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Cover art by Paula Arwen Owen. So Anita and I have gone through all of the approximately 1,350 submissions we received. I want to express my gratitude to assistant editors Catherine Reniere, Sally Brackett Roberston, and especially Sabrina West, for helping us respond to these many, many hopefuls in a reasonably timely fashion.
At this point, if you sent a story in to Clockwork Phoenix 5 and haven’t heard back, either your story has made it to the final elimination round (heh) or you slipped through the cracks. We do our best to prevent the latter, but it seems like there’s always someone who gets missed, so I encourage folks to query. (Send queries to clockworkphoenix@gmail.com.)
The final round is always the toughest. At present there’s about 60 stories awaiting our final decisions; no volume of Clockwork Phoenix has ever held more than 18 stories. I anticipate it will take us a few more weeks yet to make those choices.
I should remind folks that Mythic Delirium is open to submissions now (guidelines here). I should also mention that we don’t want stories that were rejected from Clockwork Phoenix resubmitted to Mythic Delirium; it is possible, however, that some of the authors who don’t end up fitting into Clockwork Phoenix will get an offer for a slot in Mythic Delirium, with the understanding that they may wish to submit elsewhere first or instead. We did that last time and it worked out well.

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Unseaming_ecover_newIn honor of Danielle Tunstall's Chesley Award nomination for best paperback cover, the ebook edition of Unseaming will be on sale for 99 cents through Thursday night. The Chesley Awards, given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, will be announced Thursday evening at Sasquan (aka the World Science Fiction Convention) in Spokane, Wash.
You can find the discounted Unseaming editions here:
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

Current Mood:
artistic artistic
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Mythic_Delirium_2_1_cover_smallOur August features at Mythic Delirium are live on the website now. Have yourself a look!
August 2015 featured story: Cassandra Khaw introduces us to a sea witch with godlike powers who sets out to atone for a terrible wrong in “Her Pound of Flesh.”
August 2015 featured poems: Hannah Strom-Martin examines the qualities that comprise “The Villain’s Coat,” while Anne Carly Abad grants us a glimpse into “The Secret Lives of Cabinets.”
Eager to read the rest of the issue? You can acquire it at Amazon or Weightless Books, or subscribe here.
Two more things you might want to know: 1) I still have a lot of story submitted to Clockwork Phoenix 5 to sort through, but I am hopeful that I will get answers to (almost) everyone by the end of August. In the meantime, 2) Mythic Delirium is now open to fiction and poetry submissions. Guidelines here.

Originally published at Mythic Delirium Books. You can comment here or there.

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Readercon was great, but as I'm in the midst of reading Clockwork Phoenix 5 submissions and starting on a novel revision, I'm not going to be able to provide any kind of detailed report.

I did not win the Shirley Jackson Award, though I remain honored to have been nominated and enjoyed meeting a number of my fellow nominees. I certainly don't begrudge Helen Marshall her win for best collection.
I am pleased to report that Bone Swans, the debut collection from C.S.E. Cooney that Anita and I published through our Mythic Delirium Books imprint, sold out at Readercon. Nor did Unseaming fare poorly, for that matter. And, at the joint party Anita and I held for both books, Carlos Hernandez provided this rather amazing cake, that did not last long at all once it was cut:

Finally, Scott Edelman made a video of one of the panels I participated in, along with Shira Lipkin, Patty Templeton, Catt Kingsgrave and moderator Kate Nepveu, "Successfully Writing About Horrible Things." If you like, you can watch the video below!

