Greetings from the Ether,
It’s Women in Horror Month! Because of this, we thought we’d take a look back at all the talented women writers who have had their stories in our publications, and the ones who will be seen in upcoming releases. We’ll do this series in four parts: the first covering the magazine’s 1st year, the second covering the magazine’s 2nd year, the third covering our anthologies, and the fourth covering upcoming releases. Join us as we highlight these fascinating writers!
YEAR’S BEST BODY HORROR 2017 ANTHOLOGY
Charlotte Baker submitted a flash fiction titled “Eruption” to the Body Horror Anthology submissions call, and we loved just how much happened within those few short paragraphs. Since we went with an alphabetical order, her story actually was first in the anthology! Charlotte has also published a series of novellas and a multitude of short stories in various publications. We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her.
Chantal Boudreau is a veteran author and Canadian native. She’s published more than 50 stories, outside of Canada alone. She submitted a story titled “Wrigglers” to our Body Horror Anthology and it followed a bullied kid who ends up getting more than he bargained for after a trip to a lake. The body horror was exemplary in this tale, and if you haven’t read Boudreau’s work before, now is a great time to start.
K. M. Campbell is a New Zealand native and librarian with a dark sense of humor in her fiction. Her tale “Tom’s Thumb” was published in our Body Horror Anthology and it was by far one of the more disturbing pieces in the book. Think of demonic entities needing human body parts in order to become whole . . . whilst taking on the form of a “child.” If that doesn’t get you excited to read her work, we don’t know what will.
A. Collingwood had a story titled “Family Dinner” published in our Body Horror Anthology, and this piece starts off with a bang. In what is the ultimate revenge story, we have a tale of gruesome mutilation and the perfect payback. Collingwood has a blog for those interested, where she writes on various topics, including writing, publishing, literary criticism, and more. For those who’d like to learn more, you’ll find it here.
Spinster Eskie’s “A Normal Son” was one of the most unexpected tales we received for consideration during the Body Horror Anthology submissions call. We accepted it, of course, and if you’ve read this heartbreaking tale, you know why. Channeling dark phobias parents may have of their children being “abnormal” and coupling that with some disturbing body horror and a rather uplifting ending, Eskie’s story remains one of the best among all our publications. We couldn’t recommend Spinster’s work high enough, and we urge you to snag a copy of the anthology even if only to read her masterwork. Eskie also has a lot of awesome accolades to her name, and her work has a deep focus on socio-political issues, often within the realms of feminism.
Kourtnea Hogan is a life-long horror fan and her story “Mantis,” which appeared in the Body Horror Anthology, is proof. In the story, she illustrates a clever spin on the succubus concept with some graphic imagery to boot. Words on the wind even whisper of a possible short film being developed of this story, so keep an eye out for that!
Jenya Joy Preece’s story “Hot Flashes” found a home in our Body Horror Anthology, and it follows a couple during a hot summer day who quickly find the heat a bit too much to bear. Body horror quickly ensues in a disturbing yet humorous way, and we have ourselves a wonderful little flash fiction piece. You can find Jenya on Instagram, for those who are interested in learning more of her work.
YEAR’S BEST TRANSHUMAN 2017 ANTHOLOGY
Leigh Green submitted a story titled “Tempest” to our Transhuman Anthology call and it was exactly the type of work we were searching for. The piece follows a virtual reality simulation and the players involved as our protagonist is suddenly excommunicated from the group due to a strange accusation. The ending has a great twist and it’s the perfect blend of science fiction and social commentary in a rapidly evolving technological world. Leigh can be found online for those who want to learn more!
Kathleen Killian Fernandez had a flash piece in the Transhuman Anthology titled “Repli-Vacation,” which was co-written with Chris Vander Kaay. The duo have written several nonfiction books together and their fiction is just as good. The flash piece is stylized as a commercial for “Repli-Vacations,” where users can relive the experiences of others. The story quickly takes a dark turn, and the humor sprinkled throughout is perfectly placed.
Bethany C. Gotschall’s “Old Arguments” appeared in the Transhuman Anthology and it is a heartbreaking exploration of how future generations will handle the choice between living forever and dying. The titular “arguments” are about the morality in living forever and the disgust traditionalists in this fictional world feel towards the people who choose immortality. Bethany has several other stories in various publications, and she can be found online here.
Julie Novakova submitted the thought-provoking tale “Becoming” to our Transhuman Anthology call, and it was an unbelievable piece about a woman who is a “slave” to a ship, her body and mind becoming one with the vessel. She’s freed, and can’t quite find her place in life afterwards. It’s the classic theme of “knowing vs. not knowing,” with a unique twist. Julie has been published in several esteemed publications, such as Analog and Asimov’s, and you can find her website here. We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her.
M. Lopes da Silva’s “The Vivarium” remains one of the most original stories we’ve ever published, and Michelle continues to be a powerhouse in fiction (you’ll see more about her in the final article of this series!). Her story found a home in the Transhuman Anthology and follows a haven where human souls have transcended to the bodies of animals and various other organisms. They’re breached by diseased humans and things get ugly quick. You can find a collection of her Weird Fiction here, and make sure to follow her author page on Amazon!
Thanks for stopping by, and make sure to check out our future installments of this series. If you want to join in during WiHM, go out and purchase some books from female authors. Help us bridge the gap between readers and women writers this month!