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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 07:43 pm:   

I am very proud to announce the table of contents for Scattered, Covered, Smothered. The following are in alphabetical order by author's last name, since we don't yet have the book order. We will be updating the SCS page soon to include purchasing information and contributor bios.

Fiction:
"The Night-Soil Boys" by Barth Anderson
"How to Cure an Iron Skillet" by Luna Black
"Our Last Piece of Pizza" by Bruce Boston
"Bitter Pudding" by Dominick Cancilla
"Chemistry" by Brendan Connell
"Love and Goat Cheese" by A.K. Cotham
"I Dream of Strawberries" by Marguerite Croft
"The Crush" by Louise Dolan
"The Cockaigne Poet Speaks of the Lackey King" by Toiya Kristen Finley
"Along With the Usual" by Jon Hansen
"Grumblebelly" by Rhys Hughes
"L'Alchimista" by N.K. Jemison
"The Strange Case of the Lovecraft Café" by M.F. Korn, Des Lewis, and Jeff VanderMeer
"Rice Pudding" by Jun Z. Lim
"Food for Thought" by Dena M. Martin
"Cake for $200" by Anna K. Meade
"The Apocalypse and Then Oyster Loaf" by Kevin James Miller
"Seared Scallops and Steamed Green Beans" by Christopher Rowe
"And a Sprig of Rosemary" by Robert J. Santa
"Tea Ceremony" by Heather Shaw
"Mallory's Quick-Quick Seduction Cookies" by Mark Teppo
"Chocolate" by Susan Wardle

Recipes and Poetry:
"Doldrum-Defying Stir-fry" by Barth Anderson and Lisa Stuart
"Vice Bread" by Barth Anderson and Lisa Stuart
"Anti-Authoritarian Mediterranean Burritos" by Jamie Bishop
"The Gourmet Cook takes a Husband" by Tina Connolly
"Avocado/Green Mango Salad" by Nalo Hopkinson
"Absolutely the Last Monster to be Boiled in a Pot at My House" by Rhys Hughes
"Burbank With A Biryani: Bleistein With an Aloo Kofta" by Rhys Hughes
"The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Vindaloo" by Rhys Hughes
"Madras Guillotine" by Rhys Hughes
"Prune Chicken" by Elizabeth A. Jasper
"Tabasco Caribbean Jerk Barbecued Chicken" by Michael Lohr
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 07:43 am:   

That's a freaking awesome line-up Jason! When are we looking at seeing this cookie?

JK
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Thanks, John! It should be ready for public consumption in time for Christmas.
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Your Humble Editor
Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2004 - 03:02 pm:   

For anyone who cares, I figured out the order of stories in the book today, and they are as follows:

"The Cockaigne Poet Speaks of the Lackey King" by Toiya Kristen Finley
"The Apocalypse and Then Oyster Loaf" by Kevin James Miller
"Absolutely the Last Monster to be Boiled in a Pot at My House" by Rhys Hughes
"L'Alchimista" by N.K. Jemison
"Vice Bread" by Barth Anderson and Lisa Stuart
"Seared Scallops and Steamed Green Beans" by Christopher Rowe
"Love and Goat Cheese" by A.K. Cotham
"Our Last Piece of Pizza" by Bruce Boston
"Burbank With a Biryani: Bleistein With an Aloo Kofta" by Rhys Hughes
"How to Cure an Iron Skillet" by Luna Black
"Prune Chicken" by Elizabeth A. Jasper
"Bitter Pudding" by Dominick Cancilla
"The Gourmet Cook Takes a Husband" by Tina Connolly
"And a Sprig of Rosemary" by Robert J. Santa
"Grumblebelly" by Rhys Hughes
"I Dream of Strawberries" by Marguerite Croft
"Doldrum-Defying Stir-Fry" by Barth Anderson and Lisa Stuart
"Along With the Usual" by Jon Hansen
"Tabasco Caribbean Jerk Barbecued Chicken" by Michael Lohr
"The Crush" by Louise Dolan
"Chemistry" by Brendan Connell
"Madras Guillotine" by Rhys Hughes
"Rice Pudding" by Jun Z. Lim
"Anti-Authoritarian Mediterranean Burritos" by Jamie Bishop
"Mallory's Quick-Quick Seduction Cookies" by Mark Teppo
"Food for Thought" by Dena M. Martin
"Cake for $200" by Anna K. Meade
"Avocado/Green Mango Salad" by Nalo Hopkinson
"Tea Ceremony" by Heather Shaw
"Chocolate" by Susan Wardle
"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Vindaloo" by Rhys Hughes
"The Strange Case of the Lovecraft Café" by M.F. Korn, Des Lewis, and Jeff VanderMeer
"The Night-Soil Boys" by Barth Anderson

It was difficult coming up with this order, but I think it'll work well. Ordering the stories for this anthology is a lot like creating a mix tape/CD, where there can't be too many songs that sound the same in a row, or ones of the same length. It's important to vary it for your reader, and I hope this works well.
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JV
Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2004 - 04:31 pm:   

And yet you have Oyster Loaf within three stories of Vice Bread, sir! Thou hast failedeth!

