Stories from the month of July

Happy summer! Here’s some stuff to read.

• Liz Argall’s “Blunt Force Trauma Delivered by Spouse,” in the much-anticipated This is How You Die (the second Machine of Death anthology) is “a graphic, painful character study of an Australian farmer in a passionate but abusive relationship, fighting to rebuild her life in spite of her eponymous prediction” (Tasha Robinson of AV Club).

• Cat Rambo has two stories out: “On the Big-fisted Circuit,” a story about people fighting in giant robot suits, is up at Daily Science Fiction, and “Elsewhere, Within, Elsewhen” is in Beyond the Sun, an anthology. It’s about personal struggles in a distant colony. Also, talking rocks.

• JM Sidorova’s debut novel, The Age of Ice, was published this month, along with a companion story called “The Colors of Cold.” I haven’t read my copy of the novel yet, but the reviews are hot! So to speak.

March Madness: Stories!

It was an explosive month for horrific miscuers! Look at all this great fiction!

• Liz Argall had two amazing stories published this month. “Shadow Play,” a story of shapeshifting, memory, and the history of puppets, inspired by random banter with William Alexander over twitter, is at Daily Science Fiction. And “Mermaid’s Hook” is at Apex: Rescuing a sailor is not as easy as it sounds. Fellow miscuer Rashida Smith calls it “haunting and deeply satisfying.” And! Proceeds from this story go to the Leonard Pung Memorial Scholarship.

• Eliza Hirsch’s “A Song for the Season” is at Cast of Wonders in audio form. It’s a story of love and tragedy in a village setting.

• “Logic and Magic in the Time of the Boat Lift” by Cat Rambo (with Ben Burgis) is available in word form at Giganotosaurus and audio word form at Podcastle. Paraconsistent logic, oracular nuns, and were-gators in 1980s Miami!

• Cat Rambo also has an audio reprint, “Amid the Words of War,” available at Drabblecast. It’s a story about an alien POW turned sex worker.

• And E. Lily Yu introduces us to a new treatment for grief in “Loss, with Chalk Diagrams,” up at Eclipse Online.

Amazing, right? I can’t wait to see what we get up to in April!

Happy 2013, y’all! Here are some HM publications/news to get the year started.

• Sandra M. Odell’s “The Poison Eater” appeared in the anthology Deep Cuts from Evil Jester Press.

• Eliza Hirsch’s story “A Map of the Heart” came out in Con(viction): Anthology of the Con.

“The Passing of Grandmother’s Quilt” by Cat Rambo appeared on Every Day Fiction. It’s a flash piece about the grieving process.

• Issue #16 of Shimmer came out this month, with editing by Keffy R.M. Kehrli.

• January’s issue of The Colored Lens contained stories by TWO miscuers. Kris Millering’s “Those Who Do Not Reap” is about aliens, alien sex, and how stories grow. Emily C. Skaftun’s “A Fairy Tale” is a cautionary tale about firefly hunting, magic, and relationships.

• The stage version of Liz Argall’s “Dear Ms. Moon” was/will be performed January 26th and February 2 as part of Pulp Diction. If you missed the shows you can read or listen to the story.

• And finally, Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, is available now, with stories by ANOTHER TWO miscuers! Not only will you get Caren Gussoff’s new novel start, “Free Bird,” and Erik Owomoyela’s “Steal the Sky,” but the proceeds from the book support the Carl Brandon Society, which helps more awesome people attend Clarion and Clarion West. The anthology is only available until June.

Crit Session Quotes For 12/29/2012

Theater sign for Geek OutIn our last meeting for 2012, we critted stories from Kris Millering, Cat Rambo, and Emily Skaftun. In attendance were Liz Argall, Sarah Hirsch, Tod McCoy, Kris Millering, Erik Owomoyela, Cat Rambo, Vicki Saunders, Emily Skaftun, and Eddie Smith.

Here’s a scattering of what was said, but by request I have not attributed the quotes.

  • If there are monkeys on a planet, we need to know that immediately because we love monkeys!
  • That would really sock it to the tree, so to speak
  • Write a different story. Got it.
  • I wanted more apple magic.
  • I needed more rage on the part of the tree.

