Category Archives: Fiction

Jami Attenberg reads at The Foundry on March 18th!

The Foundry is So Say We All’s literary reading series, bringing you both established and emerging authors from all over and from right in our backyard. Come find your new favorite writer with us. Our next reading is Saturday, March 18th at 7 PM at Tiger Eye Hair!

Today we feature novelist Jami Attenberg, who will read to you from her 6th book, All Grown Up, brand new, published this week (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). It’s an enchanting and entertaining read, often quite sad despite its humor, and challenges us to root for and fall in love with a character who doesn’t always make the best decisions. Unlikeability can be risky business, and Attenberg pulls it off. Her main character, Andrea, carries us through her transition to 40, her relationship with her mother and brother, many (many) men and women, and maybe most triumphantly, her comprehension of herself.

Here’s an excerpt from All Grown Up on Lenny, “Charlotte.”

I call my brother. “Mom gave me the chair Dad died in,” I tell him. “And you took it? She tried to give it to me, too,” he says. “Well, I didn’t know what it was,” I say. “I guess I blocked it out.” That is a thing I’ve been known to do, and my brother doesn’t argue the point. “I’ve had nightmares about it,” he says. “Just toss it.” “Like in the garbage?” I say. “Andrea, just throw it away,” he says.

But I understood why my mother held on to for it so long, and also why she felt like she had to hand it off to someone instead of putting it in the garbage. It was Dad’s chair. So I decide to sell it on Craigslist, that way I know where it’s going. I look up the value of the two pieces online. The set is worth about a thousand dollars. On a Saturday morning, I list it for two-fifty. Priced to move. Looking for a good home. P.S., my father died in it.

[Read the full excerpt here:]

You can also listen to NPR’s Weekend Edition interview with Jami from this Sunday here:

ATTENBERG: I mean, I don’t know who made these rules, who made this list of milestones, but somebody did it. And you know, it looks something like being married or partnered up, having a kid, owning a home, knowing what your career is and what direction you want to be going in your life, kind of really wanting to know what’s next, which is something that she says a couple of times in the book. And sometimes, those milestones aren’t of interest to people or available to people. And how do you figure out what it means to be an adult if you haven’t achieved those traditional milestones?

And here’s a longer, in-depth interview with Jami at Lit Hub:

We’re looking forward to having Jami Attenberg read at The Foundry, alongside Wendy C. Ortiz, Karolina Waclawiak, Alex Zaragoza, and Kiik A.K., on Saturday March 18th at 7 PM.

We will have books for sale, drinks for donations, and some very good stories read just for you. Tiger Eye Hair is a hair salon in a scooped-out historic Texaco station in San Diego’s beautiful Golden Hill neighborhood. $5 suggested donation at the door.

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Black Candies: The Eighties

Announcing our next Black Candies theme! The Eighties.


Black Candies is a journal of literary horror and darkness. In these dark corners, we have infinite room to grow, and to innovate. We’re allowed to push boundaries and set precedents. We revel in the daring. We aim to scare. Scary can be good. Scary can cause change.

This year, our theme is The Eighties. Whether you lived through it, or fetishize it, there’s no denying its continued effect.

Horror and the ‘80s go hand in hand. Movie fans can point to it as the decade where franchises like Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Hellraiser and Friday the 13th turned monsters into celebrities. It’s a decade that gave birth to the VHS, which allowed us to mainline horror right into our living rooms. The format also enabled a generation of crude, disgusting, and often brilliant filmmakers whose access to the expansive market gave them free reign to coat their screens with blood.

But art wasn’t the only thing that became horrific. Both consumerism and nationalism surged. Hate and bigotry blinded us to an epidemic that ravaged the country, while those in power laughed about it. We were ruled by an idiot entertainer. Any of this sound familiar?

What we’re looking for: We’re looking for stories that are set in, pay homage to, or reference the ‘80s in a major way. No smartphones, no Internet. Analog technology. Drugs. Yuppies. Wealth. Social commentary. It’s pretty open to interpretation, really. Think Stranger Things. Think nostalgia. Think Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

What we’re not looking for: Even though splatter films ruled the era, that’s not what we want. Black Candies attempts to publish the best in literary horror. We want to be scared, shaken and disturbed by your story, but at the same time, we want to fall in love with your prose. We want it to be smart. Gore and blood is fine as long as your story doesn’t obsess over it.

