I have been digesting the other twenty-nine stories in Cat’s Breakfast, one each day for the past month or so. There was no point in rushing through them since I can’t review the anthology at Amazing Stories due to the obvious conflict of interest (I wrote the lead story in the collection). Suffice to say that it is the sort of book that I would have featured as a Scide Splitter.
Had I reviewed Cat’s Breakfast, I would have pointed out how wonderful the first story is, thus causing the editor at Amazing to spit out his coffee and ban the article entirely. My summation would have stated that the anthology is filled with dark satires befitting a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, many of which elicit a good laugh. I would have also mentioned that my favorite stories included Christopher Mark Rose’s “Emerging Grammars,” Gregg Chamberlain’s “The Pigeon Drop” and James Beamon’s “Command Decision.” But I am not going to tell you any of those things because it would be inappropriate.
No, I am not writing horror. This is quantum mechanics. A physics professor accidentally contacts God while conducting experiments in quantum entanglement. “Spooky Action” is the lead story in Cat’s Breakfast, the Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology released yesterday by Third Flatiron Publishing. It is available in digital format through Amazon, with the trade paper edition due out in the next few days.
I have not received my copy yet, so I can’t honestly vouch for the rest of the stories. Never-the-less, I have high hopes for this anthology. How often do you get a chance to read a professional-level selection of dark humor? (Not often enough is the answer, in case you were unsure.) And if there is one thing we need in our current social/political climate, it is a dose of satire. So, bring on the gallows humor.
I sold another short story, this time to Third Flatiron Publishing for their forthcoming Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology, Cat’s Breakfast. It was also chosen as the lead for the book. That honor comes with a podcasting of the story as part of the promotion for the anthology. The book is scheduled to be released in June.
Regular readers of my Scide Splitters blog at Amazing Stories will have noticed that there was no April Scide Splitters. This is because I am taking a hiatus until September. My apologies for leaving you without humor reading recommendations for the summer, but other obligations take precedence. If you can’t wait that long for your humor fix, post a request here in the comments or through the Contact form and I will recommend something (sans lengthy review). If you include a short list of what you have enjoyed reading, I can better target my suggestions. And of course, you could pick up a copy of Cat’s Breakfast if your tastes tend toward the dark, Vonnegutesque side. I hear they have one hell of a lead story.
“Time and Not Space“is still available for free online at Galaxy’s Edge Magazine. Only four days left until they pull the November issue offline.
I have also posted a few reviews over at Amazing Stories since the last time I made an update here. Most recently, I reviewed Robert Chansky’s fantastic coming-of-age novel, Hundred Ghost Soup. In late November, I reviewed Ira Nayman’s It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should. And in early November I reviewed BBC America’s new Dirk Gently television series.
I have a new story appearing in the November issue of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine. It is a flash piece of about 700 words titled “Time and Not Space.”
Considering how short it is, I won’t spoil it by offering any more detail than the title already gives you.
It will be available for free online through December. I hope you enjoy it.