01 Apr Aurora Nomination
Well, that was unexpected! My debut novel Signal to Noise is a finalist for the Aurora award, in the English novel category. Thanks to everyone who nominated it. The winner will be revealed in August.
Talking about this book, I might mention categories are funny things. It was originally bought with the intention of publishing it through Rebellion’s new YA imprint, Ravenstone, but it was eventually moved to Solaris and called a “literary fantasy.” I’ve seen people complaining, saying they would have liked it if it had been a YA or frustrated because they don’t know if it’s a YA, an adult novel or what. Also people saying it was too real to be fantasy and the opposite: too much fantasy. This anxiety over definitions and categories seems odd to me. So, in case, you are curious about what Signal to Noise is: like me, a Mexican born author and Spanish native speaker now residing in Canada and writing in English, it is two or more things at the same time.
You can now read my thesis online. It’s titled Magna Mater: Women and Eugenic Thought in the Work of H.P. Lovecraft. My abstract follows:
H.P. Lovecraft is considered one of the most influential and important speculative writers of the 20th century. Despite the eugenic concerns inherent in many of his stories, much of his output has not been analyzed against the pervasive “scientific racism” of his time. This thesis looks at Lovecraft’s depictions of women and sees them as strongly related to eugenic thought, representing in various ways the biological dangers associated with unfit women. Lovecraft’s women embody the worries of miscegenation, show the results of the unfit giving birth, and ultimately showcase the collapse of society under the weight of monstrous Others. Therefore, though Lovecraft does not feature many women in his stories, he nevertheless manages to construct them as agents of biological chaos, much in the same way eugenicist thought commonly portrays unfit women as highly dangerous to the fabric of the nation.
In other news, March was horrific on the health front for me and I am no longer as active on social media. I took the decision to step away from Twitter and Facebook because it was seriously injuring my brain space and depressing me. I think it was the right decision. I’ll still be around, but maybe once a week.
Finally, April 1 is the day submissions open for POCs Destroy Horror. Send me your stories!