Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath Cover Reveal — CLASH


via Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath Cover Reveal — CLASH

Hello, friends,

I have a story in this wonderful new anthology published by the nascent CLASH Books, and I am elated to be sharing space with such a wonderful and talented crop of writers, all of whom deserve your attention. Many thanks to editor Leza Cantoral and the good people at CLASH for choosing my story to be a part of Tragedy Queens; I’m really proud of this story in particular, and I’m thrilled to see it in print.

Follow the link, and you’ll see the final cover artwork — provided by the inimitable Matthew Revert — as well as a full list of contents. Pre-sale details are forthcoming. I hope you’ll check it out!


Tragedy Queens

About five months ago or so, I received a notification that Leza Cantoral—an engaging fellow writer I’d met in passing at 2016’s AWP show—was editing an anthology called Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath for Clash Books. While I am familiar with the work of both artists, I am not what you might call a super-fan; however, submitting a story under those parameters seemed like an interesting challenge. Additionally, an earworm of a song called “Dayglo Reflection”—featured on Bobby Womack’s 2012 release Bravest Man in the Universe, but co-written by Del Rey, who handles most of the vocals—had worked its way into my brain, and it had been percolating there, waiting to spring into inspirational action. I worked hard on my story, sent it along, and went back about my business.

Well, my hard work bore fruit: my story was selected for publication in the anthology. I’m proud of it, and excited, and honored, and I hope those of you out there who are privy to this online whisper will seek out the book and give it a look. In addition to my own scribblings, it will feature a formidable collection of oddball authors who deserve your attention. Release date is TBD, but as I am helpless before the promise of a good plug, you can be sure that I’ll post that info here when I have it.

Thank you all for reading. Without you, I’d just be telling stories to myself in the dark.