This Saturday at Claremont Graduate University, Sunstone West, a small tidier Sunstone Symposium, will feature panels about two Peculiar Pages book. (Note that times and participants are subject to clarification.)
The first, Monsters & Mormons, accomplished with the help of A Motley Vision and the most fun currently available in print. Participating authors Erik Peterson (“Bichos”) and Brian Gibson (“The Eye Opener”) will be talking about their works as well as reading their own and others’ stories. Responding to their presentation will be Patrick Q. Mason, the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and Associate Professor of North American Religion at Claremont, and the author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Also featured are several poets from Fire in the Pasture. Featuring editor, poet, and AMV-contributor Tyler Chadwick discussing a Javen Tanner poem, and, in a separate session, readings from Tyler, Neil Aitkin, Karen Kelsay, Elisa Pulido, Laura Stott, Holly Welker, and, we hope, more.
Sunstone West is always great fun and you’ll want to catch other panels and presentations while you’re there.
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Theric and I are pleased to announce nine more works — and the final set of works — that we will be including in Monsters & Mormons. Everyone who has submitted should now have a decision in hand. If not, email us. But I’m pretty sure we’ve replied to all of our ~70 submitters. Thanks again to all those who sent something in. It was fun reading everything, and we do wish we could find a way toÂ accommodateÂ every work. But editing time and page count and the parameters of the anthology mean we had to make choices. Some tough ones even.
And so we made them. And here are the final nine acceptances:
- The poem “Water Spots” by Terresa Mae Wellborn â€” the kind of poem that gets under your skin. And then thrashes around.
- The short story “Pirate Gold for Brother Brigham” by Lee Allred â€” A classic ghost tale featuring Brigham Young and the Great Salt Lake.
- The short story “Bokev Momen “by D. Michael Martindale â€” Mormonism filtered through the eyes of aliens to humorous effect. Although how the abducted Mormon feels about that “humor” we shall not comment upon.
- The novelette “Allow Me to Introduce Myself” by Moriah Jovan* â€” A demon-fighting Mormon nun with some nifty gadgets.
- The short story “The Mission Story” by Bryton Sampson â€” What happens when your weird mission companion has a bit of the mad scientist in him?
- The short story “Bichos” by Erik Peterson â€” Newlywed couple. The Amazon. Old stories of scary beasts. (And then the fun starts.)
- The short short story “A Letter from the Field” by James Paul Crockett â€” the first letter home from an elder assigned to quite the unusual field of work.
- The short story “Baptisms for the Dead” by Christopher Birkhead â€” a missionary companionship keeps working through a zombie apocalypse.
- The short story “Out of the Deep I Have Howled unto Thee” by Scott M. Roberts â€” A haunted motorcycle in the Utah desert.
For those keeping track that brings us to 29 works and 30 contributors. Depending on how edits go, the whole thing will end up being between 160,000 and 175,000 words (not counting bios/forewords/afterwords). All of it Mormony, Monsterish goodness. We’ll keep you updated. And now, it’s off to work.
*So in the interest of full disclosure, Moriah Jovan will be doing the layout and formatting on the book. She also runs the publishing concern of which Peculiar Pages is an imprint. I can tell you that neither she nor Theric gave me any pressure on accepting the story, and they both know that I would have had no problem rejecting it. But I do like it, and it does fill a need — so it’s going in.
Theric would like to add that, in fact, no one was more enthusiastic about this story than William. Moriah considered withdrawing it and I was about to let her but William refused. And he was right. This story — like every other story listed in today’s announcement — fills a vital need. And now, finally, we feel complete. And boy oh boy but are these tales going to slap you around. Cue your excitement.