Top Shelf #26: Unique Voices Explore the Margins

My latest column (originally published in yesterday’s print edition) is up at The Monitor’s website. I review Brian Allen Carr’s Vampire Conditions and Javier O. Huerta’s American Copia.  

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Post-apocalyptic, Magical Africa

My latest Top Shelf review is up at The Monitor’s website. I take a look at Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death.  

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Stories That Must Not Die Series

Starting October 1, 2012, National Education Services will be re-releasing the seminal collection Stories That Must Not Die as individual, newly illustrated tales featuring the artwork of some really fantastic Texas authors. I am working as series editor, designing the interior and covers to reflect the spirit of the original…

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Video of Bestiary Presentation

Here are a few snippets of my presentation on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at the Museum of South Texas History, courtesy of Irma Guadarrama.  

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Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Rio Grande Valley

On May 18, 2011, VAO Publishing released Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Río Grande Valley. I served as editor of the volume, which features poetry and prose by a host of local talent, including the short story “The Time About the Dog” by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-screenwriter of the…

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Presentation at the Museum of South Texas History

This Saturday, September 16, 2012, at 2:00 PM, I’ll be at the Museum of South Texas History (located at 200 N. Closner Blvd., Edinburg, TX). Noé Vela and I will give background on our newest book Mexican Bestiary, tying it in to Mexican Independence Day. I’ll be reading from our bilingual illustrated encyclopedia…

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Battling Sexism and the Supernatural

My latest Top Shelf review is out today in the print edition of The Monitor and on-line at the paper’s website. In Battling Sexism and the Supernatural I take a look at This Case Is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova (pen name of Melinda Snodgrass), a great new urban fantasy…

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The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge

In April of 2011, Absey & Co. released The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge, my first short-story collection. Those tales, several written in collaboration with my wife Angélica Maldonado, range from retellings of Mexican legends to original contemporary fantasy, weird West and magical realism, all set along the border…

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Mexican Bestiary

On June 30, 2012, VAO Publishing released Mexican Bestiary | Bestiario Mexicano, an illustrated encyclopedia of legendary creatures from Mexico that will delight both young and old. Featuring fabulous art Noé Vela, this volume serves as an introduction to the mythology of a great people as well as a tool…

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TOP SHELF: Twenty-one Vignettes of Vulnerability

(Originally appeared in the August 30, 2012, edition of The Monitor.) McAllen native Jan Seale is most widely recognized for her verse—incisive, heartfelt, and often humorous pieces that led to her being selected Texas Poet Laureate for 2012.  However, she is also the author of several volumes of short fiction,…

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