No word limit, but 2,000-6,000 is ideal.

As always, Black Candies makes a concerted effort to make horror less of a white dudes club. We would love to read more submissions from women, POC, LGBTQ, and diverse voices.

[You can buy some of our prior issues on Amazon: Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable and Black Candies: Surveillance.]

Submission deadline: August 31st, 2017

READY? Go to our submissions portal here.

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Share stories, find community this week and beyond

In this bleak weather and/or bleak world, it’s a good time to find community and create art. Here are some ways to come together (or… squirrel yourself away alone with your creative despair) to create and share stories and art this week:

As Community:


Long Story Short is our improv, open-mic style storytelling show. Got a story? Come tell it. No notes, 5 minutes, anyone can sign up. The best approach is to think about how you’d tell your friends the story. And suddenly, a room full of strangers become your friends and hear your secrets.

Saturday, January 21st, 7 PM
San Diego Writers, Ink

VAMP: Law and Disorder

It’s our first VAMP of 2017 and what better way to say goodbye to 2016 and ring in a new era with stories of obedience and disobedience, law and lawlessness, and everything in between? And what happens when the good guys snap and the bad guys save the day? Sometimes law and order save us and sometimes they ruin lives, and sometimes it’s all just terribly embarrassing.

Ari Honarvar, Chris Onderdonk, Ed Farragut, Krisa Bruemmer, Lauren Cusitello, Liam James, and Ryan Hicks

VAMP: Law and Disorder
Thursday, January 26th, 8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar

As Writers and Artists:


The first ever So Say We All Literary Prize in Fiction: send us your work! The winner will have their story illustrated and published online and in The Radvocate Fifteen. And also get $250. The deadline is 4/30, the entry fee is $10, and the contest judge is Leesa Cross-Smith. Details here:


The Radvocate, our literary journal, which is a beautiful little book showcasing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interview, and art from a variety of emerging and established creators. Like you? Send us something. We are currently reading submissions and we want to be devastated by yours. Deadline is 4/30 and Radvocate submissions are always free. Details here:


We offer two free Greenroom Writing Workshops each month, one in San Diego (the first Monday at 7 PM at Words Alive) and one in Chula Vista (the second Tuesday at 7 PM at The Industry). These are FREE, generative workshops, all levels, and totally drop-in. We’d love to see you there.

San Diego, Feb 6th:

South Bay, Feb 13th:

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The arts needs supporters and friends now more than ever. With federal funding on the chopping block, the future is frightening for creativity and public art. Join us as a sustaining member so that we can continue to do our outreach work, finding and sharing stories from and by people not being heard from. Join us as we create and celebrate the arts and literature. We are so much better with your help, and we need you more than ever. Details:

Thank you, and we hope you’ll share stories with us soon.

The SSWA Literary Prize in Fiction judged by Leesa Cross-Smith


Announcing the brand new, first ever So Say We All Literary Prize in Fiction! One first place winner will receive a $250 prize and publication online and in print. We are excited to explore this realm. And! We are extra excited (and feeling a bit fannish) because our inaugural contest will be judged by the amazing Leesa Cross-Smith.

Leesa Cross-Smith is the author of Every Kiss a War and the editor of WhiskeyPaper. Her work has appeared in Best Small Fictions. She loves baseball and musicals. Find more @ and

Contest Guidelines:

  • We are looking for fiction short stories
  • Surprise us. We want your beautiful, your weird, your uncouth, your unexpected, your experiments, your sadness, your joy, your fear. Story is our currency here: give us characters we can’t forget doing things we can’t forget.
  • Length: under 3,000 words please.
  • Please make sure your submission does not have your name or any identifying information in the attachment
  • One story per $10 entry fee. Multiple submissions are fine, as long as each is its own entry with its own $10 entry fee.
  • Simultaneous submissions are also just fine. However, if your work gets picked up elsewhere, please withdraw immediately. Entry fees are, regretfully, not refundable.

