Our own Julia Dixon Evans recently chatted with the remarkable Natanya Ann Pulley, guest editor of the upcoming special issue of Black Candies, our literary journal of horror and dark fiction. It’s a women-identifying only issue, and the theme is “Gross and Unlikeable.”
We asked Natanya about the things she loves in stories, what drives her, what it’s like to write and publish as a woman, and lots more.
My work has been called alienating before and we are always advised not to “alienate” our readers–which is a silly idea to me. I want to be an alien reader from time to time. Sure I read for pleasure and I do read to connect (or rather to see myself in something else), but I also read to enter new terrain and breathe a new air–to worry about my safety and sense of self among a strange or peculiar system of words, sounds, ideas, and bodies. I love confusion and anxiety in writing. I’m sick of understanding or at least recognizing my understanding of life in every little thing I read. It’s boring.
Go read the interview on our Black Candies website, and get to know our darling guest editor. We think she’s pretty great. The submission deadline for stories is April 30th. Send us your finest and grossest stuff.