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Bible as Fantasy Literature Panel from Arisia 2016

Thanks to Noah Beit-Aharon, the video of our “Bible as Fantasy Literature Panel” from Arisia 2016 is now available for your viewing pleasure. This was a lot of fun so I’m happy it’s now online.

Here’s the description:

“What can we gain from viewing the Bible as fantasy literature, rife with active gods, prophecies, and larger-than-life heroes, and complete with centuries of fanfic from Dante to Milton and onward? How is the Bible treated in fantasy?”

It was a great discussion, so I’m glad it’s now available for rewatching.


Interview at the Washington Independent Review of Books

At the Washington Independent Review of Books, Craig L. Gidney interviews me about portal fantasies, Syfy’s The Magicians, adapting mythology for fiction. Jewish fantasy, Sybil’s Garage, and the follow up to King of Shards, Queen of Static.

You can read the interview here.


Guest Blogging at the Jewish Book Council
Image from Golemchik by Will Exley (Nobrow, 2015)

Image from Golemchik by Will Exley (Nobrow, 2015)

All this week I have been guest blogging at the Jewish Book Council as part of their Visiting Scribe series. Today’s entry is on golems in popular culture. From Rabbi Loew’s 16th century golem, to Frankenstein’s monster, to Hal 9000 and Skynet, to Elon Musk’s warning that artificial intelligence is “summoning the demon,” the golem myth is rife in modern culture. You can read today’s essay here.

My previous posts are:

Shortening the Way – How Frank Herbert’s Dune was influence by Eastern European Hasidic tales of rabbis who could travel vast distances in little time.

Surviving Leonard Nimoy’s Superhuman Salute – The Cohen Priestly Blessing and Star Trek.

 


Queen of Static Cover Reveal

So it went like this: my sister sent me a link to someone who had given a great review of King of Shards on Goodreads, and while there I noticed another book was listed besides mine: Queen of Static, the next book in the Worldmender trilogy. So then I went over to Amazon and Queen of Static was there as well, and then I thought, Well if it’s up on Amazon and Goodreads there is no reason whatsoever not to share it publicly with my readers! 

So, voila. I present to you the cover to Queen of Static.

The art is by the super-talented Leon Tukker. I worked closely with him to create this image, which depicts the palace of Abbadon in Sheol and the surrounding city. The synopsis of the book is below the image.

Edit: Queen of Static will be published on October 11, 2016.

Nu???? What do you think? I always appreciate feedback!

Queen of Static by Matthew Kressel

Queen of Static by Matthew Kressel

Following the events of King of Shards, both humans and demons continue their quest to control the Lamed Vavnik, the thirty-six righteous men who sustain the Earth against the persistent hunger of the twisted creatures who inhabit the Shards, the broken remains of shattered universes. Daniel Fisher, both cursed and empowered by his acceptance of his role as Earth’s protectors, seeks to warn the righteous men of the coming demonic attack, while Mashit—the Queen of all demonkind—forces a quartet of captive Lamed Vavnik to her will, bringing new growth to her burning realm.

Meanwhile, Daphna, Mashit’s daughter, visits Earth and adopts the guise of a liberated Ukrainian slave girl cum pop superstar in order to bring all of humanity under her control. As humanity rushes to embrace the new celebrity and worship at her feet, Daniel struggles to convince the scattered Lamed Vavnik of the threat which faces them all, but they refuse to accept their true nature.

Queen of Static continues the Worldmender Trilogy, a series that The Huffington Post has referred to as a “unique fantasy cosmos” and one that NPR has called a “feast for hardcore fantasy fans.”


Podcast and Essay

kgbbarOver at Fran Wilde’s Cooking the Books, Ellen Datlow and I share inside secrets about the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series, the esoteric art of anthology editing, and the black divination of novel writing. Fran has a Patreon to support the podcast, and if you donate she’ll send you some of our outtakes! Why would you want to hear those outtakes? Well, because Ellen doesn’t want you to!

Also, this week I’ll be writing a series of essays for the Jewish Book Council. In “The Shortening of the Way” I speak about about Dune, the Baal Shem Tov, the Kwisatz Haderach, and genre shibboleths. 

Give a listen! Give a read! And leave a comment, so I know there are people out there who are interested in this stuff.


Shelf Awareness Reviews King of Shards

Shelf AwarenessShelf Awareness reviews my debut novel King of Shards and calls it “compelling fantasy” and a “fascinating first novel” and says,

King of Shards is the first entry of the Worldmender Trilogy, and its use of Hebrew culture and legend to build a complex, dynamic setting serves to imbue every page with an epic mythos. Kressel presents a compelling alternate reality that readers can escape to while also pondering the nature of what is real.

You can read the full review here.