Archive for the ‘Wildcard’ Category
Nadia Bulkin is in Fantasy Magazine’s author spotlight. She answers questions about her story “Absolute Zero” and monster fiction in general. From the opening Q and A:
“First and foremost, I think monsters serve as a means of social control, representative of both unsavory behaviors and unsavory punishments. Then there’s also the need we have for an “other” to define ourselves against. But monsters work in that sense because they’re alluring and mysterious and dangerous—get back, temptation, etc. I think monsters are also good for getting us to ask ourselves reflective questions: Why do we find this monstrous? Is the monster really so different from us? How do we treat monsters, and what does that say about us?”
You can read our anthology’s closer, “Absolute Zero” at Fantasy Magazine as well:
When Max Beecham was eight years old, his mother Deena (delirious from antihypertensives) gave him a Polaroid and then lay down on the carpet behind him. Inside the white border of this photograph lurked a thing with the naked body of a gaunt man and the head of a dark, decayed stag. It sat on a tree stump the way neighborhood men sat on bar stools, surrounded by a cavalry of thin, burned trees. Max almost recognized this nightmare place as Digby Forest, a festering infection of wild land on the edge of Cripple Creek. In the dusk the image was shadowless and tense, as if that black-eyed Stag-Man meant to lunge out of its frame. As if it was only waiting for Max to look away.
“That’s your father,” said Deena. She had her back to him. Her thin cotton dress stretched to translucency across her long torso. He could see the shape of her vertebrae. “You’re always asking, so there he is.”
–THE THING, the musical (in the style of Frank Sinatra)
First up, some Creatures promo!
–Over at the Prime Books website, they’re celebrating the 31 days of Halloween in support of their two new anthologies (Halloween, and yeah, Creatures). Learn more here.
Today, Prime posted the introductions your humble co-editors cobbled together to each of the four sections. READ ‘EM!
–New book from Frank Lesser (a writer on the Colbert Report), is SAD MONSTERS.
Other monstery books of note just out (or about to be out)
Dear Creature by Jonathan Case
Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
Busy Monsters by William Giraldi
–More for the kids. It’s Scary Monsters for Kids.
–Tribute site to local Boston UHF channel 56’s CREATURE DOUBLE FEATURE.
–Check out the monster cakes (artist Scott Hove)!
–From io9: Giant Jellyfish taking over the seas?
–From the archive of the interwebs! Two interviews with Creatures contributor, China Mieville.
From (another Creatures contributor) Jeff VanderMeer‘s interview of China:
“Our monsters are about themselves, and they can get on with being about all sorts of other stuff too, but if we want them to be primarily that, and don’t enjoy their monstrousness, they’re dead and nothing.”
From China’s interview in The Believer:
–From: A Professor’s Opening Lecture for “Intermediate Killer Shark Genre.”
So you all think you know a thing or two about killer shark films, hmm? Well, take out your notebooks because here’s your first lesson: you fucking don’t know shit about killer shark films. Write that down three times. Then circle it and draw some jagged teeth protruding from the top and bottom so it looks like a shark is eating your notes. That is the format all of your essays should be in, by the way, with little teeth and dorsal fins all over the place. I don’t care if Word doesn’t have a shark font. Make it happen.