Monday, June 15, 2015

"The Wood Thrush" in Devil's Lake

My flash fiction, "The Wood Thrush," is in the Spring 2015 issue of Devil's Lake.

I followed Sissy up a path where the oak leaves had left their green handprints in the mud. I never recognized any of the forks and byways she took me down. It was as if the birds had sung her a secret map.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fairy Tale Review, The Mauve Issue

My story "Wind-Up Toy" is in the most recent issue of Fairy Tale Review, The Mauve Issue.

If you're on Goodreads, you should consider entering the Giveaway for one of two free copies of the journal. You can pre-order the issue here, and subscribe here. Another excellent issue--the 11th!--of this stellar journal of contemporary fairy tales.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Three Stories in NANO Fiction 8.2

My contributor's copies of NANO Fiction 8.2 arrived the other day, with a gorgeous wrap-around cover by Mercedes Helnwein.
I have three stories in this issue, all from a related project, as I discuss in the interview on the NANO Fiction web site. Here are the titles and first lines of the stories.

"House of Stars"

Daddy and the other men from the neighborhood came splashing down the creek toward our house, Daddy carrying Sissy in his arms and she writhing against him, raving.

"The New Kids"

These were rowdy and ill-behaved children and we didn’t belong here, Sissy and I decided.

"Old Voices"

There is a dead boy down in the wet basement.

And here is a recording of me reading this last story at NANO Fiction's Soundcloud page.

Order the issue or subscribe. I've been a subscriber for a few years now, and I always eagerly devour it every time it arrives.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Interview at NANO Fiction

Kirby Johnson at NANO Fiction was kind enough to ask me five questions about my three stories that appear in the latest issue, 8.2. There is also a recording of me reading one of the stories, "Old Voices." Here's the first sentence:

"There is a dead boy in the wet basement."

I hope you'll check it out and order the issue, which has a wonderful list of contributors and looks to be another excellent issue.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Article on Shirley Jackson in Gothic Studies

My article " 'Only One Antagonist': The Demon Lover and the Feminine Experience in the Work of Shirley Jackson" is in the latest issue of Gothic Studies. Here is the abstract:

One of the most prominent tropes in Shirley Jackson's work is that of the ‘demon lover’ who seduces a woman from her home with promises of riches and ultimately destroys her. Jackson uses the demon lover to figure a jouissance excluded by the Symbolic order, which, because of its repression, returns with a destructive force. Jackson's demon lover tales, including ‘The Daemon Lover’, ‘The Beautiful Stranger’, and ‘The Tooth’, narrate a woman's gradual realization of her subjection to a demonic male figure, whose claim on her dispossesses her of both home and self. Women in these stories are offered an impossible choice: either conform to a passive position within rigidly defined gender roles or be abjected into a permanent state of anxiety, insecurity, and even madness outside of the Symbolic order. Jackson's second novel Hangsaman (1951), more than any other of Jackson's works, attempts to chart a path for feminine jouissance by imagining writing as a kind of witchcraft.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Ford Madox Ford and the Misfit Moderns by Rob Hawkes

My review of Rob Hawkes's Ford Madox Ford and the Misfit Moderns: Edwardian Fiction and the First World War is in the current issue of Modernism/modernity (20.3).

Rob Hawkes’s engaging study of “misfit moderns” positions Ford Madox Ford alongside writers like Arnold Bennett, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, Richard Aldington, and Rebecca West, all of whom in some way have an uneasy relation to modernism, either as non-modernists against whom the modernists defined themselves or as not-quite-modernists who never achieved the centrality of Joyce or Woolf. While these writers all have a place in Hawkes’s study, Ford is the primary focus, “the misfit par excellence” (22), because while he was an Edwardian like Bennett and Wells, he also wrote two modernist masterpieces, making him both a central figure within modernism and not fully of the period. Ford’s writing “occupies aesthetic territory between the conventional realist novel and high modernism” (2), a position of “in-betweenness” that, far from making Ford a “peripheral figure on the margins” of both Edwardians and moderns, “constitutes an acute and exemplary responsiveness to the conditions of modernity” (3).

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Clandestine Encounters: Philosophy in the Narratives of Maurice Blanchot

My review of Clandestine Encounters: Philosophy in the Narratives of Maurice Blanchot edited by Kevin Hart (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010) is in the upcoming issue of Modern Philology (111.2) and also currently online for subscribers. This is an exceptional collection of essays for anyone interesting in Blanchot's work in general, but especially for those interested in his difficult, haunting fiction and other unclassifiable narratives. Each essay focuses on a different work and is arranged chronologically, from his earliest r├ęcits to his final autobiographical narrative L’instant de ma mort. Highly recommended.