Aimee Picchi Story in Inaccurate Realities 5

Local author Aimee Picchi has a story in the upcoming anthology Inaccurate Realities 5! The editors just unveiled its fantastic cover. The anthology is due out at the end of the week.

What is a monster? Are they the creatures that haunt our nightmares? Or do they live in the back of our closet and go bump in the night? These stories explore monsters in their various forms, from the traditional, to the otherworldly, to the ones that could be walking among us.

Her’s what the editors have to say about it:

We are delighted to host a cover reveal for INACCURATE REALITIES’ fifth volume. If you don’t know, Inaccurate Realities is a YA speculative fiction anthology of short stories in which each issue focuses on a single theme. Two of the bevy’s members have actually had stories featured in previously published volumes (time travel and magic, respectively), so suffice to say we are excited for this latest edition. As is appropriate with Halloween soon approaching, the theme of this edition is MONSTERS. Volume 5 will be available on Friday, October 31st, 2014 but you can pre-order your copy today at the link found below. So without further ado, check out the chilling cover below!

You can preorder the anthology here. Aimee’s story is called ‘The Night Parade of Hiro Doji’. We’re pretty excited for this one.

Aimee Picchi: ​Amazon says Hachette dispute won’t end quickly

Aimee Picchi is a writer for CBS Moneywatch, and yesterday, she covered the ongoing problems:

The publishing world has been in an uproar over a dispute between (AMZN) and publisher Hachette, with writers and readers caught in the middle. The standoff escalated last week, with Amazon pulling pre-order buttons from well-known writers such as J.K. Rowling and Michael Connelly.

As rumblings about the dispute circulated through the publishing world, alarming writers and their readers, Amazon remained largely silent. On Tuesday, however, the retailer said in a statement that it is “not optimistic this will be resolved soon,” and added that the company was negotiating “on behalf of customers.” In the meantime, authors whose books are published by Hachette are caught in the middle, and some readers are urging a boycott of Amazon.

Read the entire article here.

This impacts a number of science fiction authors, such as Will McIntosh (who’s book Defenders you should go run out and buy) and James S.A. Corey (who’s book Leviathan Wakes we’re reading next week!) through Orbit Books, an imprint of Hachette . It’s really too bad to see authors getting caught in the middle of these negotiations, because they really have nothing to do with it.

Something I’m a little annoyed to not see here is our local bookstore community standing up and really shouting from the rooftops that they’re really a better alternative to Amazon. Phoenix Books in Burlington and Essex made a major splash with the opening of their Burlington branch with their anti-Amazon stance, and I know that bookstores such as Bear Pond Books and others have issues with a retailer that makes their lives harder. What we’d like to see from them (as an industry) is a big push to get the word out that they often have these books on their shelves, and that they can often order the books for you quickly, without shipping costs. We buy a lot of books from local stores, and from here on out, we’ll be making it a priority to get more books through them.

Short on Shorts – Aimee Picchi

The Dooryard has interviewed Aimee Picchi about her fiction:

Happy glorious late springtime Monday, admirers of great literature. Meet Aimee Picchi, an established journalist and fiction writer whose speculative fiction is causing people to whisper words that might sound like “up-and-coming superstar.”  If you want to know from what people those words were whispered,  I was sworn to secrecy, but trust me.   My sources are reliable.

Read her interview here.

Reminder: Cold Mountain State Reading

Next week, Geek Mountain State and Quarterstaff present Cold Mountain State, our latest reading event in the Vermont SF Writer’s Series.

This month’s reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace. The event will take place at 4:00 pm. RSVP .

Our readers will include Daniel Mills, Aimee Picchi, Brian Staveley, Pat Esden, Paul Hobday and Erika Nichols. We hope to see you there!

Week in Geek

We’re going to try something over here, a retrospective on the week, based on the major topics we’ve talked about, with a bit of commentary.

Vermont Comic Con – Word that Vermont was getting its very own Comic Con in Burlington has been huge this week, as has our look at Vermont’s history of conventions in The Vermont Convention Scene. Word of Vermont Comic Con has gotten a number of fans excited on Facebook and Twitter, and it’s easy to see why: neighboring Comic Cons in Boston and Manchester have grown in recent years, and it’s not uncommon to see fans from Vermont in the walkways or behind tables.

We’re cautiously optimistic for this one. On one hand, it’s the first time that this event will be run (although it’s not the first comic con in Vermont, despite the organizer’s claims.) and they’re in a huge space. Hopefully, they’ll attract a good number of people, and it’ll become a center point for people who follow GMS. We’ll likely be there, although exactly how we’ll be there is up in the air.


Geek Mountain State Presents Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic was announced earlier this week, our fourth entry in the Vermont Science Fiction Writer’s Series. We’re pretty excited for this one (as we are for all of them), because we’ve got a really strong lineup of authors. We’ve also started releasing video footage from the first event in the series, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #1: F. Brett Cox. We’ve got more footage that’ll come out over the course of April and a new installment will come out next week. Our next reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington.


This weekend marks International Tabletop Day 2014 in Vermont, and there’s a variety of events taking place across the state with places in Burlington, Danby, Fairlee, and Winooski holding official events.

Lovecraft in Windham County! was also popular this week. The aforementioned F. Brett Cox is talking about famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft at the Rockingham Free Library next Thursday. We attended another talk by him last month in Montpelier, and it was a pretty interesting one. If you’re in the area, check it out. We’ll have a reminder next week.

Second Life for Triple Play Games! Triple Play Games is frequently on our Geek Things event list each morning, and we were pretty sad that the store was closing up shop in Lebanon in March, but excited to hear that they found a new home. They’re opening up again today. Gamers in Lebanon, you won’t be without a gaming store for long: Black Moon Games is moving in.

And finally, weirdly, our 2011 post on Fossil Hunting in Vermont was popular this week. Happy hunting, but you might want to wait until the snow vanishes, which should happen … someday.


That’s what’s been popular this week – what news were you most happy with?