Current Mood:
busy busy
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BookCoverImageToday is the official launch date for Bone Swans, the debut collection of short fiction from C.S.E. Cooney. We’re really excited and proud to be bringing this one out — a recent review at Tor.com described Claire’s book as “a fascinating mashup between the tropes and resonances of the mythic tale with the sensibilities of contemporary action-oriented fantasy” and the reviewer further noted that she could see why, “of all the small presses to pick up this book, it was Mythic Delirium; has a nice confluence.” So on point!
So here’s what’s in Bone Swans:
Introducing C. S. E. Cooney by Gene Wolfe
Life on the Sun
The Bone Swans of Amandale
Martyr’s Gem
How the Milkmaid Struck a Bargain with the Crooked One
The Big Bah-Ha
Here’s all the places that you can get Bone Swans:

Paperback: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Amazon DE | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s

Ebook: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE
Amazon AU | Nook | iBooks | Kobo | Scribd


And here’s a little extra to entice you. There isn’t a book trailer for Bone Swans, but there have been some wonderful videos made for a couple of the novellas in the book. Check out this amazing animated sequence that goes with Cooney’s tale of an island-bound societry, “Martyr’s Gem”:

And here’s a book trailer created for her post-apocalyptic clown-town nightmare “The Big Bah-Ha” before its first publication.

Our thanks to Shveta Thakrar for her thorough copy editor’s eye, and to Elizabeth Campbell, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Sita Aluna and Christina Sng for their help in making this book possible (and keeping it on schedule) and to all the authors who voiced their early enthusiasm for the book.
Last but not least, we’re debuting the book formally at Readercon! We’ll hold the official launch party Saturday night (there will be posters), and Claire will have a reading at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Copies will be available at the Small Beer Press table. Hope to see you there!

Originally published at Mythic Delirium Books. You can comment here or there.

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This weekend: Readercon. I'm so looking forward to seeing people there, as well as the folks we'll visit as we're on the way.
My schedule changed a little since I first posted it. (Post is updated to reflect that.) My autograph session now happens 8 p.m. Friday. I'll also be taking part in the "Miscellany" variety show Saturday night, reciting a poem or two. (Imagine that!)
Anita and I will hold a two-book party Saturday night in our room, starting about 9-ish. It's the official launch party for Bone Swans by C. S. E. Cooney, and we'll also be celebrating my Shirley Jackson Award nomination for my lil collection of horror tales, Unseaming. (And then the winners get announced Sunday morning. No reason to be nervous at all! *g*) My reading takes place noon Sunday — um, right after the award ceremony! We'll see how that works out...
Copies of Bone Swans and Unseaming will be available in the dealers room at the Small Beer Press table. (My thanks to Gavin Grant for allowing that to happen.)
If you're gonna be there yourself, don't be shy, come say Hi!
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BookCoverImageWe’re one day out from the official release of Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney (though, truth be told, it’s already available at Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Kobo and a bunch of other places).
The book has already accumulated a number of accolades. However, in the short, small scale-history of Mythic Delirium Books, I’ve never seen anything like what happened July 1, when three enthusiastic reviews appeared on the same day in different venues:
• From Tor.com short fiction reviewer Brit Mandelo:

A fascinating mashup between the tropes and resonances of the mythic tale with the sensibilities of contemporary action-oriented fantasy: simultaneously lighthearted and serious, full of consequences but also ubiquitous happy endings. … “The Bone Swans of Amandale” was perhaps my personal favorite. It’s a riff on the Pied Piper story, told by a shapeshifting rat who’s in love with a shapeshifting Swan Princess. … this is an intriguing and readable collection—one that is, certainly, doing something rather specific and unique.

• From Locus short fiction reviewer Rich Horton:

All of the stories are very good, and one is new to the collection: “The Bone Swans of Amandale” … It’s one of a couple in the book that takes as its basis a familiar fairy tale, but which changes it utterly.
(Rich included “The Bone Swans of Amandale” on his list of recommended stories for July.)

• From Library Journal science fiction/fantasy reviewer Megan McArdle:

In five beautifully crafted stories, Cooney (Jack O’ the Hills) builds imaginary worlds full of flying carpets, fairy-tale characters, and children confronted with a postapocalyptic Earth. In addition, each tale packs in enough plot for a novel, with adventurous characters who brim with wit. … Short stories, especially in the speculative fiction arena, often feature a clever idea and a punchy delivery. It’s usually not where you find vivid worldbuilding or immersive storytelling, but this gorgeous new collection reveals that both are possible in the short form.

