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Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart

I'll get back to the Prometheus review tomorrow. Meanwhile, here's the Publishers Weekly review of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart:

This impressive collection of 25 “weird romance” stories (all previously published in Kiernan’s monthly e-zine, Sirenia Digest, between 2007 and 2009) is laden with dark little gems that blur the boundaries between pleasure and pain and between reality and fantasy. “Rappaccini’s Dragon (Murder Ballad No.5)” chronicles an intrepid poisoner who attains ingenious vengeance against a couple who murdered his twin brother after a sexual encounter. “The Peril of Liberated Objects, or The Voyeur’s Seduction” follows a young woman who finds fulfillment in a book of ever-changing nightmarish images. “Derma Sutra (1891)” is an unforgettable steampunk-nuanced alternate history in which a “holy warrior” is captured by one of the monstrosities she hunts and is transformed in a sequence that is simultaneously horrifying and arousing. The stories are intensely and often graphically erotic, and explore transgression, transformation, and transcendence. The seductively dark lyricism and thematic profundity of this collection will appeal to anyone who shares Kiernan’s longing for “desire without boundaries.” Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (Aug.)

A Heavy Heart to Carry,
Aunt Beast

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Lawrence Carlin
Jun. 10th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
Subterranean and Confessions of a Five Chambered Heart
It occurs to me that potential buyers may hold off ordering Confessions of a Five Chambered Heart, believing that some of the stories may be collected in the Best of volume to be published next year.

Perhaps Bill can note prominently on the Subterranean site that due to content, none of these stories will appear in volume 2 in the best of series. Financial times being what they are, people may be reluctant to pay for the same stories twice, perceiving a double dip where none exists.

An easy misunderstanding to make, and just as easily cleared up. More work for Bill, I'm sure he'll be delighted. Just a Thought.

Edited at 2012-06-10 06:37 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Subterranean and Confessions of a Five Chambered Heart

It occurs to me that potential buyers may hold off ordering Confessions of a Five Chambered Heart, believing that some of the stories may be collected in the Best of volume to be published next year.

The next "best of" won't be out until 2014, and only one or two of these stories might appear in that book. So, if people do indeed think this, they're mistaken.

Perhaps Bill can note prominently on the Subterranean site that due to content, none of these stories will appear in volume 2 in the best of series.

But it's not a given they won't. The sexually explicit nature of many of them has nothing to do with whether or not they'll be in that volume.
Lawrence Carlin
Jun. 10th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Subterranean and Confessions of a Five Chambered Heart
Well then, it's me doing the misunderstanding; but in my defense, it wouldn't be the first time. All I can say is oops; and by the way, please don't tell anyone. would make me look like the kind of imbecile that assumes stuff; hate for that to happen.

For what it's worth, I ordered my limited edition the day Subterranean announced it. I think it was sometime around December 6th?
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Subterranean and Confessions of a Five Chambered Heart

I won't, and thank you.
aarongp
Jun. 10th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Nice. I really like that final line, particularly the "desire without boundaries" part.

Edited at 2012-06-10 10:24 pm (UTC)
ashlyme
Jun. 11th, 2012 10:36 am (UTC)
That's a good write-up (what do you make of that "weird romance" tag, though?). Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Prometheus - I saw it yesterday.
papersteven
Jun. 11th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Excellent review. Really looking forward to this collection.
sovay
Jun. 12th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
The seductively dark lyricism and thematic profundity of this collection will appeal to anyone who shares Kiernan’s longing for “desire without boundaries.”

I hope that's many.

Go, you.
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