SF Signal Podcast

Just a quick update: The new SF Signal podcast is an interview with our editors–John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas, and Michael Damian Thomas–about Glitter & Mayhem!

The editors were at the SE WI Festival of Books over the weekend and we got together and packed up most of the Kickstarter rewards. Now we just need to talk to the post office about the best ways to handle online trading platforms several hundred packages (although Matt Forbeck had a great idea that we’re looking into).

Finally, if you’re in the Chicago area–or could be–on Tuesday October 1, you should go to the Tuesday Funk Reading Series for their Glitter & Mayhem edition. Contributors Maurice Broaddus, Kyle S. Johnson, William Shunn, and Laura Chavoen will be there along with editor John Klima.

And don’t forget, you can pick up a copy of this book just about anywhere you shop for books!


More Skating Photos

Here are two more skating photos from LOCUS. (hopefully we’ll have a photo of our book launch in the next issue!) There are more photos coming, but we’re going through them to pick out the best ones.


Artist Galen Dara (holding a fan and glitter) and editor Lynne M. Thomas show what Glitter & Mayhem is all about! Photo by Liza Groen Trombi

If you’re wondering, we’ll be packaging up backer rewards the weekend of September 20-22 and getting them in the mail by the end of the month.


From left to right: Vylar Kaftan, Rachel Swirsky, Michael Damian Thomas, John Klima, Maurice Broaddus, Daryl Gregory, Lynne M. Thomas, and Galen Dara. Photo by Liza Groen Trombi

Worldcon Wrapup

Worldcon was a blast. So many fun things happened, so much glitter, so much mayhem. We took advantage of the fact that the amazing Galen Dara was going to be there so that we could get her to sign cover prints (one of the backer rewards). Here are the prints:


They turned out really nice. Galen was very happy with the quality of the prints, so we’re sure those backers will be, too.

It’s exciting to be so close to sharing all this amazing stuff with our supporters. How close? The three editors are going to be at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books the weekend of September 20-22, so they’ll be packing up rewards at that time.

Worldcon was also the official launch of the book and we hosted that party at San Antonio’s Rollercade. For an event not within walking distance of the convention, we had a great turnout! All told we had about 40 people there, including a whole bunch of the editors and contributors to the book: John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, Galen Dara, Rachel Swirsky, Daryl Gregory, Maurice Broaddus, and Vylar Kaftan.

LOCUS magazine was even there, mostly skating, but also taking photos, so watch the next issue for pictures! People were really excited about skating and got dressed up in their best roller gear:


Galen and Lynne were particularly shiny and inadvertently recreated the cover during a glow skate:


It was a blast. Not everyone skated, but everyone had fun. Between seeing how amazing the book looks and how much fun the launch was, we knew that we had done a really cool thing in making this book. We’re so glad for the supporters who helped make it happen. We wish all of you could have been there!

The last cool thing that happened at Worldcon that was related to Glitter & Mayhem was that Galen won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist! She was certain she had no shot, but we knew better. Look at that smile:


There were so many cool new people that we met during the course of the convention that we couldn’t hope to mention them all. Just know that you’re fabulous and glittery.

Glitter & Mayhem Is Available!

The glitter party has started! You can now purchase Glitter & Mayhem (edited by John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas, and Michael Damian Thomas) at many fine online booksellers including Apex Publications, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Weightless Books, and many more!

If you’re going to LoneStarCon, you can pick up copies at Larry Smith Books in the dealers’ room!

We have blurbs!

Glitter & Mayhem reminds me of the sweat and liquid latex-scented parties of the ’90s Lower East Side. Only with, like, 50% more murder.”

Kelly Sue DeConnick, series writer for Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble

“Now I know where Adam Ant came from…the same place as Glitter & Mayhem, which I’d classify as fairypunk, mythpunk, glitterpunk, alienpunk, grrrlpunk, or maybe just straight up punk.   I’m 18 all over again but I was never 18 like this.  Excuse me now, but I totally need to go through my cassettes and make an epic mixed tape.”

Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series

“With a line-up of all-stars, you expect great things. The sparkle-fest inside Glitter & Mayhem does not disappoint.”

Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo Award-winning author of Shades of Milk and Honey

“Glitter & Mayhem is a phantasmagoric romp on roller skates with a side order of Dionysian ecstasy. There’s glitter and glitz and more than a little faerie glamour in this package, and it’s all tied up with sparkly ribbons and black crepe. But more than anything, this anthology is fun. Fast reads and a fast ride that leads straight to one hell of a party.”

Kelly McCullough, author of WebMage and Broken Blade

We have reviews!

Publishers Weekly 

SF Signal

Revolution Science Fiction

Thinking about Books.

Let’s get this party rolling like a roller skate!

Glitter & Mayhem Launches at Worldcon!!!

Want to roller skate with the Glitter & Mayhem editors and writers?

Come join us at The San Antonio Rollercade for our book launch
celebration! Meet and skate with editors John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas,
& Michael Damian Thomas, artist Galen Dara, and authors Rachel
Swirsky,  Maurice Broaddus, Cat Rambo, Daryl Gregory, and Vylar

We’ll be there from 8pm-10pm on Saturday, August 31!

Admission is $11.  (Regular skate rental included.)


Copies of Glitter & Mayhem will be available at Larry Smith Books in
the Worldcon Dealers’ Room or online at many fine booksellers.

So glittery!

Glitter & Mayhem Final Cover and Table of Contents!

Glitter and Mayhem cover art by Galen Dara

Art copyright 2013 Galen Dara

Editors John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas, and Michael Damian Thomas, in partnership with Apex Publications are proud to present the finalized cover art and full table of contents for Glitter & Mayhem!

Table of Contents

Introduction by Amber Benson
“Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster” by Christopher Barzak
“Apex Jump” by David J. Schwartz
“With Her Hundred Miles to Hell” by Kat Howard
“Star Dancer” by Jennifer Pelland
“Of Selkies, Disco Balls, and Anna Plane” by Cat Rambo
“Sooner Than Gold” by Cory Skerry
“Subterraneans” by William Shunn & Laura Chavoen
“The Minotaur Girls” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
“Unable to Reach You” by Alan DeNiro
“Such & Such Said to So & So” by Maria Dahvana Headley
“Revels in the Land of Ice” by Tim Pratt
“Bess, the Landlord’s Daughter, Goes for Drinks with the Green Girl” by Sofia Samatar
“Blood and Sequins” Diana Rowland
“Two-Minute Warning” by Vylar Kaftan
“Inside Hides the Monster” by Damien Walters Grintalis
“Bad Dream Girl” by Seanan McGuire
“A Hollow Play” by Amal El-Mohtar
“Just Another Future Song” by Daryl Gregory
“The Electric Spanking of the War Babies” by Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson
“All That Fairy Tale Crap” Rachel Swirsky

Step behind the velvet rope of these fabulous Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror tales of roller rinks, nightclubs, glam aliens, party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, and debauchery.

Dance through nightclubs, roller derby with cryptids and aliens, be seduced by otherworldly creatures, and ingest cocktails that will alter your existence forever.

Over 120,000 words of brand new fiction from some of the best writers in the business are ready to bring you the most glamorous parties in the multiverse.

We’re waiting.

Preorders available via Apex Publications.


Holy sparklers! We’ve been funded!

The final tally: 479 backers for $15,740 and 104% funding! (see below for our progress bar)

That means a whole bunch of things…starting with the Seanan McGuire story. It’s been edited and we’re formatting it right now. For anyone who pledged $50 or more on the Kickstarter, you’ll be getting a link so that you can go download the story in the format of your choice (as long as you choose among PDF, epub, or mobi).

Then there’s the submissions. We’ve got a start on the table of contents, but there are other submissions out there, too. The deadline for everyone is March 15. Then we can make final decisions and edit the book.

