Call for Submissions: My Wandering Uterus

medieval pilgrimThe fabulous Byron Ballard (forensic folklorist & village witch) suggested putting together an anthology of women’s travel writing to be called My Wandering Uterus. And while I continue to say, ‘No more editing jobs!’ somehow I have been roped into this project. So here is the call:

We seek essays, stories and poetry about your experiences of being a woman on the road — the joys, the perils, the lessons, the changes. Whether a spiritual pilgrimage or a forced evacuation, in pursuit of opportunity or escape from your past, travel broadens. What have you learned?

We would like to see a diverse treasure trove of entries from women across the globe from every walk of life and as many different experiences as possible. If you no longer have a uterus or were born without one, never fear: all women are welcome.

Submissions should be:

  • Previously unpublished anywhere
  • Not submitted anywhere else
  • Length 3-8K
  • Formatted: Times New Roman, regular, 12 point; 1″ margins; 1 space after full stop; lines spaced 1.5; use paragraph formatting to indent first line not tabs; no header/footer
  • Identified with a title, your name (and pen name identified as such), working email address on the first page: the file name should include your surname & the title
  • Submitted in DOC, DOCX or RTF format via email to victoriasquid at gmail with your name, the story title and total word count included in the body of the email; make sure the Subject line includes “Submission: Traveling Uterus” + your name
  • Due by July 1, 2017.

We will ask for world-wide print & ebook rights for a year and pay at minimum $10 via Paypal plus give you a copy of the book. We hope to do some fundraising to make the payments more generous but that will be determined as we go along.

Good news: we have already hired the amazing Stephanie Johnson to do the cover art!

If you need a little background on the concept of the ‘wandering uterus’ as a diagnosis to control women, please read this wonderful piece.

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Out Now: Respectable Horror!

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Get ready to stay up late! Respectable Horror is out in the wilds and ready to be lured to your home. Ms Poppy LaMorte (our cover model designed by S. L. Johnson) will lead the way to a spectral crew of authors who are just dying to give you spine-tingling chills. This new collection offers names both familiar and new, writers who believe that it’s possible to terrify without more than a few drops of blood. The wind in the trees, the creak in the floor board, an innocent knock on the door: they’ll all take on a more sinister cast as you turn the pages of this book.

Introduction by K. A. Laity
The Estate of Edward Moorehouse by Ian Burdon
The Feet on the Roof by Anjana Basu
Spooky Girl by Maura McHugh
Recovery by H. V. Chao
The Holy Hour by C. A. Yates
Malefactor by Alan C. Moore
A Splash of Crimson by Catherine Lundoff
In These Rooms by Jonathan Oliver
A Framework by Richard Farren Barber
Running a Few Errands by Su Haddrell
Miss Metcalfe by Ivan Kershner
The Little Beast by Octavia Cade
The Well Wisher by Matthew Pegg
Where Daemons Don’t Tread by Suzanne J. Willis
Full Tote Gods by D. C. White
Those Who Can’t by Rosalind Mosis
The Astartic Arcanum by Carol Borden

Description:

Do serial killers, glistening viscera, oceans of gore and sadistic twists make you yawn behind a polite hand? Are you looking for something a little more interesting than a body count? These are tales that astonish and horrify, bring shivers and leave you breathless. You may be too terrified to find out what happens next – but you won’t be able to resist turning the page. We’ll make you keep the lights on. For a very long time.

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2013 Round Up

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I think of this as the “sabbatical year” but the truth is it’s only the second half that’s been that delirious wild ride of freedom time for reflection, research and writing. I don’t tend to be the kind of person who spends much time looking back, but it’s helpful at times to assess where you’ve been the better to be sure you know where you’re going.

Like the man said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

So things that happened this year were not always easy to measure: laughing with friends, playing with kids, hanging out with my sweetie, travel, reading, all the idling that makes work that much more meaningful. Work hard, play harder. I’m conscious of ‘making the most’ of this flexible year, but I also believe making the most of it means lots of idling (including trips to Orkney and London). We did a lot of work on the house too; hey, I painted that fence! Bit by bit.

Of course, I measure my life in pages mostly. Here’s what I seem to have got published this year:

BOOKS

A Cut-Throat Business: A Chastity Flame Adventure
Tirgearr Publishing: October 2013.

Noir Carnival. Anthology from Fox Spirit Books, July 2013.

Lush Situation: a Chastity Flame Adventure. Tirgearr Publishing. 28 Mar 2013.

