Well, the internet doesn’t seem to reflect it yet, but the latest issue of Fifth Estate (which I believe to be North America’s longest-running anarchist periodical) is centered around anarchism and fiction. I just got a copy at the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair and am excited to read it. I contributed an article as well, covering the history and present of anarchist fiction as best as I was able from my research for Mythmakers & Lawbreakers.
Five years after its first incarnation, I’m coming back to my position as print editor of SteamPunk Magazine! I edited issues 1-4 and about half of #5, and then my dear friend Allegra Hawksmoor took over up until issue #7. She had her own reasons to step back from the project, and I’ve been so inspired by so many people in steampunk that I’ve felt the call to return to editing the damn thing. Full-time unpaid labor, here I come!
The magazine will be published by Combustion Books.
The day has come at last! I’m in a van halfway between Death Valley and Yosemite using my friend’s phone for internet while he drives and my first fiction book is out.
That’s the last I’ll post of it for awhile, don’t worry. I’ll resume travel pictures and complaining about politics shortly.
I was honored to be interviewed by Jon Decker over at Grasping @ Creativity as a “featured creative.” I met him at the steampunk world’s fair and had a number of good conversations with the fellow. We talked about steampunk and politics and DIY mostly.
I don’t know why I haven’t been talking about this more. I worked on this book for years. And now it’s going to be the first book release by the newly formed Combustion Books, a collective-run fiction publisher I’m part of.
This is my first novel and I’m proud as hell of it. It will be released on June 17th, 2011.
It’s available for pre-order from AK Press: What Lies Beneath The Clock Tower.
Descend into the depths of the undercity and embroil yourself in the political struggles of colonialist gnomes and indigenous goblins. Fly in air balloons, drink mysterious and pleasant cocktails, smoke opium with the dregs of gnomish society. Or dream and speak of liberation for all the races. Fall in love and abscond into the caverns. It’s up to you, because this is an adventure of your own choosing. From the founder of SteamPunk Magazine and editor of our very own Mythmakers & Lawbreakers comes this interactive novel of danger, drugs, and revolution.
“If you make your way through to the end, you’ll discover that Killjoy’s not just spinning a shaggy-dog story—there’s a surprising amount of heart and adventure to be had if you’re bold enough to choose the path of heroism.”
—Cory Doctorow, author of For The Win
“In What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower, the estimable Margaret Killjoy takes a story-form usually associated with younger readers and infuses it with decadence and absinthe along with delirious and dissolute fantasy. If you’re choosing your own adventure, I strongly recommend you make it this one.”
—Alan Moore, author of Watchmen
“As I aspire to be a drunken and feckless adventurer myself, I felt great kinship with Our Hero Gregory. Well done sir, well done indeed!”
—Jake von Slatt, proprietor of steampunkworkshop.com
I went once again to the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam (see posts from my recent trip to the IISH and my trip from a year ago to the IISH). Here’s what I photographed this time:
- La Novela Ideal #8: Enañada by Federico Urales (in Spanish)
- In tempo di elizioni – Malatesta (in Italian)
- Bresci e Savoia: Il regicidio (Italian pamphlet about Gaetano Bresci, the regicidal Italian-American anarchist, in Italian)
- The cover of The original pamphlet of “on the poverty of student life” (in French)
- Letters from Puerto Rico mostly between governmenty people, related to labor struggles from the 1910s or so. (in English)
- these photos of Luigi Galleani, Italian-American anarchist insurrectionist:
I’ll be at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam for a few days next week doing research, with “research” being defined as “geeking out over anarchist fiction and shit.” I was there last year and photographed a lot of spanish anarchist fiction and some other stuff, which is available online. On Friday, I photographed:
- La Novela Ideal #5: Las Santas by Federica Montseny (in spanish)
- Two zines of poetry by Voltairine de Cleyre: The Worm Turns (from 1900) and The Gods and the People (from 1897 or 98 or something). (in English)
- an English translation of Militant Anarchism and the Reality in Spain by Federica Montseny, including what I believe to be an advertisement for the international brigades of the spanish civil war? (In English)
- Beautiful handwritten letters between various anarchists and related folks from pre-revolutionary Spain, including letters from/to Federica Montseny and her father. (presumably in Spanish, maybe in Catalan or even Basque?)
- This photo:
from the 19th century of the Haymarket Memorial with folks in front of it (and a wider shot of the postcard as well as the back of the card.
- Documents concerning the Sociedad de Socorros Mútuos de Pan Francés, Francesillas y Viena. 1900. Which google translate tells me is the “mutal aid society of french bread.” (In Spanish)
- Statutes of the Asociación Internacional de los Trabajadores. Federación Regional Española. 1880. Old handwritten documents outlying a radical workers’ association. (In Spanish).
If anyone wants to search the archives and suggest materials for me to photograph, I’d be quite likely happy to oblige.
Here are some more photos of the magpies I saw outside the building. Did you know a group of us is called a “tiding” ?
I’ve been working on this project for over a year now, and I’m excited to say that the first issue of Graceless: A Journal of the Radical Gothic is now available for download or purchase! 117 pages of interviews, portfolios, manifestos, rants, and articles. It’s also grown into a bona fide collective project with international scope. Fuck yeah.