Are you a fan of The Refrigerator Monologues?

We’re delighted to announce that you’ll be able to experience the stories told by the Hell Hath Club on your television – Shauna Cross (who wrote Whip It) is adapting The Refrigerator Monologues for Amazon Studios – the forthcoming show from Entertainment One and Grey Matter Entertainment will be called Deadtown. To say we can’t wait is an understatement!

Straight from The Hollywood Reporter

The Refrigerator Monologues centers on five women who die after crossing paths with male superheroes — or, rather, they’re “fridged,” killed as a plot device to offer motivation to the hero. The five meet in a purgatory called Deadtown and decide to reclaim control of their own stories, discovering their own powers in the process.

Where fellow streamer Netflix went big early on superhero shows with a big deal with Marvel — one that has subsequently shrunk — Amazon has thus far only dipped its toes into comic book-based fare. It aired one season of The Tick (and ordered a second) and has two new shows, The Boys and the animated Invincible, on tap for 2019.

None of its superhero efforts thus far have centered on women. Given that Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke’s stated goals is to make shows that women “can’t stop talking about,” a superhero franchise fronted by women makes some sense.

We’ll keep you up to date on Deadtown‘s development as we are able! In the meantime, which stories are you most invested in seeing on screen?

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It’s that time of the year, everyone! Time for all authors and creatives to post their lists of eligible works as we head into the SFF awards season. Read on for information about various SFF awards and then Cat’s list of eligible works. There has been so much fantastic work published this year, and Cat is delighted to have several books, short stories, and even a novelette to submit for your consideration.

Nebula Awards
If you’re a member of the SFWA (any type), you can nominate a work for the Nebula Awards right now. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.

Hugo Awards
Nominations for the Hugo Awards aren’t open yet, but they will be early in 2019. In order to nominate and vote in the awards, you must be an attending or supporting member of Worldcon 76 (last year’s), Worldcon 77 (this year’s), or Worldcon 78 (next year’s).

World Fantasy Awards
Attendees of the World Fantasy Convention can nominate works to be considered for the World Fantasy Award, but you’ll need to contact them for details on the process.

Mythopoeic Awards
If you’re a member of the Mythopoeic Society, you can nominate works to be considered for the Mythopoeic Awards, which include awards for adult literature, children’s literature and more that exemplify the spirit of the Inklings (a group of writers including J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis).

AND CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE’S ELIGIBLE WORKS ARE:

Novel

Space Opera (Saga Press)
Mass Effect: Annihilation (Titan Books)

Collection (a World Fantasy Award category)

The Future is Blue (Subterranean Press)

Novelette

Flame, Pearl, Mother, Autumn, Virgin, Sword, Kiss, Blood, Heart, and Grave (in The Future is Blue, Subterranean Press)

Short Story

A Fall Counts Anywhere (in Robots v. Fairies, Saga Press)

Major Tom (in The Future is Blue, Subterranean Press)

Two and Two is Seven (in The Future is Blue, Subterranean Press)

Thanks for your consideration, everyone! Remember: nominate early, vote often, and read always.

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Discover the Kingdom of Prester John all over again with the latest release from Almanack Productions – Catherynne M. Valente’s lush and strange The Habitation of the Blessed is now available on Amazon for your Kindle app or device.

The Habitation of the Blessed was originally released just over eight years ago in October of 2010, following her short story “A Dirge for Prester John” published in the 2007 Interstitial Arts Foundation’s anthology Interfictions. This novel is the first installment of her A Dirge for Prester John series:

This is the story of a place that never was: the kingdom of Prester John, the utopia described by an anonymous, twelfth-century document which captured the imagination of the medieval world and drove hundreds of lost souls to seek out its secrets, inspiring explorers, missionaries, and kings for centuries. But what if it were all true? What if there was such a place, and a poor, broken priest once stumbled past its borders, discovering, not a Christian paradise, but a country where everything is possible, immortality is easily had, and the Western world is nothing but a dim and distant dream?

Brother Hiob of Luzerne, on missionary work in the Himalayan wilderness on the eve of the eighteenth century, discovers a village guarding a miraculous tree whose branches sprout books instead of fruit. These strange books chronicle the history of the kingdom of Prester John, and Hiob becomes obsessed with the tales they tell. The Habitation of the Blessed recounts the fragmented narratives found within these living volumes, revealing the life of a priest named John, and his rise to power in this country of impossible richness. John’s tale weaves together with the confessions of his wife Hagia, a blemmye–a headless creature who carried her face on her chest–as well as the tender, jeweled nursery stories of Imtithal, nanny to the royal family. Hugo and World Fantasy award nominee Catherynne M. Valente reimagines the legends of Prester John in this stunning tour de force.

You can purchase The Habitation of the Blessed for only $4.99 through Amazon.

If you love this rich and redolent tale, please help its success by leaving a review on Amazon. You may have reviewed it on a previous listing, and we hope you’ll share your thoughts again. Even a simple one-sentence review will encourage more readers to share in the glory of this medieval fever dream.

Thank you to everyone who reads, shares, and review – we hope you enjoy.

