In this podcast Scott Nicolay interviews Selena Chambers, author of Calls for Submission and Wandering Spirits: Traveling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Also solve a literary mystery to win two signed Calls for Submission ARCs and an all-new News from the Weird featuring co-host Justin Steele!
Author/editor Selena Chambers joins Scott to talk about her debut collection Calls for Submission (Pelekinesis) and Wandering Spirits: Traveling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, including romanticism and meta-sublimity, literary pilgrimages, the incredible talent of artist Yves Tourigny, Selena’s Dunhams Manor Press chapbooks ‘Of Parallel and Parcel’ and ‘The Last Session’ and her ‘Poe Bug’ column in Xnoybis Journal, exposing misconceptions about Poe, Poe’s women as lady alchemists, some props to Molly Tanzer, a reading assignment and a literary mystery contest to win two Calls to Submission ARCs, the Bas Bleu Sisterhood and the joy of time-traveling through fiction, a reading from her World Fantasy Award-nominated story ‘The Neurastheniac’ (00:41:20-00:49:57), disillusionment and suicide among writers, why it’s a good time to be a Weird writer, surrealism and deconstruction and doing ‘the cut-up’, co-writing ‘Dive In Me’ with Jesse Bullington, air-bass-ing, Steampunk and its connection to Weird/New Weird, writing to market as learning process, decadence and the Poe vibe in Selena’s work, feeling the glow, upcoming projects including editing Mechanical Animals (Hex Publishers) with Jason Heller (Strange Stars), a cocktail-inspired submission, and her recommended writers including Orrin Grey, Nadia Bulkin, and Molly Tanzer’s new novel, Creatures of Will and Temper.
News from The Weird
(01:23:25)Justin Steele and Scott discuss what they’ve been reading and the latest publishing news including the British Fantasy Awards, Broken Eye Books, Dunhams Manor Press, Undertow Publications, Comma Press, Nightscript III, Carrion Blue 555 Press, and more.
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Host/Executive Producer: Scott Nicolay
Co-Host, News From the Weird: Justin Steele
Associate Producer/Show Notes: Anya Martin
Logo Design: Nick “The Hat” Gucker
Music: Michael Griffin