The Women Up To No Good series are anthologies of dark fiction by marginalized voices—primarily women and authors of marginalized sex and gender identities, and we additionally strive for diversity in race, national origin, sexual orientation, and ability.
Our contributors include a wide range of up-and-coming and established horror and speculative fiction writers, including L. Timmel Duchamp, Chikodili Emelumadu, Nisi Shawl, D.A. Xiaolin Spires, Catherynne M. Valente, and Alyssa Wong.
Our writers also span the globe, based in or hailing from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, and all over the United States. We also include two stories in translation, one by Argentine author Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría and the other by Galician writer and poet Estíbaliz Espinosa.
Between them, they have won the Aeronautilus, Andre Norton, Encouragement, Eugie Foster Memorial, Fresh Voices, Hugo, Lambda, Locus, Mythopoeic, Nebula, Prix Imaginales, Rhysling, Tiptree, and World Fantasy Awards, and been shortlisted for the Bram Stoker, Ignotus, and Shirley Jackson Awards as well as numerous others!
Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good and Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good are edited by Joanne Merriam and Octavia Cade respectively. Broad Knowledge examines the difference between information and wisdom, and Sharp & Sugar Tooth explores consumption and being consumed. Both anthologies seek to find ways out of horror, abuse, and self-doubt, and to learn to fight and to make friends in the dark.
The first in this series, Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, was praised as "a welcome antidote to the conventional world of women’s fiction" by Best New Fiction and "a stellar collection of high caliber writing" by InDigest, and was nominated for a This Is Horror Award.
We're raising money to be able to pay the authors in Broad Knowledge and Sharp & Sugar Tooth professional rates, and to properly promote the anthologies so they get the attention they deserve! Our hope is to get the series on a solid enough footing that sales of the books will support future anthologies.
About the Books
We'll be posting daily features on our writers and stories, but here are a few details:
Broad Knowledge Table of Contents
- “She Falls” (original) is by Toronto's Charlotte Ashley (@CharlotteAshley), who is a writer, editor, bookseller, and nominee for the Aurora and Sunburst Awards. Her short stories have been in F&SF, Clockwork Canada, Luna Station Quarterly, Kaleidotrope, PodCastle, and elsewhere.
- “Clara Vox” (original) is by R. S. Benedict, whose work has appeared in Unicorn Booty and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
- “First mouse model of Innsmouth Fish-man Syndrome draft 2 USE THIS VERSION – edits by MK.doc” (original) is by Megan Chaudhuri, a toxicologist by training and a writer by inclination, whose fiction has appeared in Analog, Crossed Genres, GigaNotoSaurus, and other venues.
- “Flowers for Dogman” (original) is by Autumn Christian (@teachrobotslove), who lives in the dark woods with poisonous blue flowers in her backyard and a black deer skull on her wall. She wrote Ecstatic Inferno and The Crooked God Machine.
- “Blushing Blue” (original) is by Filipina Vida Cruz (@laviecestmoi). Previously a journalist, she writes children’s storybooks that teach the English language as well as fiction which has appeared in Expanded Horizons, Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, Philippine Speculative Fiction, and the anthology Phantazein.
- “The Visitations of Seraphim by Biblical Scholar Father Anthony Maguire” (original) is by Sarina Dorie, who has sold about 100 short stories to places like Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, and Sword and Laser. She's also written the steampunk romance series The Memory Thief and the collections Fairies, Robots and Unicorns—Oh My! and Ghosts, Werewolves and Zombies—Oh My!
- L. Timmel Duchamp's recent writing includes The Waterdancer's World and Never at Home. Her five-novel Marq'ssan Cycle series was awarded a Special Honor by the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award jury, and she won the 2017 World Fantasy Special Award—Professional for her work with Aqueduct Press. Her “The Forbidden Words of Margaret A.” was first published in Pulphouse 8 and also appeared in The Women Who Walk Through Fire. (You can read it at her website.)
- Estíbaliz Espinosa has published seven poetry books, short stories about scientific women, and some books of poetry translation. “:: 23 commuter line chromosomes ::,” first published in Galician in her collection Curiosidade, appears here in its first appearance in English, translated by the author.
- “Five Meters Ahead, Two Centuries Away” (original) is by A.T. Greenblatt (@AtGreenblatt), a mechanical engineer by day and a writer by night. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Mothership Zeta, and elsewhere.
