Over the past three decades Scott Edelman has published more than a dozen short stories that pay tribute to his literary heroes, including John Steinbeck, Edgar Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury. Edelman recently collected those stories in a book Tell me like you did before.

“I have enough stories, I think, to make it a good collection to honor all the people who cheered me on,” Edelman says in episode 66 of Singer’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast. “I was so happy to be able to thank the people who came first and helped me get the mold.”

The longest story in the book is “A Plague on Not Your Both Houses”, written in the Zombie Story Imbic Pantas. “I was driving home from the World Horror Convention in Nashville, and suddenly the opening lines came to me, and I thought, ‘Yeah, Night of the Living Dead Others Romeo and Juliet, Where a zombie child and a human child fell in love, ”says Edelman. “It was a lot of fun writing.”

Unfortunately the 50-page play about zombies turned out to be a hard sell for editors. “Someone was composing a zombie anthology, and I thought, ‘Oh, this is absolutely perfect,’ and I sent it, and got the answer, ‘I don’t like Shakespeare,'” Edelman says. “So this has nothing to do with the story, or whether I’ve pulled it off well, or whether there’s poetry in the language. It’s just, ‘We don’t like Shakespeare.’

Edelman eventually presented the story as his first and only self-published work. “I kept it together for a year as a Halloween card, and sent it to all my friends, and based on that it ended up being published. The best new horror mammoth book, And based on that publication, it ended up being nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, ”says Edelman. “Stories have a weird way to publish and validate, so I always tell people, ‘Don’t worry if things take a while to find the right audience.’

Listen to the full interview with Scott Edelman in episode 476 Singer’s Guide to the Galaxy Check out some of the highlights from the discussion above (above) and below.

Scott Edelman on his story “Fifth Dimension”:

“He writes what I write Twilight zone Magazine – which at the time was publishing an episode guide The Twilight Zone‘And I was writing,’ Gee, you left this episode, and that episode, and this wonderful episode, ‘and the editor says,’ It’s not really an episode. I think you’re making things up. ‘There’s a back and forth, and it ends up that my TV is picking up the fifth dimension stories, that Sodling is still off somewhere, it makes all sorts of other wonderful episodes. The great thing about this story is that the editor, Ted Klein, had to run it through Carol Serling, the widow of Rolled Sarling – because once you include in the magazine something they are doing with the permission of Serling Estate. , You want to make sure his widow is pleased and honored by him – and the fact that Carol Serling said ‘Oh no, I like this story. He treats Road Searling in such a wonderful way ‘made me very happy. “

Scott Edelman on Raymond Carver:

“He started writing many science fiction stories. When I edited Science fiction age Magazine, I suggested to Barry Malzberg, ‘Hey, do you feel this way? Why would you write a science fiction story because it was written by Raymond Carver? ‘, Which he did and it was published in this Science fiction age A long time ago. But I would really love to read a story written by Raymond Carver that was going to be a science fiction story. We don’t know why he no longer cares about science fiction. His first wife said, ‘Oh, after all he wasn’t interested in writing about little green monsters anymore.’ But couldn’t he sell them, and he said, ‘Oh, this is stupid’? Or once he entered John Gardner’s writing class, then he decided it was under him? We don’t really know what the relationship was, but going back will be a lot of fun finding some of it. ”

Scott Edelman on editing Science fiction age:

“My wife was looking for a job. He looked in Washington PostThere was an ad under ‘Editor’ in search of a part-time editor to edit Science Literature Magazine. And I said, ‘Wow, I can do that.’ I edited other magazines in the past – my career began as an editor at Marvel Comics. Probably someone wrote the obscure letter I wrote to them to try for a job, because I felt I had a certain position in the field to do quality things – not very-very good science fiction magazines or science magazines or literature magazines or In the field that abuses, they use writers and artists together. I basically said, ‘The question is not whether you will hire me or not, the question is whether I will work for you to edit this magazine.’ And so they must have been impressed. “

Scott Edelman on his podcast Fantastic eating:

“I was once called Anthony Bordein of Science Literature, because when I go to a Science Literature Convention, I explore the city where the Convention is deep, because I don’t want to waste any time on hotel meals, and I’ll run away.” Go to all these great restaurants in and around with guests. And when I was a guest on a podcast, and I suddenly realized, ‘Wait, you mean producers can own production equipment? Can I do a podcast and just put it there and will Apple Pal deliver it all? ‘And I thought,’ What should my place be? ‘ Because I don’t want to be any other podcast. So I said, ‘I’ll go out with the people for a meal. I will record that meal. You come with me and listen to this conversation that is with different people. ‘And now I’ve been doing that for over five years. “

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