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Reading, Writing, and Living Through the AIDS Crisis
Literary Hub has published one of the most personal essays I've ever written, an essay about growing up as a reader and person during the AIDS crisis. The original title, which doesn't make a good headline and so wasn't used, is "A Long Gay Book, A Life". (...
When I was in the eighth grade I wrote a story about a vampire. He was young, roughly my age, entering puberty, entering vampirism. He ached to touch, to kiss, to drink in the loveliness of what he hungered for, but to do so was to admit his monstrosity and to kill what he loved.
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"Perfect Day" at Cold Takes
When Kelly J. Baker put out a call for essays about music albums and emotions, I knew immediately what I would propose: An essay about The The's Soul Mining  and what it meant to me as an adolescent. Now, that essay, "Perfect Day", is available on Kelly's s...
When Kelly J. Baker put out a call for essays about music albums and emotions, I knew immediately what I would propose: An essay about The The's Soul Mining and what it meant to me as an adolescent. Now, that essay, "Perfect Day", is available on Kelly's site, Cold Takes. Here's the opening:.
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The Covers That Weren't
original image by Joseph Maclise In the Weird Fiction Review conversation I had with Eric Schaller , Eric asked me to talk a bit about designing the cover of Blood: Stories , and in my recent WROTE Podcast conversation , I mentioned an alternate version of ...
In the Weird Fiction Review conversation I had with Eric Schaller, Eric asked me to talk a bit about designing the cover of Blood: Stories, and in my recent WROTE Podcast conversation, I mentioned an alternate version of the cover that starred Ronald Reagan (this was, in fact, the cover that my ...
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"Killing Fairies" in <i>Best Gay Stories 2016</i>
I'm thrilled that my A Cappella Zoo  story "Killing Fairies" has just been reprinted in Best Gay Stories 2016  edited by Steve Berman for Lethe Press . The table of contents for Best Gay Stories  this year is quite strong, and it's an honor to be among this...
I'm thrilled that my A Cappella Zoo story "Killing Fairies" has just been reprinted in Best Gay Stories 2016 edited by Steve Berman for Lethe Press. The table of contents for Best Gay Stories this year is quite strong, and it's an honor to be among this company. It's especially nice to have my ...
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Mass / Blood
I have been busy and have neglected this blog. I forgot to make a post here about some of the most exciting news of my year: I have a story in the current issue of my favorite literary magazine, Conjunctions . It's titled "Mass" and it is about, among other...
I have been busy and have neglected this blog. I forgot to make a post here about some of the most exciting news of my year: I have a story in the current issue of my favorite literary magazine, Conjunctions. It's titled "Mass" and it is about, among other things, a mass shooting.
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An Interview with <i>One Story</i>
A new interview with me — the first to come out since Blood: Stories was released — is now up at One Story 's blog, part of the publicity leading up to the One Story Literary Debutante Ball . Many thanks to Melissa Bean for conducting the interview, and for...
MB: On that note, what inspires your stories? MC: Daydreams and nightmares created by anxieties, fears, and desires. I don't write fiction for the sake of therapy, per se, but I am prone to anxiety and I have an active imagination, so it's often the case that a story starts from one of my weird ...
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<i>Blood: Stories</i> Playlist at Largehearted Boy
One of my favorite sites on the internet is Largehearted Boy, which brings music and literature together. A core series at LB are the Book Notes: playlists of songs to accompany books. Huge thanks to the Largehearted Boy proprietor, David Gutowski, for invi...
One of my favorite sites on the internet is Largehearted Boy, which brings music and literature together. A core series at LB are the Book Notes: playlists of songs to accompany books. Huge thanks to the Largehearted Boy proprietor, David Gutowski, for inviting me to participate and create a ...
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Nonfiction for Fiction Writers
I'm just back from Readercon 27, the annual convention that I've been to more than any other, and for which (a while back) I served on the program committee for a few years. At this point, Readercon feels like a family reunion for me, and it's a delight. He...
I'm just back from Readercon 27, the annual convention that I've been to more than any other, and for which (a while back) I served on the program committee for a few years. At this point, Readercon feels like a family reunion for me, and it's a delight. Here, I simply want to riff on ideas from ...
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The Schaller-Cheney Road Show at <i>Weird Fiction Review</i>
The marvelous Weird Fiction Review  website has now posted a conversation that Eric Schaller and I had about our books, our magazine The Revelator , the weirdness of New Hampshire, and other topics. Along with this, WFR  has posted Eric's story "Voices Carr...
The marvelous Weird Fiction Review website has now posted a conversation that Eric Schaller and I had about our books, our magazine The Revelator, the weirdness of New Hampshire, and other topics. Along with this, WFR has posted Eric's story "Voices Carry" (originally in Shadows & Tall Trees) ...
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Conversation at Electric Literature
The good folks at Electric Literature invited me to converse with Adrian Van Young, perhaps not knowing that Adrian and I had recently discovered we are in many ways lost brothers, and so we could go on and on and on... And we did. We talked about  Texas Ch...
The good folks at Electric Literature invited me to converse with Adrian Van Young, perhaps not knowing that Adrian and I had recently discovered we are in many ways lost brothers, and so we could go on and on and on... And we did. We talked about Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Sublime, ...
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The Journals of Samuel R. Delany
Kenneth James is editing the journals of Samuel Delany for publication. Volume 1 is coming out from Wesleyan University Press in December. For the future volumes, Ken needs help with funding. If you already know how valuable this project is, don't read on. ...
“Mesmerizing . . . a true portrait of an artist as a young Black man . . . already visible in these pages are the wit, sensitivity, penetration, playfulness and the incandescent intelligence that will characterize Delany and his extraordinary work.” —Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life ...
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AWP Events
This afternoon, I will be flying to Los Angeles for the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference . Here's my schedule of events, in case you're in the area and want to say hello... Thursday, 3/31: Black Lawrence Press reading and party at...
This afternoon, I will be flying to Los Angeles for the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference. Here's my schedule of events, in case you're in the area and want to say hello... Thursday, 3/31: Black Lawrence Press reading and party at CB1 Gallery, 7pm; Friday, 4/1: Signing ...
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