Story Sale to Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

The apocalypse came and went and we’re still here.  So technically, we’re living in a post-apocalyptic world.  Then what better day to announce than today for my sale of “The Great Game at the End of the World” to Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling for their young-adult, post-apocalyptic* dystopian anthology, After.  N.K. Jemisin has a blog post mentioning some of the contributors, which include herself, Richard Bowes, Carol Emshwiller, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Genevieve Valentine and more.  I for one am happy I’ve lived through the apocalypse.

* correction: the anthology is dystopian, not post-apocalyptic.  I got all wrapped up in this apocalyptic fervor.

The Green Man Review on Ellen Datlow’s Naked City

Naked City edited by Ellen DatlowThe Green Man Review heaps praise on Ellen Datlow’s urban fantasy anthology, Naked City. The reviewer says of the anthology as a whole, “Naked City definitely contains some of the best urban fantasy stories which I have had the pleasure of reading in a long while, and I fully expect that this anthology will be showing up in the nomination lists for next year’s round of awards.”

The anthology is chock full of fabulous authors, such as Jim Butcher, Holly Black, Lucius Shepard, Naomi Novik, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Richard Bowes, Delia Sherman, and many more talents.  That’s why I’m so honored to have a story published in this anthology too!  The Green Man Review says of my story, “In the poetic and haunting “The Bricks of Gelecek” by Matthew Kressel, a mysterious supernatural being becomes fascinated by a young woman in a medieval desert city.”

The anthology comes out in July, but you can pre-order it on Amazon.  And if you are in Massachusetts, you can see a few of us read from Naked City at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 14th.

World Fantasy Awards & Sybil’s Garage

So it’s that time of year again for World Fantasy Award voting, and this is my humble plea for your votes in the categories of SHORT FICTION, BEST ANTHOLOGY, and SPECIAL AWARD NON-PROFESSIONAL.  Here’s what reviewers have said about Sybil’s Garage No. 7.

“Every story had something for me to like: vivid description, playful language, a character to root for, mystery, poignancy, tragedy, an intellectual puzzle, a sting in the tail.”
-SFF Portal, Alison Sinclair

Sybil’s Garage achieves a satisfyingly universal appeal, and an extremely high degree of literary quality… it is pretty wonderful stuff — beautifully produced, and never dull. The stories are a mix of slipstream, near-future, horror, comedy horror, mythic and pseudo-mythic — eschewing anything as vulgar or misleading as a neat straightjacket of genre.”
-SF Site, Seamus Sweeny

“There are some excellent stories contained in this volume.”
-Tangent Online

“It’s been awhile since an anthology had this kind of emotional impact on me…this one is highly recommended.”
– N.K. Jemisin, Hugo-nominated author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

“Beautifully designed and printed as always, Sybil’s Garage which has been one of the best small press speculative fiction journals, graduates to anthology status.  With 195 pages of fiction, poetry and graphics this is a substantial book… These [stories] are getting attention and deserve more.”
– Richard Bowes, multiple World Fantasy Award-winning author

“The always interesting ‘zine Sybil’s Garage is back with a thicker than usual issue.  It provides a stimulating mix of SF, fantasy, poetry, and slipstream.  This time around my favorite is ‘The Poincare Sutra’ by Anil Menon, a perkily told but rather dark story of a 16-year-old Coptic girl in Israel, who falls in love with a Jewish boy while her father’s past pushes him in a different direction.”
Rich Horton for Locus Magazine

Sybil’s Garage is a stylishly put together magazine, There’s plenty of poetry, art, and nonfiction in addition to the stories…My favorite was Anil Menon’s ‘The Poincaré Sutra.’ I also enjoyed stories by Swapna Kishore, Sam Ferree, Alex Dally MacFarlane, A.C. Wise, E. C. Myers, and Amy Sisson.”
Rich Horton in his yearly fiction summary

Please cast your vote for Sybil’s Garage in the following categories.  You must vote by May 31st!

ANTHOLOGY – multiple author original or reprint – single or multiple editors
1. Sybil’s Garage No. 7 — Senses Five Press (July 2010)

1. Matthew Kressel for Sybil’s Garage No. 7 — Senses Five Press (July 2010)

SHORT FICTION* – under 10,000 words
* I don’t feel it’s appropriate to pick five stories from among the eighteen that I published.  I of course loved all of them, otherwise I wouldn’t have published them!  I’ll instead list all the stories and let you pick your favorites.
“By Some Illusion” by Kathryn E. Baker
“Suicide Club” by Amy Sisson
“The Noise” by Richard Larson
“A History of Worms” by Amelia Shackelford
“Thinking Woman’s Crop of Fools” by Tom Crosshill
“The Unbeing of Once-Leela” by Swapna Kishore
“How the Future Got Better” by Eric Schaller
“The Telescope” by Megan Kurashige
“Under the Leaves” by A.C. Wise
“The Ferryman’s Toll” by Sam Ferree
“The Tale of the Six Monkeys’ Tails” by Hal Duncan
“The Poincaré Sutra” by Anil Menon
“Kid Despair in Love” by M.K. Hobson
“My Father’s Eyes” by E.C. Myers
“An Orange Tree Framed Your Body” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
“The Watcher Thorn” by Cheryl Barkauskas
“Other Things” by Terence Kuch
“The Dead Boy’s Last Poem” by Kelly Barnhill


Thank you for your support!

Orchidaceous Adventures

Tomorrow is the last day for “The Orchid Show: On Broadway“at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, and I had the pleasure of visiting yesterday with Christine.  We arrived with only 90 minutes to spare before closing time, but that was enough to experience the wonderful smells, bright colors, and jungle-like greenhouse air.  Here’s what we witnessed as we walked in:  The “curtains going up” — the show begins…

(click on the images for a larger picture)

Most of the orchids were perched like they might be in their natural habitat, aloft in the nooks and crevices of trees.  As epiphytes, they do not require soil to grow, and instead derive their nutrients from rain and runoff.  Here’s one I rather liked:

The next one is not an orchid, but a type of philodendron.  The name philodendron comes from the Greek, the “love of trees” and most philodendrons in the wild can be seen happily climbing up the sides of trees.  Most people at one point or another have had a philodendron in their home.  But wouldn’t it be cool to have one like this?

Here’s good old papyrus, responsible for so much trouble and literacy!

Some orchids I thought were quite striking:

We walked into a sweet-smelling chamber where this large chandelier of orchids hung over all.

And then we walked into this beautiful hallway meant to recall the New Amsterdam Theater.

And I couldn’t help but throw in a gratuitous cute picture of my girlfriend.  She’s quite the talented photographer, but left her SLR home because of the rain.  She still got some nice shots with her pocket camera.

And this post wouldn’t be complete without photos of my own collection.  On the way out of the garden, we stopped at the gift shop, where I acquired some new friends.

A venus fly trap:

And a tillandsia, a type of bromeliad and epiphyte.  I purchased the cork bark and wrapped the twine around a crevice to hold the little guy.  Doesn’t he look happy?

No orchids, however, as they require conditions my small apartment can’t yet handle.  But in the future?  Who knows?  Anyway, that’s it for now.  Thanks for listening!