Strange Monsters Reviewed in Midwest Book Review

The second review for Strange Monsters is in from Midwest Book Review!

Strange Monsters: A Music & Words Collaboration is a unique hybrid of audiobook anthology and music CD. Each track consists of a brief fiction story (or poem) set to contemporary jazz music and performed by actors. The tales meld elements of surreal fantasy and fearful suspense: Rumpelstiltskin’s wife is questioned by police over the disappearance of a local boy; a cursed ballerina who yearns only to dance must deal with an obsessive fan and the hatefully jealous director of her ballet company; a group of do-nothing friends in love with the same woman discover disturbing skeletons of extinct animals on a treacherous camping trip; and more. Haunting, ethereal, and unforgettable, Strange Monsters is music-storytelling fusion experience like no other. Highly recommended. The tracks are “The Stink of Horses”, “Mrs. Stiltskin”, “Skeletons”, “No Eyes”, “Selected Poems”, and “Where You Came From”.

For more information on the album, along with links for purchase at Amazon, CDBaby, and iTunes, click here.

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“Sisters” in Grendelsong

I’ve always been interested in the little-explored pieces of the original Little Mermaid story: the lives of the sisters, the weird concept of souls, the sea witch’s back story. I wrote a story about all these things. Today it’s been reprinted online in Grendelsong: https://grendel-song.com/2016/05/07/sisters-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/

“Sisters” originally appeared in SCHEHEREZADE BEQUEST.

First review for Strange Monsters!

Strange Monsters has its first review, via Fantasy Literature:

“Over melodies both slow and easy, and chaotic and exciting, a cast of actors reads five short stories and five poems by Stufflebeam. The resulting listening experience is fulfilling, funny, and ultimately haunting.”

Read the full review here.

For more info, and to purchase the album, visit https://bonniejostufflebeam.com/strange-monsters/.

Art & Words 2016!

I’m thrilled to announce that all the Art & Words participants for 2016 have been chosen! We received an awesome amount of great work, but guest editor Jennifer Aglio and I chose a final 12 in each category.

The Art & Words Show will be on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas. I hope to see you there.

For updates on the show and other projects, please subscribe to my monthly email StuffleLetter here: http://eepurl.com/bjbsLj.

2016 Participants

Writers

Katharyn Howd Machan
Shane Halbach
Courtney Marie
Leah Tieger
Joe Milazzo
Shawna Borman
Karen Bovenmyer
Lisa Shininger
Laura Madeline Wiseman
Layla Al-Bedawi
Carrie Cuinn
Matthew Pitt

Artists/Art

Todd Ford--Ravenous
Todd FordRavenous
Suedabeh Ewing--Revelation
Suedabeh EwingRevelation
Stacy Tompkins--Dysbarism
Stacy TompkinsDysbarism
Sherry Abbasi--Untitled
Sherry AbbasiUntitled
Kamilah_Campbell--Colonus Gentilis Exemplar
Kamilah Campbell–Colonus Gentilis Exemplar
Jennifer Stufflebeam--Diving--48 x 48
Jennifer StufflebeamDiving
James Rosin--Self Proclaimed Kings
James Rosin–Self Proclaimed Kings
Jackson Zorn--Brer Rabbit's Hooch
Jackson ZornBrer Rabbit’s Hooch
Faisal Warsani--Hanalei Bay
Faisal WarsaniHanalei Bay
Elise Techentine--Night Ride
Elise TechentineNight Ride
Bang Dang--SCRIBBLES ON BLUE
Bang Dang–Scribbles on Blue
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“The Split” in Masters Review

In 2011 I moved to Eugene, Oregon, where I was alternately and sometimes simultaneously very happy and very sad. In Oregon I learned independence and grew into myself as a writer and as a person, but I missed my family in Texas terribly.

In 2012 I wrote a story and used my experiences. “The Split” is about a woman who, upon moving to Oregon with her girlfriend, discovers that she has literally split in half, leaving part of herself at her childhood home.

Today that story appears in one of my favorite magazines, The Masters Review. It took four years to find the perfect home; I think there’s a lesson in there about persistence and the subjectivity of editorial taste, maybe something about creativity as emotional outlet. But also, there’s just a story: https://mastersreview.com/new-voices/the-split-by-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/