Posts Tagged ‘Kurt Vonnegut’

Speaking of cats, the Goth Cat Triana is napping happily next to the keyboard, joyful that I have returned home to her.  More of what I did at NASFiC to come, but for now there are items to be caught up on.  And so this first popped up in today’s email from PHOBOS magazine (cf. February 24, et al.):  Good news!  The print edition of “Deep Black Sea” is now up for sale on Amazon!

Apologies for the delay, but I feel confident in saying this is our strongest issue yet, which of course is a result of the high quality stories by everyone present.  Thank you all for being a part of it.  Our next step will be putting out a Kindle version and making it available at select local bookstores. 

In the meantime, feel free to direct anyone interested to the Amazon site — and have them drop a review about how great your story is!  Reviews go a long way, even if it’s not five stars.

So . . . my story in this is a Lovecraftian romp, “The Dark Call of the Sea,” of a summer vacation at Innsmouth gone wrong.  For more, press here — and as quoted above, if you enjoy the issue, or just my story, please give the Amazon folk a review!

Then for a second item, my copy of CAT’S BREAKFAST: KURT VONNEGUT TRIBUTE (cf. June 15, et al.) arrived from Third Flatiron Publishing while I was gone, in a print edition at a (for Third Flatiron) whopping 270-some pages long.  My story in this is “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” originally published in SO IT GOES:  A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2013, see April 24 2013, et al.), about girls both alive and dead . . . and bears.  More on it can be found here and, should you enjoy, it can be reviewed too.

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No, the Goth cat Triana’s kibble was on time and eaten; rather the headline refers to Third Flatiron Publishing’s Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology CAT’S BREAKFAST (see May 17, April 27), also served up on Kindle this morning. That’s Kindle, not kibble, for which via Amazon one may press here, with a paperback edition expected from Createspace in the near future.  To quote from the blurb:  While satire and humor have long been standard tools of the trade for fiction writers, the authors have channeled the uniquely Vonnegutian attitude into all-original stories that probe and instruct us on themes such as free will, mental illness, social cruelty, loneliness, and family.  The book [also] contains a flash humor section.  (This from the publisher’s own site, with this next from Amazon)  The new “Cat’s Breakfast” anthology from Third Flatiron pays tribute to the imagination and inspiration of the late author Kurt Vonnegut. Emulating Vonnegut’s famous “gallows humor” and skeptical view, these all-original satirical stories are a delightful antidote for the malaise and division plaguing contemporary society.

What more can one ask for?  My puss in the purée is “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” originally published in SO IT GOES, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s 2013 tribute anthology (cf. April 24 2013, et al.), a modern morality tale of sorts of a thoroughly up-to-date young lady, a science fair, and . . . bears.

Then in other news, a third review of TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH is now up on the Amazon site.  This is the one from THE GEHENNA POST (cf. June 3), an extremely good description in my opinion, and can be seen in situ by pressing here (where one may note also that Amazon is still offering a substantial discount, but not quite as big as it had once been, so perhaps one might buy now lest the price go up further 😉 ).

So came the announcement from Editor/Publisher Juliana Rew:  It’s hard to believe that summer’s almost here. And so is the new anthology, CAT’S BREAKFAST:  TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT.  A double issue, it contains 30  all-original  science fiction and fantasy short stories inspired by the wit and wisdom of  the late Mr. Vonnegut, releasing on June 15.

An international group of new and established contributors to “Cat’s Breakfast” makes this a remarkable and varied collection that is sure to please fans of science fiction/fantasy, humor, and horror.  The ebook’s available for pre-order on Amazon, and print books will follow shortly.

And so here it is, the lineup including my “Dead Girls, Dying Girls” (see April 27), a tale of a modern young lady . . . and bears . . .  originally published in Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s own tribute anthology, SO IT GOES, in 2013.  While as for that ebook pre-order and other info, one need but press here.

