Updates & Such

What a great inspiration for a short story: a mysterious visitor who leaves roses and a bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave every year on the author’s birthday failed to show up today.  It could be because there were, you know, dozens of people watching.  But if the mysterious visitor has been doing this for sixty years, maybe he died — or did something more sinister happen?

And Sybil’s!  We opened on Friday to submissions and have already received about 100.  And, wow, some excellent stories already.  Were you guys saving them for us?  We are flattered.

Altered Fluid appeared on Hour of the Wolf on Saturday, where Paul Berger read a new story which we critiqued.  Listen to it here.

Tomorrow at Fantastic Fiction at KGB, authors David Anthony Durham and Lev Grossman read.  Should be a fun night.

Interzone Readers’ Poll

You can vote now for your favorite stories in Interzone in 2009.  My story, “Saving Diego,” was published in issue #221.  Also of note are “Home Again,” by Paul Berger and “Far and Deep” by Alaya Dawn Johnson, both in the same issue.  I also liked “After Everything Woke Up” by Rudy Rucker for its inventiveness and almost all of the artwork by David Gentry and Adam Tredowski.  Interzone is by far the best-looking SF print magazine on the market. You can go here to vote.

My Geek Moment

While hanging out in the hall at WFC, I bumped into Terry Bisson and excitedly introduced myself.  In a weird way, Terry is responsible for several writer-related things in my life.  In early 2003 I took his class at the New School on writing science fiction, fantasy and horror after deciding I wanted to devote more of my life to writing.  Terry had just taken a leave of absence and so the class was taught by editor Alice Turner.  Through Alice, I was hooked up with my current writers group, Altered Fluid, which formed after taking Terry’s class.  Alice and Terry were also the founders of the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series, of which I am now the co-host with Ellen Datlow.  Plus I also happen to be a huge fan of Terry’s writing.  So it was really cool to run into him in the hallway.  Mercurio Rivera suggested we take a picture for posterity, so here it is:

Matt Kressel and Terry Bisson