August 1, 2019: K. Chess and Max Gladstone

On August 1, we were at Trident again with the amazing K. Chess and Max Gladstone, and The Forum Network was there to record!

K Chess is the author of FAMOUS MEN WHO NEVER LIVED (Tin House Books, 2019). Her writing has appeared in The Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row Journal, PANK, Salon, Tor.com and other outlets. Her short stories have been honored by the Nelson Algren Literary Award and the Pushcart Prize. K earned a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from Southern Illinois University. She was awarded a W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts. She reads fiction for Quarterly West and teaches writing at GrubStreet in Boston and Rhode Island.

Max Gladstone has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia and nominated twice for the John W Campbell Best New Writer Award. Tor Books published FOUR ROADS CROSS, the fifth novel in Max’s Craft Sequence (preceded by THREE PARTS DEAD, TWO SERPENTS RISE, FULL FATHOM FIVE, and LAST FIRST SNOW) in July 2016. Max’s game CHOICE OF THE DEATHLESS was nominated for a XYZZY Award, and FULL FATHOM FIVE was nominated for the Lambda Award. His short fiction has appeared on Tor.com and in Uncanny Magazine.  His most recent project is the globetrotting urban fantasy serial BOOKBURNERS, available in ebook and audio from Serial Box, and in print from Saga Press.

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April 25, 2019: Julian K. Jarboe, Christopher Golden, and Theodora Goss

On April 25, Speculative Boston was at Trident Bookstore & Cafe, joined by three fantastic writers:

Jarboe_headshot__2019Julian K. Jarboe lives in Salem, Massachusetts. They are an Associate Editor at PodCastle magazine, a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, and most recently a fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, where they also sit on the board. Their writing can be found in The Atlantic, Strange Horizons, The Fairy Tale Review, and anthologized in the LAMBDA award-winning Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction series, among others. They also produce and co-host Mothers & Others, “the podcast about maternal figures and mommy issues.”

 

Christopher GoldenChristopher Golden is the New York Times #1 bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Ararat, Snowblind, Dead Ringers, Of Saints and Shadows, and many other novels. With Mike Mignola, he is the co-creator of two fan favorite comic book series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. As an editor, his anthologies include Hark! The Herald Angels Scream, Seize the Night, and The New Dead, among others. He has also written screenplays, video games, radio plays, an online animated series, and much more. He lives in Massachusetts.

 

Photo by Matthew Stein Photography

Theodora Goss was born in Hungary and spent her childhood in various European countries before her family moved to the United States. Although she grew up on the classics of English literature, her writing has been influenced by an Eastern European literary tradition in which the boundaries between realism and the fantastic are often ambiguous. Her publications include the collections In the Forest of Forgetting and Songs for Ophelia; The Thorn and the Blossom, a novella in a two-sided accordion format; debut novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and its sequel, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, Locus, Seiun, and Mythopoeic Awards, and on the Tiptree Award Honor List. She has won the World Fantasy and Locus awards.

January 31, 2019: Lyra Selene, N.S. Dolkart, and E.C. Ambrose

Our January event at Trident Bookstore and Cafe featured Lyra Selene, N.S. Dolkart, and Elaine Isaak (writing as E.C. Ambrose).

Video courtesy of WGBH’s The Forum Network.

Photograph of Lyra SeleneLyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. When she isn’t dreaming up fantastical cities and brooding landscapes, Lyra enjoys hiking, rainstorms, autumn, and pretending she’s any good at painting. She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. Amber & Dusk is her debut novel.

 

NSDolkartN.S. Dolkart is the author of the Godserfs trilogy of theological epic fantasy novels, beginning with 2016’s Silent Hall and concluding with this past October’s A Breach In The Heavens. In non-writing life, he has taught dementia care and Israeli folk dancing (but not at the same time), sung as Darth Vader in an opera, and sired two children who will one day enslave all the nations of the earth as foretold by prophecy. His website is nsdolkart.wordpress.com, and you can follow him on Twitter @N_S_Dolkart.

 

Elaine IsaacElaine Isaak is the author of The Singer’s Crown and its sequels. As E. C. Ambrose, she wrote The Dark Apostle historical fantasy series about medieval surgery, which concluded in 2018 with book 5, Elisha Daemon, and as E. Chris Ambrose, the Bone Guard international thrillers. Elaine has written how-to articles for the Writer Magazine, and non-fiction at Clarkesworld, and taught at the Odyssey Speculative Fiction Workshop. An art school drop-out, Elaine continues to create wearable art and sculpture. Elaine also works as part-time adventure guide. Under any name, you still do NOT want to be her hero.

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October 25, 2018: Julie C. Day, Hillary Monahan, and Paul Tremblay

For our October event, Speculative Boston was at Trident Bookstore & Cafe in Boston, with Julie C. Day, Hillary Monahan, and Paul Tremblay.

Catch the recording below, courtesy of WGBH’s The Forum Network!

Julie C. DayJulie C. Day has published over thirty stories in magazines such as Interzone, Podcastle, Black Static, and Split Lip Magazine. Her debut collection Uncommon Miracles is now available from PS Publishing. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine and a Masters of Science in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts.

 

Hillary MonahanHillary Monahan is the New York Times Bestselling author of the YA horror Mary: The Summoning through Disney-Hyperion and the acclaimed The Awesome under her pen name Eva Darrows. A multi-genre author, Hillary writes everything from horror and comedy to SFF and romance, for young adult and adult audiences alike. Her most recent novel is The Hollow Girl, and 2019 will see her twelfth novel in print.

 

Paul TremblayPaul Tremblay is the author of seven novels, including The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock and A Head Full of Ghosts. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly.com, and numerous Year’s Best anthologies. Paul is currently on the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards as well.

July 31, 2018: John Chu and James Patrick Kelly

On July 31, Speculative Boston was at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, with John Chu and James Patrick Kelly.

Photograph of John ChuJohn Chu is a microprocessor architect by day, a writer, translator, and podcast narrator by night. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming at Boston Review, Uncanny, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Tor.com among other venues. His translations have been published or is forthcoming at ClarkesworldThe Big Book of SF and other venues. His story “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

Photograph of James Patrick KellyJames Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards; his fiction has been translated into twenty-one languages.  His most recent book is the 2018 story collection  The Promise of Space from Prime Books.  His most recent novel was Mother Go, published in 2017 as an Audible original audiobook on Audible.com. He writes a column on the internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. Find him on the web at www.jimkelly.net.