Contest Details:

  • Submission window: 1/15/17 – 5/10/17
  • ***EXTENDED DEADLINE: May 10th at 11:59 PM pacific time!***
  • Deadline: April 30th, 2017 at 11:59 PM pacific time
  • $10 entry fee
  • $250 prize for one first place winner
  • Blind submission process! No names in your files!
  • The winner’s story will be illustrated, published in The Radvocate Issue Fifteen, and published online on our website.
  • The top five finalists will also be published in The Radvocate Issue Fifteen.
  • All contest entries will be considered for publication in The Radvocate Issue Fifteen.
  • We love you and cannot wait to read your work and share it with Leesa.


Here’s a little bit more about our judge:

Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014). Every Kiss a War was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). Her short story “Whiskey & Ribbons” won Editor’s Choice in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (2011) and was listed as a notable story for storySouth‘s Million Writers Award. She is a consulting editor for Best Small Fictions 2017. Her work has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2015, SmokeLong QuarterlyLittle FictionWigleaf Top 50Longform FictionCarve Magazine, Hobart, NANO FictionMonkeybicyclePithead ChapelGigantic SequinsFolioAmerican Short Fiction (online)Midwestern GothicJukedWord Riot, Sundog LitThe Rumpus, and many others. She and her husband Loran run a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper.

Send Leesa your brightest stars. You got this.

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Henry Hoke reads at The Foundry on January 14th!

The Foundry is our literary reading series! It’s this Saturday 1/14 (tomorrow!), at 8 PM at Public Square Coffee House in La Mesa.

Tomorrow’s reading features wild, weird, beautiful, funny, intense, and unexpected work from amazing authors we are truly honored to host here in San Diego: Meredith Alling, Cali Linfor, Justin Maurer, Leah Thomas, and today’s feature: Henry Hoke.

Henry Hoke is southern expat gothic. He wrote The Book of Endless Sleepovers (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) and Genevieves (winner of the Subito Press prose contest, forthcoming 2017). Some of his stories appear in The Collagist, PANK, Winter Tangerine and Carve. He co-created and directs Enter>text, a living literary journal.

I first heard about Henry by way of seeing his book cover (revealed online by the designer, a writer/friend Ryan W. Bradley), which is an excellent “judge a book by its cover” meeting story. His debut, The Book of Endless Sleepovers (2016, Civil Coping Mechanisms) is a powerful book that slithers through boyhood, love, agony, predators, fear, family in an almost mystical way. It’s a quick and feverish read, but masterful in its completeness. And yes, it has a killer cover.

An excerpt:

Parents: if you teach your children to pray, they will only pray for endless sleepovers.

“It’s a little bit night and a little bit morning.” 4am, not dawn, but when day teases the edges of the world. If they walked outside they’d be drifting silhouettes, a terrifying time. But warm inside, Huck’s mumbled response is comforting. Tom wakes up at 4am when he sleeps over, wakes loudly or moves just enough to rouse Huck, and Tom always asks the same question: “What time is it?” And Huck always has the same answer: “it’s a little bit night and a little bit morning.” Tom wakes at this time for the rest of his life.


“We have to work out a system,” Huck says and lays out a map of tunnels and turrets on the rug. Tom stares at a spot of dried blood on Huck’s ear. It’s all Tom can see. It’s going to be the best snow fort ever.


Imagine yourself on a raft in a slow-moving river at night. Every soft animal makes sounds from the bank. You are in the center of the raft, and surrounding you are all your friends, asleep. This is heaven. He wakes you up by singing “I just stuck a top in my crotch.” You wonder if he’s sure what crotch means and if he’s hurt and if you are in love with him. The water is stupid with stars.


When the girls twist the stems of apples and the pop-tops of canned Coke they always end up on H for Huck. Never, in the history of twisting girls, have they reached the letter T.

Tom and Huck are on their backs in the grass again.
Huck says he can’t wait to have kids, so he can beat them.
Tom tries to imagine what their children would look like.

How many times can you write the word “pussy” in a book of Mad Libs? Tonight we’re going to find out. By god.

–from The Book of Endless Sleepovers by Henry Hoke

Henry’s next book, Genevieves, is forthcoming this year. We can’t wait to read it, and we can’t wait to introduce San Diego to Henry. Join him, along with Meredith Alling, Leah Thomas, Cali Linfor, and Justin Maurer, at The Foundry reading series, this Saturday, January 14th, at 8 PM at Public Square Coffee House in La Mesa.

