Speculative Fiction Showcase interviewed me on Strange Monsters, my writing soundtrack, and my influences here.
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/.
First, this post is late. I meant to write it sooner–I usually love reflecting back over the past year–but a death in my family slowed my writing to a terrible crawl. I’ve been avoiding much that I meant to do. But an email from Sunil Patel, an editor of Mothership Zeta, with whom I published a 2015 story, spurred me to go ahead with it. After all, late is better than never.
Writing-wise, 2015 was a good year. My biggest news: I signed with agent Ann Collette for my first novel. I also published 19 original stories, 5 reprints, and one essay for Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue.
I’m going to highlight the originals, all of which are eligible for Best Short Story. One of these stories, “Everything Beneath You,” is on the longlist for the British Science Fiction Association Awards; another Beneath Ceaseless Skies story, “A Careful Fire,” is on the SFWA Recommended Reading List. My humorous sex ghost story “Sleeping with Spirits” (see what I did there?) is on the Tangent Recommended Reading List.
- “In the City of Martyrs”—The Toast (December 2015)
- “A Careful Fire”—Beneath Ceaseless Skies (October 2015)
- “Sleeping With Spirits”—Mothership Zeta (October 2015)
- “Husband Wife Lover”–PRISM International (October 2015)
- “The Centaur’s Daughter”–A cappella Zoo (October 2015)
- “Sisters”–Scheherazade’s Bequest (August 2015)
- “The Hanging Tree”—Transition (Summer 2015)
- “The Devil’s Hands”–Black Static (July 2015)
- “No Eyes”—PsychoPomp (July 2015)
- “The Girl with Golden Hair”—Beneath Ceaseless Skies (June 2015)
- “Trickier With Each Translation”–Lightspeed: Queers Destroy Science Fiction (June 2015)
- “Doors”–Interzone (May 2015)
- “Dance Our Shoes to Pieces”—Farrago’s Wainscot (April 2015)
- “The Way of Things”—Crack the Spine (April 2015)
- “Blight”—Escape Pod (March 2015)
- “Six Ways to Break Her”—SmokeLong Quarterly (January 2015)
- “Nostalgia”–Interzone (January 2015)
- “He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth”—Lightspeed (January 2015)
- Also featured on io9.com for Lightspeed Presents
- “Everything Beneath You”—Beneath Ceaseless Skies (January 2015)
I’ve got two stories in the recent issue of Eleven Eleven: “Feeding the Skeleton Cats” and “Tornado Season.”
I wrote “Tornado Season” during, well, tornado season, after obsessively checking the TorCon and worrying over the arrival of my storm shelter, after crouching in my hallway with a mattress pad over my head while tornado sirens sounded, after setting up five weather alerts on my phone. I’m terrified of storms. To try to take some of the power out of that fear, I wrote a story, an exercise in free writing, about a couple in a weather-ravaged post-apocalypse trying to escape the weather and their memory.
I wrote “Feeding the Skeleton Cats” as a third in a skeletons series (“Skeletons” and “The Mammoth” are the other two stories). Every time I thought I was done writing about walking, living skeletons as metaphor, I come back to them. I’m not scared of skeletons, but I am scared of failing as a writer, and the main character in this story is a failed writer whose house is infested with the skeleton cats of the title.
Read them both here: http://elevenelevenjournal.com/2015/11/04/bonnie-stufflebeam/
I’ve recommended three of my favorite summer 2015 short stories over at io9, with additional recommendations by http://io9.com/what-are-the-best-stories-of-the-year-so-far-septembe-1733798080, Charles Payseur, and Terry Weyna. Head on over there to check out which stories I chose. (One of them will make you look at pumpkins in a whole new, unsettling light.)