An especial heads-up for SFWA members: “The Bone Swans of Amandale” is now available in the members-only novella forum for folks to read.

Originally published at Mythic Delirium Books. You can comment here or there.

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Mythic_Delirium_2_1_cover_smallMythic Delirium begins its third year as a digital publication (yes, two whole years have past since our print-to-electronic metamorphosis, wow) with three tales of magical protagonists haunted by past events. (See the new issue here.)
We join a vampire moving in the worlds of high fashion and higher powers; a sea witch crashing a royal wedding with a (familial) blood score to settle; an enchanted chess game with life-and-death consequences, with the opponents separated by a century.
Our poems in this issue add new chapters to the tales of Oz and The Tempest, grant new coats to villains and secret lives to cabinets, discover new senses and damaged but working hearts.
The stories come courtesy of Sara M. Harvey, Cassandra Khaw and Barbara Krasnoff, while Jane Yolen, Sandi Leibowitz, Shira Lipkin, Hannah Strom-Martin, Anne Carly Abad and Alicia Cole provide the poetry. Our spectacular cover art, inspired by Cassandra’s story, comes from Paula Arwen Owen.
The new issue is available in full on Amazon (click here) and at Weightless Books (click here) or you can subscribe to a full year of Mythic Delirium for only $10 and receive it that way too.
And if you’d like a sample, our featured content for July is live! Here’s what’s new and free to read and what we’ll make available in the months ahead:


Featured in July
The Sound of Blue • Sara M. Harvey
The Perfumer • Alicia Cole
Ariel’s Release • Sandi Leibowitz


Featured in August
Her Pound of Flesh • Cassandra Khaw
The Villain’s Coat • Hannah Strom-Martin
The Secret Life of Cabinets • Anne Carly Abad

Featured in September
Sophia’s Legacy • Barbara Krasnoff
Four Chambers • Shira Lipkin
Dorothy Before Oz • Jane Yolen


Originally published at Mythic Delirium Books. You can comment here or there.

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Editor Rhonda Parrish has shared the lovely and eerie cover for her forthcoming anthology Corvidae, which contains a new weird tale from yours truly, "The Cruelest Team Will Win." (It's a sequel, of sorts, to "The Hiker's Tale" in Unseaming. The corvidae family, of course, encompasses crows, ravens and magpies, but I based my dark fantasy tale on bluejays. And spiders. Both comprise cruel teams.)

The anthology debuts July 7! The full list of contributors other than me: Jane Yolen, C.S.E. Cooney, M.L.D. Curelas, Tim Deal, Megan Engelhardt, Megan Fennell, Adria Laycraft, Kat Otis, Michael S. Pack, Sara Puls, Michael M. Rader, Mark Rapacz, Angela Slatter, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Leslie Van Zwol.
Current Mood:
optimistic optimistic
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Hungry Cover Mockup 0Last week I found out that my newest poetry collection, Hungry Constellations, is a Suzette Haden Elgin Award nominee. This is a relatively new award given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association for best poetry collection, chosen by member vote.
I considered Suzette a friend and I'm glad SFPA took a step to honor her memory.
Hungry Constellations began as a reward offered through the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter in 2013. My gratitude goes out to Dominik Parisien, who sifted through 20 years of my verse to curate something extra special to present to the world. Thanks, too, to Amal El-Mohtar for an introduction that states pretty succinctly what my poetry is all about. And finally, thanks, to whichever SFPA member(s) nominated the book.
If you're a SFPA member and you'd like an ebook copy to read (or heck, if you're just someone who'd like a copy, it's not like I'm going to perform a background check) feel free to email me a request at mythicdelirium@gmail.com. The book is available in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats.
I want to note, too, that among the other nominees, John Philip Johnson's comic-book-in-verse Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town is a truly amazing, original creation, and I would love to see it win in its category.
Current Mood:
contemplative contemplative
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