Notes from New Sodom

... rantings, ravings and ramblings of strange fiction writer, THE.... Sodomite Hal Duncan!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sybil's Garage No. 7

(Another bit of shameless cut-and-pastery, I fear, to give you the skinny on Sybil's Garage No. 7, out now with a story by meself...)


Senses Five Press is pleased to announce the release of Sybil's Garage No. 7.

Where can you find a television that sees five minutes into the future? Where can you find
dragons trapped in a jar and an illness which turns people into glass? Where might you
find families who sell their brainpower to corporations for penny wages, or dead relatives
that sit down for family meals?

Why, in the pages of Sybil's Garage No. 7, of course.

In this seventh issue of the highly acclaimed series, you will find twenty-seven original
works of fiction and poetry from today's top talent, with suggested musical accompaniment,
our trademark design aesthetic, and much more. But be sure to leave a trail of breadcrumbs
on your way into Sybil's Garage, or you may not find your way out.

6"x9", 206pp
ISBN: 978-0-9796246-1-2

Available from:
Senses Five Press


And other fine bookstores. Just ask for it by name.

For more information click here:

Table of Contents:


"By Some Illusion" -- Kathryn E. Baker
"Suicide Club" -- Amy Sisson
"The Noise" -- Richard Larson
"A History of Worms" -- Amelia Shackelford
"Thinking Woman's Crop of Fools" -- Tom Crosshill
"The Unbeing of Once-Leela" -- Swapna Kishore
"How the Future Got Better" -- Eric Schaller
"The Telescope" -- Megan Kurashige
"Under the Leaves" -- A.C. Wise
"The Ferryman's Toll" -- Sam Ferree
"The Tale of the Six Monkeys' Tails" -- Hal Duncan
"The Poincar� Sutra" -- Anil Menon
"Kid Despair in Love" -- M.K. Hobson
"My Father's Eyes" -- E.C. Myers
"An Orange Tree Framed Your Body" -- Alex Dally MacFarlane
"The Watcher Thorn" -- Cheryl Barkauskas
"Other Things" -- Terence Kuch
"The Dead Boy's Last Poem" -- Kelly Barnhill


"Seven League"s -- Lyn C. A. Gardner
"One October Night in Baltimore" -- Jaqueline West
"Indian Delight" -- Alexandra Seidel
"Candle for the Tetragrammaton" -- Sonya Taaffe
"Emigrant" -- Linsdey Duncan
"Schehirrazade" -- Amal El-Mohtar
"The Hyacinth Girl" -- Adrienne J. Odasso
"Pathways Marked in Silver" -- Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
"Rain " -- Juliet Gillies


"Glourious Homage: Quentin Tarantino's Love Letter to Cinema" -- Avi Kotzer


Monday, July 19, 2010

Yellow Face: The Documentary

Courtesy of, here's a great little documentary on Yellowface, made in response to the segregationist casting on M. Night Shyamalan's adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Must-see.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Look! Look! I'm On The Telly!

The Finnish Nine O'Clock News covers Finncon, with a bit of blather from yours truly on strange fiction.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Jim Jefferies

Sometimes I love BlogPatrol, when you click through to a site that's linked to you and find something like this:


Saturday, July 03, 2010

New BSC Review Column

Yep, as the title might subtly suggest, I just posted my latest BSC Review Column, in which I basically try to explain why Avatar: The Last Airbender is guilty of "cultural appropriation" and is still motherfucking awesome, while M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender is essentially blood libel and segregation on the silver screen.

Another day, another shitstorm in the SF Café. A couple of months back, some of you might recall, it was one Young Turk turned Old Guard with an ill-fated article on international SF, a Caesar of dubious pontification that met a Senate of aggravated responses. Others said all that has to be said about the article at the time, and it’s sorta blown over now, so I’m not going to add my dagger; but in a couple of the responses (or responses to responses,) as the entrails slipped to the ground, fingers were pointed and the dread words whispered: cultural appropriation. As in the quote above, the link was made.

Yes. Another day, another shitstorm in the SF Café. Only today it’s a shitstorm about a Hollywood adaptation of a well-loved cartoon series — the film being M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, the original series being Avatar: The Last Airbender, created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, and aired over Nickelodeon. And the shitstorm? Well, that’s circling around a problem that emerged the moment its cast was announced, with three of the four main characters being utterly whitewashed in the eyes of many fans of the original series. In the world of the show, the three heroes have roots clearly riffing off Buddhist/Shaolin monks (Aaang) and Inuit/Eskimo tribes (Katara and Sokka,) while the antihero/villain Zuko’s culture equally clearly riffs of feudal Japan; and the characters are drawn with appropriate skin tones. In the film, three out of the four are played by lily-white European-American actors. You can guess which one is played by an actor with actual Asian roots, right? Only the antihero/villain has dark skin, funny enough.

Forget airbending, the fans said; this is racebending...