I thought that I would take some time here to talk about all of my talented friends and the great work that they’re doing in the world of fiction.
First up, is E.C. Myers. Most of the people reading this probably know Eugene and know that he’s one of the hardest working writers around. And recently that hard work has paid off. He recently sold his YA book, Fair Coin, to Pyr and as someone who’s read the manuscript, I’m telling you that you’ll be wanting to read it when it comes out. It’s smart and fun and surprising and I can’t wait to see it turn up on bookshelves. Hell, I’m hoping that it will end up as a movie.
Eugene is also a short story writer and his story in Sybil’s Garage #7, “My Father’s Eyes”, has rightly been singled out by reviewers as one of the stand-out stories. SF Site said of it, “This was one of the most moving, and in an unforced way original, stories in the collection — my joint favourite with M.K. Hobson’s ‘Kid Despair in Love.’” Matt Kressel, Editor of Sybil’s Garage, recently made the issue available as a free download, but only for the next 2 weeks or so. You can download a PDF copy here.
Eugene is going to be leaving those of us in NY soon, but for a good reason – he recently got engaged as well. Eugene’s one of the kindest and most generous people I know and he will be missed, but I wish him and his fiancee (hi, Carrie) all the best.
Last year I had the good fortune to be an Associate Editor for Sybil’s Garage, a small press genre fiction magazine that I greatly admire. The magazine has quickly established itself as a source for great fiction under the leadership of Matthew Kressel. So when I was asked if I wanted to be an editor again this year, I had to say yes.
The reading period opens on January 15 and the guidelines have changed slightly:
Sybil’s Garage publishes a wide variety of speculative fiction, including traditional science fiction, fantasy and horror as well as more atmospheric/slipstream stories. For issue no. 7 we seek to cast a wider net and encourage contributors to send us both atmospheric/slipstream stories as well as those with traditionally strong plots and characters.
We also will look at stories with little or no speculative element, but with speculative tendencies (e.g. weird but not-necessarily supernatural.)
In addition, we are very interested in seeing stories written by and/or including varied ethnicities, social classes, and nationalities. We’d like to see more stories featuring under-utilized cultures and settings as well. Our editors and readers represent a variety of backgrounds and we’re always working to ensure that our publication reflects that as well.
Please send us your best work.
Full guidelines can be found here.
Sybil’s Garage No. 6
It’s my pleasure to help spread the word that the 6th issue of Sybil’s Garage is now available. I helped read for this issue and Matt Kressel, and the other editors, have done an amazing job of putting together the magazine. Less a magazine, this is more of a mini-anthology and well worth your time and money. Details are available at the website and there will also be copies for sale at Wiscon.
Table of Contents
Liz Bourke — “The Girl”
Donna Burgess — “Ashes”
Lyn C. A. Gardner — “God’s Cat”
Alex Dally MacFarlane — “The Wat”
Susannah Mandel — “Metamorphic Megafauna”
Tracie McBride — “An Ill Wind”
Kristen McHenry — “Museum”
Jaime Lee Moyer — “One by Moonlight”
Daniel A. Rabuzzi — “Backsight”
Michel Sauret — “Brick Wall Giants”
Michel Sauret — “Son of Man”
J.E. Stanley — “City of Bridges”
Sonya Taaffe — “Skiadas”
Marcie Lynn Tentchoff — “Sun-Kissed”
Rumjhum Biswas — “Mother’s Garden”
K. Tempest Bradford — “Élan Vital”
Autumn Canter — “Day of the Mayfly”
Becca De La Rosa — “Not the West Wind”
Eric Del Carlo — “Come the Cold”
Jason Heller — “The Raincaller”
Paul Jessup — “Heaven’s Fire ”
Vylar Kaftan — “Fulgurite”
Keffy R. M. Kehrli — “Machine Washable”
Sean Markey — “Waiting for the Green Woman”
James B. Pepe — “I am Enkidu, his Wild Brother”
Simon Petrie — “Downdraft”
Genevieve Valentine — “The Drink of Fine Gentlemen Everywhere”
Stephanie Campisi — “Drinking Black Coffee at the Jasper Grey Café”
Toiya Kristen Finley — “Eating Ritual”
Donald Norum — “An Old Man Went Fishing on the Sea of Red”
Interview with Paul Tremblay by Devin Poore