We’ve got t-shirts and mugs to design and make. Our Kickstarter backers will be getting emails tomorrow so that we can get some information from them (and some of the levels had choices so we need to know what you want).

If we’re going to launch the book at Worldcon this August, it will  be a race against the clock. But given the team we’ve got working on it, I know we can get it done.

Thank you all so so much for the support. This doesn’t happen without you.

Lynne, Michael, and John

The Progress of a Kickstarter Campaign

The Progress of a Kickstarter Campaign

The Glitter and Mayhem Cover by Galen Dara

Here’s the preview sketch of Galen Dara’s breathtaking Glitter & Mayhem cover.


glitter and madness_WIP 4 velociped skates

Q & A with Rachel Swirsky

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

As someone who is occasionally drawn into events which most would describe as science fictional, I find that I crave the release of being able to write these stories down and disseminate them to readers. My identity as a science fiction writer allows me to publish these stories without fear of being believed; I become an unreliable narrator of my own life, which suits my purposes. I have published memoirs of this type in Thackery T. Lambshead’s Cabinet of Curiosities, and in the forthcoming Queers Dig Time Lords, and thus far no one has even suspected that the events which I describe are true. This has given me confidence to extend to a broader themed anthology such as your own. Only recently, I experienced an event which falls well within the remit of your anthology which is extremely convenient for the furthering of my memoirs.

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

The events which I will relate are, as I have stipulated, entirely drawn from my real life, in total, without a fictional element save perhaps for the reconstruction of conversation that I can’t remember, or the occasional elision of detail that would unnecessarily weight the narrative. Such devices are well-known techniques for writing memoir. Of course, I do not expect anyone to believe my story (hence my ability to publish it), and so your readers must inevitably read what is, in fact, for me, only the nitty gritty of everyday life, as if it were some flight of fancy.

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

I find that glitter often suffices. Glitter, for instance, in the sequins sewn onto a skirt, or in the eyeshadow that I carefully streak onto my eyes (before the application of foundation, since glittery eyeshadows are prone to generating dust). Alas, such glittery preparations are rarely possible when one finds oneself drawn into events such as those I have previously mentioned, as they often overtake one by surprise, leaving one, alas, drab in a housedress, with only ordinary, non-glittery eyeshadow dabbed onto one’s lids.

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

For reasons that will become apparent to those who eventually read my memoir, I must say that I would base any such cocktail on Absolut Vodka, sponsor of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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

Since I invariably find myself unprepared for such occasions, I have given long thought to this question. First, survival packs are out of the question, as it turns out that survival in different environments requires radically different tools–things which one would assume would be of benefit anywhere are, in fact, not as universally applicable as one might hope, and sometimes may even serve to deepen the danger in which one is entrenched. Towels, likewise, do not serve as well as their proponents in the media would have you believe. In my experience, candy cigarettes are a reliable trade item, and easy to dump should one appear, for instance, in the Dour Estate upon the rings of the planet Whisper (many galaxies from here, I’m afraid; I would give more detail, but you’d find it meaningless) where candy objects of various sorts are forbidden on general principle.

Q & A with David J. Schwartz

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

Two words: roller derby. I’m a huge fan of roller derby, far beyond my interest in any other sport, and for years I’ve been trying to find a way to write about it. The night I saw the editors chatting about this anthology on Twitter, the idea for this story finally started to crystallize.

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

I used to tend bar, and before that–way back in my freshman year of college–I was a dance club kid for a brief period. Also, there were all those years of skating in circles over at Saints West as a kid, trying and failing to learn to spell out “YMCA” with arm motions. Yes, I am a SERIOUS PARTY ANIMAL.

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

Just apply more Bowie.

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

1 oz well water, 1 1/2 oz skate lube, dash of space delirium, serve over non-gender-specific ice.

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

It is folly to attempt to prepare for a surreal evening. Whatever is needed will appear across an ever-shifting landscape, and whoever is desired will be transformed into a common household object, one which is useless in whatever context you may be in at that moment. But I’d bring roller skates.