Saturday, January 14th at 8 PM
Public Square Coffee House
8275 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa CA 91942
$5 suggested donation.

–Julia Dixon Evans

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An interview with The Foundry’s Meredith Alling

The Foundry is our literary reading series. We hope to see you at The Foundry #3, on Saturday, January 14th at 8 PM at Public Square Coffee House in the La Mesa Village. As we approach the show, we’ll feature the readers so you can get to know them (and get super excited). Up next is Meredith Alling.

Meredith Alling lives in Los Angeles, and is author of the brand new story collection Sing The Song, from Future Tense Books. Sing The Song is beautiful work. Meredith’s stories, some heartbreakingly tiny, some sprawling and vast, are gorgeous and unsettling. She has a sharp wit with language and a gift of crafting characters and places that quickly get under your skin. And we can’t wait to share her voice with you at the Foundry.

So Say We All’s program director and Foundry host Julia Dixon Evans recently had a chance to ask Meredith a few questions about her book, her writing process, and Los Angeles.

JULIA DIXON EVANS: Do you remember when we met? I do. It was on Twitter. But then in real life?

MEREDITH ALLING: I have a really terrible memory when it comes to details, especially when it’s a question of time, but I am pretty sure we officially met on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel in LA one night during AWP 2016. And we had a good time and bonded for life.

JDE: And then the next night I heard you read “Rita.” I remember writing down a line (“nothing between me and the ground is untrue”) and feeling almost giddy when I rediscovered it in Sing The Song. But I loved your live reading. How do you prepare? How do you choose what to read

MA: I actually haven’t done that many readings. Less than ten. How I prepare is by taking half a Xanax and then having a drink. You’re not supposed to mix Xanax with alcohol, but this combination works for me, and I’m still basically blacking out with anxiety, just not to the point of paralysis. As far as choosing what to read, I try to pick stories that will be entertaining when read aloud, either because they are easy to follow or funny or some combination. I’ve been bored at a lot of readings (sorry) so I don’t want to be boring.

JDE: You’re definitely not boring. And that same month, you had just found out that Sing The Song was going to be published! What was the best part of that process, of watching your stories go from disparate little things into a book?

MA: Finding out that the book was going to happen was a big deal. I was a huge fan of Future Tense and for years I had literal daydreams about publishing something with them, so that moment of finding out was extremely special. It was also really great to work with Kevin Sampsell and Bianca Flores on edits. They were both really supportive of my style, and while they had great notes, they always left the final decision up to me. That’s something unique to working with a small press, I think. I have friends who have published with big houses, and sometimes the project can get away from them.

JDE: Let’s go back to that line, “nothing between me and the ground is untrue.” That, and so many other moments in the book (other faves – Lady Legs: the dirt was soft and stupid, Hellsure: Catherine on a wormless morning, praying to God), where every word seems to matter and seems to be incredibly unexpected and revealing, revolutionary almost, made me wonder: do you write carefully? Is it calculated? Or are you more frantic, getting a storyline out of your brain and then you go back to fine tune these gems?

MA: I write very carefully, and slowly. Most of my stories don’t have a strong narrative arc, or a narrative arc at all, so a lot of it is about the mood, and for me, I like to get into that on a sentence level. I spend a lot of time on each sentence. I like to get into the language and work on the tone and create those unexpected moments that begin as unexpected moments for me, too.

JDE: I felt, more than with most short story collections, that your book was unputdownable. Part of that is that the writing is propulsive and brilliant, of course, but also, I think there’s something intentional in the way these stories are pieced together and ordered. Can you talk about that a little?

MA: That is very generous, and I’m glad to hear that, as the process of ordering the stories was a little nerve-wrecking. There are so many, and they are all so different (I think), and so it felt tricky to figure out how to be deliberate about the order. Bianca was really helpful in working with me on that, and we ended up deciding on an order that we felt would build energy as you read.

JDE: What was it like to create new work for the book?

MA: It was fun but also stressful. I had days when I felt really good and confident, and other days when I was worried and scared. I guess that’s just writing (or any creative work), but knowing that what I was working on was possibly going to be part of this book that was already in motion added a new level of pressure. I would try to put that thought out of my head and write as I normally do, but it was hard. Ultimately I feel really happy with the new work, but there were a lot of emotions.

JDE: You have a super fascinating job. Tell everyone what you do.

