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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3
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Shades Within Us
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Nightmare Magazine 63
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Bifrost
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Mad Hatters and March Hares
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Tor.com
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Lightspeed Magazine 85
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Nightmare Magazine 38
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World Chinese SF Association
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Podcast Interview & Romanian Translation

Photo by Scott Edelman

Scott Edelman has released Episode 70 of Eating the Fantastic, in which he grills interviews me at Pittsburgh’s famous Pork & Beans restaurant. I talk with him about my journey toward writing, what the Altered Fluid writing group has taught me, why I ended up writing science fiction, how I ended up co-host of the Fantastic Fiction at KGB series, and many other things. I’ve done lots of interviews, and I have to say that Scott’s questions were among the most researched and thorough I’ve encountered.

Give it a listen here.

The other news is that my Nebula-nominated story “The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)” has been translated into Romanian by Alexandru Maniu and appears in this month’s Helion SF online magazine. For my Romanian-speaking friends, the link is here.

 

 


Interview in Fantasy Scroll Magazine

Fantasy Scroll Magazine

Over at Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Iulian Ionescu interviews me in their December issue. I give my life story in three paragraphs, wax philosophical about character creation, and give (gasp!) advice to aspiring writers. Not for the faint of heart! Here’s a brief excerpt:

Here’s one question many writers dread, but I ask it anyway: what is your advice for young writers today?

The sooner you can develop a thick skin, the better off you will be. The writing life is full of rejection and heartbreak. You can spend five years working on your epic novel only to have it sit in a drawer because no one wants to buy it. You can have your favorite story rejected twenty times by all your favorite markets. You can have your beloved author or review site pan your work. Etc., etc. You have to learn not to care about this too much. It’s really hard, because we’re social creatures and primed to seek approval from others. I still struggle with this. But at the end of the day you have to just acknowledge the hurt and put your derrière back in the chairière and do the old clackety-clack.

You can read the full interview here.

 

 


Interview in the Brooklyn Rail

The Brooklyn RailOver at The Brooklyn Rail, Valya Dudycz Lupescu interviews me about King of Shards and my short fiction, delving deep into themes that recur frequently in my work. And Valya really dug deep, finding themes I wasn’t consciously aware of at the time. I have to say this was one of the best interviews I’ve ever had the pleasure of participating in. If Valya ever asks to interview you, make sure you say Yes!

Here’s a brief excerpt:

In Kressel’s short fiction and his novel, King of Shards, he introduces us to places that exist on the threshold of destruction and creation, populated with characters clinging desperately to the fragments of their shattered lives. But Kressel also weaves us through his worlds with Welty’s “golden thread.” As we encounter his characters struggling to create meaning and beauty amidst the chaos, Kressel never fails to keep us grounded in the experience of what it means to be human. His characters and their lives may be fantastic in all senses of the word—demons and angels and monsters—but their longing is not unlike our longing: for freedom, for connection, for home.

You can read the full interview here.


Guest on Hour of the Wolf Tonight

Hour of the WolfI’ll be a guest on Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf radio program tonight, broadcast on WBAI 99.5 FM and streamed / archived on wbai.org. The show will air at 1:30 AM EST, and will be available for three months as a download podcast from the wbai.org website. I’ll be reading from King of Shards and answering callers’ questions if time permits!

 


Reddit AMA, Today, November 17th

reddit-fantasyTODAY, November 17th, I’m participating in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) over in their fantasy subreddit. Come on by during the hours of 11am through about 11pm Eastern Daylight Time. 

Here is the link to the Reddit AMA. 

Please stop by to ask me anything, whether it’s about writing, publishing, editing, being in a writing group, Fantastic Fiction at KGB, the letter Q… Hope you’ll join me for some interesting conversation!


Interview at SF Signal

SF SignalOver at SF Signal, Larry Ketchersid interviews me about the Lamed Vav, writing difficult characters, Kabbalah, and other fiction books that use Jewish mythology that I’ve enjoyed. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Larry Ketchersid: What was your first exposure to the Lamed Vav? How were you first introduced to this part of Judaism?

Matthew Kressel:I was raised in a Conservative Jewish household, and at least in my branch of Judaism a lot of the mysticism was stripped out. It was more about reciting the prayers in the proper sequences and times, knowing what silverware to use with what meal, when I couldn’t eat leavened bread and when I had to fast. There wasn’t much analysis, just practice. So when my father, an attorney, lover of science and otherwise highly rational human being told me he believed in the Lamed Vav, I grew curious. He explained who and what they were, and I found the notion fascinating: anyone of us could be a hidden saint responsible for upholding the world. It was quite a role to aspire to, except aspiring to be a Lamed Vavnik automatically disqualifies you as being one. Their chief trait is humility. Of course after that I began to imagine who might be hidden saints among the people I knew.

You can read the full interview here.