Monday, December 14, 2009

Patting Myself on the Back


Two years ago the spousal editorial team of Laura Benedict and Pinckney Benedict, she the author of supernatural-tinged thrillers (Isabella Moon and Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts), and he, the voice of hard-scrabble rural life, (Town Smokes, The Wrecking Yard, Dogs of God) found a project they could come together on, editing an anthology of short fiction called Surreal South boasting a line-up of Chris Offutt, William Gay, Joyce Carol Oates, (and perhaps not coincidentally it featured other literary spouses like Daniel Woodrell and Katie Estill and Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly).

Well, they're back with what looks to be another installment in a series. Surreal South '09 from Press 53 has landed and is another onslaught of over the top thrills and under the covers chills featuring returning Surreal South contributors Kyle Minor, Lee K. Abbott and both Benedicts.

My own story Miriam is included therein and I'm thrilled to be part of this series along with Alexander Lumans, Becky Hagenston, Dan Mueller, Heather Fowler , J.T. Ellison, Jessica Glass, John McManus, Josh McCall, Josh Woods, Kurt Rheinheimer, Melanie DeCarolis, Michael Garriga, Michael P. Kardos, Okla Elliott & Raul Clement, Oscar Hokeah, Sheryl Monks, Steve Patten and Tantra Bensko.

Look for it.

11 comments:

Indigo said...

Definitely will look it up. Sounds like it's right up my alley of preferred reads. Thanks! (Hugs)Indigo

David Cranmer said...

Certainly a lot of talent. I will be on the look out for. And congrats on the published story. Happy Holidays.

Frank Bill said...

Congrats Jed.

Keith Rawson said...

Damn you for always making me add to my to be read pile! Great job, Jed. That's an awesome line up to be apart of.

Steve Weddle said...

Excellent. I needed another book.

Kieran Shea said...

way to go, roomie.

Kent said...

That's great, Jed! Congrats! I enjoyed the first Surreal South, so I'll definitely be getting this one, too.

Craig McDonald said...

Heartiest congratulations on the story, Jed.

jedidiah ayres said...

THANKS FOR THE LOVE FOLKS

pattinase (abbott) said...

Congrats. Great company, too.

WV: pseudexo. Now tell me you can't do something with that name.

Paul D. Brazill said...

Well done. Jed. Nothing wrong with blowing your own trumpet, as long as you can reach.