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VAMP: Animal Control submissions due June 5th

Have you ever wanted to tell a story on our stage? We want that for you too. We hold your hand through the entire process. If your story is accepted for the show, you’ll be paired with a writing coach to provide editorial feedback, and you’ll attend a group critique session with the other storytellers in the show and the fine, brainy as hell producers, and you’ll also be matched with a performance coach.

Our next show? ANIMAL CONTROL. The animal show is always a doozy.

They’re our best friends and our most frightening nightmares. We share this planet with many creatures and even though they don’t know how to build skyscrapers or develop smartphone apps, animals still very much shape our reality in many (sometimes ridiculous) ways.

Tell us the stories about the non-humans in your life.

Submission deadline: June 5th

VAMP: Animal Control
Thursday, June 30th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

Submission deadline 5/1 for VAMP: In Real Life

IRL: The internet changes everything. Or does it? Do our online lives matter less than our offline lives? Is there a difference anymore? And what about the times when real people do very unreal things, no internet required? Come join us for stories about real life, about the internet, and about the ways those places intersect or the way they don’t intersect at all. IRL TMI LOL.

Submission deadline: Sunday, May 1st
Submission guidelines: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/submissions/

VAMP Showcase: “In Real Life.”
Thursday, May 26th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

“Scar Show” by Sarah Rose Etter now published online

Black Candies is our journal of literary horror and dark fiction, showcasing writing and art from both local and worldwide contributors.

As we approach the April 30th submission deadline for the women-identifying writers issue of Black Candies: “Gross and Unlikeable,” we’ve been making select Black Candies stories available online.

Up next is Sarah Rose Etter’s short story, “Scar Show,” which was first published in Black Candies: See Through. You can learn more about See Through or purchase a copy in our book store here.

scar showAccompanying illustration by Adam Vieyra

I stand on the side of the stage before the curtain opens. Paul stands near me, a microphone sunk into his fat oily hand.


There is a roar of man sounds, man hands slamming together to create boom claps.

(Read the rest here).

And while you’re there, poke around at the Black Candies website and learn more about submitting to the upcoming Gross and Unlikeable issue. The deadline is 4/30! Spread the word. Send us something.

Interview with Black Candies Guest Editor Natanya Ann Pulley

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.


The Foundry No. 1

So Say We All is launching a literary reading series this spring. It is called The Foundry and we are so ready for this. Are you? We will host readings throughout the year with writers known and unknown, performing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, whatever.

Come join us for Number 1. Get in on the ground floor. Forge your steel with us.

Adrian Van Young
Lizz Huerta
Lauren Becker
Ryan Bradford

The Foundry, No. 1
Tuesday, April 5th at 8:00 p.m.
Soda & Swine (Liberty Station)
2750 Dewey Rd #104, San Diego, CA 92106
(all ages) (but it’s a full bar)



Meet Adrian Van Young from The Foundry No.1

The Foundry is our new reading series, launching on April 5th at Soda and Swine Liberty Station.

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Lizz, Ryan, and Lauren all live in San Diego. Our final featured reader, Adrian Van Young, however, is mostly rolling through town just to read to you. Well, I suppose he has some family here but whatever.

1929288_10153937980878879_1805713453792222922_nAdrian Van Young is the author of The Man Who Noticed Everything, a collection of stories, which won Black Lawrence Press’s St. Lawrence Book Award in 2011, and the novel, Shadows in Summerland, coming any day now in April from ChiZine Publications. His fiction and non-fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, VICE, Slate, The Believer, and The New Yorker, among others. His work has also appeared in the anthologies States of Terror II and Gigantic Worlds. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is a regular contributor to Electricliterature.com. He lives in New Orleans with his wife Darcy and son Sebastian, where he teaches creative writing at Tulane University.

Some of us here at So Say We All have had a chance to read his new book, Shadows in Summerland, and… wow. It’s an amazing piece of work: intricate and masterful, and almost cinematic in the ways we are fully placed in the setting: mid 1800s spiritualist-obsessed Boston. With flawed, charming characters, Adrian’s writing is vivid, compelling, intelligent, and always exquisite, even when it borders on the grotesque.

One of our favorite short stories of Adrian’s is “The Lady Winchester Deciphers Her Labyrinth,” which appeared in The Masters Review last fall. Have a read.

The third time she wakes and the bed-frame is shaking. It is, she thinks, the century’s end. The bed appears to levitate, arising on its own vibrations and she is a caught up in it, hostage unto it, as it floats in the maelstrom and then hunkers down. And then she springs out of her bed. She has not moved this way in years. She is running, she thinks, to the door of the room where the lintel built into the wall will protect her, but just as she presses herself to the frame the ceiling behind her comes crumbling down.

Here is the moment, she thinks in the din, where I will be buried by what I’ve constructed.

She lies on her back staring up at the beams. Flakes of cracked plaster rain down on her face. She does not need to lock and unlock the room’s door to know that she is trapped inside it.

Now come hear Adrian read an excerpt from his upcoming novel tomorrow, April 5th, at 8 PM. Adrian is reading alongside Lizz Huerta, Lauren Becker, and Ryan Bradford at The Foundry No.1 at the Liberty Station location of Soda & Swine. Find us on the lovely back patio.

(This reading’s gonna burn).


Meet Lizz Huerta from The Foundry No.1

The Foundry is our new reading series, launching very soon on April 5th at Soda and Swine Liberty Station.

