Waiting for the Tea to Kick In

Yes, still drowsy this morning even as I drink my steeping strong tea. We heard Jeffrey Ford read his “Boatman’s Holiday” last night, which is included in the recently released anthology The Book of Voices. What a f@#$%n cool story. Jeff weaved the various mythologies of hell into one creepy yet satisfying story of his own. You’re certainly going to want to read this one. We also said goodbye to Kris before she leaves for Clarion West, but not before she asked me to go up to random people and ask, “Are you Eugene?” She finally met up with him, a fellow Clarion classmate who (obviously) she had never met in person before. There she exchanged her magical inflatable pillow that somehow reminded me of those toy sponges that you “just add water.” But no such water was added. I also sold a copy of Sybil’s Garage and gave a copy to Gordon Van Gelder for his perusal. Also thanked Kelly Link & Gavin Grant for selling SG at their table at WisCon. Kelly said “Sure. It’s beautiful.” I didn’t know this, but she reserved some stickers I had made for WisCon and plans to mail them out with the next Lady Churchill’s. How cool.

There is a project I’ve been semi-following for the past few years. Some of you may have heard about it. It’s called The 12 Hour Project. The idea is that for every 12 hours since December 30, 1994, a new image is posted to the internet. The images are gray, they are often blurry and obscure, but sometimes amazingly and stunningly striking.

Finally, our writers’ group is looking for new members. Do you live in the New York area? Do you write speculative fiction? Are you looking for a group who’s serious about writing to share your stories with? Do you have $50,000 and a winter house in Miami? (No, forget the last part there). If you’re interested (and I know you are), email me at the link way at the top of the page and we’ll talk.

L8r d00ds

Greetings from London!

Hi everyone.

Nice work, Matt, on Issue #2. Everybody loves it. I’m still waiting to hear back from a few UK booksellers, but I’m confident I can place it somewhere. No need to deprive people this side of the pond of this lovely volume.

Well, I’ll just come out and admit it. I have not yet taken the London SF scene by storm. What can I say? I had to find an apartment and prove my existence through Kafkaesque layers of bureaucracy just to get a cell phone here. World domination: temporarily postponed. That said, I did go to a reading hosted by Pat Cadigan (a.k.a. The Queen of Cyberpunk) two nights ago at Borders books. Michael Marshall read from Blood of Angels, the latest in his Straw Men series. Though not technically speculative fiction, we were assured of creepy and possibly otherworldly elements in this continuation of his serial killer saga. Sadly, my lack of knowledge regarding the London bus system meant that I missed the first half of the reading, but I did like what I heard.

Afterwards Pat Cadigan interviewed him and then opened the floor to questions from the audience. Most were die-hard Michael Marshall fans asking questions like “does it freak you out to write about such disturbed people?” Answer. “No. Not really.”

Marshall went on to explain that one of the goals of the Straw Men books was to explode the myth that serial killers are these freaky geniuses totally different from me and thee. In reality, he claims, they’re just a few ticks further along the OCD scale. An interesting insight, I thought.

He also mentioned that he’s collaborating with Neil Gaiman and Stephen Jones on a series for the BBC. No details sadly.

Pat Cadigan seemed like a righteous chick and I look forward to hearing her again. Next week I’m off to the monthly meeting of the British Science Fiction Association. Characteristically for Brits, they’re meeting in a pub. Note to self: take up drinking to fit in better around here.

Ta for now. More later.

The Infinite as Commonplace

As my homepage I have set up the Astronomy Picture of the Day and therefore see amazing pictures each morning as I open my browser. Today I was greeted with this beautiful Supernova Remnant. And how about this new visual proof that the Wizard of Oz was non-fiction after all? How strange that I see these amazing images each morning, and yet find myself quickly clicking away to other sites. It’s easy to forget how amazing this universe is sometimes.

On a local level, some friends of mine from the AlteredFluid writing group are heading over to the KGB Bar tonight to see Jeffrey Ford read. If you’re in the NY area and you haven’t heard him read, I recommend you get your behind over there to hear (and see) him. His stuff is fantastic. Gregory Frost will also be reading. I haven’t heard or read his stuff yet, but I will tonight and let you know!

Our friend, Kris Dikeman, who has her story “Cabinet number 67” in SG will be meeting us at KGB before she heads off to Clarion West to get whipped into writer shape. (She’s already pretty darn good to begin with). We wish her luck on her adventure!

Finally, thank you to all of you who purchased Sybil’s Garage in the last few days. If you purchased a print copy, you should receive it in the next few days. We’ve received a lot of queries for submissions, but we’re not open for #3 yet. But soon…very soon…we will be opening for submissions again. I’ll keep you updated here. Well, tally ho, for now!

Welcome to the world.

Welcome! This is my first blog post for Senses Five Press. All things speculative fiction and otherwise may end up here, but one can never be sure how something evolves. Take Sybil’s Garage for example. It started merely as an idea between two people walking home from a class one night and has evolved into a magazine beyond our greatest expectations. Here’s what’s going on with issue two:

Lauren McLaughlin read her wonderful New York City vs. The World with help from James Thomas at WisCon 29 to high acclaim. Issue Two, which includes Lauren’s story, sold well at the Small Beer Press table. They seemed to like it, and are taking some to ReaderCon 16 this July. Five of my friends and I plan to follow (though not necessarily just for the magazine!). DreamHaven Books purchased some copies of Sybil’s Garage to sell at their store in Minneapolis. SG is also being sold in Hoboken, NJ at Symposia Bookstore (where it has sold out two times already) . I’m told it’s possibly being sold in London as well (more to come on that).

Finally, some more good news: The Hudson Current has offered to interview me about the magazine. Good things are happening with SG.

On a personal note, my story “The Thing in the Refrigerator That Could Stop Time” is currently online over at Apex Digest. Hope you like it.