the best indie press books i’ve ever read

Berit Ellingsen:

Thank you so much to writer and editor Eddy Rathke for mentioning The Empty City and Beneath the Liquid Skin on his list of favorite books.

Check it out, so many interesting sounding books!

And that book igloo image is fantastic!

Originally posted on The Life and Opinions of edward j rathke:

Rather than do a year end list or anything like that, I’ve decided to just talk about what books I think are the best ones that I’ve read since I started reading indie back in, like, 2008. These are in no order, but just kind of grouped by writer because it’s easier for me to remember them that way. This is by no means a complete list of the best indie books published in the last however many years. These are just the best of what I read.

No preamble!

Ledfeather by Stephen Graham Jones, FC2

The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto by Stephen Graham Jones, FC2

I’ve read both of these books by Stephen about four times, and they keep getting better. I’m not sure if I’d love contemporary literature as much without these novels. They’re some of my favorite books written in history, and I rank Ledfeather right…

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The Apex Book of World SF 3 is a NPR pick of 2014


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The Apex Book of World SF 3 edited by Lavie Tidhar and featuring one of my stories, Dancing on the Red Planet, is a NPR pick of best book of 2014!

Thank you so much Lavie for reprinting my story and to Ian Sales for publishing it in the awesome hard SF antho Rocket Science first.

Interview and reviews about the book and short story here (scroll down page).

The Humanity of Monsters Final ToC

Originally posted on Michael Matheson | A Dark and Terrible Beauty:

Posting this a little later in the day than I’d intended, but this is now finally going live.

First things first, the remaining three writers who have been added to the The Humanity of Monsters ToC since the last update I did to the list of contributors are: Catherynne M. Valente, Yoon Ha Lee, and Nathan Ballingrud.

With those three names added, the final count for stories in the anthology comes to 26, and once everything is written for the book (still pulling together the introduction, acknowledgements, and fiddling with the preliminary layout), the book will be close to 110,000 words. So a fair-sized book in the end. Especially when you consider that I’d originally only planned for about 18 stories. Making me very happy that I get to include this many stories in the anthology.

It also means the book gets to speak to a lightly wider scope than…

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Midsummer Murders read by Georgia Bellas


In August Wyvern Lit published Midsummer Murders, my homage to the TV series with the (almost) same name.

Now Georgia Bellas has read and featured the story (along with a tale by Kelly Link) in her podcast, Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon/The Secret Lives of Stuffed Animals.

Go check out the two stories!

Thank you so much to Georgia for featuring my story and for creating a great audio version of it!

(Image: Stockcross Church by Tim Thomas)

The Humanity of Monsters Partial ToC

Originally posted on Michael Matheson | A Dark and Terrible Beauty:

Yes, I know. All I do these days is tease partial ToCs….

But it was pointed out to me yesterday that as I’m allowing the contributors to The Humanity of Monsters (ChiZine Publications, November 2015) who’ve completed their reprint contracts to share news of their sales, I could also post the names of those writers and their stories here as well (and figured I would also toss in anyone else who’s mentioned the sale on their end).

Which, actually, seems like a rather excellent idea. And, let’s be honest about this, I do love to tease where anthologies are concerned :)

Though I’ve not talked much about The Humanity of Monsters up until now, except to note occasionally in various places online that I was putting the book together, it’s been a long time coming. It’s a passion project, really. One that, as I have been saying to…

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Sovetskoye Shampanskoye in W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International

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Sovetskoye Shampanskoye, a flash story first published by SmokeLong Quarterly, will appear in W.W. Norton’s anthology Flash Fiction International!

The TOC includes Israeli short story writer Etgar Keret, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah, Korean screenwriter Kim Young-ha, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, and Argentinian “Queen of the Microstory” Ana María Shua!

Thank you so much to the editors for selecting the story, to SmokeLong for publishing it first, and to writer Ethel Rohan for recommending it!


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