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MIND MELD: The Evolution of the Author/Fan Relationship

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Twitter, facebook and blogging are more popular than ever, and every year the attendance at speculative fiction-focused conventions seems to increase. With that in mind, I asked our panelists the following question:

Q: With the growing popularity of social media and face to face events, how has the relationship between writing professions (writers, editors, artists, etc.) and fans changed over the years?

Here’s what they said…!

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Table of Contents: IMAGINARIUM 3: THE BEST CANADIAN SPECULATIVE WRITING Edited by Sandra Kasturi and Helen Marshall


ChiZine has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing edited by Sandra Kasturi and Helen Marshall, briefly described thusly:

Imaginarium 2014: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing is a reprint anthology collecting speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) that represents the best work published by Canadian writers in the 2013 calendar year.

Here’s the table of contents…
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Free Fiction: “Supply Limited, Act Now” by Helen Marshall (From Her Collection GIFTS FOR THE ONE WHO COMES AFTER)

Today, we’re pleased to bring you a short story that appears in the Helen Marshall’s new collection from ChiZine, Gifts for the One Who Comes After . Helen’s work has been nominated for the Aurora Award from the Canadian Society of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, and the Sydney J. Bounds Award from the British Fantasy Society, which she won in 2013. This is just one of the many stories in the collection, which is described thusly:

Ghost thumbs. Microscopic dogs. One very sad can of tomato soup. Helen Marshall’s second collection offers a series of twisted surrealities that explore the legacies we pass on to our children. A son seeks to reconnect with his father through a telescope that sees into the past. A young girl discovers what lies on the other side of her mother’s bellybutton. Death’s wife prepares for a very special funeral. In Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Marshall delivers eighteen tales of love and loss that cement her as a powerful voice in dark fantasy and the New Weird. Dazzling, disturbing, and deeply moving.

Here’s Helen’s marvelous story…
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Coming Soon: GIFTS FOR THE ONE WHO COMES AFTER by Helen Marshall

Here’s the cover and synopsis for Helen Marshall’s upcoming collection Gifts for the One Who Comes After. (Cover by Erik Mohr.)

Here’s the synopsis:
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MIND MELD: When Genre Intersects Classical Literature and Myth

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This week we asked our participants to dive into ancient legends, history and myth:

Q: The Iliad and the Odyssey…the Epic of Gilgamesh…the MahabharataJourney to the West… These ancient myths and stories, and many others seem to partake of genre elements. Are they, in fact, on the Road to Science Fiction, to quote James Gunn’s classic series? How do they fit into the world of genre? How can they inform and be used in modern reinterpretations and borrowings of these myths and stories? What writers and stories best rework these myths and legends?

Here’s what they said…

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MIND MELD: Horror – Why You Love It, Why We Write It, and Where It’s Going

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The Bram Stoker Award final ballot was recently announced, reminding me why horror as a genre is so much fun, so in that spirit, I asked our panel these questions:

Q: What first piqued your interest in horror, and why do you enjoy writing in the genre? What direction do you see the genre taking in the future, and who are a few of your favorite horror writers, books, or stories?

Here’s what they had to say…

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