Saturday, February 9, 2013

News from the Reviewing Front and Glitter (as always, contains Madness*)

After much thought, I have decided my next review (of The Inner City by Karen Hueler) will be my last on The Bag and The Crow (formerly The Crow's Caw).

Although I've completely enjoyed my experience as a member of The Bag and The Crow team, time is ever in short supply and with a year and thirteen reviews under my belt, I decided I needed to reprioritize in favor of my own fiction. I'll still review books here quite often, of course, but the books won't be so focused in genre and the frequency will fluctuate.

It's been great to have my name alongside Bob Freeman, Nick Cato, Jordan Norton, and Sheri White and I'm grateful to Jassen Bailey (proprietor of The Bad and The Crow) for the opportunity. I wish him and his team all the best.

Of course, this means Jassen is looking for a reliable reviewer with a taste for dark fiction. If you think you might be interested contact him.

On another matter, if you've somehow missed it, there's a nifty Kickstarter running for another six days (until Feb. 16th) for a speculative anthology called Glitter and Madness***UPDATE: Name of the anthology has since been changed to Glitter and Mayhem***to be edited by Hugo award-winners John Klima (editor at Electric Velocipede), Lynne M. Thomas (head editor at Apex Magazine) and Michael Damian Thomas (managing editor at Apex), and published by Apex Publications.

The prompt:

"Roller Derby, nightclubs, glam aliens, (literal) party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, debauchery, etc."

There's a million brilliant writers (well, not quite that many, but a lot), including Damien Walters Grintalis, Kat Howard, and Seanan McGuire, already attached to this, and some great incentives for backers. They've made it past the half-way mark and are now open for submissions. (I'll be reading slush for this, as well as EV, btw!) It's an entertaining idea, and if you have the means, please consider contributing. ***UPDATE: GLITTER AND MAYHEM IS FUNDED!***And if you have a fab, glittery and mad, nightclubby story with glam aliens or roller derby party monsters, (up to 6,000w), may I suggest submitting it? (deadline March 15th)

I'll be writing my review of The Inner City over the next few days so my final Bag and Crow review should be up on the site fairly soon. I'll keep you posted. ;-)

*Yes, the post title is a feeble attempt to be amusing. I LAUGHED IT IS SO FUNNY SHUT UP

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