As the month comes to a close, I thought I would share some of the praise Queers Destroy Fantasy! has received from reviewers. I suppose I won’t sound impartial if I say it’s well-deserved, but, in all seriousness, this is a killer issue, featuring some excellent stories and truly gorgeous artwork, and I’m honored to be in such good company.
Over at Quick Sip Reviews, Charles Payseur says of the issue, “These are stories of longing and love, violence and tenderness. They are not about queerness so much as they let their queerness subvert and, yes, destroy.”
Lois Tilton at Locus, calls Queers Destroy Fantasy! “a superior issue in this series, definitely the best of them I’ve seen.”
Bridget McKinney, writing for SF Bluestocking, agrees, saying: “Queers Destroy Fantasy has, hands down, the best fiction in any of the Destroy issues so far.”
David Steffen also reviewed the issue of PodCastle featuring my story from QFD!, “The Lady’s Maid”, at SF Signal.
I’m delighted beyond words to say I have a story, “The Lady’s Maid”, in Queers Destroy Fantasy!
I’m pleased the story’s found a home in such a great series, and in good company, too: there are stories by Catherynne M. Valente and Caitlín R. Kiernan, among others, as well as bunch of great essays from the likes of Keguro Macharia and Ellen Kushner, and some truly gorgeous artwork.
You can purchase the issue (digital or print) at the link above, or you can listen to a free audio version of the story, released by PodCastle. It’s read by Kim Lakin-Smith, with a lovely introduction from Keffy Kehrli, editor and host of the Glittership podcast.
I’m very proud to announce that The Golden Key released our sixth issue this week! The theme is “hidden things” and the issue features lots of great speculative fiction and poetry, including flash fiction selected by the wonderful Karin Tidbeck as part of TGK’s first flash fiction contest, as well as gorgeous illustrations by kAt Philbin. Do yourself a favor and go get your copy right now!
I’ve been dipping in and out of Kelly Link’s most recent short story collection Get in Trouble of late. I’m really enjoying it, but I’ve also found it quite challenging in subtle, surprising ways. I may have something to say about it eventually, but in the meantime, here’s an excerpt from from the New York Times review:
When fiction enters a nonrealistic, fantastic zone, but is clearly not quick-read fantasy, many readers will begin mining the work for satire. I struggled with Link’s stories when I tried to read them like this. Although there is some similarity in tone between Kelly Link and George Saunders, her stories do not respond to this kind of reading as his do. Saunders, operating in a more obviously Baudrillardian hyperreal, is always happy to exaggerate our media-frenzied, overfictionalized world, even throwing in the odd sentimental ending or deliberate duff note from time to time because he knows that we know how to read it. We enter Saunders’s worlds, exaggerated and grotesque, so that we can see ours better. Link seems less interested in all this. She also wants us to look back at ourselves, but she wants us to see people rather than institutions and structures. Like other writers in the tradition of the modern American short story, she wants us to look closely at the small stuff of life.
I have a lot of reactions to this, but I’m not particularly interested in unpacking any of them at the moment. Maybe–hopefully–I’ll come back to this review at some future moment, but for now I just have to say: yes, the small stuff, that’s where it’s at. Fiction that’s about people–what a novel idea.
I’m a bit late in announcing this, but The Golden Key recently released its fourth issue, and it’s full of amazing writing about hungry things! Go check it out!
Issue 3 of The Golden Key is available now, either to read online or to download. The theme is Things Unseen, and it features lots of wonderful speculative fiction and poetry. I’m so delighted by this issue, I can’t even tell you. Go check it out now! And if you like it, maybe consider making a donation to help us toward our goal of paying our excellent contributors in the future.
In case you haven’t heard, The Golden Key will soon be open to submissions for Issue 3, the theme of which is: