I’ve been pretending to be an editor for three weeks and it still feels overwhelming. Adrien from Grimdark magazine said that he still feels the same after four years.
A bit of midterm results:
- We’ve got a logo!
- We’ve got over 100 submissions. Three from Ukraine and one of them is the best short story I’ve read so far.
- I’ve arranged interviews with some of the big names in fantasy – Anna Smith Spark, RJ Barker, and Adrian Tchaikovsky.
- We have a couple preorders and a little community on twitter. Two other magazines want to be our friends.
Two remarks regarding submissions:
What the fuck with all the christian imagery in fantasy? I love judeo-christian mythology as much as the next person, and use it in my writing occasionally, but all the retelings of the old testament but with more blood, rape, and dicks (but sometimes in SPACE!) is raising some red flags for me immediately.
Secondly – dicks. What’s up with all the male writers constantly writing about rape, dicks, sex fantasies, sexualizing childbirth and etc? What the actual fuck? Is it some literary development of the men’s freudian need to write хуй on every visible surface – as a sign of domination?
Free advice – just don’t do it.
Finding new voices.
I’ve discussed with my girlfriend that most of artist whom I used to love probably already peaked and won’t create anything worthwhile – The Strokes, Jack White, Stephen King, GRRM, Tarantino. We are left only with what the’ve already finished and can appreciate the staples of culture they lef tus with. Sadly, that seems to be the case.
(maybe, just maybe, I’ve simply outgrown them and my taste got more sophisticated)
That’s were I thought that its up to me now to find and give platform to someone’s new favourite author. I somehow became the gatekeeper whose taste might form a part of literary landscape.
Probably just overthinking it.
P.S. I really hope I found the next Ursula Le Guin.