Hello, old friends. Hello, new friends.
The former know what we’re doing here. For the latter, some history: once upon a time we (Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt) co-edited a ‘zine called Flytrap. It looked a bit like this one, unless you’re reading this on the internet or an e-reader, in which case: totally different, we used to just be print, I know, the past was a weird place.
We went on hiatus back in 2008, soon after our son was born, because we didn’t have time to be editors and parents. But now the kid is six, and gives us a bit more free time, so we decided to edit again. We ran a Kickstarter campaign last year, thinking it might be nice to pay people more than the pittance we once provided, and lo! It worked. We got to do one of our favorite things: give artists money. And now you get to peruse what we paid them for.
A bit of history: from 2003-2008, we published ten issues of Flytrap, and included stories, poems, and essays by writers like Barth Anderson, Christopher Barzak, Elizabeth Bear, Stephanie Burgis, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Alan DeNiro, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Daphne Gottlieb, Jed Hartman, M.K. Hobson, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jay Lake, Jen Larsen, Kristin Livdahl, Nick Mamatas, Melissa Marr, David Moles, Sarah Monette, Sarah Prineas, Jenn Reese, M. Rickert, Benjamin Rosenbaum, David J. Schwartz, Steve Rasnic Tem, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Jeff VanderMeer, Greg van Eekhout, Ray Vukcevich, Leslie What, and even more amazingly talented people, if such a thing can be believed.
We welcome back a few of those old friends for this issue, and add to their ranks new names like William Akin, Alisa Alering, Cassie Alexander, Megan Arkenberg, Sarah Grey, Aislinn Quicksilver Harvey, Jessica May Lin, Dominica Phetteplace, and Brian M. Rosen. The result is a spectacular spectacle of (mostly speculative) fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art.
This was fun. We’ll probably do it again and publish another issue in the Fall. We’re not offering subscriptions at this time — we have commitment issues, are embracing an irregular schedule, and also it’s possible we might decide to take a lot of naps instead of putting together issue #12 — but keep an eye on tropismpress.com and we’ll let you know what’s going on.
Thanks for supporting us!
–Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt