Wow, I just came across the most awesome review of Interfictions, the anthology of interstitial fiction edited by Theodora Goss and Delia Sherman, and the reviewer said some really wonderful things about my story, “What We Know About the Lost Families of —- House”:
The 19 stories contained within Interfictions serve as examples but not as points of an argument that could lead to a listing in a Funk and Wagnalls. The airport analogy only holds for so long, once you start to read these tales and realize that the one aspect that binds them together is their lack of convenient genre markers. Perhaps interstitiality is like porn. You know it when you see it.
Also like porn, the stories that work, which is most of them, are exciting. Unlike porn, the pieces in Interfictions all have strong narratives and gorgeous language. One of the standouts is Christopher Barzak’s “What We Know About the Lost Families of ——– House.” It is equally a standard haunted-house story, a postmodern mind game, and a puff of Neil Gaiman-esque whimsy. Despite those familiar tropes, it also feels wholly unique, as if it is rewriting our expectations about what kind of story it is even as we’re reading it. “What We Know” is, above all else, a gripping tale with undeniable momentum.