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Glitter & Mayhem

Welcome to Glitter & Mayhem, the most glamorous party in the multiverse.

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Step behind the velvet rope of these fabulous Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror tales of roller rinks, nightclubs, glam aliens, party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, and debauchery.

Dance through nightclubs, roller derby with cryptids and aliens, be seduced by otherworldly creatures, and ingest cocktails that will alter your existence forever.

Your hosts are the Hugo Award-winning editors John Klima (Electric Velocipede) and Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Magazine), and the Hugo-nominated editor Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine).

Join glittery authors Christopher Barzak (One for Sorrow) and Daryl Gregory (Pandemonium) on the dance floor, drink cocktails with Maria Dahvana Headley (Queen of Kings: A Novel of Cleopatra, the Vampire) and Tim Pratt (Marla Mason series), and skate with Seanan McGuire (InCryptid series), Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian series), and Maurice Broaddus (The Knights of Breton Court series). The fantastic Amber Benson gets the party started with her floor-rattling introduction (Calliope Reaper-Jones series).

We’re waiting.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Amber Benson
Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster by Christopher Barzak (Read for free at Apex Magazine!)
Apex Jump by David J. Schwartz
With Her Hundred Miles to Hell by Kat Howard
Star Dancer by Jennifer Pelland
Of Selkies, Disco Balls, and Anna Plane by Cat Rambo
Sooner Than Gold by Cory Skerry
Subterraneans by William Shunn & Laura Chavoen
The Minotaur Girls by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Unable to Reach You by Alan DeNiro
Such & Such Said to So & So by Maria Dahvana Headley
Revels in the Land of Ice by Tim Pratt
Bess, the Landlord’s Daughter, Goes for Drinks with the Green Girl by Sofia Samatar
Blood and Sequins by Diana Rowland
Two-Minute Warning by Vylar Kaftan
Inside Hides the Monster by Damien Angelica Walters (formerly known as Damien Walters Grintalis)
Bad Dream Girl by Seanan McGuire
A Hollow Play by Amal El-Mohtar
Just Another Future Song by Daryl Gregory
The Electric Spanking of the War Babies by Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson
All That Fairy Tale Crap by Rachel Swirsky

Cover Art:

Galen Dara

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 comics

"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

"Glitter & Mayhem is a phantasmagoric romp on rollerskates 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 Cybermancy

"With a line-up of allstars, you expect great things. The sparkle-fest inside Glitter & Mayhem does not disappoint."
—Mary Robinette Kowal, Campbell Award-winning author of Shades of Milk and Honey

Reviews

"It’s great to read a collection of stories which have such unapologetic, in-your-face energy in them. Out of 20 stories here there are four that I would happily suggest for awards lists (the Barzak, Swirsky, El-Mohtar, and Schwartz), which is a ratio any anthology could be proud of. I was surprised at how much these stories hit my sweet spot, even though I have little interest in disco, or David Bowie, or night clubs or (before now), roller derby. In the hands of the right story-teller, even worlds far away from our own (and much, much cooler than our own) can engage and fascinate."
Locus Magazine, Karen Burnham

"Each one of these tales, as well as the rest of this solid collection, effectively encapsulates and presents a unique and fascinating world peopled by characters who remain wholly relatable despite any real differences in attitudes, lifestyles, sexual orientation, etc., they might have with the reader."
Foreword Magazine, Bill Baker

"Partying demons, seductive aliens, and derby girls populate this strange and fanciful anthology, the crowdfunded brainchild of the editors of Electric Velocipede and Apex magazines. Twenty-one stories explore a loosely defined theme of drugs, sex, glitter, and debauchery, all with science fiction or fantasy twists. One of the top-billed offerings is Seanan McGuire's Bad Dream Girl, an entertaining entry in her InCryptids urban fantasy series, involving a number of mysterious accidents in a roller derby league. Other standouts include Christopher Barzak's fairy tale reimagining, Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster; Tansy Rayner Roberts's glittery The Minotaur Girls; Jennifer Pelland's 1980s lesbian alien romance Star Dancer; and Diana Rowland's gritty and sexy Blood and Sequins. Though stories range from humorous to horrific and from innocent to explicit, they stick to the theme with thoroughly enjoyable results. The diverse cast includes gay, lesbian, transgender, and drag queen characters, all portrayed in sensitive and positive lights. This collection definitely brings the party, with nary a poor choice to spoil the evening."
—Publishers Weekly

About the Author:

John Klima previously worked at Asimov's, Analog, and Tor Books before returning to school to earn his master's in Library and Information Science. He now works full time as the assistant director of a large public library. When he is not conquering the world of indexing, John edits and publishes the Hugo Award-winning genre zine Electric Velocipede. The magazine is also a four-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award. In 2007 Klima edited an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories based on spelling-bee winning words called Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories. In 2011 Klima edited Happily Ever After, a reprint anthology of fairytale retellings. He and his family live in the Midwest.


Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University. She’s probably best known as the co-editor of the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and the Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis, all published by Mad Norwegian Press. Along with the Geek Girl Chronicles book series, Lynne is the Editor-in-Chief of the Hugo Award-nominated (2012 & 2013) Apex Magazine, an online professional prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. She moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast and contributes to the Verity! podcast. Lynne lives in DeKalb with her husband Michael, their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. Lynne is also a part-time Dancing Queen and grew up at roller rink in the wilds of Massachussetts.


Michael Damian Thomas is the Hugo Award-nominated Managing Editor of Apex Magazine and a former Associate Editor at Mad Norwegian Press. He’s the co-editor of the Doctor Who essay anthology Queers Dig Time Lords with Sigrid Ellis. Michael lives in DeKalb with his wife Lynne, their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. He can solve most of the world’s problems with a cocktail, some music, and a pair of rollerskates.


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