Amber Benson will rock out our introduction!

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We are pleased to announce that the introduction to Glitter & Mayhem will be penned by none other than the totally FABULOUS actress/writer/director Amber Benson! ::throws glitter::

PARTY ON!

Q&A with Tansy Rayner Roberts

1. What about the theme drew you to the anthology?

Rollerskates! Glamour! I’ve been a teeny bit wild about roller derby since I read Derby Girl by Shauna Cross (the book that was turned into the awesome Whip It! movie) and this anthology just sounded so exciting to be part of.

2. We’re often told to write what we know. Did you draw your G&M story from your own nightlife experiences?

I was totally at a private party at a club on Saturday night, dressed as Batgirl, and watching Iron Man dance up a storm with Poison Ivy… though for full disclosure I feel I have to admit that most of the people at said party were 30 and 40 somethings telling each other that ‘we don’t get out much these days since the kids.’

It was still pretty awesome, though, and we had superhero cocktails. “The Fury” was a most excellent concoction. Also this is where I discovered that Long Island Iced Tea has no tea in it.

3. What’s your favorite way to make life more glittery?

Killer playlists! Everything is glitter when there’s a solid soundtrack going. I’m just getting back into using music when I write, something I learned back in my early nanowrimo days, and it makes the typing so much more fun!

Also, I have to say, don’t discount the usefulness of actual glitter.

4. If you had to create a cocktail that reflected your story, what would it be?

Is there some way to add vodka to an icecream sundae? Oh, how about the ‘Crash Course’ – you take a pina colada and keep adding lemon sherbert until it explodes. THAT.

5. If you knew you were up for a surreal evening, what and whom do you bring with you, and why?

My iPhone for documentation and communication, a pair of comfortable shoes, and Wonder Woman. Unless the evening is zombie themed in which case I would take a handbag full of carnivorous plants.

Q&A with Bill Shunn

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1. What about the theme drew you to the anthology?
Who doesn’t love rollerskating and nightclubs and drugs and sex and debauchery?  Who didn’t enjoy copious amounts of them all in those gloden days of youth?  Well, um, I guess I didn’t.  I was a Mormon.  Okay, I did rollerskate, but I felt guilty about it.
2. We’re often told to write what we know. Did you draw your G&M story from your own nightlife experiences?
I love to write things that I don’t actually know.  My clubbing experience was pretty much limited to once seeing Gene Loves Jezebel play at Club DV8 in Salt Lake City, and I was terrified for my soul the whole time.  My story is actually about slippery souls in Chicago clubs of the ’80s, which is why I’m writing it with my wife Laura Chavoen.  She’s the one who knows exactly what that scene was like.
3. What’s your favorite way to make life more glittery?
I go to a comfortable bar with my wife and friends and drink classic-style cocktails until a glittery haze drapes everyone and everything in sight.  Templeton Rye is involved.
4.  If you had to create a cocktail that reflected your story, what would it be?
It would be a little sweet, a little bitter, a lot sour, and orangey-pink through and through.  It would consist of Laird’s Applejack, Clément Créole Shrubb Liqueur d’Orange, pomegranate juice, Peychaud’s bitters, and probably a twist of lemon.  It would be, in fact, the same cocktail I created in the video footage we shot for the book trailers.  I’d call it a “Glitter & Madness.”
5. If you knew your were up for a surreal evening, what and whom do you bring with you, and why?
I bring Laura because I wouldn’t want her to miss it, and because I know one of us will get the other one home safely.  And so we can all talk about this evening for years to come, I bring John and Shai and Ashir and Gretchen and Andrew and Cinnamon and Colin and Barbara Lynn and Norm and Rachel and Kevin and Mare and…

Another New Glitter & Mayhem Contributor!

We’re happy to announce that the fabulous Vylar Kaftan is joining the Glitter & Mayhem party! Not only is Vylar contributing a story, but she’s also willing to put you into it if you back the Kickstarter at the $250 level!

Glitter & Mayhem Now Open to Submissions

We hit 50% funding thanks to all our wonderful backers! That means we’re now open to submissions! You can find all the details on our Submissions page.

