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For the Fungi anthology, we asked contributors to tell us why they had written about fungi. Today, John Langan answers this question. We also talk about how his story ended in our anthology. Who is he? John Langan’s most recent collection, Technicolor and Other Revelations, will be published by Hippocampus Press in 2012.  His previous books include a novel, House of Windows (Night Shade 2009), and collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy [...]

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For the Fungi anthology, we asked contributors to tell us why they had written about fungi. Today, Claude Lalumière answers this question. We also talk about how his story ended in our anthology. Who is he? Claude Lalumière (lostmyths.net/claude) is the author of two books from CZP: the collection Objects of Worship and the mosaic novella The Door to Lost Pages. He has edited numerous anthologies in various genres, the latest [...]

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It’s hard to talk about fungal fiction without talking about William Hope Hodgson. His story “The Voice in the Night,” first published in Blue Book Magazine in 1907, is probably the most famous story about fungus ever written, and was a big influence on us when we started to put together this anthology. “The Voice in the Night,” which concerns a deserted island overrun with fungus that, when finally eaten, [...]

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For the Fungi anthology, we asked contributors to tell us why they had written about fungi. Today, Julio Toro San Martin answers this question. We also talk about how his story ended in our anthology. Who is he? Julio Toro San Martin resides and grew up in Toronto, Canada and has had short stories published online in Innsmouth Magazine and The Lovecraft Ezine, and also in the print anthologies Historical Lovecraft [...]

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For the Fungi anthology, we asked contributors to tell us why they had written about fungi. Today, E. Catherine Tobler answers this question. We also talk about how her story ended in our anthology. Who is she? E. Catherine Tobler lives and writes in Colorado. She is the senior editor at Shimmer Magazine. For more visit www.ecatherine.com. Why write about fungi? Below is Catherine’s answer to our question: Fungi is not my [...]

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For the Fungi anthology, we asked contributors to tell us why they had written about fungi. Today, Jeff VanderMeer answers this question. We also talk about how his story ended in our anthology. Who is he? Jeff VanderMeer is a two time winner of the World Fantasy Award whose stories have been published by Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Conjunctions, Arc, Black Clock, and several year’s best anthologies. Recent books include the Nebula [...]

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I know what you are thinking with this headline: Mario. Yes, it is true that the Mario Bros. games, with their trippy duo of plumbers, a princess and a dragon, include numerous cute mushrooms. In the Alice in Wonderland tradition, the ingestion of said mushrooms has certain side-effects. Some of these cute little mushrooms also have facial features…eh, not so cute anymore. There are also bad mushrooms called goombas. You [...]

By Orrin Grey This review originally appeared at Innsmouth Free Press. Matango (1963). Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi. Country: Japan. When I was first approached about writing this column for Innsmouth Free Press, one of the first questions I asked was whether or not I would be given free rein to cover old movies as well as new ones, and when I asked that question, [...]

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Intestinal problems may be linked to fungi: New research suggests that fungi, though not as common in the intestines as bacteria, may play a role in causing and modulating disease An ancestral fungus may have influenced coal formation: Fungi may have played a key role in ending the development of coal deposits around 360 to 300 million years ago. Fungi can kill frogs kills by dehydrating them: The fungus Batrachochytrium [...]

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Fungi is an eclectic anthology with stories that run the gamut from horror to dark fantasy. A mushroom submarine, anthropomorphic cats, hallucinogenic fungi, mushroom people, private investigators, and mercenaries make for a very different kind of anthology. The paperback ($14.99) and e-book ($6.99) editions of Fungi will be identical. However, Fungi will also be available as a hardcover ($28.00) with three extra stories not included in the paperback and ten [...]

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