Looks like a nice order. You know, it almost forms a kind of found poem just by titles alone.

JeffV
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Monday, November 22, 2004 - 09:33 am:   

Aw crap, you're right. Okay, I'll fix it.

I hadn't thought about the found poesy of the titles, but yeah, I can see that.
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 01:36 pm:   

Back in July, Janet and I were sitting around talking, and thought it would be a cool idea to edit an anthology. A food-related anthology. The call for submissions was put out there, and for three months I read fiction from all over the world. It was a difficult decision, but we got the number down to 22 stories, 5 poems, and 6 recipes (though there are a couple more recipes embedded within stories). 15 men and 15 women. 54,000 words of literary ambrosia.

Contracts were drawn up, and payment will be sent this weekend. The book was turned over to my lovely and talented wife for layout and design, and she did a phenomenal job. This book is gorgeous. The files were all converted to Adobe pdf format, burned onto CD, and delivered this afternoon to our printer in downtown Raleigh. We'll receive a proof copy tomorrow or Monday, then they'll run the rest of the copies. It's almost finished, and I can't wait to hold it in my hands.

I updated the Scattered, Covered, Smothered page today (as well as little things to the rest of the Two Cranes site). We are now accepting pre-orders, and will promptly ship around a week from now when we gather the copies from the printer. Why wait? Order a copy today. Think of it, you could own an anthology with fiction, poetry and unusual recipes from Jeff VanderMeer, Nalo Hopkinson, Bruce Boston, Toiya Kristen Finley, Barth Anderson, N.K. Jemisin, Rhys Hughes, and many more. Just $9.99, and only $1.50 for shipping. Makes a great Christmas gift.

Buy! Consume! Gush!

The anthology has already started generating some great buzz, and I'll be sending review copies to some major outlets. I'm very excited to see how we're going to fare. Might we sell out? It's possible. Make sure to get your copy today.

This whole experience has been enlightening for both Janet and me. It has been interesting to use my creative talents in the choices I've made; I also contributed a small piece of literary creativity to the book, though you'll need to look closely to find it. Overall, this has been a very positive experience, and I truly believe we are creating something beautiful for the world. Will we stop here? Will you see a sequel from us, maybe called Diced, Chunked, Topped? It's too soon to say now. We still need to recover a bit from this book, as well as getting ready Daniel Wallace's Off the Map for a late January publication date. But who knows? Maybe. Anthing is possible.
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Your Humble Editor
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2004 - 06:44 am:   

A quick note: if you preorder now, you will receive the anthology in time for Christmas. If you order it after Dec. 18, you might not receive it in time.
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JV
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2004 - 12:31 pm:   

Jason:
I think this antho is a wonderful idea, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing it.

I've posted something to my blog about it:

http://vanderworld.blogspot.com/2004/12/scattered-covered-smothered.html

JeffV
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2004 - 01:00 pm:   

Thanks for the nice words, Jeff. The whole anthology turned out so much better than I originally envisioned, and you've been a tremendous help, not only with your submission but with publishing advice, and standard practices when editing a work with many authors.

I'm also very much looking forward to seeing it.
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Rhys
Posted on Saturday, December 11, 2004 - 04:03 am:   

I also mentioned this anthology on my blog:

http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Saturday, December 11, 2004 - 07:22 am:   

Thanks, Rhys! It's nice to see that you finally have a blog.
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Your Humble Editor
Posted on Saturday, December 11, 2004 - 08:37 am:   

Just added to the SCS page: the cover letter submitted along with "The Strange Case of the Lovecraft Café."

The above appeared on the doorstep of the Two Cranes Press offices one October afternoon, along with a package wrapped in black cloth that had been stamped with arcane and indecipherable symbols in gold foil, and gathered together with corded thread, which was itself sealed with wax at the knot. We never did see who hand-delivered the package, as there were no addresses upon it. The complicated knots holding the entire thing together would not come apart for anyone except our new intern, who was working late that night and boldly unwrapped the cloth. He promptly went mad, and has since been placed in an asylum. Inside the package was "The Strange Case of the Lovecraft Café," which contained a letter, several transcribed menu fragments and diary entries.

A warning to our readers: since receiving this submission, we have begun hearing strange scratching sounds in the walls, and our dreams have been plagued with nightmares of a most extreme evil. Continue at your own risk.
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 01:04 pm:   

The copies are all done, and all preorders have been sent out. So if you order a copy now, you won't get it for Christmas, but you could get it in time for New Year's, and at the stroke of midnight you could throw it high into the air and scream, "Happy New Anthology!" Or you could be more subdued and just read it. Either way, it's up to you.
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Sunday, December 19, 2004 - 07:48 am:   

SCS made it onto Anna Tambour's "Irresistibles" list. (You have to scroll down a ways, and the link is on the right side of the page, directly across from the nekkid lady illo for Anna'a book Spotted Lily.)
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JV
Posted on Monday, December 20, 2004 - 04:52 pm:   

Got it--it's gorgeous!!!!

