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    Thanks to 277 generous backers for our Interfictions Indiegogo Campaign, we raised $10,318 by the time our campaign ended at midnight, July 14th, 2014.  When we launched on June 3rd, we were staggered to find donations doubling almost daily, until after about 3 weeks we had reached our original target goal of $8,500, and were able to move on to our Stretch Goal of $10,000. Which means we not only get to publish Interfictions Online for another year, but we can pay our contributors at higher rates now, rates more in line with the effort and talent that innovation requires. Thank you, each and every one of the 277 generous donors who stepped forward to say that interstitial art is valued and valuable. The number of people is as important as the number of dollars raised. We are awed by your generosity. Now our work begins in earnest. We will […]

    INTERFICTIONS issue #3 is up online!

    The editors of Interfictions Online are happy to announce the birth of the journal’s latest issue, on May 22, 2014! The Spring 2014 issue’s non-fiction offerings include Mark Craddock’s poignant collage in Aerial Acrobatics and Gender Reassignment Surgery – A How-To Guide, while Inda Lauryn’s Parallels and Transitions splices analysis of contemporary female vocalists into a graduate school memoir. Isabel Yap’s Life Is Not a Shoujo Manga speaks for itself. And in an interview with Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss, the two creators discuss their illustrated guide to writing, Wonderbook. The fiction offerings remix tropes from ghosts to automata, with new work by Richard Butner, Su-Yee Lin, Kat Howard, Tade Thompson and S. Craig Renfroe Jr. Several of the poems in this issue reimagine older narratives: Sridala Swami’s AI Winter draws on the Mahabharata, Sonya Taaffe’s Double Business on Hamlet, and Mary Alexandra Agner’s Hypothesis Between Your Ribs on the brief life of Charles Darwin’s daughter. With the publication […]

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  • ≡ Interfictions 2: Study Guide
    Study Guide
    The Interfictions 2 Study Guide is a free 16-page teaching resource available to download from Scribd or from the Interfictions 2 page at Small Beer Press.

    Interfictions 2 was designed not only as an anthology of genre-bending, boundary-crossing stories, but also as a text for literature and fiction classes and as a snapshot of possible ways in which literature develops new forms. To that end, editors Christopher Barzak and Delia Sherman, with author Carlos Hernadez and publishers Small Beer Press, have created a free, 16-page Study Guide for Interfictions 2.

    This Study Guide provides questions on Henry Jenkins’ remarkable theoretical introduction On the Pleasures of Not Belonging, as well as four questions to encourage discussion about each story, focusing on its interstitial qualities. The last section features a series of questions aimed at working towards other theories of interstitiality, followed by a list of 40 additional texts recommended for Further Reading.

    From the Study Guide’s introduction:

    There has always been writing that is hard or impossible to classify, from Lawrence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy and Denis Diderot’s Jacques And His Master to Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union. Sometimes such a work finds its way to readers from the genre side of the Great Literary Divide and sometimes from the literary side, but the earmarks are the same. An interstitial piece draws its inspiration, its form, and its conventions from several formal literary genres, creating a work that forces a reader how to approach it on its own unique terms.

    By its very nature, interstitial writing is hard to pin down, especially as genres tend to grow up around very popular interstitial works. For instance, the current “urban fantasy” trend began with the popularity of Laurel K. Hamilton and Charlene Harris: very different meldings of the tropes of mystery, romance, paranormal, and regional fiction. When they first came out, there was nothing else like them. Now, “paranormal romance” and “urban fantasy” are recognizable marketing categories that have spawned subgenres of their own. However, certain books, both classic (like Lawrence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy) and contemporary (like Jeanette Winterson’s Art and Lies) will always be difficult, if not impossible, to categorize neatly.

    Free copies of the Interfictions 2 Study Guide can be downloaded from Scribd or from the Interfictions 2 page at Small Beer Press.

    How to Order Interfictions 2

    Interfictions 2

    Interfictions 2 is now available from Small Beer Press, Powell’s and Amazon, and via IndieBound. The book was published on November 3rd, 2009 from Small Beer Press and was named one of’s Top 10 Books of 2009: Science Fiction & Fantasy.

    Those interested in teaching Interfictions 2 are encouraged to request an exam or desk copy.