Afterwards, we had a joint outing to the theater and saw Geek Out, which included adaptations of “Black Box” by Jennifer Egan; “Instructions: by Neil Gaiman; “The Lifecycle of Software Objects” by Ted Chiang; and “The Unwritten” by Mike Carey, done in collaboration with literature-based music group, The Bushwick Book Club Seattle.

Horrific October Publications

Or rather, publications by Horrific Miscuers. They may or may not themselves be horrific.

• “Casanova Clay,” a poem by Liz Argall about dirt, hands and work awaits you at Apex Magazine. 

• Cat Rambo steals the month once again with two (2) ebooks! A SEED ON THE WIND is part of the Fathomless Abyss series, and HALLOWEEN QUARTET is an experiment.

• And Emily C. Skaftun’s “10 Things to Do in Los Angeles After You Die” was published by Every Day Fiction. It’s a zombie love story tourist guide.

It’s a book!

In September, Horrific Miscuers did a lot of strange things. Liz Argall wrote a love song to meat pies. Starlight Moonrocket, IV, Esq., who may or may not be associated with this group, has opened The JOURNAL of eXuBeRaNtLy Bad FICTION for submissions.

And Cat Rambo has a new book out! Near + Far, published by Hydra House, is in the old Ace double format, with a NEAR side, and a FAR side that both have gorgeous covers (but I’m only going to show you one of them. Mwa ha ha!).

To read more about it from Cat’s blog, go here.

To just order a copy from Hydra House (you know you want to) go here. It’s also available from Amazon and the other usual sources.

Summer Reading

I have been remiss in posting, so here’s a whole summer’s worth of Horrific Miscue words to read!

• Liz Argall started a web comic called Things Without Arms and Without Legs. Things! Things! If there is no spoon, why does it taste so nice?

• Tod McCoy was published in an anthology called Bronies: For the Love of Ponies. Join Kazka Press as we explore the simple love between a man and his pony, a woman and her pony, and the world and their bronies and pegasisters. The foreword is written by Kij Johnson, and the anthology includes her Nebula-winning story “Ponies.”

• Sandra Odell’s “Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow” is up at Kasma Science Fiction. This is a story of zombies, choice, and what it means to be human, as seen through the eyes of Willy Shakes, everyone’s favorite bard.

• Cat Rambo has two recently podcasted stories: “Grandmother,” a space opera story, is up at EscapePod, and “Coyote Barbie,” a humorous short originally published in Expanded Horizons, is up at Toasted Cake.

AND . . .

• William T. Vandemark’s “Alkahest,” originally published in Brain Harvest, is also up at Toasted Cake. If you  have 8 minutes and the inclination, check it out.

Go! Read! Listen!

April Showers (of words!)

This (previous) month in HM publishing:

Go read (or listen to) them! This is the best kind of rain: the kind you don’t need an umbrella for.

Horrific Miscue Stories in their (Un)Natural Habitats

This is not an April Fools Day post. Or is it?

These are some of the places that Horrific Miscuers’ stories have gotten to this March:

  • Liz Argall’s “The Rugged Track” is available as a podcast from Podcastle
  • Lauren Dixon’s “A Lesson in Metempsychosis” is at Extract(s)
  • Sandra M. Odell’s “Wings” is in issue #3 of The Colored Lens
  • Emily C. Skaftun’s “Down in the Woods Today” is in Attic Toys, available in kindle and paper formats

We hope you enjoy. Unless, of course, it’s all an elaborate prank.

From the March 3 2012 Meeting

Writers Hard At Work

Tod McCoy, Lauren Dixon, Liz Argall at Inner Chapters Bookstore.

Liz Wrestles With Her Muse

Liz Argall wrestles with her muse while Lauren Dixon (furthest) and VIcki Saunders (foreground) look on.

Lucas Johnson, Emily Skaftun, Persephone D'Shaun

Lucas Johnson, Emily Skaftun, and Persephone D'Shaun watch from the other side of the table.

Members present: Liz Argall, Lauren Dixon, Eliza Hirsch, Lucas Johnson, Keffy Kehrli, Tod McCoy, Cat Rambo, Vicki Saunders, Persephone D’Shaun, Emily Skaftun.

Three stories were workshopped and Liz wrestled with her muse. As always, Inner Chapters was a swell host. The novel group meets on the 24th, and we all believe we are workshopping Caren’s novel.

Also, Keffy is going to put together an informative list of everything he hates in stories for the blog.