"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of The Big Reap, The Wrong Goodbye and Dead Harvest.

"Bagley's got the poet's eye, but that doesn't mean everything is prettier in his work. It means the ugly stuff is more vivid. More intense. Like a sudden switch from analog to HD. And that's a trait to very much admire in his work." --Anthony Neil Smith, author of Hogdoggin', Yellow Medicine, The Drummer and Psychosomatic.




Sunday, June 7, 2009

Where’d I Put Those Finnish-Language Instructional Tapes?

Juri Nummelin reports that the third issue of his flash fiction magazine Ässä is about to be unleashed upon the Finnish-speaking world. This time around, Ässä features translations of short-shorts by Joe R. Lansdale, Sandra Scoppettone, James McGowan, Patti Abbott, Paul “Braz Knuckles” Brazill and yours truly in addition to new writing by Tapani Bagge and Juri himself.

Cool thing #1: “One More Mess” is the first of my stories ever to be translated into another language. I'm still riding the buzz from that.

Cool thing #2: I have a story in the same magazine as Joe R. Lansdale, author of the "Hap and Leonard" series and Bubba Ho-Tep. That's not to say any of the other featured writers are slouches. They're all damn good. But I've admired Lansdale's work for at least twenty years and it's a treat to share literary space with him, even though I can't read a word of Finnish.

8 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Congrats, Patrick. The Bottoms is one of my favorite novels. He's tops.

Frank Bill said...

Congrats Patrick.

Keith Rawson said...

That's good stuff and a great bunch of company to be sharing paper with. Congrats, Patrick!

Paul Brazill said...

Jeez. Thanks for the heads up Patrick. I'm amazed to be in such classy company. Very excited!

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Y'know, I think Patti's had enough shorts published that now she ought to think about putting together a collection and submitting it.

Kieran Shea said...

Patrick:

Is this something that can be purchased on the street, like a bookstore. I've a friend stationed in Fin.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Kieran, I forwarded your question to Juri because I don't have a clue. As usual.

Chris said...

Man, what a lineup! Congrats!