Publisher Jason Sizemore and editors Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon will be there with me, along with authors Gary Braunbeck, Kyle Johnson, and RJ Sullivan.
My story in Dark Faith: Invocations is entitled "Magdala Amygdala". It is on the preliminary Bram Stoker Award ballot, and this past week I found out that editor Ellen Datlow has selected it for her Best Horror of the Year (Volume 5).
I'm absolutely thrilled that my story will be a part of Datlow's anthology; here's the whole Table of Contents:
"Nikishi" by Lucy Taylor
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The 2013 GoHs include Elizabeth Bear, Jack McDevitt, and John Joseph Adams -- very exciting! They're still working on the music and science guests.
I'll be coordinating the writing workshops again this year; I plan to have them posted sometime in April.
The convention is running a special Early Bird registration offer; from now through January 29th, you can register for the whole weekend for $30: http://www.contextsf.org/registration.h
Please note that the convention is in a different hotel this year.
Another wrinkle is that they were unable to avoid scheduling the convention during a home OSU football weekend. OSU fans have a way of booking all area hotels solid, so if you plan to stay in a hotel it'd be wise to book your room as early as possible:
On another note, Context has a new Twitter account ... please follow them at https://twitter.com/ContextSF
They're also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cont
This is what my editor
I don't know if this is necessarily the most disturbing story I've ever written -- you be the judge!
If you are an HWA member and are interested in reading this story for Stoker consideration, please comment here and include your email address so that I can send you the PDF. I will screen all comments so that your address is not exposed.
The book will be released on Winter Solstice (December 21st) and also contains stories from Peter S. Beagle, Nancy Kress, Patricia C. Wrede, and Cindy Lynn Speer, among others.
They're running a preorder contest ... there are some great prizes for zombie fans such as authentic movie props from "Dawn of the Dead", "Resident Evil 2" and "Planet Terror", books, and Amazon gift cards. Everyone who preorders the book gets a code to download a free short zombie movie entitled "Leftovers".
The contest runs until September 20th.
- Current Mood: awake
There's a new Kickstarter up for The Writers' Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy:
I'd like to see the project get funded because the editor has had a hard time finding a home for the book, which has been a little puzzling for everybody because he's got a solid ToC here:
Neil Gaiman -- “Where Do You Get Your Ideas?”
Nancy Kress -- “The Green-Skinned Zorn Laughed With Grief: Character and Emotion in Science Fiction and Fantasy.”
Harry Turtledove -- “Alternate History: the How-To of What Might Have Been.”
Kelly Green -- “Larry Niven Talks About the Collaborative Process.”
Joe Haldeman -- “Hemingway Talks About Writing.”
Nisi Shawl -- “Unbending Gender.”
Alan Dean Foster -- “Reverse Engineering: Writing Novelizations.”
Elizabeth Bear -- “Tactics of Worldbuilding.”
Orson Scott Card -- “On Rhetoric and Style.”
Lou Anders -- “Nebulous Matters, or Speculations on Subgenre.”
Lucy Snyder -- “Ursula K. LeGuin Talks About A Lifetime in the Craft.”
James Gunn -- “Beginnings.”
George Zebrowski -- “Middles.”
Jay Lake -- “Endings.”
Nayad Monroe -- “Tim Powers Talks About Writing Supernatural Awe and More.”
Pam Sargent -- “Talking Too Much, or Not Enough: Dialogue in Science Fiction and Fantasy.”
Geoff Fuller -- “How Alien the Alien: A Primer on Viewpoint.”
Alethea Kontis -- “Kevin J. Anderson Talks About Spin-off Novels and Prequels.”
Jackie Gamber--"Ann and Jeff Vandermeer Talk About Weird Fiction"
Michael Knost -- Short fiction editors Ellen Datlow, Stanley Schmidt, Gordon Van Gelder, James Patrick Kelly, Mike Resnick, and John Joseph Adams discuss what they are looking for when reading submissions.
So, if any of you could boost the signal on this, it would be much appreciated.
- Current Mood: accomplished
I'll be signing at the Hastings in San Angelo, TX at 7pm on Wednesday, April 4th:
They're only going to have the novels in my Jessie Shimmer urban fantasy series on hand, so if you have anything else you'd like signed, feel free to bring it in.
I'll also be signing at the Arboretum B&N in Austin, TX from 2pm-4pm on Saturday, April 7th:
Please drop by to say "hi" if you're in the area!
You can also find my Take Five discussion of the book over at Suvudu:
And of course it includes lots more of their antagonist Miko, who is featured on the cover and in the title this time around:
The novel has gotten some good praise so far:
"Snyder injects this edgy urban fantasy with an erotic charge and a horrific flavor, creating a space where sex and terror coexist and no comfort zone is within sight." (read more)
- Publishers Weekly
"Lucy Snyder attacks the page with the raw, manic intensity of an early Sam Raimi. This book is funny, profane, and insane in all the best ways."
- Seanan McGuire
Yes, the reviewer at PW and Seanan did read the same book! The humor in my fiction is often pretty dark, and can read as horror if a person doesn't share my admittedly somewhat twisted sensibilities. And that's fine; I'm all about alternate interpretations.
If you'd like to read a free excerpt, please visit the book's page on my website and scroll down a little; this option requires Flash:
And, if you'd like to enter a contest to win a free copy of the novel, head on over to Goodreads:
The giveaway closes on January 6th.