King In Yellow exploration. It’s about a failed beat/confessional poet/junky Helen Heck, and what she uncovers from a series of trespasses through the abandoned suicide chambers. It gets weird.
I really love Helen Heck, who I somewhat imagine as Joan Vollmer meets Sylvia Plath, and I would like to do more with her down the line.
Second, all copies of my limited edition micro-chapbook “Of Parallel and Parcel,” out from Dunhams Manor Press/Dynatox Ministiries, has SOLD OUT. That’s it, folks. There’s no more. There were 50 copies, and frankly I am stunned they went so fast. Thank you to everyone who cheered me on and supported me and Jordan Krall’s press by buying the story. And while “Of Parallel and Parcel” is gone, there are still a lot of great titles in limited editions like “Weird Tales of A Bangalorean,” so if you waited too late, make no mistake now and grab some great and transgressive work.
I also want to give a big giant thank you to author Scott Nicolay, a Dunhams Manor Press alum, who saw the weird in me, has understood it, and encouraged it by introducing Jordan and I to each other. Scott has a great collection out, Ana Kai Tangata, that is full of a unique glow and strangeness that makes it a must read.