OH GUESS WHAT MOAR ANNOUNCEMENTS!
I am honored that my story, “Real Monsters”, is included in Heiresses of Russ 2015: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction.
The fact that my story is sandwiched between Nicola Griffith’s “Cold Wind” and Alex Dally MacFarlane’s “Because I Prayed This Word” gives you a sense of just how excellent this collection is.1 Again, I’m truly honored, and if queer spec fic is your thing I encourage you to check out the anthology!
About “Real Monsters”
Scylla and Charybdis are sea monsters, but they didn’t start that way. In “Real Monsters,” Scylla tells her story. In Scylla’s version of events, what lies between Scylla and Charybdis is not death and destruction but a radical and vibrant love story.
About the Anthology
Stories about lesbians, women who choose women as primary partners, lovers, playmates, and co-conspirators, tend to go where few men have gone before. Most of the real-life issues that lesbians must deal with, as women and as members of non-mainstream communities, appear in these stories in metaphorical form or as plausible scenarios in a future or alternate world. Lesbianism itself was routinely described by the conservatives of the past as “impossible.” The formula of “woman + woman” is thus logically connected with other phenomenon formerly considered impossible: magic, witchcraft, folk cures, scientific discoveries, alternate methods of producing offspring, space travel, communication with beings who are not human or not living in human bodies, historical accounts that have been suppressed or denied. The Heiresses of Russ series seeks to offer readers the best lesbian-themed speculative fictions stories published the prior year.
1Ok, full disclosure: when I saw the table of contents I was a bit flabbergasted that my story had been selected. Probably I wouldn’t even have sent in a story for consideration if I’d known all of these incredibly talented authors I admire so much were in the running. (I have major writer Imposter Syndrome).