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May 26th, 2009

busted brow

The Replacement Storytellers

Posted on 2009.05.26 at 20:38
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Go ahead; I defy you to tell me your eyes aren't oppositely hard and wet as they gaze upon the graphic masterpiece to my immediate right. I dare you to raise an argument as I proclaim that bit of visual coitus the ocular quickie of the century.

I dare you.

You're looking at the cover of the latest issue of Murky Depths. You can't tell from the adjoining image, but that artwork actually wraps around both the front and back cover of the 'zine itself. It's a genre-crossing mosaic that I fell in love with as soon as I opened up my contributor's copies. In what is coming up on three years of *the* tastiest covers in both literary and illustrated magazines, this is my undisputed favorite. It ranks right beside Vinny Chong's orgasmic and award-nominated steampunk-inspired cover from several issues back.

And as if that weren't enough, my name is on it. A blow-up is SO going on my office wall.

My new DEPTH CHARGE column rounds out this issue. It's entitled "The Replacement Storytellers" and focuses on the gadgetry housing our stories today, and the descendants of said gadgetry that might be telling our stories tomorrow.

Witness a brief excerpt . . .

We are all becoming the Three Little Pigs of this even newer digital age. We’ve ditched the sticks and straw for much rawer building blocks, for ions and lithium and silicon and savage steel. Our refining techniques, however, make nursery rhyme magicks look like a Taiwanese hooker’s ping pong ball trick. We architect microcosmic wonders so sleek and deft in design that they become mundane as quickly as we can snap them to our belts or sheath them in a silicone skin holster.

I was in the zone, kids.

On a related note, I'm currently looking to fatten my freelance portfolio. So if you are a magazine editor, or have the ear/genitals of a magazine editor, there is no subject, genre, or cultural niche I cannot dissect and reassemble into pure distilled word fetishism.

Seriously. I write words good. Pass it on.

busted brow

Return of the King

Posted on 2009.05.26 at 21:08
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The 2009 Parsec Awards loom not-too-distantly, and if you don't believe me just take a listen to Scott Sigler and J.C. Hutchins' traditional Parsec Awards promo (in which I receive one of the greatest name drops of all time).

I've been asked several increasingly-annoying times if I'm bitter about last year's awards. "Matt, do you really think Scott Sigler deserved to be nominated three times in the same category?" For the record, I think Scott Sigler deserved a gold-plated handjob machine for what he did for me and every other author in our medium(s) last year. Which is a nice way of saying no and I will have my vengeance.

To that end, I've compiled a brief list of all my eligible works of podfic from the last year. Check 'em and rec 'em, kids. I'll see you in Atlanta. Not really, as I piss on Dragon*Con, but I'll be there in spirit. And proxy.

Oh, yes. Fear my proxy.

The End of Flesh Variant Frequencies -- Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form)

"Pallas & Stan" Stories of the Third Wave -- Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)

"Receiver" 7th Son: OBSIDIAN -- Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)

And don't forget to nominate Variant Frequencies for Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast and Stranger Things for Best Speculative Fiction Video Podcast.

You still have a week (or two. Possibly. Do your own research). Go forth and make your voice heard.

busted brow

Matt's First Vlurb

Posted on 2009.05.26 at 21:47
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Recently (relatively speaking) I joined the likes of director Patrick Lussier and Friday the 13th creator Victor Miller in "vlurbing" J.C. Hutchins' reality-bending novel Personal Effects: Dark Art (dropping in less than two weeks).

When Hutch introduced the first of these sickhouse promo beauties, I thought it was a revolutionary concept/execution in book marketing. And when you add the company I'm in, I was honored to be asked to pimp on the small screen.

Having just returned from Balticon where I interviewed Hutch live in front of a couple hundred rabid fans and actually got to see and feel this book, I can't second Vlurb Matt's words strongly enough. This is an utterly killer read, and so much more if you want it to be. I urge you to delve deeper into the world and the alternate reality experience Hutch has created with this thing.

Share this clip like we're reliving the glory days of Lars Ulrich-raping Napster, kids. And I command you to pre-order the book today.

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