Novella Announcement: A Voice Calling, By Christopher Barzak

Written By Sean Markey

Sean lives in an old farmhouse in northern Vermont, and is pretty sure the house isn’t very haunted… He works as a marketer during the day and is also the publisher of The Deadlands, a little magazine about beginnings and endings you may or may not have heard of.

A Voice Calling is an obsessive tale of a family haunted by a very terrible house.

Psychopomp is excited to announce that we have acquired Christopher Barzak’s novella A Voice Calling, edited by E. Catherine Tobler, for publication autumn 2023.

A Voice Calling:

In small towns, everyone knows everyone else’s secrets, even the secrets of the dead. Despite the open secrets of Button House—a source of scorn and gossip across generations—its origins have escaped collective memory. Now, Button House—a place that has tormented the families within its walls—will come undone when Rose Addleson marries into its domain, and dares seek the voice that has called her to it.

From the Publisher:

I first reached out to Christopher when I was preparing for The Deadlands Kickstarter last September. I asked him and several other talented authors to submit a one sentence story about death to help promote the Kickstarter. After he submitted an absolutely amazing sentence (which you can check out here), I took a big swing and asked if he’d be interested in writing a novella for a new indie press I was working on. Christopher has long been one of my favorite authors, and it is an honor to work with him on Psychopomp’s first novella.

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    About Christopher Barzak

    Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Fantasy Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which has been made into the Sundance feature film Jamie Marks is Dead. His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula Award and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. His third novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, received the Stonewall Honor Award from the American Library Association and most recently was selected for inclusion on the Human Rights Campaign’s list of books for libraries in LGBTQ welcoming schools. He is also the author of two short story collections: Birds and Birthdays, a collection of surrealist fantasy stories, and Before and Afterlives, a collection of supernatural fantasies which won Best Collection in the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards. His most recent novel, The Gone Away Place, received the inaugural Whippoorwill Award, and was selected for the Choose to Read Ohio program by the State Library of Ohio, the Ohioana Library Association, and the Ohio Center for the Book.

    Christopher grew up in rural Kinsman, Ohio, has lived in the southern California beach town of Carlsbad, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for two years.

    Psychopomp is Still Open For Novella Submissions

    We are accepting novella submissions until April 30th, 11:59 pm EDT. Please head over to the novella guidelines page to check out the kind of stories we’re looking for, as well as how to submit.

    We are excited to read your work!