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    IAF INTERFICTIONS ONLINE INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN ends above target goal

    Thanks to 277 generous backers for our Interfictions Indiegogo Campaign, we raised $10,318 by the time our campaign ended at midnight, July 14th, 2014.  When we launched on June 3rd, we were staggered to find donations doubling almost daily, until after about 3 weeks we had reached our original target goal of $8,500, and were able to move on to our Stretch Goal of $10,000.

    Which means we not only get to publish Interfictions Online for another year, but we can pay our contributors at higher rates now, rates more in line with the effort and talent that innovation requires. Thank you, each and every one of the 277 generous donors who stepped forward to say that interstitial art is valued and valuable. The number of people is as important as the number of dollars raised. We are awed by your generosity.
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    INTERFICTIONS issue #3 is up online!

    The editors of Interfictions Online are happy to announce the birth of the journal’s latest issue, on May 22, 2014!

    The Spring 2014 issue’s non-fiction offerings include Mark Craddock’s poignant collage in Aerial Acrobatics and Gender Reassignment Surgery – A How-To Guide, while Inda Lauryn’s Parallels and Transitions splices analysis of contemporary female vocalists into a graduate school memoir. Isabel Yap’s Life Is Not a Shoujo Manga speaks for itself. And in an interview with Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss, the two creators discuss their illustrated guide to writing, Wonderbook.

    The fiction offerings remix tropes from ghosts to automata, with new work by Richard Butner, Su-Yee Lin, Kat Howard, Tade Thompson and S. Craig Renfroe Jr.

    Several of the poems in this issue reimagine older narratives: Sridala Swami’s AI Winter draws on the Mahabharata, Sonya Taaffe’s Double Business on Hamlet, and Mary Alexandra Agner’s Hypothesis Between Your Ribs on the brief life of Charles Darwin’s daughter.

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  • New Interfictions Zero essay: “Interstitial International? Ibrahim al-Koni and the Question of Genre”
    by Geoffrey | September 19th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

    (The next in our series of Interfictions Zero essays is now available in the Projects section of our site: Sofia Samatar’s “Interstitial International? Ibrahim al-Koni and the Question of Genre“. Samatar is a PhD student in the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studies 20th-century Arabic literature with a focus on Egypt and Sudan. Her poetry is forthcoming in Stone Telling and Bull Spec, and her debut novel, A Stranger in Olondria, will be released by Small Beer Press in 2012. Here’s an excerpt to get you started, with illustration by the inimitable M. W. Kaluta.

    REMINDER: Interfictions Zero essays appear monthly on this site. We’re accepting rolling submissions for IF0, so if you have an idea for one, please see our Submissions Guidelines.

    Let us know what you think about Samatar’s essay in the Comments section [...]

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    Maybe we should’ve been the “Betweenity” Arts Foundation?
    by Ellen | September 19th, 2011 | No Comments »

    If you Google “betweenity,” you’ll find that Amazon has a book on sale called BETWEENITY: A DISCUSSION OF THE CONCEPT OF BORDERLINES. Apparently Horace Walpole’s own definition, from 1760, is “evoke the twilight between documentation and dramatisation.” Charlotte Bronte also picked up “betweenity” and used it. — Gardner Dozois

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    Sad news from Weird Tales
    by mallen | August 23rd, 2011 | No Comments »

    Ann VanderMeer announced today at the Weird Tales website (click the link to read) and on her husband Jeff VanderMeer’s blog that she’ll no longer be the magazine’s editor. Marvin Kaye, who is purchasing the magazine from Wildside Press, will also be taking the editorial helm.

    IAF co-founder Ellen Kushner notes: “Under Ann’s leadership (with a lot of encouragement by IAF’s Stephen Segal), Weird Tales had become pretty much an Interstitial Fiction haven.”

    Not to mention, it won a Hugo Award in 2009, the first in the magazine’s history. We wish Marvin luck, but we’re definitely sorry to see Ann leave. We’ll look forward, though, to her new ventures, including the VanderMeer’s upcoming anthology THE WEIRD.

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    Words to wear: “Honey Month” becomes “Honey Corset” (plus bonus shark net)
    by mallen | July 28th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

    The blog editors have given me permission to be self-indulgent with this post, or more properly, to indulge my wife, Anita Allen.

    During Interstitial March we ran an interstitial book review by C.S.E. Cooney of Amal El-Mohtar’s boundary-bending fusion of prose, poetry and food writing, The Honey Month. We also ran a lengthy interview with Amal, and with the book’s publisher, Erzebet YellowBoy Carr.

    Since then, there’s been a further development in the Honey Month saga that stretches its interstitial credentials further. After seeing dresses made from Little Golden Books, Anita conspired with Erzebet to create a corset out of pages from Amal’s book. Erzebet describes the process on the Papaveria Press blog, with links. Here’s an excerpt from Anita’s description of the creative process:

    “I had never seen this new fad of creating outfits from book pages and maps, so as a costumer [...]

