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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!

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.

Amber Benson will rock out our introduction!



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::


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!

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?

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!