When Editorial Tastes Collide!

On the F&SF message board, someone asked if Gordon ever asks what I think of stories from his pile, and whether or not Gordon has ever published something I would have rejected. If you want to see the original thread, click here.

I thought my response might be interesting for others to read, so I’m cross-posting it here:

Gordon solicits my opinion on stories all the time. I read and react to pretty much everything Gordon buys (but most of the stuff he rejects I never see). I don’t know how much my opinion sways him either way; you’d have to ask him, but I’m sure it varies on story to story.

I don’t know that I’d say “Damn, I wouldn’t have published that,” but there have been times we have disagreed (which should be no surprise, as I don’t like every story Asimovs or Sci Fiction publishes either even though I do like a great majority of it). Though Gordon’s tastes and mine are pretty much in tune, there are inevitable differences of opinion.

It’s hard to say about seeing those same stories in the slush. Reading slush is different from reading for acquisition. When I read slush, I’m not only reading for my own editorial taste; I’m also reading for what I think Gordon will like. I also set aside stories that I think have potential (even though they might be flawed), because an encouraging rejection from Gordon (perhaps with helpful comments) can be of great use to a beginning writer trying to develop his/her craft.

So, I’d like to say that no, I wouldn’t have rejected them were I to come across them in the slush; I’d like to think that I would at least see the potential that Gordon saw in them, even if I disagreed on their overall merit, but it’s impossible to say for certain.

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Wrath Page Updated

Updated the “Wrath” page to include:

[Causes Wrath]: With your non-disposable submission, you include an SASE that far larger than necessary (generally, anything larger than 9″ x 12″ is too frickin’ big).

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CONTACT / REVIEW COPIES

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WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?

edited by
John Joseph Adams

a Saga Press original
Horror / September 20, 2016 / 368 pages
hardcover / 978-1481434997 / $26.99
trade paperback / 978-1481434935 / $16.99
ebook / 978-1481435000 / $7.99
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Temporal Anomolies

Seems I had my blog set in the wrong time zone. It was on Atlantic instead of Eastern Standard (Cory Doctorow is gonna kill me if he finds out about this!). Where the hell is Atlantic time anyway? It was an hour later….so that would be east of me, right? What the hell is east of here but west of Europe? A few islands in the Caribbean? Oh, Greenland, perhaps.

Ah, Google enlightens me: http://www.firstscience.com/site/time.asp. Much of South America, apparently…

And this accounts for how I posted this before I posted that stuff I already posted…. (Or have I discovered time travel?)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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The following content can be found in WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?:

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • INTRODUCTION by Douglas Cohen
  • MOBILITY by Laird Barron
  • FOSSIL HEART by Amanda Downum
  • THOSE GADDAM COOKIES by Scott Sigler
  • THE SOUND OF HER LAUGHTER by Simon R. Green
  • DOWN IN THE DEEP AND THE DARK by Desirina Boskovich
  • ONLY UNCLENCH YOUR HAND by Isabel Yap
  • LITTLE WIDOW by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • THE BAD HOUR by Christopher Golden
  • WHAT IS LOST, WHAT IS GIVEN AWAY by John Langan
  • NOW AND FOREVER by D. Thomas Minton
  • #CONNOLLYHOUSE #WESHOULDNTBEHERE by Seanan McGuire
  • THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT by Grady Hendrix
  • WE ALL MAKE SACRIFICES by Jonathan Maberry
  • GHOST PRESSURE by Gemma Files
  • THE DAUGHTER OUT OF DARKNESS by Nancy Holder
  • FRAMING MORTENSEN by Adam-Troy Castro
  • THE CATCH by Terence Taylor
  • HUNTERS IN THE WOOD by Tim Pratt
  • WHOSE DROWNED FACE SLEEPS by An Owomoyela & Rachel Swirsky
  • CASTLEWEEP by Alan Dean Foster

Visit the FREE READS page to read selections from the anthology.

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