Torturo Blog Review

Here is another review of The Translation of Father Torturo.

It seems that a lot of people consider this a gothic novel. I had never much thought about that when writing it, but it’s cool . . .

I have also certainly never considered it slipstream. But I am not sure I know what slipstream really is. Maybe it is the same as interstitial. But I don’t know what that is either, so . . .

It is slotted under dark fantasy. But try telling a woman that you meet at a dinner party that you are a writer of dark fantasy. 



5 Responses to Torturo Blog Review

  1. Rachel says:

    Hehe – depends on the woman.

    I wasn’t sure what slipstream was either but Wikipedia provided some enlightenment and Jan Van Wildt in the Summer issue (I think) of New Genre magazine has a really good article on slipstream – things that don’t quite fit in the scifi/fantasy paradigm according to the PTB. Anyway. Really enjoyed it. Thanks!

  2. brendanconnell says:

    I think it comes down to a human need to categorise. Essentially, slipstream is a genre of fiction that doesn’t fit in the other genres. But why call it anything then? It seems like most of the terms like ‘SF’ ‘Horror’ ‘Fantasy’ have been thought up more as marketing devices than actual ways of defining literary movements. Which is a bad thing. Because these terms are thought up by semi-corporate entities, rather than actual writers. It is a way of pimping books more than anything. In my opinion.

  3. Rachel says:

    Yes, but you need to be able to sell your work. When you sell your idea or novel to an agent or publisher, you need to be to tell them where in the bookstore that book would be shelved, don’t you? YOu need to be able to tell your fans what part of the bookstore to find it in. I know one other who has fans who can’t find her because sometimes she shelved in fantasy and sometimes in romance.

  4. Rachel says:

    Oops, I meant author, not other.

  5. brendanconnell says:

    I guess that is sort of my point. If everything were simply under ‘fiction’, then all one need do is alphabetically look up the authors name. And, in fact, this is more or less how it works in libraries—where books are much easier to find than in book chains.

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