Starting to send out Sharp & Sugar Tooth paperbacks
It's release month for Sharp & Sugar Tooth(!), and we're just starting to work on sending out your paperbacks, for those of you who pledged for them. If you... Read more
Status update: Sharp & Sugar Tooth by end February
Hi everybody! Except for those of you who live outside North America and Europe, whose copies may be delayed by the post, everybody who pledged for one should have their... Read more
Broad Knowledge and Choose Wisely paperbacks sent!
Hi everybody! Just a quick note to let you know that, for those of you who pledged for Broad Knowledge and Choose Wiselypaperbacks, your books are all now en... Read more
Sending Broad Knowledge copies out this week!
Just a quick update: I had a few technical issues with the print files for Broad Knowledgebut should be able to start sending books out as soon as Ingram... Read more
Now on Kobo & Broad Knowledge ebooks sent!
Hi everybody! Those of you who pledged for ebooks of Choose Wisely and/or Broad Knowledge should have them in your email now.
Just a quick update on our progress: Broad Knowledge... Read more
Broad Knowledge is soooooo close!
Hi backers! I've just received the (I'm pretty sure) penultimate sample copy of Broad Knowledge (the Kickstarter-exclusive version). I'm just waiting on a handful of donors who need to answer... Read more
Deep in galleys!
We're making progress towards our November 20 release date for Broad Knowledge! Authors have their galleys and I'm making sure they agree with the proofreader's changes. Simultaneously, I'm currently... Read more
Hi everybody! In the interests of full transparency, I thought I'd let you know what's happened with the money you donated:
We had one $200 donation and a couple of... Read more
We made our goal!
I'm so incredibly thankful for all of you. I'm grateful you're in this with me. Together we're going to push speculative and horror fiction to be... Read more
Crowd-funding has made the press―and many of our books―possible.
Liz Loves Books posted a guest post with me! Here's an excerpt:
- My journey into publishing started with a job listing in the local paper for an administrative assistant position... Read more
“The bees died because they know,” she said finally.
Today we have our final feature! We’re sharing a bit about our final two stories, both featuring insects and the body: Maggie Maxwell’s “Like I Need a Hole in the... Read more
So much for Plan A. Plan B was more flexible. Okay, less well-formed.
Today's feature focuses on two stories of girls with special gifts living on the streets: Rati Mehrotra's "Make Pretty," in which an orphaned girl in a post-collapse Toronto makes art for... Read more
I thought you understood about transformation.
Last night, we posted a new cover for Broad Knowledge, after receiving feedback that it didn't fit its genre. Our donors will choose (in the backer survey sent out... Read more
Just imagine if people took every word that came out of your mouth as seriously as they take every bullet fired out of a gun.
Today we feature two different takes on the power of your voice.
In R. S. Benedict’s “Clara Vox,” that power is very literal: the main character is saved from suicide... Read more
There’s a slight green sheen. Not from the lichen or whatever, just normal rot.
About today's two stories, editor Octavia Cade writes:
Are there limits to the consumptions we’ll perform as a community, as H. Pueyo argues in “I Eat”? When we choose, as... Read more
There is a constant buzz that is very nearly comforting.
Tabitha Sin's "The Donor," from Broad Knowledge, and Kathryn McMahon's "The Honey Witch" (from which today's title comes), from Sharp & Sugar Tooth, both explore the horrific side... Read more
There, just behind his teeth, is what I’m looking for: ugly thoughts, viscous as boiled tendon.
Today we spotlight two stories of eating souls, Crystal Lynn Hilbert’s “Soul of Soup Bones” and Alyssa Wong’s “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” (from which today's title comes):
Unlike most... Read more
To give that much, so thoughtfully, you have to have a self, well-established, and conscientiously choose to give of it.
