Speculative Fiction Showcase interviewed me on Strange Monsters, my writing soundtrack, and my influences here.
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.
Listen to my dark sci-fi story “The Damaged” on today’s StarShipSofa podcast.
I wrote this during my time in grad school at Stonecoast. I don’t remember the inspiration, but I do remember when I turned it into mentor Elizabeth Hand, she commented on the obvious inspiration from Philip K. Dick’s replicants and the whole Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? story. The problem: I’d never seen or read either. Embarrassed to admit that, I rented the movie and was surprised at the similarities.
Listen to the story here: http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2016/01/06/starshipsofa-no-417-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/
My ghost sex story (yeah, you read that right) is up at Mothership Zeta. Read it for free here: http://mothershipzeta.org/2015/11/17/sleeping-with-spirits-by-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/
From the editors:
“This story is not safe for work, children, or jealous lovers.
“You could say Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s story has sex but is not erotic. You could say it’s not safe for work but it’s not naughty. You could say a lot of things about this tale of love, intimacy, and then hangups lovers have over each other’s pasts. But what we loved about this fantasy story is that it shows you sex and love as they happen in real life. Awkward. Emotional. Tender. Confused. It feels so real – except for the spirits, naturally.”
“The Damaged” is reprinted today at Story online for free reading. “The Damaged” originally appeared in Interzone in January 2014. Read it here: http://www.storymagazine.org/2015/01/20/the-damaged/