Dazed Digital included me in the top ten American authors to read this year.

Talk about one hell of a pleasant surprise on what would otherwise have been a typical Monday draped in work and routine, Lauren Oyler, for Dazed Digital, listed out ten American authors worth giving a read this year alongside Lucy K Shaw, Sarah Jean Alexander, Chelsea Hodson, Ana Carrete, Catherine Lacey, Porochista Khakpour, Cassandra Gillig, Saeed Jones, Lindsay Hunter, and Mike Bushnell.

Compiling top ten lists is a delicate process, like baking an obscure ancestral pastry or cunnilingus. If a single person or entity appears on many top ten lists of approximately similar themes, the writer attempting a new (sort of) one faces a dilemma: make a glaring omission, or include someone obvious? In this case, a glaring omission is not an option. Virginia-based Seidlinger’s work as novelist, publisher-in-chief of the indie press Civil Coping Mechanisms, book reviews editor at Electric Literature, and general champion of indie lit has been described as “tireless” by some and “insane” by others(/himself). His new novel, The Fun We’ve Had, is an existential meditation on the past and future set on a coffin helmed by lovers floating on a symbolically endless sea.

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Click here for the full list.

My Pet Serial Killer reviewed at Heavy Feather Review

A new review of My Pet Serial Killer was published today at Heavy Feather Review and it’s got some really humorous lines. We’re talking really playful. Cassandra Gillig did a great job reacting to the gore and the transgressive qualities of the novel with lighthearted humor.

I’ve quoted a few:

“But Seidlinger is not overcome by an urge to pander to the cliches of genre fiction; he is a literary man.”

“So yes, every single grad student is crazy and plotting your death! They are still mad about their GRE scores! They will never stop being mad about job placement! Don’t trust them! (Thankfully most grad students do not possess more physical strength than the ability to lift a small crate of oranges.)”

“Seidlinger’s work shows a steady fascination with the arduous yet too human task of composing and managing the public manifestation of one’s private life.”

“Clearly such a realistic portrait of a serial killer couldn’t be penned by someone who hasn’t killed. If you see Michael J Seidlinger at AWP or something, be very very cautious; he has killed before and he will kill again.”

For the full review, click here. It’s a fun one!