- “The Cold Waters of Europa” (original) is by Claudine Griggs, the Writing Center Director at Rhode Island College. She is the author of Journal of a Sex Change: Passage through Trinidad, S/he: Changing Sex and Changing Clothes (Dress, Body, Culture), and numerous short stories which have appeared in Escape Pod, Lightspeed, Baen Books’ Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction, and elsewhere.
- “Your Life Will Look Perfect From Afar” (original) is by Audrey R. Hollis (@audreyrhollis), a writer based in Los Angeles. Her work has been in several publications, including Leading Edge, Lunch Ticket, and Autostraddle.
- “Taking It Back” (original) is by Joanna Michal Hoyt, whose fiction has appeared in publications including Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, and Mysterion.
- “Election Season” (original) is by Canadian Rebecca Jones-Howe, the author of the short story collection Vile Men. Her work has been published in [PANK], Punchnel’s, and Pulp Modern, among others.
- “Like I Need a Hole in the Head” (original) is by Maggie Maxwell (@wanderingquille). She has neither pets nor superpowers, so she writes about both to make up for it.
- “Make Pretty” (original) is by Rati Mehrotra. Born and raised in India, she makes her home in Toronto. Her first book, Markswoman, was published in January. Her stories have been in Apex Magazine, AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Urban Fantasy Magazine, Podcastle, and many more.
- “Liquid Glass” (original) is by Argentine author Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría (@TeresaPME). Her novelette, Memory, is also available from Upper Rubber Boot Books (in a translation into English by Lawrence Schimel, who also translated “Liquid Glass”), and was a finalist for the Spanish national science fiction award, the Ignotus.
- “Below the Kirk, Below the Hill” (original) is by Premee Mohamed (@premeesaurus), an Indo-Caribbean scientist based in Canada. Her speculative fiction has been published by Nightmare, Martian Migraine Press, Innsmouth Free Press, and many others.
- “Maidens of the Sea” (original) is by Wendy Nikel, whose fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Nature: Futures, and elsewhere.
- “Frankenstein Sonata” (original) is by author and translator Julie Nováková (@Julianne_SF). She has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Analog, and has received the Encouragement Award of the European science fiction and fantasy society, and the Aeronautilus Award for the best Czech short story of 2014 and 2015, and for the best novel of 2015.
- “Matched Set” (original) is by Aimee Ogden (@Aimee_Ogden), who has been a science teacher and a software tester. Now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, The Sockdolager, and Shimmer.
- “Viva La Muñeca” (original) is by Perla Palacios, a Latinx writer of speculative short fiction.
- “Three Days, Two Nights” (original) is by Therese Pieczynski. She has published in Asimov’s, Daily Science Fiction, River City, the anthology Imagination Fully Dilated, and with Nancy Kress in New Under The Sun.
- “Mary in the Looking Glass” (original) is by Laura E. Price. Her work has appeared in On Spec, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, GigaNotoSaurus, Penumbra eMag, and Betwixt.
- “The Red” (original) is by Clarice Radrick, whose work can be found in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Spellbound, Haiku of the Dead, Under the Juniper Tree, Inchoate Echoes, and elsewhere.
- Nisi Shawl wrote the Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair, co-authored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, and co-edited Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler and Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. Her story collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2009 and was nominated for that year’s World Fantasy Award. Her “Street Worm” was first published in Streets of Shadows, and also appeared in Street Magicks. (You can read its sequel, "Queen of Dirt," at Apex Magazine.)
- “The Donor” (original) is by Tabitha Sin, whose writing has been in Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Science Fiction, Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, and elsewhere.
- Angela Slatter wrote the urban fantasy novels Vigil and Corpselight, as well as eight short story collections. She has won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, a Ditmar, and six Aurealis Awards. Her “The Song of Sighs” was first published in Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth and also appeared in New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird.
- “Sunbasker” (original) is by D.A. Xiaolin Spires (@spireswriter). She takes trips to East and Southeast Asia to influence her writing and leave her craving durian, fermented foods and copious amounts of wonder that fuel her body, spirit and imagination.
- “Tidal Bloom” (original) is by Priya Sridhar, the author of Carousel, whose work has also appeared in Aurora Wolf, Drabbler Harvest, and Indian SF.
