Deal Me In 2016: Sign-up Post

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As I re-start the heart of my ailing little blog, the first post I wanted to go live for 2016 is my sign-up post for the coming year’s version of one of the most rewarding challenges I’ve participated in in the past:  The Deal Me In Short Story Reading Challenge, hosted as always by Jay at Bibliophilopolis.  I discovered so many wonderful new-to-me authors through this challenge in previous years, and the story-loving bloggers who participate are simply great folks.  So I’m ready to jump in from the top this year!

I’m going to go for a full deck of 52 stories, although I may not discuss them on a regular schedule.  If I don’t get a post up each week, I’ll bundle them every other week or so.

This year, I will be reading Korean short stories in English translation, selections from the gargantuan (as in “put on a weight belt to lift safely”) collection of weird fiction titled, appropriately, The Weird, and a bunch of contemporary authors I’ve been wanting to read something by but have simply never gotten around to doing so.

Here’s my roster, which I will be be tracking on its own page at the top of the blog:

SPADES – stories from The Weird, edited by Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer, part 1:
A. Casting the Runes – M. R. James (1911)
2. The Hell Screen – Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1918)
3. White Rabbits – Leonora Carrington (1941)
4. The Crowd – Ray Bradbury (1943)
5. The Summer People – Shirley Jackson (1950)
6. Axolotl – Julio Cortázar (1956)
7. My Mother – Jamaica Kincaid (1978)
8. The New Rays – M. John Harrison (1982)
9. Bloodchild – Octavia E. Butler (1984)
10. The Boy in the Tree – Elizabeth Hand (1989)
J. Family – Joyce Carol Oates (1989)
Q. The End of the Garden – Michael Ajvaz (1991)
K. The Dark – Karen Joy Fowler (1991)

HEARTS – more stories from The Weird, part 2:
A. The Ice Man – Haruki Murakami (1991)
2. The Snow Pavilion – Angela Carter (1995)
3. Details – China Miéville (2001)
4. The Genius of Assassins – Michael Cisco (2002)
5. Feeders and Eaters – Neal Gaiman (2002)
6. The Cage – Jeff VanderMeer (2002)
7. The Beautiful Gelreesh – Jeffrey Ford
8. The Town Manager -Thomas Ligotti (2001)
9. Flat Diane – Daniel Abraham (2004)
10. Singing My Sister Down – Margo Lanagan (2005)
J. The Forrest – Laird Barron (2007)
Q. Dust Enforcer – Reza Negarestani (2008)
K. Saving the Gleeful Horse – K. J. Bishop (2010)

CLUBSstories from Korean Literature in Translation’s “All Modern Korean Literature in Translation Online” Project:
A. Cho Se-hui – Knifeblade
2. Cho Se-hui – City of Machines
3. Ch’oe Yun – The Flower with Thirteen Fragrances
4. Kim Young-ha – The Man Who Sold His Shadow
5. Kim Young-ha – The Suit
6. Lee Mun-yol – The Old Hatter
7. Lee Mun-yol – Winter That Year
8. Oh Jung-hee – Evening Game
9. Oh Jung-hee – Garden of My Childhood
10. Park Wan-so – Butterfly Illusion
J. Park Wan-so – Dried Flowers
Q. Shin Kyung-sook – The Vacant House on the Plain
K. Yi Sang – Phantom Illusion

DIAMONDS – stories highlighted in the online archives of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading by authors I’ve heard of and/or shelved but have never read anything by:
A. Mack! – Colin Winnette
2. The Swan as Metaphor for Love – Amelia Gray
3. Secret Stream – Héctor Tobar
4. The Sacred Family – Rachel Kushner
5. The Bodyguard – Tom Cho
6. Athena Magazine – César Aira
7. Of the Fountain – Kathleen Winter
8. Where We Must Be – Laura Van den Berg
9. The Unbitten Elbow – Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
10. Girl and Giraffe – Lydia Millet
J. The Doctor and the Rabbi – Aimee Bender
Q. Bettering Myself – Ottessa Moshfegh
K. Recovery – Helen DeWitt



2 thoughts on “Deal Me In 2016: Sign-up Post

  1. Hi Candiss,
    I was excited when I saw the notification that you had linked back to my sign up post, and I’m glad you’ve dealt yourself back in to the annual challenge. :-). Thanks for the kind words about Deal Me In as well. Ihave really come to enjoy the little online community that has grown out of this challenge.

    I’ve only read nine of your stories, and only that many because I also own the Weird anthology (still working my way through it). Probably not surprising that I haven’t read any of the Koren stories, but I look forward to you trailblazing a path toward that unexplored reading horizon for me. Best of luck in the new year!

  2. Welcome back, Candiss! Your list looks fascinating. I, too, will be interested in reading about the Korean short stories. Aimee Bender is an author that just popped up on my radar in the last couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of her story on your list. Happy New Year!


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