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Confluence 2018 is this weekend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cat is the con’s Guest of Honor! She’s appearing alongside close friend and Featured Music Guest SJ Tucker, and she can’t wait to dig into the con and interact with all of you. Get the details of her schedule below:

FRIDAY
6PM • Commonwealth West • It’s a Monster Mash: Rock’n’Roll & SF
S. J. Sooj Tucker (moderator), Larry Ivkovich, Lawrence C. Connolly, Catherynne M. Valente, Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen
How has rock influenced SF? Has SF influenced rock (beyond some very science fictional album covers back in the vinyl days)? What about the influence of music within fandom on fiction and conventions?

8PM • Ballroom 1 • Welcome to Confluence
Kevin Hayes (moderator), Laurie Mann, Randy Hoffman, Jim Mann, Heidi Pilewski, Catherynne M. Valente, David D. Levine, Karen Yun-Lutz, Judi Miller, S. J. Sooj Tucker, Susan Urban, Phil Cooper, Scott Helland, Samantha Stephenson
A quick overview about what to expect during the con. Stop by to ask a question, meet our guest of honor and other special guests and find out about what we’ll be doing this weekend. February Sky will sing us out with a rousing rendition of “Three Days Away from the Ratrace.”

SATURDAY
10AM • Room 225 • Kaffeeklatsch: Catherynne M. Valente
Catherynne M. Valente
Join in a discussion with Catherynne M. Valente and other fans. Advance sign up at Registration; limited to 10.

1PM • Ballroom 1 • Dynamic Duo
Catherynne M. Valente, S. J. Sooj Tucker
Our Guest of Honor and Featured Music Guest will take to the stage and surprise you!

3PM • Ballroom 1 • Guest of Honor Presentation
Catherynne M. Valente
Our Guest of Honor will read from her new novel Space Opera and will have a Q&A session following the reading.

4PM • Commonwealth East • Frivolous Poetry
Herb Kauderer (moderator), Mary Soon Lee, Mary Turzillo, Catherynne M. Valente
Panelists read humorous science fiction and fantasy poetry.

SUNDAY
11AM • Registration Area • Autographing: Valente, Thorne
R. K. Thorne, Catherynne M. Valente

If you’ll be at Confluence, come say hi – and enjoy the con!

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Hello, Readercon! Wondering where to find Cat for the rest of this weekend? Check out her full schedule below:

THURSDAY
9 PM • Salon 5Old Hollywood in Recent Speculative Fiction
Randee Dawn, Heath Miller, Nikhil Singh, Sonya Taaffe, Terence Taylor
Tim Powers’s  Medusa’s Web, Catherynne M. Valente’s  Radiance, and Lara Elena Donnelly’s Armistice all draw on images of vintage Hollywood in very different ways, both honoring and criticizing a crucial era in the making of media that shaped a generation. What brings that era to the front of our awareness now? Is the fantastical reworking of old Hollywood linked in some way to recent criticisms of racism, sexism, and harassment in present-day Hollywood?

FRIDAY
11 AM • Salon C • Past Predictions of Future Food
John Chu, B. Diane Martin, David G. Shaw, Romie Stott, Catherynne M. Valente, Francesco Verso
Writers of the early and middle 20th century loved predicting the comestibles of the future: food pills, soylent, Soma, and more. This panel will pull out some favorite examples of predictions that came true and didn’t, and look at how SFnal predictions of future food have changed over the last 100 years.

12:30 PM • Salon A • Reading: Catherynne M. Valente
Just as it says on the tin!

2PM • Autographs • Mark Oshiro Catherynne M. Valente
What you see is what you get!

3 PM • Blue Hills • How I Wrote Space Opera
Catherynne M. Valente
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets the joy and glamour of Eurovision in Catherynne M. Valente’s science fiction spectacle, in which sentient races compete for glory in a galactic musical contest and the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth. Valente will discuss how she wrote and sold her latest work.

7 PM • Salon 5 • From What Mad Universe to Radiance: The Livable Solar System
Andrea Corbin, Jeff Hecht, Kathy Kitts, Sioban Krzywicki, Catherynne M. Valente
The notion of the other planets in the solar system being habitable by humans and/or inhabited by aliens held appeal long after it was known that this wasn’t the case. How do we tell these stories and why? Is reimagining the physics and reality of our own solar system easier than FTL? Or is there a romance about it that is lost in the reality of our universe?

SATURDAY
2PM • Salon 5 • A Thing with Feathers: Avian Imagery in Speculative Fiction (CART)

Scott H. Andrews, C.S.E. Cooney, Ellen Datlow, Nisi Shawl, Catherynne M. Valente
Works such as The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Cormorant Run, Blackbirds, Rose Lemberg’s Birdverse stories, and the Black Feathers anthology use the imagery, characterization, presence, and beauty of birds to explore issues of environmentalism, social violence, and empathy with the other. How have birds come to be a metaphor for our human failings and strivings? How is the reality of avian life and biology transformed into speculative narrative?

3PM • Seven Masts • Kaffeeklatsch • Catherynne M. Valente, Mark Oshiro
Come say hello!

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