Weird fiction submission guidelines, or the editorial hat

April 13th, 2014


Wearing the editor’s hat this morning, I’m pleased to present the guidelines for the Year’s Best Weird Fiction 2, via Undertow Publications.

Please note this call for submissions is for 2014 material ONLY.

Looking forward to tossing that hat into the air with joy over the weird and amazing stories I’ll be reading . . . Let the fun begin.


Editing the Year’s Best Weird

April 4th, 2014

“What’s weird is unclassifiable, beyond the boundaries, above the rules, and passionately individual,” Koja said. “I’m looking forward to having a lot of editorial fun with this project.”

All true, and very pleased to announce that I’ll be editing Vol. 2 of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction for Undertow Publications, coming next year. I’ve been edited, and copyedited, often enough, but wearing the editor’s hat will be a different kind of fun. Thanks to Michael Kelly for the invitation!


Some thoughts on fiction and intensity, Catholicism as punk rock, and how to develop a working shit detector:  Jeff VanderMeer’s interview with me for Weird Fiction Review.


Readers and writers and gifts

March 27th, 2014

A reader in Japan surprised me with this, prior to my own sending of a signed copy of BAD BRAINS:

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The reader gifts the writer with his/her intelligence and attention. The writer offers the reader the gift of the story. And ancillary generosity flowers where it will …

“A work of art is a gift, not a commodity. Or, to state the modern case with more precision, that works of art exist simultaneously in two ‘economics,’ a market economy and a gift economy. Only one of these is essential, however: a work of art can survive without the market, but where there is no gift there is no art.” Lewis Hyde, in THE GIFT

Play the game: ALICE begins

March 24th, 2014

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With DRINK ME treats and twinkling pink lights, surrounded by darkness, ALICE begins . . . nerve brings Wonderland to life in October 2014.

For the kick-off event, we gathered a special group of our supporters, the Nervous System, at our rehearsal space in Corktown, for a pop-up inaugural performance.

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Steve Xander Carson and I are adapting Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass for immersive production. Patrons will follow puppet Alice and interact with the characters she meets: an off-white Rabbit and existential Caterpillar, the manic duo of Mad Hatter & March Hare, the Tweedle Sisters, the deadly Pale King, and the Carpenter, who keeps Wonderland half a step ahead of chaos.

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For this production, nerve is proud to be joined by adjunct artists whose work we admire: as Dormouse and Red Queen, dance performers Marianne Brass (our FAUSTUS choreographer) and Rachael Ahn Harbert, and as March Hare, John Denyer (another FAUSTUS creative alumnus).

More news about the venue and ticket sales will follow soon. You can sign up for updates at

Laura Bailey, Steve Xander Carson, Marisa Dluge, Chris Jakob and Samantha Moltmaker invite you to join us as we transform the Lewis Carroll classic into a night of discovery and dark wonder. Play the game!

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[All photos by Rick Lieder: Chris Jakob; Steve Xander Carson and John Denyer; DRINK ME; Chris Jakob; Samantha Moltmaker and Laura Bailey.]

A bespoke conversation

March 17th, 2014

Bespoke fox 1The photos arrived with a communique from the bespoke edition’s receiver …


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… authentic Czech puppets, one a fox, of course ….

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… whose juxtaposition – affinity – for THE MERCURY WALTZ was clear!

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Did they read between the lines, as those other puppets made their rabble-rousing way through the pages? Did they wink to one another with approval, roll their eyes in silent mirth?

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One of the great – and fully unexpected – joys of creating the MERCURY bespoke edition has been the intensely creative enthusiasm with which the books are received. We collaborate, we converse …. What a total thrill, to have such readers!

Go deep. Go dark. Go nerve.

March 16th, 2014

Our gorgeous new site is up:

I won’t gild the lily: just look. And many thanks to ANTICHAMBER DESIGN for digital design and artistry, and RICK LIEDER for visionary photography!

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