Contents

Spooky Action by David A. Kilman
They Grow Up So Fast by Konstantine Paradias
The Jim-Aaargh School of Philosophy by Rati Mehrotra
Command Decision by James Beamon
Hear by Tim Jeffreys
Honour Killing by Iain Hamilton McKinven
Talk to the Animals by Jill Hand
The Pigeon Drop by Gregg Chamberlain
Formica Joe by Anne E. Johnson
One Is One by Vaughan Stanger
Emerging Grammars by Christopher Mark Rose
Picnic, with Xels by Keyan Bowes
Scenes from a Post-Scarcity, Post-Death Society by Peter Hagelslag
The Static Fall to a Standing Walk by Jason Lairamore
Beyond the Borders of Boredom by Ville Nummenpää
Snakes and Ladders by Rekha Valliappan
Drop Dead Date by August Marion
Monkeyline by Jonathan Shipley
Quality Testing by S. E. Foley
Dead Girls, Dying Girls by James Dorr
The Bringers by John J. Kennedy
The Confrontation Station by Ryan Dull
The Edge of Toska by Veronica Moyer
Violadors on the Run by Corrie Parrish
37 by Dan Koboldt
The Losers’ Crusade by Neil James Hudson

Grins and Gurgles (Flash Humor):

Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O’ahu Frenzy) by Benjamin C. Kinney
Strange Stars by Laurence Raphael Brothers
iPhone 17,000 by E. E. King
The Service Call by Edward Ahern

Then in other info, it’s one of those signs of spring becoming summer, and one of those little things sometimes buried under other activity, but the 2017 RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY(cf. April 19, 2, March 29, et al.) made a safe landing here in last Saturday’s mail.  This is the collection of award nominees in the Science Fiction and Poetry Association’s annual Rhysling Competition, in which my prize fight poem “Godzilla vs. King Kong” appears in the Short Poem division (cf. March 29, February 22).

More information on the Rhysling Awards and the SFPA may be found here.

A quick follow up to April 27th’s post just below (paragraph two).  Later that p.m. what should e-appear in ye olde electronic mailbox but the promised contract from Third Flatiron Publishing for “Dead Girls, Dying Girls” to appear in CAT’S BREAKFAST, this being the title for their Kurt Vonnegut inspired summer anthology.  As opposed, that is, to the Goth cat Triana’s morning kibble.  So this afternoon I emailed back my agreement plus some extra requested information on form of payment, current address, etc.  And again, more to be told here as it becomes known.

(Meanwhile as I write this the Goth cat Triana, who is experiencing the first spring ever in her young life, has captured either a small spider or a member of the cricket colony that inhabits my basement briefly in fall and spring, on an all too tragic visit upstairs.  After some play, she has apparently eaten it, so I can’t say for sure which it is [I suspect the spider].  She does appear to have enjoyed it, though.)

The writing life, the writing life.  Last night the proof copy came for “Golden Age,” the closing story for Smart Rhino’s upcoming anthology ZIPPERED FLESH 3:  YET MORE TALES OF BODY ENHANCEMENTS GONE BAD (see April 19, et al.).  The changes suggested were unobtrusive, so back it has been sent today with my okay, plus one small correction.  “Golden Age” itself is a reprint, originally appearing in the science fiction magazine MINDSPARKS for  Spring 1994, and probably will be a bit more “gentle” than much of the content of the finished anthology.  Maybe a lot more gentle, in fact, but also in Editor Weldon Burge’s opinion with a sense of finality that may make it perfect to be the closer.

