A short story collection
A woman gives birth to an octopus; a girl and her grandmother set fire to a public park; a chronic masturbator falls in love with Isaac Newton’s ghost; a phantasmal hyena relentlessly haunts a young Texas couple; and a once-happy couple attacks an old woman in hopes of stealing her magic teeth. In each of Chameleons’s nineteen stories, there is an energetic brew of horror, humor, and magical realism that often gives genre boundaries a good hard shove.
From the collection, an abridged version of “The Singing Teeth” was just listed as an October Recommended Read by Change Seven magazine:
Mead-Brewer’s story of pearl diving (teeth hunting) is bizarre. It’s not your typical spooky story with monsters and ghosts, but it curls your stomach in fear and leaves you anxious, remembering the blood and the way teeth sang. Upon finishing it, I was not able to get the last scene out of my head for hours. Be prepared when you start reading for this one to stay with you.
In other exciting news: More than seventy percent of Chameleons’ stories have now found homes in various magazines and journals, and what’s more, the short story “The Feast” was just named a finalist in Tethered by Letters’ F(r)iction Spring Short Story Contest.
The Fire Eaters
Set amid the rural pines of East Texas,The Fire Eaters is a work of dark, near-future science fiction and magical realism. After Rose Padilla and her wife Vivien Black suffer a miscarriage, they become determined to perfect the process of ectogenesis—to create the first human ever grown entirely external of a human body.
Combining science fiction elements with horror, the supernatural, and a touch of mystery, The Fire Eaters is ultimately a story about mothers, women, and the shifting definitions of both.
An older version of the prologue has already been published by Used Gravitrons (Issue 18), a small excerpt is published with Literary Orphans, and the science behind the novel (i.e. ectogenesis) also inspired K.C.’s nonfiction article, “Brave New Worlds: Ectogenesis and the Future of Pregnancy,” with SQUAT Birth Journal (Issue 19).
The Science Behind the Novel
A pop-culture introduction
“The High-Tech Future of the Uterus,” Katherine Don, The Atlantic (2015)
“The End of Pregnancy and the Inevitable Rise of the Artificial Womb,” Reihan Salam, Slate (2014)
“Fetuses in Artificial Wombs: Medical Marvel or Misogynist Malpractice?” Paula Mejia, Newsweek (2014)