Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom ToC Revealed; The Paris Horror Picture Show

“Edited by Joanne Merriam,” the blurb begins, “THE MUSEUM OF ALL THINGS AWESOME AND THAT GO BOOM is an anthology of science fiction featuring blunt force trauma, explosions, adventure, derring-do, tigers, Martians, zombies, fanged monsters, dinosaurs (alien and domestic), ray guns, rocket ships, and anthropomorphized marshmallows.”  Or see below, this year, May 5 and February  16.  So late yesterday the announcement came, that the table of contents has been set, including my story at number 6 in the lineup, “Bubba Claus Conquers the Martians,” a homage to perennial 10 All-Time Worst Movies listee SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (as set in the “Bubbas of the Apocalypse” universe) originally published by Yard Dog Press in HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT BUBBAS in 2007.  And one more thing, a tentative publication time has been set for spring 2016.

    Khadija Anderson, “Observational Couplets upon returning to Los Angeles from Outer Space”
    Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, “Photograph of a Secret”
    Kristin Bock, “I Wish I Could Write a Poem about Pole-Vaulting Robots”
    Alicia Cole, “Asteroid Orphan”
    Jim Comer, “Soldier’s Coat”
    James Dorr, “Bubba Claus Conquers the Martians”
    Aidan Doyle, “Mr. Nine and the Gentleman Ghost”
    Tom Doyle, “Crossing Borders”
    Estíbaliz Espinosa, “Dissidence” (translated by Neil Anderson)
    Kendra Fortmeyer, “Squaline”
    Miriam Bird Greenberg, “Brazilian Telephone”
    Benjamin Grossberg, “The Space Traveler and Runaway Stars”
    Julie Bloss Kelsey, two scifaiku
    Nick Kocz, “The Last American Tiger”
    David Kopaska-Merkel, “Captain Marshmallow”
    Ken Liu, “Nova Verba, Mundus Novus”
    Kelly Luce, “Ideal Head of a Woman”
    Tim Major, “Read/Write Head”
    Katie Manning, “Baba Yaga’s Answer”
    Laurent McAllister, “Kapuzine and the Wolf: A Hortatory Tale”
    Martha McCollough, “valley of the talking dolls” and “adventures of cartoon bee”
    Marc McKee, “A Moment in Fill-In-The-Blank City”
    Sequoia Nagamatsu, “Headwater LLC”
    Jerry Oltion, “A Star Is Born”
    Richard King Perkins II, “The Sleeper’s Requiem”
    Ursula Pflug, “Airport Shoes”
    Leonard Richardson, “Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs”
    Erica L. Satifka, “Thirty-Six Questions Propounded by the Human-Powered Plasma Bomb in the Moments Before Her Imminent Detonation”
    G. A. Semones, “Never Forget Some Things”
    Matthew Sanborn Smith, “The Empire State Building Strikes Back!”
    Christina Sng, “Medusa in LA”
    J. J. Steinfeld, “The Loudest Sound Imaginable”12LesPantins
    Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, “The Wanderers”
    Lucy Sussex, “A Sentimental, Sordid Education”
    Sonya Taaffe, “And Black Unfathomable Lakes”
    Mary Turzillo, “Pride”
    Deborah Walker, “Sea Monkey Mermaid”
    Nick Wood, “The Girl Who Called the World”
    K. Ceres Wright, “The Haunting of M117”
    Ali Znaidi, “A Dolphin Scene” and “Australian Horoscope”

Then also an oddity of sorts for today, behold “The Paris Horror Show” by Messy Nessy at MESSYNESSYCHIC.COM, courtesy of Joan Hawkins, Jenn Newman, and Julie Ahasay via Facebook.  The wonders!  The art!  The gore!  For which, to see for yourself, press here (and, if desired, see as well on these pages December 9 2014; also for my poem “Animal Eyes,” based on Paris’s Grand Guignol, May 26 this year with ancillary material May 31, 28, and 23).


  1. What a fine company you’re with, Jim! congrats!

  2. And David Kopaska-Merkel’s presumably the piece on “anthropomorphized marshmallows” — I can hardly wait!

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