Summer is in full swing, and we hope you enjoy our slim but, we hope, filling new issue. But we don’t want you to think that we’re taking our duties lightly, even as the sun’s rays beat down on Schlock HQ, and the humidity clutches at our frames like the coiling tentacles of our dreadful beloved Schlocktopus.
If you are X
And I am Y,
We meet at the origin
And move away from one another
Laura slipped her hands off the coping stones and dove them between her thighs, crouching down with her back against the grey brick wall. In front of her a growling line of rush-hour traffic crept along the narrow road chugging exhaust fumes and vapor out into the navy blue afternoon.
Despite her longstanding reluctance to mix her personal life with her professional endeavors, it was with Hallahan that Colleen made a rare exception. First as drinking buddies, then as lovers, and ultimately as co-tenants of a house in Pacific Palisades, their lives drew closer and closer.
One of the most prolific and dizzyingly experimental writers working today, Joseph S. Pulver speaks to us candidly about what underpins his two most recent collections, the difference between homage and mere fan fiction, and the importance of maintaining catholic reading habits.
The young Bulgarian writer Haralambi Markov burst on the scene with ‘The Language of Knives’, a shocking, surreal and tender story published over at Tor.com. He’s also a Kickstarter success story, as a fund to fly him over to World Fantasy 2015 – in the interest of having as many international writers there as possible – proved to be a success. He speaks to us about the need for speculative fiction to embrace a more internaitonal dimension, and his plans for the immediate future.
Schlock’s POP CULTURE DESTRUCTION makes it to June, as Noel tells about “Iranian vampire Western” (or is it?) The Girl Walks Alone At Night, Teodor reviews Schlock Talks interviewee Molly Tanzer’s Vermillion and newcomer Robert Iveniuk explains what’s the deal with Richard K Morgan’s A Land Fit For Heroes. But before that Marco thinks he’ll impress anyone by telling what he’s been up to lately. No one cares, dood!
Molly Tanzer’s easy-to-love novel Vermilion has been a highlight of the literary year for many: first grabbing our attention thanks to a sumptuous cover illustration by Dalton Rose, but charming us further – the c-word is not incidental here – with its picaresque journey into an (alternate) Wild West, courtesy of young psychopomp Lou Merriwether. The debut novelist and short story writer speaks to us about what inspired Vermilion’s literary brew, her early days as a writer, and what’s in store for her in the near future.
Welcome listeners, to a podcast dedicated to Schlock’s first, and arguably only, love – the one and only Howard Philip Lovecraft. Well, okay, maybe love is putting it…
While striving to never be generic, we here at Schlock take our rituals seriously, if only to acknowledge them so as to subvert them. And what is a more enduring ritual than the undeniable churn of the seasons, occasioned as it is by the plain-as-day movements of the sun, moon and overall weather?