The Seers’ Table January 2022
Linda D. Addison, Member of the Diverse Works Inclusion Community
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Kate Maruyama introduces:
Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography. As an author, she specializes in speculative fiction, especially horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Elatsoe, was featured in Time Magazine as one of the best 100 fantasy books of all time. Elatsoe also won the Locus award for Best First Novel and is a Nebula, Ignyte, and Lodestar finalist. Her second fantasy novel, A Snake Falls to Earth, is out in November 2021 and is on the National Book Awards long list. Darcie is married to a veterinarian named T.
Her newest novel, A Snake Falls to Earth, is out now from Levine Querido Press and is already on the National Book Award long list.
A Snake Falls to Earth is a breathtaking work of Indigenous futurism. Darcie Little Badger draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family. It is not to be missed.
Recommended Reading: A Snake Falls to Earth:
A sharp pain in my tail shocked me awake; my bones felt on the verge of snapping. Driven by pain, confusion, and lightning-fast instinct, I sank my teeth through skin and muscle.
“AIEEE!” somebody screeched.
Next thing I knew, I was soaring through the air, flipping head over tail until gravity slapped me into the brush. I thrashed around on my back. The violent motion finally snapped me right side up, with my belly to the ground. The unknown culprit who’d stepped on my tail and then kicked me into the forest was making a fuss nearby, shouting “Snaking Snake!” and stomping all over the clearing, pulverizing leaves and sticks under her heavy feet. That could’ve been me.
You can learn more about her at: https://darcielittlebadger.wordpress.com/ or follow her on Instagram: dr.littlebadger; TikTok: dr.littlebadger.
Tawana Watson introduces:
Danielle James has written and published over ten books since following her dream of writing in 2017. She loves to write dark, suspenseful romance and taboo erotica with plot twists and storylines that keep you turning the pages. When she’s not typing away on the computer, Danielle spends time with her family in Virginia. She’s a loving wife and the mother of two. They keep her busy and on her toes at all times. In addition to writing all the naughty books, Danielle enjoys baking, creating graphics in Photoshop, and drinking copious amounts of caffeine and wine.
Tortured Whispers by Danielle James is a dark taboo love story. If you draw a hard line at strong themes, this book may not be for you, and that’s okay.
Recommended Reading: Tortured Whispers.
Drowning in plain sight while everyone can see you is terrifying.
But more than anything it’s lonely. And sometimes withstanding the weight of being alone is worse than anything.
The only thing that helped me cope was cutting.
Sinking a razor into my arm over and over pushed air into my lungs even though it hurt me in the long run. It was the only way I could breathe.
Until I found him.
Follow the author at https://www.missdaniellejames.com/.
Linda D. Addison introduces:
Carol Gyzander writes and edits horror, dark fiction, and science fiction. Her stories are in over a dozen anthologies, including a dark fantasy story, “Deal With the Devil” in the alternative Beatles anthology, Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles.
A recent story, “The Yellow Crown” is in Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign, from Hippocampus Press. This weird historical fiction anthology, edited by James Chambers, explores the madness of Robert W. Chambers’ classic work of weird fiction, The King in Yellow (1895) and those under the sway of the Yellow Sign.
“He Gets Hungry Sometimes” appears in The Lost Librarian’s Grave: Tales of Madness, Horror, and Adventure.
She’s the editor of Writerpunk Press, where she’s edited four charity anthologies of punk stories inspired by Poe and classic horror. Their latest anthology is Taught by Time: Myth Goes Punk.
Carol is Co-coordinator of the HWA NY Chapter and one of the co-hosts of the monthly HWA NY Galactic Terrors online reading series. As HWA Chapter Program Co-Manager, she helps support chapters in the U.S. She is also a member of HWA and SinC.
Recommended Reading: “The Yellow Crown” from Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign. In this excerpt of Gyzander’s story, Betty starts a new job at what appears on the outside to be a house of ill repute, but is something quite different:
Mr. Morgan listened, but got more and more distracted by the lovely Jessica at his side. At one point, however, he looked up and demanded, “What is this that we are listening to? It’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before.”
Madam turned the book so he could see the cover, then resumed reading until he interrupted her again.
“That’s The King in Yellow! Stop! Don’t you know it’s dangerous to read that? They say that if you read the second act it drives you mad.”
Jessica leaned in to nibble on his ear and Betty could just make out her soft words. “Darling, you have it all wrong. The second act is what will make our time together tonight even better than you could ever imagine.” He tilted his head toward her, half closing his eyes.
Betty pressed her hands together in front of her. She had heard of the play from one of the patrons when she worked at the coat check in the jazz lounge. But they had all laughed and dared each other to read it.
Madam resumed reading again in a soft voice. “Act Two …”
Find the author at: http://carolgyzander.com or follow her on Twitter @CarolGyzander or Instagram @carolgyzander.