The Mangrove Legacy: a comic gothic novel about mystery, romance and pockets by ‘Kit Marlowe‘. Tirgearr Publishing (2013) [reprint]

STORIES

“When Little Joe the Krampus Met.” Digital chapbook [reprint] 4 Dec 2013.

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“Carlos.” Flash fiction. Shapeshifters: A Fox Pockets Anthology. Fox Spirit Books, Nov 2013.

It’s a Curse: A Roman Dalton, P.I. Yarn. Blackwitch Press, Nov 2013.

“Kiss Like a Fist.” Noir Nation 3. Sep 2013.

“Losing My Religion.” Kwik Krimes. Ed. Otto Penzler. Thomas & Mercer: August 2013.

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“A la Mort Subite.” Short story. Atlantis eBooks/Lite Editions. July 2013. [English/Italian language editions]

“Kerttu.” Etemenanki July 2013 [reprint from Unikirja].

Coming soon from Fox Spirit!

“Black Ethel’s Beast.” Flash fiction by ‘Kit Marlowe’. Piracy: A Fox Pocket Anthology. Fox Spirit Books, Jun 2013.

“Mandrake & Magpies.” Lit Noir 9. Feb 2013. Also collected in Unquiet Dreams.

“Grotesque.” Short story. Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers. 21 Jan 2013.

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“How to Succeed in Academia.” Humour. So It Goes: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, Ed. Max Booth III (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing), 25 Mar 2013.

“Proposal for a New Quiz Show: How to Catch a Millionaire.” Humour. The Short Humor Site. 15 Mar 2013.

NON-FICTION

How to Keep Writing with a Full Time Job. Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, Oct 2013.

“Growing a Thick Skin.” Women Writers, Women’s Books. 27 Nov 2013.

“No-Tears Outlining.” Savvy Authors. 21 Nov 2013.

“Awesome Women of the Middle Ages.” Jump Magazine for Girls. 27 Jun 2013.

“Writing is my haka.” Music of the Night. Ed. Frank Duffy. Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog. 3 May 2013.

“Desert Island Comics, Episode 54: K. A. Laity.” Forbidden Planet International. 13 Apr 2013.

“‘Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?’: The Case for Terry Gilliam’s Tideland.” The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World. Eds. Anna Froula, et. al. Columbia UP: Mar 2013.

“A Raven’s Eye View: Teaching Scopophilia with Dario Argento.” Fear and Learning. Eds. Aalya Ahmad and Sean Moreland. McFarland. Apr 2013.

“There’s Got to be a Word for It.” Ms. Magazine. 25 Mar 2013.

“All of the True Things I am about to Tell You are Shamesless Lies.” Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing 8 Mar 2013. Reprinted at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

“Noir Goddess: Ida Lupino.” Pulp Metal Magazine Jan 2013.

AUDIO

Spoken word performance of my story “Carlos” mixed with Richard Sanderson’s “Flim Flamingo” from Button Box (Linear Obsessional Recordings)

A found recording: to be featured in Girl at the End of the World, Vol 1

And of course —

COMING IN 2014:

White Rabbit. Novel. Fox Spirit Books, Easter 2014.

Drag Noir. Anthology. Fox Spirit Books, 2014.

The Big Splash, a jazz age novella by Kit Marlowe, Tirgearr Publishing, 2014.

“ZomPoc in Nashville.” Song lyrics. Girl at the End of the World, Vol 1. Fox Spirit Books: forthcoming.

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Extricate. Novella (as Graham Wynd). Fox Spirit Books: forthcoming.

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“Headless in Bury.” (as Graham Wynd) Missing Monarchs: Fox Pockets Anthology. Fox Spirit Books: forthcoming.

“Rite Here: Ritual, Performance and the Magick of Place.” Alan Moore: Totems & Taboos (On/In Comics Vol. 2) Stephen R. Bissette, ed. SpiderBaby Grafix & Publications (ebook edition: Crossroad Press); forthcoming Winter 2013/4.

Knight of the White Hart. Novel by ‘Kit Marlowe’ — editing the NaNoWriMo medieval adventure for submission.

High Plains Lazarus: A Weird Western Novella. Expanded edition of the long short story (and may be on its way toward a novel…)

Also an untitled fairy tale project for the Fox Spirit Books Feral Tales series.

*The CHASTITY FLAME series will be coming out in print, Summer 2014! Tirgearr Publishing will be making selected titles available in print as a way of testing the waters.