Jeff
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 07:19 am:   

Thanks, man! I agree, it's a beautiful book. Janet did a brilliant job with the cover art, design and formatting for the book, and the printers really came through in making it look like we wanted.

Yay!
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Brendan
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 02:55 pm:   

Got mine. Nice! Thanks!
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 06:58 pm:   

Wow! I'm amazed it got to Switzerland so fast. Kick ass!
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Brendan
Posted on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 12:19 am:   

Yes. I was surprised too. Usually it takes longer.
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Brendan
Posted on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 12:20 am:   

Yes. I was surprised too. Usually it takes longer.
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des
Posted on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 07:52 am:   

Received in UK, too! It looks *wonderful*. Thanks, Jason. des
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, December 24, 2004 - 09:07 am:   

Fantastic! I'm very glad to hear that.
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Your Humble Editor
Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2004 - 01:25 pm:   

Just added some new external bonus links to the SCS page. Go look.
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2005 - 10:09 am:   

I really nice early review of SCS from Rick Kleffel at The Agony Column:

"This is one of those rockin' really weird Rick-books that you simply must run out and buy. Wave it in the face of your roommate/partner/significant other/co-workers. Buy two and wear one like a hat. It's that's good."
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, January 06, 2005 - 02:57 am:   

Received my copies of SCS... Thanks Jason! A truly gorgeous book!
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, January 06, 2005 - 07:03 am:   

Yay Rhys! I'm glad they got there okay.
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Your Humble Editor
Posted on Thursday, January 06, 2005 - 07:04 am:   

Ooh, and Matt Cheney has some nice early things to say about SCS over at The Mumpsimus.

We're now down to only about 40 copies. If we do sell out (and it's fairly certain now that we will), we'll be going back to press for a second printing, so make sure to get a first edition copy today!
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AnnaT
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 12:51 pm:   

Just got and devoured my SCS. Burping now, with great satisfaction. And the Rhys Hughes dishes--Aaahhhhh!
So glad that this is a meal I can eat again and again.
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 04:38 am:   

Anna: is that "Aaahhhhh!" because I accidentally poisoned you?

Sorry -- I'll put together an emetic right away!

:-)
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AnnaT
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 12:18 pm:   

Rhys, You've poisoned me if poison is everything I love to gorge on. And I'll pass on the emetic, though I must ask: Does it, by any chance, contain any of that leftover boiled monster?
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 12:52 pm:   

Glad to hear you liked SCS, Anna! We actually have some leftover boiled monster in tupperware from the other night. I'd be happy to FedEx it to you, though you have to open and reboil it quickly; that sucker regenerates like crazy.
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AnnaT
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 03:16 pm:   

Dear Erik,
How kind of you to offer! Unfortunately, I cannot accept, as receiving imported regenerating boiled monster in tupperware is a criminal offence here, under Commonwealth of Australia customs law.
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AnnaT
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 03:21 pm:   

Erik, uh, Jason. I meant Jason. It's just that your offer was so kind, I was blinded by tears. Just the thought of that boiled monster regenerating in my gut makes me salivate, and to have the opportunity so cruelly ripped away by arbitrary laws . . .
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 06:46 am:   

That's okay, Anna. I get called Erik a lot when I initial my first name. No worries, mate.

And that's too bad about the customs law. Next time I come to Australia, I'll try to sneak in some regenerating boiled monster under my coat or something.
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Your Humble Editor
Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 01:21 pm:   

SCS got mentioned, along with other small press anthologies Leviathan 4, Polyphony 4 and All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories, in Rich Horton's 2004 Anthology Summary. And it looks as if he'll be considering it further in a longer post.
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Two Cranes Press
Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 06:33 pm:   

A fairly positive review from Cheryl Morgan at Emerald City, where she gushes over "The Strange Case of the Lovecraft Cafe."
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 06:52 am:   

SCS is on this week's "<a href="http://www.locusmag.com/2005/Monitor/Books01c.html">New & Notable Books</a>" at Locus Online. And Rich Horton's review will appear in the March issue of Locus Magazine.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 07:44 am:   

It's an odd, but fun book. I'm debating whether I should file it with my cookbooks or with my fiction.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 06:57 am:   

Thanks, Robert. You know, you could get another copy, and then shelve one with each type. :-)
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 04:02 am:   

Jason: I know I told you that my story Grumblebelly for SCS was the last food based fiction I was ever going to write... But then I wrote this:

http://www.ookami.co.uk/html/poe_pie.html

It's an Edgar Allan Poe parody called Poe Pie. The impulse to write this came wholly from reading The Strange Case of the Lovecraft Café by M.F. Korn, Des Lewis and Jeff VanderMeer.

It's a tribute to those three gentlemen, and to yourself.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 09:41 am:   

Wow, this teaches me not to check on the message board in a while. What a truly bizarre and funny story, Rhys! I'm glad Mike, Des and Jeff provided such inspiration.

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