The Hamthology is the greatest collection of ham sandwich literature in the history of humankind. More than fifty works of poetry, prose, and visual art on the theme of ham sandwiches come together in this anthology, spanning genres from fantasy and science fiction to mystery, horror, romance, erotica, and more.
The ham sandwich has attracted little in the way of literary attention. This books fills that critical lacuna. In “Art as Technique”, the seminal work that became the basis for Russian Formalism, literary critic Viktor Shklovsky identified defamiliarization or “estrangement” as the essence of literature. Shklovsky gave the example of Tolstoy’s story “Kholstomer”, told from the point of view of a horse, which altered the reader’s perception and allowed them to see the world anew. Shklovsky argued that deforming reader expectations and de-automatizing our perceptions is at the heart of literature. Throughout The Hamthology, ham sandwiches serve as a defamiliarizing device, acting as a prism through which to view our world and the human condition. The Hamthology is more than a collection of stories, poems, and art—it is an experimental feat in writing that operates at the very core of the literary enterprise.
The stories in this collection span a wide variety of genres, from fantasy and science fiction to mystery, horror, romance, and erotica. They cover such diverse topics as sexuality and gender expression, biological warfare, space colonization, religion, parenthood, crime and punishment, and mental health. Collectively, they comprise a broad look at various aspects of human life, and they explore a wide swath of philosophical terrain through diverse literary approaches, all united by the ham sandwich. Through these works, the ham sandwich comes to represent something greater than the sum of its edible parts, transforming into a transcendent symbol—of our hopes and dreams and fears, of who we are, from where we’ve come, and to where we might go. The Hamthology is, without a doubt, the greatest collection of ham sandwich literature the world has ever known.
You can pick up The Hamthology here.
Very happy to have my story Addrassus in issue #8 of Broadswords and Blasters, just released, and available here! And really happy to have the story described as “shades of Odysseus and some of the best action sequences you’ll read this year”! I hope you check it out! Thanks! And if you do, please tell me what you thought!
From the open call page:
We are seeking high-quality speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and speculative horror) on the theme of “imps & minions”. Stories should feature an imp or a minion.
Submission information and the submission form can be found on our kickstarter page.
If you like this project and want to support us, I would really appreciate if you would take a look at our kickstarter reward options and help us out by becoming a backer. (I recommend going for the paperback reward option.)
Thanks a lot! I’m really looking forward to reading all the submissions and putting together this awesome project with the team, with the support of our kickstarter backers!
I just put my book, Angels and Wormholes, on sale from $3.99 to 99c. It’ll be at that price for the next two weeks. I would love if you would pick up a copy. And please leave a review, if you’re up for it (Amazon reviews are really, really valuable for writers).
Some reviews of the book (from the first draft on Wattpad):
“The story is too excellent! I’m still trying to fathom what the heck goes on in the writer’s mind for his to be able to create this well thought-out universe.”
“Wow! That was bind blowing!”
“Thanks for such an excellent story. I haven’t been so Completely chained to a book in years.”
“Just…wow. I have never read such a complex sci-fi novel with so much detail in it!”
“Wow! I really didn’t want this book to end, well done!”
“Thoroughly enjoyed it, struggled putting it down.”
“beautiful character development and diversity!”
I hope those reviews are enough to encourage you to pick up the book from Amazon. And for the next couple weeks, it’ll be cheaper than a coffee!
Happy to hear that two of my poems, “momentum” and “Forgot a Little Thing”, will be published in Tuck Magazine in 2018!
Just found out my horror story Hook and Grinder will be published in the February 2018 issue of The Horror Zine!