K. Tempest Bradford
One by one they came down to the darkness. One by one, three by three, her daughters, her mothers, her sisters, her pieces of herself, came down to the darkness. Wife of, mother of, daughter of . . . but never creator of. The darkness claimed her, name by name, altar by altar. She lost everything she possessed. She slept; embraced by the Pleiades, warmed by the Furies, lulled by the Sirens. She dreamed of serpents. Serpents in her hair, serpents on her body, hair of serpent, serpent’s body. She shut her eyes tight against them and forced herself down into sleep deeper than sleep. Into oblivion. She dreamed she prayed she swore she would not wake again.
K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative short story writer by day, an activist blogger by night, and a gadget nerd in the interstices. She occasionally dips her toe into the editing waters and lends her time to various literature-related causes, including the Interstitial Arts Foundation, the Carl Brandon Society, and the 2008 James Tiptree Jr. Award jury. She has edited fiction for Peridot Books, The Fortean Bureau, and Sybil's Garage, and from 2007 to 2009 she was managing editor of Fantasy Magazine. Tempest attended Clarion West in 2003 and currently belongs to Altered Fluid, a New York City-based fiction writing group. Her fiction has appeared in Abyss & Apex, Farthing Magazine, Strange Horizons, Sybil's Garage, Electric Velocipede, Podcastle, and the Federations (Adams, editor) and Interfictions (Sherman and Goss, editors) anthologies. She contributes posts, essays, columns, and features to the Carl Brandon Society blog, the FeministSF Blog, and The Angry Black Woman. The nexus of all her activities is her website at ktempestbradford.com.
Enmity, Electric Velocipede 17/18 Elan Vital,Sybil’s Garage #6 Until Forgiveness Comes, Strange Horizons "Black Feather," Interfictions, edited by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss (also available in Happily Ever After, edited by John Klima, and as PodCastle episode 123)
At an early age I was influenced by the following things: the music of Michael Jackson and Jem & the Holograms; Star Trek; Barbie dolls; all four Bunnicula books, read over and over again; coffee; the 1980 film "The Tempest" produced by Derek Jarman in which "...the film reaches its climax with Elisabeth Welch belting out 'Stormy Weather.'"
I'm going to write between 100 and 500 words of fiction each week, using a different set of off-the-wall criteria each week as determined by things like rolling a D20, throwing darts at a map, and sponsor suggestions/challenges.
My fundraising goal is $600.