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Selena Chambers' debut collection guides readers out of space and time and through genre and mythos to explore the microcosmic horrors of identity, existence, and will in the face of the world's adamant calls for submission. Victorian tourists take a virtual trip through their (and the Ottoman empire's) ideal Orient; a teenage girl learns about independence and battle of t ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 15th 2017 by Pelekinesis
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In short…tales of alchemy, crypts, sinkholes, will-o-wisps, jellyfish and fulfilling lit references abound….all delivered in succinct forms with sublime prose…(fanboy squee!!!)

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Here are thoroghly realized settings and stories from a writer commanding her own style. All of the contents are well written and flow naturally. There is an effervescent, historical flair that calls to mind lost letters from a poet in the 1800’s. The late Romantic and early Modern authors seem to be her
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May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A nearly flawless debut collection. Evocative, lyrical prose combines with realistically flawed and complex characters in a pleasing variety of settings, historical and modern, to become a book that is greater than the sum of its parts. There are several stand out stories here, including eastern-tinted steampunk of the Sehrazatin Diyoramai Tour, with its remarkable blend of punch-card era difference engines and a proto-form of exploitative transhumanism. Also excellent were many of the supernatu ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poe sits lonely on a bust of Pallas above the chamber door of Selena Chambers. “Of Parallel and Parcel” and “Dr. Lambshead's Dark Room” and “The Last Session” all provide excellent explorations of those gloomy tombs. This collection includes some of the best gothic fiction created in modern times, all the more impressive for inhabiting time periods both modern and antiquarian.

Of particular note is “Dive in Me” which excellently inhabited a place we don’t often get to see, both in location and w
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought this book a while ago based on reviews of authors whose work I admire. It was sitting on my bookshelf calling my name, and I am glad that I finally answered its call and dove into it. Chambers' prose is rich and evocative, and I cared for her complex characters, as flawed as they were, perhaps exactly because of how flawed they were. My favorite stories are The Sehrazatin Diyoramasi Tour, Dive in Me, The Last Session and The Venus of Great Neck, but all of them are remarkably well writt ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you’re in the mood for something gothic, something both lovely and grotesque, this debut story collection from Pushcart Award-nominated Serena Chambers will envelope you in a bone-deep autumn chill. Most of the stories compiled here were written for themed anthologies—the title Calls for Submission alludes to that—but no matter the market, Chambers’ artful prose and her personal obsessions ring consistent and clear. Chambers’ scholarly fascination with Edgar Allan Poe reveals itself in a “Of ...more
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Stories with, humor, texture, and chameleon tendencies.
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Selena Chambers’ fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a variety of venues including Clarkesworld, The Non-Binary Review,, Bookslut, and Literary Hub, and in recent anthologies such as Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) For The Discerning Drinker (and Reader) (Skyhorse Publishing), and Cassilda’s Song (Chaosium).Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart, Best of the Net, th ...more

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