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Black Candies: The Eighties
We’re living in a loop. Things keep repeating. The eighties almost killed us, and now they’re back to finish the job.
Black Candies: The Eighties features 23 stories of analog horror that slice through the late-night whirr of VHS, the big hair, and neon parties to prove that nostalgia is the real murderer behind the mask.
Black Candies: Surveillance
Black Candies: Surveillance is a literary journal dedicated to evolving and advancing the beloved horror genre. Each edition is themed, with special editorial attention paid to soliciting works from new voices, many of whom have published previously in other realms.
We’re never alone. Paranoia has replaced privacy. Secrets are the new currency. The strangers who watched from the street now watch from within. For our third issue of Black Candies, we found 11 smart, terrifying stories that explore the theme of “Surveillance” in explicit, implicit and abstract ways. These stories not only touch on the contradiction of the securities of our modern era, but unearth the deeper terror, paranoia, and anxiety that results.- SSWA Edited by Ryan Bradford
Featuring fiction from: Angus McIntyre, Valerie E. Polichar, Julia Evans, Gabriela Santiago, Melissa Gutierrez, Berit Ellingsen, Jake Arky, Matt Lewis, Chris Curtis, Kevin Sampsell, Ron Gutierrez, and Wade Pavlick.
Last Night on Earth
Tonight, the world will end. Everything you love will cease to exist. How do you spend your last 24 hours? When everything you know is going to die, how do you live? So Say We All asked 22 authors to write from the perspective of their lives–as they lived them at the moment in reality–if they had woken up one morning to learn the world would end in 24 hours, answering the implicit question, “what would you do?”
Strip away the illusion of a having a future and inject an overwhelming need to act, and what you get is Last Night On Earth a single novel written by different authors from all over the world, chronicling the final day of their lives in the face of a coming apocalypse. Evocative of War of the Worlds (without the aliens) meets Our Town if it were all produced by Ira Glass, “Last Night On Earth” is a lyrical experiment at discovering meaning in mortality. - SSWA Edited by Ryan Bradford and Justin Hudnall
Little Perfections (formally "Little Failures")
Mommy and Daddy want the perfect child to go with their perfect condon, perfect jobs, and all around perfect, but boring life. Too bad that every time they try to have kids, their children can't live up to their ideal models of offspring. That's when Mommy and Daddy send The Angry One, The Silent One, and The Happy One to the basement.
But if there is one thing Mommy and Daddy imparted upon their little darlings, it's how to take sweet, bloody revenge.
- July, 2015: Dramatists Guild presents San Francisco Footlights staged reading of Little Failures
- March, 2015: One-act, The Birthday Girl, produced as part of PianoFight's ShortLived: The Largest Audience-Judged Theater Competition in the Nation. San Francisco, CA.
- October, 2013: Produced by 68Cent Crew (NYC)
- April, 2008: Developed at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing
The Portrait of a Well-Paid Slave
Curt Flood was a decorated baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals who's historic trade in the 1960's would lead to a lengthy legal battle and open the doors for free agency in professional sports.
- October, 2014: Presented as a staged reading in New York City. Directed by Ryan Mikita and produced by Jennifer Hoofnagle.
- June, 2014: Presented as part of the New Works Reading Series at the D.C. Black Theatre Festival hosted by Howard University.
The Green Flash
He and She used to have something. Now, as they sit watching their final sunset on an abandoned beach as the world's end draws near, it's now or never to say the things they always meant to say.
- September, 2014: Produced by PianoFight as part of Roughin' It (III). Lagunitas, CA.
- July, 2012: Published by SSWA Press as part of Last Night on Earth.