In politics, primary season is often referred to as "silly season" because of the ludicrous things people say and do to catch the voters' attention. Awards season is no different.
Once you've done the libertarian survivalist wet dream enough times - once you've heard the same story, over and over, until that incredibly fresh thing you loved became a tiresome cliché you were starting to hate - there are all the OTHER ways we could steer this ship. Refreshing the vision. Pioneering once again. - John Skipp
At its heart is a critique of modern civilization, in which "Mankind" is reduced to shambling drones, brainlessly consuming and destroying all they touch. It's a powerful critique that can be played at least two ways: 1) "The monster is us", or 2) "Everyone on Earth is an asshole but me."
Writing is thankless, except when you get published, and somebody reads what you wrote, and tells you that it meant something to them. Then it's awesome. In fact, writing is always awesome - even when you don't get published. So few people find fulfillment in their work. Writers are lucky that way.
The publishing industry is in a state of flux (to be kind), but in a sense, it's an opportunity for indie publishers who don't have the crushing overhead of the bigs, to swoop in, publish vibrant fiction, and pick up readers.
Unfortunately, gratuitous violence and pornography have become the public face of horror. That's good for a few artists, bad for everybody else... That's the real problem for the Glen Hirshbergs, Sarah Langans, and Ramsey Campbells of the field...
Be My Victim
: Author, editor, and internet brawler
Nick Mamatas, and I have a civil chat about ghosts, spirits, and dudes that go "Did you hear that?" in the night.
Though stories about ghosts and spirits have existed since earliest man - (That is a supposition, of course. I wasn't there, and earliest man wasn't big on backing up his files) - we're going to focus the conversation on contemporary treatments of hauntings - mostly. Recently, my guest, Nick Mamatas, teamed up with
Ellen Datlow to edit the anthology, Haunted Legends
, for Tor Books, so he's been exposed to some traditional and some not-so-traditional tales of spectral disturbance.
[SF Signal welcomes author Lee Thomas and the launch of his new SF Signal column, Be My Victim!] This column is meant to address issues pertaining to horror fiction and the [...]