Monday, June 15, 2009

A Mammoth Lump of Happiness


I am chuffed to bits at the news that my O. Henry parody, The Gift of the Magic Lump of Coal, has been selected by the discerning and ever-esteemed Maxim Jakubowski, editor nonpareil, for inclusion in his prestigious anthology, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 9, a showcase of literary finery. (Of course, my story will first be translated into proper English.) The annual volume, containing works by over 40 writers -- both established and "new" voices -- will be published across the pond by Constable & Robinson (January 2010), followed likewise in the US of A by Running Press. I am most humbled and honored to be in this respected collection once again. 'Tis my supreme pleasure, Maxim! Thank you!


18 comments:

Donna said...

Big congratulations, ER! I think we have a new Christmas classic for the Anglophone world :-).

Nikki Magennis said...

Oh, congratulations, ER! x

Craig Sorensen said...

Outstanding news, EllaRegina!

And I'm glad to be beside you once again in Mammoth!

Erobintica said...

Congrats!!! Oh oh oh, I loved this story - read it several times - hehehe - a Christmas classic indeed.

neve black said...

Wow! That rocks, better than coal! haha. CONGRATULATIONS, ER!

That's really cool. I feel tingly for you. ;-)

Jeremy Edwards said...

Donna took the word right out of my mouth (I wondered whose fingers those were): "The Gift of the Magic Lump of Coal" is indeed a classic! So terrific that it will be bundled and disseminated in the Mammoth collection. Congrats!!

Justine Elyot said...

Terrific news! Congratulations.

EllaRegina said...

Thanks so much, you guys! Yes, I'm very excited -- tingly even, in fact!!

Care for a rub-a-dub with some Naughty! lump o'coal soap while we await publication? ;-)

Marina said...

I'm late as usual - but YAY FOR YOU!

EllaRegina said...

No such thing as late in my book! Thank you, Marina!

Emerald said...

Congratulations!!!

EllaRegina said...

Thank you!

Elise said...

Good for you! How did this happen? Did you apply or did he pick it from a previous website?

EllaRegina said...

Thank you, Elise. One submits. Maxim Jakubowski puts out an annual call. This year I think the deadline was end-May. The call is listed every year on the Erotica Readers & Writers Association (ERWA) website, on their Call for Submissions page.

That said, Mr. Jakubowski is also known to spelunk for material online in addition to what people send him via the Post, on erotica websites as well as places not strictly of that genre. (Stories published on personal websites/blogs do not qualify for the anthology, btw.) He is idiosyncratic and impossible to second-guess, both qualities that tend to result in an interesting compendium of reading matter, in my humble opinion.

Gina Marie said...

I'm all tingly too -- for YOU!

Wow & congrats. Such a wonderful story -- it should be shouted from rooftops!

--Gina

EllaRegina said...

Thank you, Miss Gina!

kristina lloyd said...

Great news! And me too.

I saw that MJ had over 450 subs for this. Yikes!

EllaRegina said...

Thank you, Kristina! Congratulations to you, too! It will be a pleasure being between the covers with you again. ;-)

Yeah, I also read about the 450+ subs. And, I bet that's not counting stories he reads online, on his own. The man must have eyes of steel!