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Publications News, November 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009  10:29:00 PM

by Elissa Malcohn

Science Fiction
Updated news on publications, publicity, and events.

Award News:

Electric Velocipede wins Hugo Award for Best Fanzine! -- see here for details.  Click here to order.

My story "Hermit Crabs" is on the recommended reading list in The Year's Best Science Fiction, 26th Annual Edition and heads the line-up in Electric Velocipede #14.

"There's much to like about 'Hermit Crabs,' and I can see why the editors kicked off the issue with it." -- Marshall Payne, in
The Fix

"'Hermit Crabs' by Elissa Malcohn is a strong opener and still resonates with me once I was through with the magazine. It features strong characterization and has that powerful, inevitable ending." -- Charles Tan,
Bibliophile Stalker

"At first, I thought: 'Oh, no! another SF crab story!' Then I began reading and I thought: 'Oh, no! another depressed teen suicide story!' But unexpectedly, the more I progressed into the story, the more I enjoyed it; the characterization is good, the flashback structure is well done, the ending is surprising and satisfying. A valuable discovery for me..." -- Fabrice Doublet, on the
Night Shade Books message boards

Unspeakable Horror wins Bram Stoker Award Winner for Superior Achievement in an Anthology! -- see here for details.

Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press, ISBN 978-0-9818632-0-7) includes my story "Memento Mori." Available here. Click here for author interviews, here for more about the anthology, and check out the book trailer at the bottom of this page.

"Standout stories include (but are certainly not limited to): 'Black Annis' by Joy Marchand, the tale of a true faerie who desperately wants to protects a pair of gay lovers;
'Memento Mori' by Elissa Malcohn, about a lover who comes back from the grave for her mate; 'I Am the Shadow that Walks There' by Michelle Scalise, a World War II era tale of love and devastating loss; and 'Memory Box' by Reesa Brown, a tale whose true darkness hits suddenly and unrelentingly. Unspeakable Horrors [sic] is highly recommended for all libraries." -- Michele Lee, Monster Librarian

"Out of 23 stories, you're bound to find one or two that suit you less than others, but Liaguno and Helder's batting average is pretty high. It's hard to beat Jameson Currier's Lovecraftian 'The Bloomsbury Nudes,' the pro-gay teenboy revenge scenario of Joy Marchand's 'Black Annis,' the beyond-the-grave poetry of Elissa Malcohn's 'Memento Mori' or the teen jack-off session gone horribly wrong in C. Michael Cook's 'The Boys of Bald Cave.'" -- Jerry Wheeler, Out In Print: Queer Book Reviews

Riffing on Strings is an IPPY Awards 2009 Silver Medalist! -- see here for details.

"Arachne" appears in Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory (ISBN: 978-0-9802114-0-5), released June 1 from Scriblerus Press. Click here for ordering info and here for contributor bios.

"[M]y favorite is a psychedelic Greek-mythology-based short story called "Arachne," by Elissa Malcohn, first printed in Aboriginal Science Fiction way back in 1988 -- but you can see what has me all squeally." -- N.K. Jemisin

"Elissa Malcohn's story about Arachne, based on the Greek myth, was awesome." -- David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Published so far in 2009:

"Where Relativity Ends" appears in the February 2, 2009, issue of Strange Horizons. Click here for a direct link to the poem.

Creative nonfiction appears in the "Short Takes" section of New Plains Review's "Service" issue, Spring 2009. The essay is a modified version of this blog entry's closing (May 6, 1990) portion.

My poem "Frightening the Horses" appears in June 2009 (8th anniversary) issue of Aoife's Kiss, from Sam's Dot Publishing. Order here.

My poems "The Unexpected Answer (after a painting by Rene Magritte)" and "Sijo Sequence for Larry" appear in issue 35(2) of Of Poets And Poetry, newsletter of the Florida State Poets Association, June 2009 and will be reprinted in Harp-Strings Poetry Journal.

My article "Social Networking and the Found Poem" appears in Poets' Forum Magazine, Summer 2009.

My poem "Derivative Work" and novelette "Flotsam" appear in the Oct./Nov. 2009 Asimov's.

"As a young girl Mercedes discovered a biological 'impossibility' in the polluted coastal waters of her city. The discovery, and the way it was denied haunts her throughout her life in the working class world of the US-Mexican border. Working blue collar jobs, she spends her free time researching the impossibility she’s sure she remembers from childhood. An excellent story, which does particularly well at blending the story of Mercedes as a person between cultures into an sf story." -- Matt Bruensteiner, Garbled Signals, commenting on "Flotsam."

"Powerful, centered on a strong and memorable character." -- Lois Tilton, The Internet Review of Science Fiction

"Malcohn has given us a beautiful story." -- Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

My poem "Neighbors" appears in Vampyr Verse, Popcorn Press, November 2009

Forthcoming publications:

Short fiction
"Judgment at Naioth" in She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror (Dybbuk Press, expected in 2010)

"Butterfly Woman" in Goblin Fruit, Winter 2010.

"Lepidoptera In Space" in Star*Line, journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, Nov./Dec. 2009 (special prose poem issue).


You can catch my May 28, 2009, interview with Chronicles host Mark Eller here and on other podcast sites. Click here for a transcript with accompanying links and photos.

Thanks also to Cyrus A. Webb, host of Conversations LIVE! (
The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign), for having me on the July 6, 2009, afternoon show. Click here to listen to the podcast and here
for a link-inclusive transcript.

I returned to the show on October 22, 2009, joining author panelists Brian Rathbone, Arlene Radasky, Mark Eller, and Rhonda Carpenter and host Cyrus A. Webb to discuss "The Business of Books: Fantasy." Click here to listen to the podcast and here for a link-inclusive transcript.

Deviations Series review excerpt:

"If you are looking for something different with a great story line, I would suggest reading these books. They are very well written and draw the reader into the story, possibly against their will." -- Rachel Baker, Old Musty Books

Profile excerpt:

"Take Ms. Elissa Malcohn ... whose novel Covenant shows some killer talent, and reminds this reader of that paragon of science fiction and fantasy: Robert Silverberg; and her oeuvre doesn’t stop there." -- Julianne Draper, Miami Examiner


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