Sybil's Garage

Sybil's Garage
EditorMatthew Kressel
Categoriesspeculative fiction, poetry, and art
PublisherMatthew Kressel
FounderMatthew Kressel and Devin Poore
Year founded2003
Final issue2010
CompanySenses Five Press
CountryUnited States

Sybil's Garage was a speculative fiction, poetry, and art journal, published by Senses Five Press. Issues one through six were released as a small press magazine, or zine. Issue seven was released in trade paperback format. The publication combines artwork with fiction and poetry for a unique aesthetic. The majority of the stories have tended toward slipstream fiction (see interstitial art), but some stories fall into traditional genres such as science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction. Above each story is the author's suggested musical accompaniment, thus adding to the magazine's intended effect of engaging multiple senses. Sybil's Garage was founded in 2003 by Matthew Kressel and Devin Poore of Hoboken, New Jersey as an experiment in creating their own zine. In May 2007 issues one through four were entered into the permanent collection of the Hoboken Historical Museum. Issue No. 7 was pre-released at Readercon, the conference on imaginative literature, on July 9, 2010. The issue was released officially on July 21, 2010.

Honors and awards

Richard Larson's "The Noise," from Sybil's Garage No. 7, will be published in Wilde Stories 2011: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction.

In April 2010, three stories from Sybil's Garage No. 6 received honorable mentions in Best Horror of the Year, Vol 2, edited by Ellen Datlow. They are Toiya Kristen Finley's "Eating Ritual," James B. Pepe's "I Am Enkidu, His Wild Brother," and Genevieve Valentine's "The Drink of Fine Gentlemen Everywhere." In addition, for the same issue, the poems "City of Bridges" by J. E. Stanley and "God’s Cat" by Lyn C. A. Gardner were nominated for Rhysling Awards in the Short Poem Category. Simon Petrie's "Downdraft" was nominated for New Zealand's Sir Julius Vogel Award.

Stories from Sybil's Garage received honorable mentions in both the 2006 and 2007 editions of the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant. In the 2007 edition (page xxxviii), praise is given to Eric Gregory's story, "The Redaction of Flight 5766," and poems by Bobbi Sinha-Morey and Ed Lynskey. JoSelle Vanderhooft's poem, "The Tale of the Desert in the Rain," is given an honorable mention on page 468. All works listed here appeared in issue three.

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