- “Blood Sausage” (original) is by freelance writer and editor Jae Steinbacher (@JaeSteinbacher). She is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s MFA in Fiction program, and of the 2014 Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her stories have been published in Terraform, Escape Pod, and PodCastle.
- Sonya Taaffe's short fiction and poetry can be found, amongst other places, in her Ghost Signs (Aqueduct Press) and in the anthologies The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom, Genius Loci, and An Alphabet of Embers: An Anthology of Unclassifiables. Her “Like Milkweed” first appeared in Not One of Us #52.
- “Profanity” (original) is by Liz Ulin, who won the 2014 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, and was a finalist in The Canadian Authors Association Short Story Competition.
- “Infinite Boyfriends” (original) is by Marie Vibbert, whose work regularly appears in Analog and other top markets. Her short story “Keep Talking” won Apex Magazine’s Story of the Year.
- “Think, Baby Turtle” (original) is by Mingzhao Xu, who immigrated to the United States from China as a child, and now lives in California.
- “The Ladies in the Moon” (original) is by Xin Niu Zhang, who was born in Shanghai, grew up in Toronto, and is currently studying at the University of Waterloo.
- Editor Joanne Merriam is an immigrant to Nashville from Nova Scotia, whose writing has appeared in The Glaze from Breaking (Stride, 2005), and in dozens of magazines and journals, including Asimov's Science Fiction, The Fiddlehead, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Pank, and Strange Horizons. She runs Upper Rubber Boot Books, administers Small Press Week, volunteers for Postcards to Voters and More Than Medicine, and runs a surgical fellowship and the lives of four oncologists for a local hospital.
Sharp & Sugar Tooth
- “The Doll’s Eye” (original) is by Kathleen Alcalá (@katkat_alcala), the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction, from a collection of magical realism called Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist, to The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island.
- “And When We Die They Will Consume Us” (original) is by Betsy Aoki. This is her first speculative fiction publication, though her poems have appeared in Uncanny, Southern Humanities Review, Hunger Mountain, and Calyx, among others.
- “Dear Son” (original) is by Singaporean Joyce Chng. Her fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Joyce also co-edited THE SEA IS OURS: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. Her alter-ego is J. Damask.
- “Gimme Sugar” (original) by Katharine E. K. Duckett, whose stories have appeared in Apex and Interzone, and been reprinted in Wilde Stories 2015 and The Best of Apex: Volume I. She works in publishing and lives in Brooklyn with her wife.
- “The Fool’s Feast” (original) is by Iranian-Canadian Anahita Eftekhari (@AnahitaEfte). She has a background in genetics and half a decade of experience teaching ESL in Asia and Europe.
- Chikodili Emelumadu is a Nigerian writer currently residing in Cambridge, MA. Her work has been published in Eclectica, One Throne, Omenana and various other magazines and anthologies. Her “Candy Girl” first appeared in Apex Magazine and was nominated for the Shirley Jackson prize.
- “She Makes the Deep Boil” (original) is by Minnesotan Amelia Gorman (@gorman_ghast). Her other monstrous-themed writing appears in the Lovecraftian anthology She Walks in Shadows, and her poetry in Liminality Magazine, Star*Line, and Eternal Haunted Summer.
- “What the Bees Know About Discarded Girlish Organs” (original) is by Jasmyne J. Harris, who lives in Washington, DC. Her work is forthcoming in Bayou Magazine.
- “Strong Meat” (original) is by archivist, historian, and librarian A. R. Henle.
- Crystal Lynn Hilbert lives in the forgotten backwaters of Western Pennsylvania. Her latest stories appear in Betwixt Magazine. Her “Soul of Soup Bones” was first published in Apex Magazine in June 2014.
- “A Year Without the Taste of Meat” (original) is by Erin Horáková, a southern American writer who lives in London. She's working towards her literature PhD, which focuses on how charm evolves over time.
- “The Honey Witch” (original) is by Kathryn McMahon (@katoscope), an American writer living abroad with her British wife and dog. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, Crack the Spine, and Necessary Fiction, among others.
- “I Eat” (original) is by H. Pueyo (@argiopidae), a South American writer living in Brazil who writes short stories and comics in both English and Portuguese.
- “Bristling Skim” (original) is by D.A. Xiaolin Spires (@spireswriter) who stares at skies and wonders what there is to eat out there in the cosmos.
