Today I am interviewing Joshua Palmatier, co-editor of the three new anthologies, Guilds & Glaves, The Razor’s Edge, and Second Round: A Return to the Ur-Bar, which are currently on Kickstarter!.
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DJ: Hey Joshua! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For this interview, on the first part I’d like to focus on the anthologies themselves, then for the second, I’d like to talk about the Kickstarter in particular.
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Joshua Palmatier: Certainly! And thank you for hosting this interview. We at Zombies Need Brains appreciate it. I’m a fantasy author published by DAW Books, with nine novels out at the moment. The most recently released was REAPING THE AURORA, the third and final novel in the “Ley” series. I also began editing anthologies for DAW with fellow author Patricia Bray. We did two anthologies for them—AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR and THE MODERN FAE’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY. Working on those two anthologies got me hooked on SF&F anthologies, so I ended up creating a small press called Zombies Need Brains, which focuses on producing SF&F themed anthologies initially backed by Kickstarters. ZNB has released seven anthologies so far, and we’re currently seeking to fund three new anthologies, titled THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE UR-BAR.
DJ: What are each of these anthologies about?
Joshua: The themes are always my favorite part. THE RAZOR’S EDGE is a military SF&F anthology focusing on that fine line between an insurgent and a freedom fighter. When does the freedom fighter become an insurgent, or vice versa? We’d like authors to explore that razor’s edge, both in science fiction settings and in fantasy settings. GUILDS & GLAIVES is a sword & sorcery anthology, where we’d like the stories to somehow deal with a guild along with the typical style of sword & sorcery—so thieves, assassins, dark magic, treachery, etc. And as you can guess from the title, SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE UR-BAR is a sequel to the first anthology that Patricia Bray and I edited, AFTER HOURS. The premise is the Gilgamesh found his immortality by becoming the bartender of a time-traveling bar called the Ur-bar—which at any point in time is the uber bar at that moment. We explored the bar in the first anthology, but there are still plenty of time periods left and we hope that the authors find a unique setting and a unique story for the sequel. Continue reading