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    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.

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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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  • Rats & Alice & how to figure it out for yourself
    by Ellen | January 7th, 2011 |

    Here at the IAF, we’re always saying that interstitial art is art without genre conventions to fall back on, art that demands you read it on its own terms.

    How does that work, exactly?

    Veronica Schanoes (author of “Rats” in the IAF anthology Interfictions, and an Assistant Professor of English at Queens College-CUNY) offers a few hints:

    In the latest issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Issue 26, I have a short story called “Alice: a Fantasia.” This is a three-part story–prose poem, more like–revolving around Lewis Carroll’s Alice.

    Last week, I visited a class whose professor had asked them to read my story “Rats,” and they asked me many interesting and penetrating questions, a few of which I even had good answers for. The thing relevant here, however, is that the professor pointed out to me that I expected a lot of my reader. I expected my reader to know about fairy tales. I expected my reader to know about punk rock. I expected my reader to deal with a hostile, angry, adversarial narrator.

    All that is true, of course. I do expect a lot of my reader. My writing is not for the faint-hearted, the ignorant, or the lazy (which is to say, most of us, on any given day–I, at least, am often faint-hearted, ignorant, and/or lazy, usually all at once).

    “Alice: a Fantasia” expects a lot from the reader as well. It expects the reader to be familiar with Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. It expects the reader to be familiar with the existence of Charles Dodgson and the real-life Liddell sisters, especially Alice. It also expects the reader to be familiar with certain aspects of some mental illnesses.

    But isn’t this what the internet is for? Look up the Alice books on Wikipedia! Look up Charles Dodgson! Look up Lorina and Alice and Edith Liddell! Look up mirror-sign delusion and clang association!

    Hell, even if you’re feeling too lazy for that, take a look at my story. You can handle it. I have faith.

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