MA: I work for a nonprofit called 1in6 that provides resources and support to men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences. We also support the people who care about them (family, friends, professionals, etc). I’ve been with 1in6 for almost four years now, and I manage our awareness campaigns as well as our social media and various creative projects. It’s a great organization, and I’ll call out two of our resources here: our free and confidential 24/7 online support line, where anyone can go whether they are in crisis, have questions, or are looking for local resources, and our free and confidential online peer support groups, which meet twice a week for men who have experienced any form of sexual abuse or assault.

JDE: And how do you manage or pair making art with doing difficult, heady work like that during the day?

MA: As part of my work at the nonprofit, I hear and read really unbelievable stories of survival, and that perspective helps to keep me grateful for being able to do things I enjoy and want to do. Writing is really hard work, but it’s also fun, and something I’m doing because I want to do it. I don’t make myself write on any kind of schedule or set any sort of word count goals or whatever, and part of that is because I want it to remain this thing I enjoy and that I’m grateful to have in my life. There’s so much freedom in writing. I’m getting really corny. Writing I love you.

JDE: Writing definitely loves you back. Also, you’re a big reader, which, y’know, is one of those make-or-break things for writers. What book(s) are you the most looking forward to reading this year?

MA: Oh man, a lot. Off the top of the dome: Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell, Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang, Caca Dolce by Chelsea Martin, Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose, Genevieves by [fellow Foundry #3 reader] Henry Hoke, and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.

JDE: In San Diego we feel like the arts and lit communities are up against so much, and there’s kind of a grassroots, on-the-verge unity feeling about that, which is an exciting silver lining. Los Angeles seems like a different beast altogether: bustling and vibrant, but huge. What is the writing and literature/reader community like in LA for you? In what ways do you use it, and how do you serve it?

MA: The LA community is so great, and actually feels sort of small. It’s easy to connect with people and find out about events. Shortly after moving to LA in 2011, I started going to readings and meeting people, and everyone was super nice, and from where I stand, I don’t really see any “cliques.” There are also some great independent bookstores that are really supportive of small presses. I try to support those bookstores as much as possible, and also go to as many readings and events as I can and buy books at those events.

JDE: What’s next for you? I hear you have a novel idea. I hope we get to see that one day, because I will eat that up with a spoon.

MA: I’m working on… something. I can’t tell exactly what it is right now, but someone’s knee is injured.

JDE: Thank you so much for answering my questions, and thank you also for reading with us in The Foundry on 1/14. I love you and your writing, and I can’t wait to introduce you to San Diego and have them love you too.

MA: Thank you so much Julia! Love to you.

Join Meredith as she reads alongside Leah Thomas, Henry Hoke, Cali Linfor, Leah Thomas, and Justin Maurer at The Foundry #3, Saturday 1/14 at 8 PM at Public Square Coffee House.

RSVP and invite your people here.

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Leah Thomas reads at The Foundry on Jan 14th!

The Foundry is our literary reading series, now in its sophomore year. With the Foundry, we aim to bring both emerging and established voices in literature to our stage, from San Diego as well as showcasing touring authors.

Our first Foundry of 2017, The Foundry No. 3, is Saturday, January 14th at 8 PM at the beautiful new Public Square Coffee House in La Mesa. Grab coffee, a little snack, maybe a glass of wine, and relax with some fiery hot stories.

To get you all excited, as we approach the show, we’ll feature each of the writers. Up first? Leah Thomas. Leah is a VAMP contributor here in San Diego, and she charmed us on the stage at The Whistle Stop with her storytelling.

Leah’s debut novel, Because You’ll Never Meet Me (Bloomsbury, 2015), unravels the story of an unlikely friendship between two whip-smart kids with isolating circumstances. It’s a young adult novel, and we’re excited because Leah will be the first YA reader in The Foundry. The novel won a series of accolades and nominations, including being a Carnegie Award Nominee and a William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist.

From Because You’ll Never Meet Me:

Dear Fellow Hermit,

My name is Oliver, but most people who meet me end up calling me Ollie. I guess you don’t really have to, though, because odds are you’ll never meet me.

I can never travel to wherever you are, because a big part of what makes me a hermit is the fact that I’m deathly allergic to electricity. This is kind of massively incapacitating, but hey–everyone has problems, right?