Today we feature two stories from Sharp & Sugar Toothwhich center around generosity: Erin Horáková's "A Year Without the Taste of Meat" and A. R. Henle's "Strong Meat." But first, a... Read more
Scuba diving on Europa was supposed to be fun
Two stories in Broad Knowledge involve space travel (as does Sharp & Sugar Tooth’s “And When We Die They Will Consume Us” by Betsy Aoki, which we featured on... Read more
symptoms involve the development of significant craniofacial deformities
H. P. Lovecraft’s fictional town of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, featured in his famous story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," forms the background for two stories in Broad Knowledge: Angela Slatter’s “The... Read more
I may have a sweet tooth but I'm not delicate.
Today our title is from “A Lie You Give, And Thus I Take” by Damien Angelica Walters, which was first published in Lightspeedin December 2014, along with an author... Read more
all that’s between you and the tox is the red
Today’s title is from Clarice Radrick’s “The Red.” In this Broad Knowledgestory, a girl must wear a red cloak and hood to cross a wasteland and deliver food to... Read more
I'd gone from botanist to alien landscape within a few hours.
Aliens taking over our bodies is another popular staple of horror, from The Thing to all the versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and two of our stories... Read more
We're introducing a new reward!
A.C. Wise, author of The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again and The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, will critique one short story for the... Read more
My dad’s not so sure that building flamethrowers and rockets in the driveway is such a good idea.
Our kickstarter was featured on the Barnes & Noble Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog, at the bottom of a post on 13 Queer Speculative Short Story Collections and Anthologies to Read Right... Read more
To reach the open sea, they’d have to be relentless and brave.
Tammy Sparks at Books, Bones & Buffy: Adventures in Speculative Fiction interviewed me about this kickstarter! "Because June is Pride Month, it’s particularly fitting that your Kickstarter is so inclusive,... Read more
The day dawns as red as fresh blood on a fishing boat’s deck.
In her introduction to Sharp & Sugar Tooth, editor Octavia Cade writes:
- . . . the coastal community of Amelia Gorman’s “She Makes the Deep Boil” is dependent on... Read more
“You should go to the doctor,” she chirped at him, buoyed by the absolute certainty that he would not listen to her.
In Octavia Cade’s introduction to Sharp & Sugar Tooth, she writes, “Both Kathleen Alcalá (in The Dolls Eye) and Catherynne M. Valente (in The Lily and the Horn) take... Read more
I said you were destroying history
For those of you who are Goodreads fans, we now have pages for each of the anthologies: Broad Knowledge and Sharp & Sugar Tooth. Go add us to your... Read more
Here is more a question of when than where.
Today and tomorrow we’ll be featuring stories involving time travel!
Today, excerpts from Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría’s “Liquid Glass” (trans Lawrence Schimel – and the story from which our... Read more
Tannins work like that.
Today we feature two stories from Broad Knowledgewhich have elements of agriculture: pig-farming in “Profanity” (“So I wander over to the barn, stand at the pens, watch the ginormous... Read more
This is what the apocalypse looks like
Yesterday we had two interviews and a guest post all go live!
- Quick Questions - Octavia Cade and Joanne Merriam of Women Up To No Good, from Charles Payseur. For... Read more
Horror as the stock which flavors the whole
Today we feature three stories of mothers and children.
In Autumn Christian’s “Flowers for Dogman,” the protagonist, Effy, a senior in high school, believes herself to have ceased to be... Read more
Eventually, she lands. Head-first, then the rest of her a split-second later.
Just as the clown from yesterday's story (Caroline Yoachim’s “The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown”) grows her own family, so does the protagonist in Charlotte Ashley’s “She Falls,”... Read more
Sugar magic was messy magic
Another staple of horror stories are clowns, for similar reasons as dolls: childhood attachments blended with the uncanny valley. Caroline M. Yoachim turns this trope on its head in “The... Read more
Dolls that LIVE (*evil laughter here*)
Are you sure your doll is where you left it? Did it . . . move? Is it . . . looking at you?
Creepy dolls are a staple of... Read more
Women dripping from his wrists
Thanks so incredibly much for the support so far! It's overwhelming. About ten hours to go in the early bird rewards!
We’re featuring three stories today, which in different ways... Read more