Posts tagged ‘Chikodili Emelumadu’

Women dripping from his wrists

We’re featuring three stories today for our Kickstarter, which in different ways show the dangers of objectifying women.

In Aimee Ogden’s “Matched Set,” (from which today’s title comes) that danger is to the protagonist, who finds herself trapped—literally—by her expectations that she’s the special one who will be treated differently from the women her lover objectifies.

In Chikodili Emelumadu’s “Candy Girl,” becoming an object takes the protagonist and, eventually, her ex-boyfriend, to a dark place. (The story first appeared in Apex Magazine and was nominated for the Shirley Jackson prize.)

In Jae Steinbacher’s “Blood Sausage,” the protagonist teeters between treating robot sex workers as objects and as people. Jae Steinbacher writes:

“Blood Sausage” came from processing feelings about relationships and ownership, as well as my interest in the nitty-gritty aspects of maintaining human-like non-organic bodies. It’s set in La Alberca, a real town I visited when I studied abroad in Spain during college. Despite not thinking of myself as a setting-focused writer, many of my stories are infused with setting; it becomes just as integral as character in some cases. Placing an android brothel in such a traditional town offered me space to engage with absolutes and suggest what might lie between them, how they might be tied together. As for the protagonist, there are shades of myself in Val, and she embodies certain darker impulses that I’ve both felt and witnessed in others. It’s freeing to give one of your weaker qualities to a character and see how it plays out on the page.

Find out more about our Kickstarter here.

About the Authors

Chikodili Emelumadu is a Nigerian writer currently residing in Cambridge, MA. Her work has been published in Eclectica, One Throne, Omenana and various other magazines and anthologies.

Aimee Ogden has been a science teacher and a software tester. Now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, The Sockdolager, and Shimmer.

Jae Steinbacher lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where they are a freelance writer and editor. They are a graduate of North Carolina State University’s MFA in Fiction program, and of the 2014 Clarion West Writers Workshop. Their stories have been published in Terraform, Escape Pod, and PodCastle. You can find them on Twitter at @JaeSteinbacher or visit their website, julie-steinbacher.com.

2 June 2018

Kickstarting Women Up To No Good!

 

Projects like the VIDA Count have demonstrated that women account for startlingly less than half of those published, and writers of marginalized sex and gender identities account for much less than their presence in the general population.

To help counteract that—and also because we thought it would be fun—we started the Women Up To No Good series, which focuses on “bad” women, and “good” women who just haven’t been caught yet.

There are other imbalances too, most notably race, and while we have no formal requirement for inclusion of writers of color, we strive for diversity in all of our anthologies.

Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good and Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good are anthologies of writing by women and authors of marginalized sex and gender identities, about female protagonists whose knowledge or appetites are critical to their stories.

We’re raising money to be able to pay our authors professional rates, and to properly promote the anthologies so they get the attention they deserve. Our hope is to get the Women Up To No Good series on a solid enough footing that sales of the books will support all future anthologies.

 

Broad Knowledge authors

Sharp & Sugar Tooth authors

Check out our Kickstarter here.

1 April 2018

Sharp & Sugar Tooth

Print (978-1-937794-88-0).
Ebook (978-1-937794-89-7).

 
Go to: About | Reviews | Goodreads
Forthcoming 26 March 2019.

 

About

Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good is a horror anthology of dark fiction and darker appetites, edited by Octavia Cade. Containing 22 stories of “bad” women, and “good” women who just haven’t been caught yet, it features 22 fearless writers who identify as female, non-binary, or a marginalized sex or gender identity. It’s the third in the Women Up To No Good series, and is forthcoming on 26 March 2019.

 

Table of Contents

  • Kathleen Alcalá, “The Doll’s Eye” (original)
  • Betsy Aoki, “And When We Die They Will Consume Us” (original)
  • Joyce Chng, “Dear Son” (original)
  • Katharine E. K. Duckett, “Gimme Sugar” (original)
  • Anahita Eftekhari, “The Fool’s Feast” (original)
  • Chikodili Emelumadu, “Candy Girl” (first published in Apex Magazine, issue 66, November 2014)
  • Amelia Gorman, “She Makes the Deep Boil” (original)
  • Jasmyne J. Harris, “What the Bees Know About Discarded Girlish Organs” (original)
  • A. R. Henle, “Strong Meat” (original)
  • Crystal Lynn Hilbert, “Soul of Soup Bones” (first published in Apex Magazine, issue 61, June 2014)
  • Erin Horáková, “A Year Without the Taste of Meat” (original)
  • Kathryn McMahon, “The Honey Witch” (original)
  • H. Pueyo, “I Eat” (original)
  • D. A. Xiaolin Spires, “Bristling Skim” (original)
  • Rachael Sterling, “Alice Underground” (original)
  • Penny Stirling, “Red, From the Heartwood” (original)
  • Catherynne M. Valente, “The Lily and the Horn” (first published in Fantasy Magazine, issue 59, Queers Destroy Fantasy!, 2015)
  • Sabrina Vourvoulias, “A Fish Tale” (original)
  • Damien Angelica Walters, “A Lie You Give, And Thus I Take” (first published in Lightspeed, issue 55, December 2014)
  • Rem Wigmore, “Who Watches” (original)
  • Alyssa Wong, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” (first published in Nightmare, issue 37, Queers Destroy Horror!, 2015)
  • Caroline M. Yoachim, “The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown” (first published in Electric Velocipede, issue 27, 2013 and republished at Drabblecast)

 

 

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25 January 2018


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