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We love the amazing batch of writers we have lined up for you, but we’re not sure you properly know how great they are yet. Do you? DO YOU? If not, we’ve been introducing them to you bit by bit. Next up is Lizz Huerta.

lizzkidLizz Huerta is a writer born and raised in Chula Vista. Her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Portland Review, xoJane, Time, Toe Good poetry and various other publications and anthologies. Her story “I, Succubus” was chosen by Roxane Gay as the winner of the Lumina fiction contest and appears in the current issue of Lumina out of Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently working on a fantasy novel. Her dream is that one day kids will cosplay her characters at Cons or weird online videos.

We love Lizz’s work, and we especially love the way she performs her stories. She’s as engaging and dynamic a performer as she is a writer, fully immersing you in the rich worlds of her characters. Her stories are beautiful, painful, joyous, and intense. We adore this story she had published in The Portland Review, “Birds.”

My brother Oscar’s burning sage again. Some new white girl must be over, feeling like she’s about to be one with the sacred wheel of the fucking universe. I look out the window, there’s a hybrid parked out front. This one will be stupid easy; a dream-catcher hangs from the rear-view mirror.“Some people,” Oscar’s told me, “Need to feel they’re more than what they are.”Rolling ladies was something he picked up on one of his “spiritual retreats from society.” His last retreat was for parole violation. When he returned he started braiding his heavy metal hair, scribbling in journals at free-trade coffee shops. White girls love that shit; they don’t care that Oscar isn’t a real indigenous; they see brown skin, turquoise rings, and their hemp panties slide right off.

From upstairs I can hear Peruvian flutes playing the theme from Titanic.

Come join Lizz as she reads something else just as delightful for you, as well as hear from our other smoking hot readers: Adrian Van Young, Ryan Bradford, and Lauren Becker, at The Foundry No.1 at the Liberty Station location of Soda & Swine.

It’s gonna melt your face.


Meet Lauren Becker from The Foundry No. 1

The Foundry is our new reading series, launching very soon on April 5th at Soda and Swine Liberty Station.

To get you all aflutter before the show, we want you to meet these darlings who will read you some stories. First up? Lauren Becker.

Lauren Becker is editor of Corium Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Wigleaf, The Rumpus, The Best Small Fictions of 2015, and elsewhere. Her collection of short fiction, If I Would Leave Myself Behind, was published by Curbside Splendor in 2014. She is owned by a tiny kitten named Henry.

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Lauren’s writing is stunning: beautiful, engulfing, and sometimes unsettlingly sparse. We love this story she had published in the amazing Alice Blue Review recently: “Tipped.”

She was thin and I was not and it worked out ok for a good while because some guys like thin girls and some like not thin girls, but then I tipped over into fat and it messed things up. Like, we’d be at a bar and a guy would want to talk to her, but his friend wouldn’t want to talk to me. So they would both talk to her and I would go to the 7-11 next door—there’s always a 7-11 next door—and get Pop Tarts or a king size Snickers bar. I would text her but she wouldn’t get the texts ’til I went back and got her and drove us home. In the car, she would laugh and ask what kind of Pop Tarts I ate. Usually the frosted strawberry ones.

Come join Lauren to see what else she has up her sleeve for you, as well as the rest of our hot-af readers, Adrian Van Young, Lizz Huerta, and Ryan Bradford, at The Foundry No.1 at the Liberty Station location of Soda & Swine.

It’s gonna melt you.


The Foundry: There’s a new reading series in town (AND IT’S US)

The Foundry No. 1 is coming up in two weeks! Join us as we launch this fiery new reading series at Soda and Swine in Liberty Station. We can’t wait to show these writers off to you. They’re pretty much the hottest things ever. Come join us.



Adrian Van Young
Lizz Huerta
Lauren Becker
Ryan Bradford

Adrian Van Young is a writer living in New Orleans. His debut novel, Shadows in Summerland, comes out on April 12, 2016.

Roughly based on the real-life story of William H. Mumler, spirit photographer and his clairvoyant wife, Hannah Mumler, Shadows in Summerland immerses the reader in a shifting world of light and shade where nothing is quite what it seems at first glance. A soaring and resplendently Gothic novel spanning three decades, it is as much an homage to the Golden Age ghost stories of Edith Wharton and Henry James as it is a companion to the revisionist historical epics of Peter Carey and Sarah Waters, with a little steampunk all its own.

An excerpt from Adrian’s novel also appeared in the 2013 edition of Black Candies: See Through.

Soda and Swine in Liberty Station has a full menu and a full bar. All ages. Our reading will take place beneath the stars on their lovely (and firesome-table-topped) patio.

More details on the Facebook event. Invite your people: https://www.facebook.com/events/1126122200765610/

VAMP: Sports! is Thursday March 24th

Some of us are better at sporting than others. Some of us are better at watching other people doing their sporting. And there’s just something vaguely naughty about dressing up in shiny, tight costumes and peacocking around for televised national enjoyment. Sports!

Come listen to stories about athletics going well for us and, of course, the times when our feats of supposed strength didn’t go so well.

**Note: March has 5 Thursdays this year, so this happens to not be the last Thursday of the month. Mark your calendars! Tell your friends!**

Chris Onderdonk
Dallas McLaughlin
Dick Cummins
Ed Farragut
Jennifer Stiff
Jessica Hilt
Maggie Thach
Skyler McCurine

Produced by Lauren Cusitello and Jonathan Hammond

VAMP Showcase: “Sports!”
Thursday, March 24th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

invite your people to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1659848830928917/

Go team. Rah.