In other news, we may remember Third Flatiron Publishing which we last met in conjunction with my short short “Chocolat” in their IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION anthology (cf. March 23, February 21).  They do these themed anthologies quarterly and, concerning their latest, the word came earlier this week from Editor/Publisher Juliana Rew:  We’d be pleased to accept the story, “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” for inclusion in Third Flatiron Publishing’s Summer 2017 anthology, with the theme, “Cat’s Breakfast.”  This is to be a Kurt Vonnegut inspired collection, inspired itself somewhat by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s 2013 SO IT GOES:  A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT.  And so a couple of us writers who both had stories in that one (aha!  so see January 3 2013, below) and have been at least occasionally part of Third Flatiron’s stable were invited to send our work in for possible reprint consideration.  The email added that it would receive a reprint rate, which had been understood, and that a contract should be along soon.  Thus “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” the tale of an up-and-coming modern American young lady — and dancing bears — has earned a new home, more of which to be revealed here as it becomes known.

So it goes.

No, it’s not my headline this time but rather the title of an animated lecture/interview by Kurt Vonnegut on BLANKONBLANK.ORG/ PBS DIGITAL STUDIOS, delivered to a class at New York University on November 8 1970.  And please forgive the annoying Dropbox commercial toward the end.  But, speaking of SCIFI’s CatsCradle(1963)venture itself into academe (see post just below), I’d say that while this one was rather more exciting — the rocketship, for instance, vs. “Killer Kudzu”? —  I’d like to hope ultimately that  we’re all talking about the same thing.

And the man-eating lampreys as well?  To find out press here.

Kudos for indirectly leading me to BLANKONBLANK, etc., go to Mike Olson and ON THE EDGE CINEMA.  And if that weren’t enough, there are more of these animated interviews — times run to five or six minutes or so each — such as one with “Ray Bradbury on Madmen” (this time via Youtube and without commercial, at least not interrupting it toward the end like with Vonnegut’s session) which can be found here.

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An iconoclastic author and a great man.  For fifteen other things worth remembering from Kurt Vonnegut’s legacy, please press here.

(Illustration attrib. PARALLAXED JOURNAL)

Two items, both to do with SO IT GOES, of which you have read here often (e.g., March 31, et al.).  The book itself has arrived in Monday afternoon’s mail.  This is the tribute anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing for Kurt Vonnegut, and I believe the first anthology published by the emerging press.  Just from a glance it looks like a winner — and certainly, in concept soitgoes-copy-202x300alone, it makes for a bold start.  And I might mention too, another first for PMMP will be their initial single-author collection next month, THE TEARS OF ISIS (cf. March 21, February 27, et al.) by (ahem) me, scheduled for release on May 15.

Then for more on SO IT GOES, Editor/Publisher Max Booth III has escalated on his April 3 offer, posted below, to potential reviewers.  But let him explain for himself:

Christian A. Larsen is one of the authors involved in our recent anthology, SO IT GOES:  A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT.  Today he’s come up with a brilliant idea that everyone can participate in, and even get a chance to win free money!

Here is what Mr. Larsen posted on his blog:

“I and everyone involved would love to hear what you think.  Consider this a formal appeal for your review.  If you’re looking for an idea of how to write one, the following is adapted from an Isis4_2assignment given by Kurt Vonnegut to his students in his “Form of Fiction” course at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop:

“Any review would be awesome, whether you want to follow those instructions or not.  But if you do follow Vonnegut’s framework, I’m a big boy. If my story falls in the bottom three category, I can take it. I’ll take it with tears, but I’ll take it.”

Sounds fun, right? Well here’s where we up the stakes: anyone who participates in this challenge will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. The lucky winner will be chosen at random on July 1st.  So do make sure, that if you do involve yourself in this project, that you email us at pmmpublishing@gmail.com so your name doesn’t slip through the cracks!

More information — as well as the actual adaptation of Vonnegut’s own advice to reviewers — can be found by pressing here.

A quick note for any serious book reviewers out there.  Earlier this afternoon on Facebook, SO IT GOES Publisher/Editor Max Booth III (cf. March 31, 20, et al.), in noting that the Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology was officially published Easter weekend, added this offer:  “I am also, for a limited time, offering free e-copies in exchange for honest reviews.  So if you are interested, now is the time to contact me about that.  Either PM me or email me at pmmpublishing@gmail.com.”

