Midtown Reader is delighted to be hosting Selena Chambers to read from, discuss. and sign copies of her debut collection!
Calls for Submission guides readers out of space and time and through genre and mythos to explore the micro-cosmic horrors of identity, existence, and will in the face of the world’s adamant calls for submission. Victorian tourists take a virtual trip through their (and the Ottoman empire’s) ideal Orient; a teenage girl learns about independence and battle of the bands, all while caring for her mesmerized, dead mother; a failed Beat poet goes over the edge while exploring the long-abandoned Government Lethal Chambers. Visceral, evocative, and with a distinct style that is both vintage and fresh, Calls for Submission introduces a glowing, new writer of the weird and strange.
Advance praise for Calls for Submission:
“Selena Chambers is a rare visionary who is able to illuminate the poetry that lurks at the heart of the macabre. Her sumptuous prose and boundless imagination conjure a blazing pyre of souls, eras, worlds. I am in awe of her talent.” — Richard Gavin, author of Sylvan Dread.
“Combining a welcome scholarly bent with a punk rock attitude, Selena Chambers pens tales as fresh as they are fierce. From suicidal Beat poets to alt-historical travelogues to a modern take on Poe’s “M. Valdemar” (complete with rock bands), the stories in this brilliantly-titled debut may vary in tone, setting, and form, but they all share one thing in common: the unmistakable timbre of a resonant new voice in weird literature.”– Orrin Grey, author of Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beasts
“I have always loved the richness of Selena Chambers’ writing, and that richness is made even more apparent when her stories are gathered together in her collection, Calls for Submission. These stories are full of elegance and strangeness, written with a fierce intelligence that will haunt you. It’s an excellent collection.” — Kat Howard, author of Roses and Rot.
This event is free and open to the public; we will be serving refreshments, and as always, all are welcome!