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    New Interfictions Zero Essay: “Don’t Let It Be Forgot: The Once and Future Story”
    by Erin | July 9th, 2011 | 2 Comments »

    Interfictions Zero co-editor Helen Pilinovsky writes:

    Our latest essay, “Don’t Let It Be Forgot: The Once and Future Story,” written by Kat Howard, is now up at these addresses (the first takes you to the front-page and synopsis, the second is a direct link):

    http://www.interstitialarts.org/projects/interfictions0.php
    http://www.interstitialarts.org/projects/interfictions0_dontletitbeforgot.php

    This month, Kat Howard gives us a fascinating meditation on the nature of legend, specifically, the legend of King Arthur, and all the connotations that he bears.  “The Once and Future King,” a term from Malory interpreted somewhat … literally … by T.H. White, is a figure who is now nigh-on impossible to consider at a single point on his continuum.  Arthur implies Camelot implies its Fall, in what’s thus far been an endless circle … albeit one that, paradoxically, promises a resolution.  Kat Howard of Stony Brook University, critic and author (her communal blog,

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    The Spider Inside
    by Erin | June 28th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

    [Ed. Note: Guest Blogger Kris Saknussemm brings this essay on the interstitial creative process. Kris Saknussemm is the author of the novels Zanesville, Private Midnight and Enigmatic Pilot, along with a short story collection, Sinister Miniatures.  A multimedia artist, his paintings have been published as a portfolio book The Colors of Compulsion, and he records music with several collaborators, most notably Steve Joseph in Houston and Lou Mulkern and Eric Wyatt in New York.  Dark Coast Press will bring out his most significant work, Reverend America, in February.]

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    Web-spinning spiders are interstitial artists par excellence.  Their highly visual creations are often invisible, depending on the light.  They’re sculptural, architectural—and also musical, as you can discover, should you chance to find a large blowfly entrapped.  No one ever said art wasn’t a matter of life and death, or they weren’t making very [...]

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    New Interfictions Zero Essay: “Rebecca West’s Extraordinary Reality”
    by Erin | June 12th, 2011 | No Comments »

    Interfictions Zero co-editor Helen Pilinovsky writes:

    Our latest essay, “Rebecca West’s Extraordinary Reality,” written by Rachel Zakuta and illustrated by Michael Kaluta, is now up at these addresses (the first takes you to the front-page and synopsis, the second is a direct link):

    http://www.interstitialarts.org/projects/interfictions0.php
    http://www.interstitialarts.org/projects/interfictions0_rebeccawest.php

    Zakuta presents a fascinating overview of West’s writing, focusing specifically on her comparatively unknown, unfinished trilogy, A Saga of the Century.  West, born Cicely Isabel Fairfield, is best known under her pen name of Rebecca West as a political correspondent and book reviewer: her pithy, incisive social observations have in many cases passed into being aphorisms (consider, “I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute”).  She is considered one of the foremost intellectuals of [...]

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    Will Ludwigsen interview in Apex Magazine
    by Geoffrey | May 27th, 2011 | No Comments »

    Fans of our Interfictions book series will be familiar with the name Will Ludwigsen, as his short story “Remembrance Is Something Like a House” appeared in Interfictions 2. Stephanie Jacob’s new Apex Magazine interview with Will hit the web today, in which Will has a few kind words to say about the IAF:

    I think the eclecticism in my career comes from an unwillingness to choose just one way to tell stories. If I need a ghost or a magical house or a mission to the Moon, I’m throwing them in and not worrying too much about where that puts me on the shelves. I have an affinity for projects like the Interstitial Arts Foundation, where artists are encouraged to use different voices, genres, styles, and even media to get their stories out, using the right tool(s) for the right job(s).

    Aww. We have an affinity for [...]

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    A new Interfictions Zero essay: “On Mosaic Novels” (comments welcome!)
    by mallen | May 13th, 2011 | 6 Comments »

    Today we posted a second essay from Interfictions Zero, the rolling online anthology of interstitial criticism on interstitial texts. Author J.M. McDermott in his essay “On Mosaic Novels” posits :

    I’m going to propose that there exists such a thing as a Mosaic Novel, as I will define it contrary and in addition to any definitions that may already exist from any number of critics. In this imaginary category, individual pieces of story, potentially disjointed from other pieces of story, are arranged into the shape of a narrative. This whole shape, comprised of and beyond the individual pieces, reveals more than the sum of the parts of each of its fictional segments or sections. In fact, placing the pieces into this shape invites interconnectivity that allows the imagination to fill in the blank spaces.

    Here’s a link to the Interfictions Zero project:
    http://www.interstitialarts.org/projects/interfictions0.php

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    Walking an interstitial track: The Johnny Cash Project
    by mallen | May 6th, 2011 | No Comments »

    When it come to interstitial possibilities, the web never fails to surprise. In a stunning example of an open multimedia collaboration, The Johnny Cash Project allows participating artists from all over the world to each draw one frame of an animated music video for the late singer’s haunting tune “Ain’t No Grave.” The movie changes as more artists contribute.

    Here’s a YouTube video that describes the project and shares the video in the form it had taken in September 2010.

    To see the full work so far, and to participate if you wish, click here.

    (Thanks to Amal El-Mohtar for the tip.)

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