DimensionBucket Media is one of the new crop of indie publishers. A quick glance at their catalog shows a preponderance of horror titles, but their submission guidelines state they are open to all flavors of speculative fiction–science fiction, fantasy, adventure, thrillers, bizzaro, humor–anything that will engage the reader.
Their latest release, J. Manfred Weichsel’s Going Native & Other Stories, gives the truth to that claim, because this collection features a smorgasbord of flavors. These six stories represent a selection of Weichsel’s previously published work. I won’t call it a The Best Of… collection because I don’t believe we’ve seen the best of Weichsel’s work yet–he’s clearly an author who is willing to stretch himself, and I’ll be interested in seeing what direction he goes in next–but rather a snapshot of a career to date.
The stories, which have appeared in Cirsova, Millhaven, Superversive, and Weird Mask, could be loosely grouped as Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. They show a common tendency to blur at the edges, though. The first story, from which the collection gets its name, is a good example, combining old school Galactic Empire style SF with a Clive Barker-like body horror.
Weichsel is unapologetically Pulp Revival, and his work shows that refusal to be bound to the conventions of any one genre–he’ll use whatever tools he needs to get the job done.