- “Alice Underground” (original) is by Rachael Sterling, who lives in sunny Santa Monica, California, teaching music to preschoolers most mornings and writing most afternoons. You can find her talking about books on YouTube under the name Rae Sterling.
- “Red, From the Heartwood” (original) is by Penny Stirling (@numbathyal), who edits and embroiders in Western Australia. Their speculative fiction and poetry can be found in Lackington's, Interfictions, Strange Horizons, and other venues.
- Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Space Opera, the Orphan’s Tales series, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Eugie Foster Memorial, Hugo, Lambda, Locus, Mythopoeic, Prix Imaginales, Rhysling, Romantic Times’ Critics Choice, and Tiptree awards. Her “The Lily and the Horn” was first published in Fantasy Magazine's 2015 Queers Destroy Fantasy! issue.
- “A Fish Tale” (original) is by Sabrina Vourvoulias, the author of Ink, which was named to Latinidad's Best Books of 2012. Her fiction can be found in Uncanny, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and Crossed Genres.
- Damien Angelica Walters (@DamienAWalters) wrote Sing Me Your Scars, Paper Tigers, and Cry Your Way Home. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award and reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls. Her “A Lie You Give, And Thus I Take” was first published in Lightspeed in December 2014.
- “Who Watches” (original) is by Wellington-based Rem Wigmore (@faewriter), who also published under Summer Wigmore. Their first novel The Wind City was published in 2013 by Steam Press and they had a short story in the 2016 At the Edge anthology.
- Alyssa Wong (@crashwong) was a finalist for the 2016 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Hugo Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. Her “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” was first published in the 2015 Queers Destroy Horror! issue of Nightmare, and won the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Short Story and the 2016 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction.
- Caroline M. Yoachim has written dozens of short stories, appearing in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and her short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories. Her “The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown” was first published in Electric Velocipede in 2013 and was featured in The Drabblecast.
Editor Octavia Cade (@OJCade) is a New Zealand writer with a PhD in science communication and a particular interest in science history and marine studies. She has most recently been researching the reproductive strategies of Zostera muelleri seagrass. She has had around 30 short stories published, in places like Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Apex Magazine, amongst others. Her poetry collection on the periodic table, Chemical Letters, was published by Popcorn Press and her novellas have been published by Masque Books, Paper Road Press, and The Book Smugglers. She has been nominated for BSFA and Elgin awards, and has won three Sir Julius Vogels – twice for best novella (The Ghost of Matter and The Convergence of Fairy Tales) and once for best fan writing, for a series of columns on food and horror, which became Food and Horror: Essays on Ravenous Souls, Toothsome Monsters, and Vicious Cravings (Book Smugglers, 2017). .
How We'll Spend the Money
These are our expenses (much more than we're asking for, since we plan to eat some of these costs):
- $7,885: payments to the 35 Broad Knowledge authors
- $5,375: payments to the 22 Sharp & Sugar Tooth authors
- $400: three-month title listing for both books at NetGalley (review website)
- $900 (approx): Kickstarter keeps 5% of the total raised, and Stripe keeps another 3-5% for credit card fulfillment
Any extra funds, if we should be so fortunate as to get them, will be used for: the additional costs of sending out additional rewards, additional promotion, and especially for future books in the series.
How Kickstarter Works
Kickstarter allows you to fund the creation of things that don't exist yet. In return for your pledge, you get to choose a reward. When you pledge, Kickstarter sends you to Stripe to record your donation, but they don't bill you until the project reaches its end date. You can modify or cancel your pledge until the end date.
At the end of the campaign, I'll send you a survey (to the email address you give Kickstarter) for the information to get your pledge rewards to you. If you get a book as a gift, that's where you can give me contact info for the giftee—so, when you check out, give Stripe your own address so they aren't confused about who they're billing.
Risks and challenges
These will be Upper Rubber Boot Books' 7th and 8th anthologies (and 21st and 22nd titles). This kickstarter will allow us to defray upfront costs, which frees up funds to pay for promotion and to do print runs for each title with a local printer (which saves us money and directs more funds to local economies and away from behemoths like Amazon).
Despite our best planning, problems may crop up: printing delays, tornadoes, ghouls, alien invasion. Short of a major catastrophe, though, we should be alright.
No matter what, we'll keep you updated on our progress and challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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