Béalu in Unstuck #2

January 6th, 2013 § 0 comments

One of a handful of fledgling litmags singled out for praise by The New York Times, Unstuck further distinguishes itself from the pack by preferring spec, publishing

“literary fiction with elements of the fantastic, the futuristic, or the surreal—a broad category that would include the work of writers as diverse as Abe, Ballard, Borges, Calvino, Tutuola, and (of course) Vonnegut, everything from straight-up science fiction and fantasy to domestic realism with a twist of the improbable.”

Over the holidays, the Austin-based litmag debuted its second issue, which features my translation of Marcel Béalu’s classic story “The Water Spider.” The Unstuck site is featuring an excerpt, and over at Weird Fiction Review, I provide some context and history for the tale, in the first of two planned posts on the author.

Unstuck #2 features  buy it for more than 500 pages of elephant men and minotaurs, magic charms and lost islands, talking dogs and miniature husbands, orphans reared in libraries, zombie bank robbers, mechanical cattle, and many other curiosities. You’ll find new fiction and poetry from writers like Kate Bernheimer, Jedediah Berry, Edward Carey, Matthew Cheney, Brian Conn, Rikki Ducornet, Caitlin Horrocks, and Jonathan Lethem.

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