And this is stuff I’ve mostly already written: let’s see how much I can get done before duty calls me back to teaching.

So watch this space, because you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

Call for Stories: Drag Noir

[A repost from Fox Spirit Books]

Photo via Dangerous Minds (click to see original article)
Photo via Dangerous Minds (click to see original article)

“We’re born naked, and the rest is drag.”
RuPaul, Lettin it All Hang Out: An Autobiography

Drag is a broad concept; noir is a fairly narrow one. Drag can be a way of playing with gender or it can be a matter of survival. In the noir world, it can be almost anything: camouflage, deceit, truth — or a skin to be shed at will.

Otto Penzler has always been really strict in his idea of noir:

Look, noir is about losers. The characters in these existential, nihilistic tales are doomed. They may not die, but they probably should, as the life that awaits them is certain to be so ugly, so lost and lonely, that they’d be better off just curling up and getting it over with. And, let’s face it, they deserve it.

Pretty much everyone in a noir story (or film) is driven by greed, lust, jealousy or alienation, a path that inevitably sucks them into a downward spiral from which they cannot escape. They couldn’t find the exit from their personal highway to hell if flashing neon lights pointed to a town named Hope. It is their own lack of morality that blindly drives them to ruin.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, but I think noir ends up being a fairly bleak place — one where any bit of glamour or adopted power can be worth the gamble of discovery. It may even be worth flaunting it.

Can you tell who’s Dressed to Kill?

As RuPaul advises, “When the going gets tough, the tough reinvent.”

That’s what we want for DRAG NOIR: this is a call for stories where glamour meets grit, where everyone’s wearing a disguise (whether they know it or not) and knowing the players takes a lot more than simply reading the score cards. Maybe everyone’s got something to hide, but they’ve got something to reveal, too. Scratch the surface and explore what secrets lie beneath — it’s bound to cost someone…a lot.

Mercedes McCambridge in ‘A Taste of Evil’

An anthology is not a democracy; it’s a benevolent dictatorship. All editors have their tastes or quirks: if you want a clue to my sensibilities, check out my extensive bibliography and of course, read Weird Noir and Noir Carnival.

Stories should be:

  • Previously unpublished anywhere
  • Not submitted anywhere else
  • Length 3-8K
  • Formatted: Times New Roman, regular, 12 point; 1″ margins; 1 space after full stop; lines spaced 1.5; use paragraph formatting to indent first line not tabs; no header/footer
  • Identified with a title, your name (and pen name identified as such), working email address on the first page: file name should include your surname & the title
  • Submitted in RTF format via email to katelaity at gmail with your name, the story title and total word count included in the body of the email; make sure the Subject line includes “Submission: Drag Noir” + your name
  • Due by March 20, 2014.

We will ask for world-wide print & ebook rights for a year and pay £10 via Paypal plus a copy of the paperback. The fabulous Stephanie Johnson has been persuaded to create another fabulous cover image! We plan to launch the book in July 2014.

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Introducing Graham Wynd

Missing MonarchsI cannot believe it is July already! I have been so busy that time has simply sped by and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. I’m doing my best not to be tempted into adding to my already too long to-do list, but there are always opportunities too good to miss (like writing about medieval women for girls at the fabulous Dundee-based Jump Magazine).

But I want to introduce you to Graham Wynd — who is me, of course. I’ve decided I needed to create another pseudonym to identify my crime writing. Perhaps ‘need’ is a bit strong: I found it advisable to try to distinguish the rambling incoherencies delightful flights of imagination that get published under my own name from the fairly straightforward crime writing.

The biggest problem I have faced as far as gaining a readership (I have been told repeatedly) is that each new book I do is nothing like the previous books that I have written. I can understand this (just as I am also seemingly incapable of not writing new and bizarre things) and while I have tried to stick to a series with the Chastity Flame books, I am also trying to build up a set of mimetic crime stories as ‘Graham’ too.

First up will be a couple of tales with Fox Spirit:

Extricate is a noir novella set a few decades in the past, a grim tale of betrayal and sexual obsession. Think Jim Thompson and James M. Cain territory (okay and a few Peter Cook references for no reason at all).

‘Headless in Bury’ is a flash story in the Missing Monarchs Fox Pocket anthology coming soon. It’s based on the murder and miracle of King Edmund the Martyr, who was killed by Vikings, but modernised and noired up a bit.

Drop by Graham Wynd’s home on Facebook and give him a ‘like’! Where did the name come from? Hmmm…

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