Fri
Aug 22 2008 6:32pm

Weekend Getaway: Behind the Wainscot 15

From their website: “Farrago's Wainscot is a quarterly journal of experimentation, decay, and the problems with form.” It’s published work by writers such as Hal Duncan, Jay Lake, Catherynne M. Valente, Douglas Lain, and many more.

But they kept getting more interesting fiction than they could publish in the journal. So they started Behind the Wainscot to publish all the other things they received. Today marks a new issue.

It’s themed around the Tarot and features a stellar line-up. The concept is one that I totally dig: each author gets about 500 words or so to write about the card they were given. Even so, there’s a wide variety in style here, with something for everyone.

While I suggest you start at the beginning (guest editor Jonathan Wood’s introduction) and read through to the end, here’s a complete table of contents if you want to jump in somewhere else:

INTRODUCTION
Jonathan Wood

I: THE HERMIT
Paul Abbamondi

II: TWO OF SWORDS
Forrest Aguirre

III: THE STAR
Barth Anderson

IV: THE TEN OF SWORDS
Barth Anderson

V: THE SEVEN OF SWORDS
Jacquelyn Benson

VI: THE FOOL
Hal Duncan

VII: AUCUN IMBÉCILE JE
Berrien Henderson

VIII: THE TOWER
Paul Jessup

IX: HIEROPHANT BRIDGE
Jay Lake

X: SEVEN OF PENTACLES
J. M. McDermott

XI: QUEEN OF CUPS
Michelle Muenzle

XII: THE MAGICIAN
Cat Rambo

XIII: TWO OF CUPS
Ekaterina Esdi

XIV: SINGLE CARD SPREAD
Rachel Swirsky

XV: THE EIGHT OF SWORDS
S. Boyd Taylor

XVI: DEATH
Mark Teppo

XVII: THE HANGED MAN
Catherynne M. Valente

XVIII: THE SUN
Damien G. Walter

XIX: SIX OF SWORDS
Erzebet Yellowboy

I have my favorites, but I’ll post them later in the comments so as to not unduly influence anyone.

[Image from Flickr user PetitPoulailler; licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs]

2 comments
Joe Sherry
1. jsherry
John: Thanks for the heads up on that. I'm only barely aware of Farrago's Wainscot, and I didn't know about Behind the Wainscot.

Great lineup in that new issue. I've got to read that.
Michelle Muenzler
2. drachin8
Heh, I sent the link to my mom as soon as the issue went live, and she jumped straight to my story without reading Jonathan's intro or anything else.

Her response: "That was weird."

Next time, I will send her individual links with a reading order. Heh.

I love my mom. :)

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