Firstly, my father has confirmed that your penmanship is atrocious. At least you can spell.

Secondly, you are correct. We will not be meeting. This has little to do with your deafening personality. I am electric. Exposure to me would floor you.


Ollie and Moritz’s friendship unfolds over letters exchanged, and we watch the boys also exchange hope, accusations, guilt, fear, dreams, sadness, and trust. It’s a funny, compelling read with a heart-wrenching edge to it: disability and isolation, bullying and the other, all flow steadily above the surface.

Leah’s follow-up to Because You’ll Never Meet MeNowhere Near You hits the shelves in February.

We can’t wait for you to hear Leah read at the Foundry Reading Series on Saturday, January 14th. Join us at Public Square Coffee House in the La Mesa Village at 8:00 PM. Details, RSVP, and invite your people:

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The Foundry #3 is January 14th

The Foundry is our newish literary reading series, where we feature touring authors, emerging writers, and all around literary citizens, and get killer stories and literature out into the world.

Our next installment, on Saturday, January 14th, will bring Meredith Alling, Leah Thomas, Justin Maurer, Cali Linfor, and Henry Hoke straight into your ripe little hearts.


MEREDITH ALLING, author of the brand new story collection Sing The Song (Future Tense Books, 2016)

LEAH THOMAS, author of the William Morris Debut Award finalist young adult novel Because You’ll Never Leave Me (Bloomsbury, 2015) and the forthcoming Nowhere Near You (Bloomsbury, Feb 2017)

JUSTIN MAURER, author of the story collection Seventeen Television (Vol 1 Brooklyn, 2013) and the collection of true stories, Don’t Take Your Life (Future Tense Books, 2006)

CALI LINFOR, editor of Epicenter Literary Magazine and author of the poetry collection The Book of Ugly Things (CityWorks Press, 2012)

HENRY HOKE, author of The Book of Endless Sleepovers (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) and the forthcoming Genevieves (Subito Press, 2017)

Come on out to the brand new Public Square Coffee House in the lovely La Mesa Village for an evening of stories, coffee, food, and drinks. And books. Piles of books.

The Foundry #3
Saturday, January 14th, 2017
8:00 PM
Public Square Coffee House
8278 La Mesa Boulevard
La Mesa, California 91942

$5 suggested donation

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Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable Launch and Reading

Join us as we celebrate the release of our ALL WOMEN anthology of literary horror and dark fiction, as well as original art, Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable.


Gross and unlikeable is reality. Steaming viscera. Menstruation as omen. The sharp blade of a returned violence. The stories in this collection aren’t evoking a theme, but destroying the lie of women tamed, of women just so.

Come hear some of the stories from the collection and feast your eyes upon some deliciously dark artwork. Women. Horror. Gross. Unlikeable. YES.

Readings by:
Kayla Miller
Christina Lydia
Hanna Tawater
Jennifer D. Corley
…and more

Order here: (we will also have books for sale at the show)

For more about Black Candies, visit the new Black Candies website.

Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable Release Party
Thursday, December 8th at 8 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA
$5 suggested donation

RSVP and invite your friends:


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Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable contributors

Our women-only edition of our annual collection of dark fiction, literary horror, and art, Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable, launches this week, on Black Friday (and you can pre-order it now here).

In a 2015 interview with Black Candies founding editor Ryan Bradford, we asked him about why women’s voices matter in horror:

I’ve found that women are often underrepresented in horror, and wanted to create a platform where they could not only have a voice, but be as gross, dark and unlikeable as they want. I still think there’s an attitude, even among the liberal literati, that can’t abide a woman writing ugly stories.

And lo, a theme was born: gross and unlikeable. Over the past year, guest editor Natanya Ann Pulley has carefully led us in the midwifery of putting together this collection of beautiful and powerful stories and art. Along every step of the way, all contributors have been women. Behold the line-up of incredible writers, artists, editors, and designers that comprise this killer book:


Fiction by:


Art by:


Editorial staff:


We can’t wait for you to get your eager little hands on this book. Black Friday. Here.

San Diego: come to our release party on December 8th.

If you like what we do at So Say We All, please consider becoming a supporting member. For as little as $5 per month you can support the work we do in finding the voices we don’t often hear from and helping them tell their stories, and tell them well.