"We cannot get rid of mankind’s fleetingly wicked wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true. I give you a holy word: DISARM." –Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye Dick
My short story, "Burning Out," is over in Disarm: A Gun Sense Anthology by Black Heart Magazine! It's actually one of my older stories. Two kids and a couple bullets-- give it a read. All proceeds go to Everytown for Gun Safety.
Gaia: Shadow & Breath Volume 3 is finally out! Super excited. My story, "The Black Rose Woman," earned me my first acceptance letter (from a non-school publication, that is) back in August, so Pantheon Magazine will always hold a special place in my heart.
Other writers featured: Tim Major, H. L. Fullerton, Scott T. Barnes, Sandi Leibowitz, Janet Haigh, David Tallerman, Rose Blackthorn, Gwendolyn Kiste, & Ingrid Taylor.
My story deals with loneliness and resurrection, a twisted sort of wanting. It is set on and around the Matanga Hill in India after centuries of a fictional war. It's somewhere I haven't visited, admittedly. But the place, or the possibility of what it could become, filled me with wonder. I couldn't not write a story that took place there.
Please go ahead and check it out! The discount code is CFAK5JBZ. All proceeds will be donated to The Nature Conservancy. So do some good and read some horror, amirite? Here's the art for my story (by Carrion House):
Tomorrow I will burn a man.
My flash fiction piece, "Immolation," is up on Shotgun Honey-- a quick story about a man's dangerous love for a married woman. Shotgun Honey publishes crime fiction under 700 words. Go check it out!
In other news, I'm taking a class at UMD called The Idea of Mystery in Literature. (From my syllabus: "If mystery, the genre, is about finding the answers, mystery, that elusive yet essential element of fiction, is about finding the questions.") No idea who might come across this blog. But for whoever's interested, here's my reading list for this semester:
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Skylark by Dezso Kosztolanyi
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon
The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
The Amnesia Pavilions by Nicholas Muellner
Should have another story coming out pretty soon, so stick around for that!
Quick update. My flash fiction piece, "Black Ice," has been published in the Winter 2017 issue of Menacing Hedge. It's a small story about motherhood, love, and helplessness.
Don't forget to check out everyone else's work! Always fun to discover new voices (and stumble upon some old ones). I've been busy with traveling these past couple of weeks but I'm excited to get back into my reading and writing.
Anjali here. More to come. The blog will mostly be for writing updates. Check out my bibliography for published stories. (Yeah, I know, nothing much. YET. Just getting started.)
I'm still playing around with my fiction a bit, seeing what I can come up with, but as of now I like to write dark speculative fiction with a literary bent.