May 29, 2007
Before May is over, I want to take time to tell you what’s been happening over here at Afterbirth. First off, this month saw the release of Better Ways of Being Dead by Christian TeBordo, and just this week—13 Thorns by Gina Ranalli and Gus Fink!
Laird Hunt, author of The Impossibly and The Exquisite had this to say about Better Ways of Being Dead:
In this mind-warping, time-looping, wonderfully smart novel, there are "pants involved, and no pants, and stiletto heels and fortune cookies and the devil herself, indirectly." Throw in a polar bear suit, a creepy professor or two, suicide that doesn't stick, an intrepid narrator who is not afraid to drive an old stolen hearse through deep snow, and you've got the makings of something, well, unusual (and thank God)! Which is another way of saying, wow, I'm really, really glad I read this. You will be too.
“Speaking Eyes,” one of the stories from 13 Thorns appeared in the recent MungBeing. You can find it, as well as bio pages about Gina Ranalli and Outsider artist Gus Fink (and two of his drawings), by following this link: http://www.mungbeing.com/issue_13.html?page=26#1069
Speaking of Gina’s work, her novella Suicide Girls in the Afterlife was reviewed in the May edition of Fantasy & Science Fiction by Charles de Lint. Here’s some of what he had to say:
There are some very funny—and sacrilegious—moments (and) the author has serious things to say. But that doesn’t stop a lot of it from being irreverent and tongue-in-cheek…it’s certainly a fascinating—and for this reader, successful—experiment.
Vincent W. Sakowski has been busy and created a video for his book, Not Quite One of the Boys. You can find it on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/v/skm3T5d2gag Take a look!
All Encompassing Trip by Nicole Del Sesto is getting a lot of notice! Nicole was interviewed in PubGuy—you can find it here. She was also interviewed in BlogCritics.
Kevin Dole 2’s novella "Coming" appears in print and online in the latest issue of The Swallow's Tail. Edited by Forrest Armstrong, this third issue also features work by Jason Earls, D. Harlan Wilson, Benjamin Robinson, and others, as well as poetry, book reviews, art, and an interview with Kevin Donihe. Kevin Dole 2 also appeared recently at the Ann Arbor Book Festival on a panel called "Emerging Genres." It was moderated by Paul Toth.
Duncan Barlow, upcoming author of Super Cell Anemia was interviewed in Punk Horror. It gives some interesting details of his musical and literary career so check it out. You can find their site here.
Jason Earls recently released a novel, Red Zen, (available at Amazon) and Bradley Sands put out the winter issue of Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens. You can find it here.
Several authors of Bizarro were featured in the anthology Falling from the Sky which you can find here. Included you will find work from Bradley Sands, Gina Ranalli, Kevin Donihe, Carlton Mellick III, and Jeremy Robert Johnson.
This summer, we’re working on Cocoon of Terror by Jason Earls, Wall of Kiss by Gina Ranalli, and Super Cell Anemia by Duncan Barlow.
Well, it’s yet another long news page…and I dedicate this to all the loyal supports of Bizarro—fans, authors, publishers, online and brick-and-mortar stores, zines, reviewers, and whoever else I may have missed. Have a good one!