Needless to say I have a pony in the paddock myself, “Dead Girls, Dying Girls” (read the story to find out why the Jerry Garcia version of “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic,” David Grisman accompanying on banjo, would make an excellent choice for background music 🙂 ), in the coveted Number 13 spot in the contents listing.  But don’t let that stop you, there are lots of other stories there too — as the man says, “the works of authors like Jay Wilburn, T Fox Dunham, Chris Larsen, James Dorr, Sue Lange, Jonathan Balog, Eli Wilde, and many more!”

To check out the Facebook announcement, press here, or see the email address in the first paragraph, above, to contact Max directly.

A lovely day today, possibly a few degrees too cool for my taste but the warmest we’re likely to have this week, and with the sun shining since about noon, a good day for Easter for those who would celebrate.  A good day all around, with two items of news:

The first, courtesy of poet, artist, and Horror Writers Association trustee Marge Simon, announces a new Facebook feature for horror fans and poets.  To quote Marge directly, “Hi folks!  April is National Poetry Month — and we’re working to raise poetry awareness in HWA all year around.  To that end, Sandy DeLuca, with Max Booth’s assistance, is creating a page for our horror.org site which will feature essays on dark poetry previously published in the HWA NL among other interesting items about poets of the dark side.  Ghost poets, zombie poets, vampire poets, and whatever falls in between.

“Thank you, Sandy and Max, for volunteering!  As an ongoing feature, poetry by dark poets — both past and present, will be Poe2posted here on our FB page monthly.

“To start things off, Mr. Poe’s ghost has agreed to accommodate us with the following poem –one that brings with it the usual chill attributed to one of the greats.  So laugh, my friends, but smile no more…”

The startup is Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Haunted Palace,” which, if the link works (the cave computer is bad at these things and I can’t confirm on a library computer until tomorrow) can be read on the horror.org entry by pressing here.

And then for the second, here I’ll quote Publisher/Editor Max Booth III (yes, the same Max Booth noted with Sandy DeLuca above — guy gets around!):  “Today is the release of our very first anthology — SO IT GOES:  A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT.  It has been our pleasure to work with such talented authors to create such a brilliant tribute to a man like Kurt.  Within these pages you will find the best science fiction and satire we at PMMP have come across in a long time.SoGoesII

“Brought to you by the following:

“The Grand Tour” by Frank Roger
“Saving God” by Jay Wilburn
“How to Succeed in Academia” by K. A. Laity (Kate Laity
“Critical Thinking Skills” by James W. Hritz
“The Unhappy Accident or Feelin’ Fine” by T. T Fox Dunham
“The Truth” by Jonathan Balog
“You’re Toast” by E.E. King (Elizabeth Eve King)
“The Joke’s on You” by Philip Simondet
“It Takes Four to Tango” by Mike Sheedy
“The Policy” by Thomas Messina
“Riding” by Aric Zair (Aric Gaughan)
“Corrective Action (or Illegal Discharge Legally Charged)” by Tony Wayne Brown
“Dead Girls, Dying Girls” by James Dorr
“Modern Science Has Yet to Find a Cure” by Michael Lee Smith
“The Fountain of Relative Youth” by Christian A. Chris Larsen
“My Best Friend is a Robot” by Brady Gerber
“Fido” by James Wymore
“Responsibility is Key” by Rachael Durbin
“Megastar Hopper” by Sue Lange
“Dog. Girl. Armless Karaoke Maniac.” by Joseph McKinley
“Nedserd” by Eli Wilde
“A Tribute to Ernest Glipp” by C. M. Chapman

“Today we will be celebrating the release.  Stay tuned for groovy pictures, videos, virtual drinks, and possible casualties.”

For the book itself (available as of now on Amazon in both print and Kindle) cf. March 20, et al., and note as well that I’m represented in slot number 13 in the list above  Then to join the party in progress, press here.




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