Today, news of Interzone Pod episodes, an IZ Digital art preview, and a very exciting Interzone #295 update
Since the last newsletter (it’s been a while…) I’ve released Interzone Pod episodes with guests Elizabeth Bear, Teika Marija Smits, Priya Sharma, and Corey J. White. They’re all quite short and focus on writing, books, and whatever else comes up, which is often a lot. I hope you enjoy listening to the conversations as much as I enjoy having them.
Another conversation I’ll be recording soon for the show is a special Mutant Popcorn ‘cutting room floor’ episode with the wonderful Nick Lowe. Nick’s first appearance on Interzone Pod is still available, on the feed, and is well worth a listen, particularly if you like The Wizard of Oz, or David Lynch, or Chinese cinema, or all of the above.
In this forthcoming special Mutant Popcorn extras episode, Nick and I will again look at some of the films that didn’t make it into the latest serving of Mutant Popcorn, his long-running series of film essays, and some of the films that made it in, but were only discussed briefly.
Look out for it early in September – it’ll be a lot of fun.
Next up, I’m thrilled to reveal a new IZ Digital illustration by the brilliant Emma Howitt. Emma has illustrated numerous stories for both Interzone and IZ Digital, and her latest art is for ‘Nubbins’, a story by Seán Padraic Birnie forthcoming in IZ Digital.
Here is a choice quotation from ‘Nubbins’, selected by Seán Padraic Birnie himself, to get you in the mood:
What was that word – she’d had a thing. Langoliers. No. Ganglions – that was it. She’d had a ganglion, but that had been on her wrist. Like a new bone, but round and soft and floating.
The story is a companion piece (of sorts) to ‘Holes’, which you can find in Seán’s collection, I Would Haunt You If I Could. You don’t have to read ‘Holes’ to enjoy ‘Nubbins’, but why not take a look while you wait?
Follow IZ Digital for free on Ko-fi to get updates about ‘Nubbins’ and all the other new fiction and non-fiction in Interzone’s online sister zine; and if you become a member of the Ko-fi (just one euro a month!) you get EPUB editions of new IZ Digital stories and an invite to our Discord.
There is also the IZ Digital RSS feed if you’d like to get updates that way.
Last but definitely not least, some excellent news: the print and ebook editions of Interzone #295 will be officially released on 5 September 2023!
Copies of the issue will begin arriving… soon. Because delivery times vary wildly depending on your precise planetary coordinates, and the efficiency of the postal services involved, it may be days, or weeks, or months. However long it takes, it will be worth the wait as it is a very fine issue and I can’t wait to see the art, fiction, and non-fiction in the hands of the very patient, very supportive Interzone readership.
If you don’t yet subscribe – or if you subscribed to IZ, before, but not any more – now would be a brilliant time to start a subscription. Interzone is very much alive, and I plan to keep it that way for a long time, but reader support is critical – subscribers are our lifeblood.
Weightless Interzone ebook subscriber copies and Scarlet Ferret pre-orders will be delivered on release day; and print Interzone subscribers can get a copy of the EPUB edition for free – simply email firstname.lastname@example.org on or after 5 September and I’ll send you a copy.
If you already subscribe to the print edition of Interzone, or have pre-ordered a copy, it would be excellent if once you hold the issue in your hands you could take a photograph of it somewhere and post that photograph to whichever social media silo/zone/idyll you currently occupy. All boosting of Interzone and IZ Digital helps enormously…
And that’s it for this one. Thanks for reading, and if you get a chance, please share the newsletter.interzone.press link wherever you are on social media.
Until next time!
Gareth Jelley, Editor & Publisher
Interzone & IZ Digital
‘On Wednesday night, as they did every Wednesday, the parents went to the movies. The boys, lords and masters of the house, closed the doors and windows and broke the glowing bulb in one of the living room lamps. A jet of golden light as cool as water began to pour out of the broken bulb, and they let it run to a depth of almost three feet. Then they turned off the electricity, took out the rowboat, and navigated at will among the islands in the house. ’
— Gabriel García Márquez, ‘Light Is Like Water’, Strange Pilgrims