If you have questions, please post them in the comments.

We can’t wait to see what you create. Surprise us. Amaze us. Dazzle us.

New Glitter & Mayhem Contributor!

We’re happy to announce that the fabulous Rachel Swirsky is joining the Glitter & Mayhem party! Not only is Rachel contributing a story, but she’s also willing to put you into it if you back the Kickstarter at the $250 level!

How awesome is that?

50% Off Tuckerizations

As we head into our last twelve days, we decided we wanted to throw a 50% off sale on our Tuckerizations. You already know how great our line-up is, but check out the list of authors who will take your name and write you into their story:

  • Alan DeNiro
  • Amal El-Mohtar
  • Daryl Gregory
  • Damien Walters Grintalis
  • Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Jennifer Pelland
  • Tim Pratt
  • Cat Rambo
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Diana Rowland
  • David J. Schwartz
  • William Shunn

There’s only one available of each of these, so act fast! At $250 we don’t expect them to last long.

As an added bonus, backing Glitter & Madness at this level includes an invitation for you and a guest to the book release party during Lone Star Con III (Worldcon) at San Antonio, TX’s own roller rink: The Rollercade. While we’d love to fly you there, you’ll have to get yourself to the convention.

Don’t forget! At 50% funding we open to submissions and at 75% funding we’ll have a preview of the cover. (and there’s a cool sekrit project we’re working on that we’ll talk about more later in the week)

Preview Cover Sketches at 75% Funding

One can only imagine what sort of wild cover a speculative nightclub anthology will have. That’s more true than you think.

There is one person who can imagine that: Galen Dara. Check out her portfolio and we think you’ll agree with us. There’s something so moving and evocative of her artwork that we felt it was a perfect match.

If there’s anyone who can capture the nightclub roller derby debauchery the stories this anthology have, it’s Galen Dara.

We know that she’s working hard on cover ideas (you can see our Pinterest board for where her inspirations are coming from) and we want to share that with you.

Once we hit 75% funding, we’ll have cover sketches to show you. So now there’s at least two things to shoot for:

  • Open to submissions at 50%
  • Cover preview at 75%

And we have at least one more kick-ass piece we’re working on that we hope to announce soon!

Glitter & Mayhem Will Open to Submissions When It Reaches 50% Funding on Kickstarter!

Glitter & Mayhem: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology is looking for a few glamorous stories.

As you know, we’ve got fabulous work from amazing writers like Alan DeNiro, Amal El-Mohtar, Daryl Gregory, Damien Walters Grintalis, Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Pelland, Tim Pratt, Cat Rambo, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Diana Rowland, Sofia Samatar, David J. Schwartz, and William Shunn.

But what about you? You’re glamorous, right? We bet you have a dazzling idea for a story, don’t you? You probably even know the prompt by heart:

Roller Derby, nightclubs, glam aliens, (literal) party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, debauchery, etc.

Well, if you aren’t already writing, you should start now!

Here’s the details you’ve been waiting for:

  1. We’re opening to submissions (there are multiple slots open) when the Kickstarter reaches 50% funding.
  2. The max word limit is 6000 with a deadline of March 15 (you know, beware the Ides yadda yadda yadda).
  3. We’re paying $.05 per word.
  4. You’ll have the chance to be edited by Hugo Award-winning editors and be in a ToC with awesome authors (see above).

We can’t wait to see what you create. Surprise us. Amaze us. Dazzle us.

New Backer Level!

In addition to getting an electronic copy and a paper copy of the finished back, we will make an electronic copy of Seanan McGuire’s novella for the anthology available when we hit our funding goal.

This means that if we hit our funding with two weeks to go, you’ll get to see the story then.

In Seanan’s own words:

“Bad Dream Girl,” a 16,000 word novella set in the universe of my New York Times bestselling InCryptid series. This novella focuses on Antimony Price, and will be her first formal appearance as a narrator, allowing for a story that has connections to existing material, yet remains accessible to new readers.

How cool is that?! Everyone who funds at $50 and higher will receive an advanced look at “Bad Dream Girl.”