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Brutarian sighting…in my mailbox!

My two contributor copies of Brutarian #53 arrived today with my story "The Collection Plate" in it. As I've said, Brutarian certainly is a mysterious zine, as it's sold primarily in music stores. A few of us sub to them, but no one I know has actually seen a copy of the magazine. Now I have proof that Brutarian does in fact exist!
I was happy that this sale got me into SFWA a while back, but the check and seeing my story in print are nice too. Here's the TOC of the three short stories and an author interview. The rest is rock music and other weirdness, but I think it's cool they mix a bit of fiction with their music zine:
The Wizard of Ooze by Linnea Quigley and Michael McCarty
The Collection Plate by Marshall Payne
Common Time by Bruce Golden
An Interview with Alan Steele by Jayme Lynn Blaschke 



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May. 30th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
It's good to know Brutarian is still kicking. Congrats, Marshall!
May. 30th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Thanks, Matt!
May. 30th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Wooot! :-)
May. 30th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, Angela! I believe you told me that Stephen Dedman is a friend of yours and that he's in Brutarain quite a bit, so you might have actually seen a copy. I found this art work ala Cat Sparks for Brutarian/ Stephen Dedman's fiction. I'll just let folks link to it if they care to because it's a bit...lewd. :-)

Jeez, it's a big link!

May. 30th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Woohoo, Marshall! That's faboo. The cover kind of reminds me of Nazi propaganda posters. :-D
May. 30th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, Terri! Yeah, I can see that with the red background. But what about the spaceman on the cover? Hey, in Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle in his alternate Earth where the Germans won WWII the Nazis were on Mars by the 1960s. I hope they ruptured their spacesuits there. :D
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May. 30th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)

I was all in isolation when I got my first SFWA-eligible contributor's copies. No one to blog at...

Nothin's finer!
May. 30th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jen!

I was all in isolation when I got my first SFWA-eligible contributor's copies. No one to blog at...

Which was...? You could blog to me here about it now. :D
May. 30th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine.

Also my first sale ever.
Got the letter hanging over my desk right now. I remember when I opened it, I started to pull it out of the envelope, then started to set it aside when I saw "Dear Author."

Then the next line, still partially hidden by the envelope, caught my eye. "I am happy to enclose..."

I think I did a bit of fish-faced gasping, and maybe a "We got one!!!"

My mom was there when I got the letter, but by the time the magazine came out, I was in Kentucky. What a difference a day makes... or a year.

then it won a reader's choice award...

Then it was a four long years before another sale. Part of that, to be fair, was that I went to grad school, then had to get used to a new job in a new place.

Since then, 50+ sales.
May. 30th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Cool! That's a great sale. I don't know much about MZB, but I did interview her protege Deborah J. Ross a while back. An assignment Eugie gave. Perhaps I told you about this. Anyway, very nice lady.

May. 30th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
Looks wicked, man. Kudos. :-)
May. 30th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kurt! Funny, I went down to the mailbox every day this week and no Brutarian. Forgot about it today until 6 pm and there is was. A watched mailbox never boils Brutarian copies, I guess. :-)
May. 30th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
Beauteous. I'll have to get me a copy of #53. Congratulations, Marshall!

May. 30th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, Ruth! This place has a discount off the $5.00 cover price. *says the pimp* hehe


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May. 30th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
WooHoo, Marshall. Congratulations! I'm glad to see the magazine exists.
May. 30th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sophy! I can touch it and feel it too. Doesn't quite feel like Playboy or Cosmopolitian though. Not all slick and shiny. But it has my name on pages 1 and 53. :D
May. 30th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
May. 30th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
May. 30th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
Looks like a cool magazine!

May. 30th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, T.J.!
May. 30th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
Ta da!!
May. 30th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, Mike!
May. 30th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
Well, I can't see why it's hiding, it looks like a perfectly decent magazine to me :) Congrats!
May. 30th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
Thanks, Aliette.

I bet the reason is that they don't care. They're an like an offbeat Rolling Stone magazine that happens to publish a bit of fiction. Most of it's about alternative music. Perhaps that's why I broke in so easily there. For once my dubious music career came in handy with source material. :D

Methinks what happened is that a few years back an SF/F writer sold them a story, and since they pay well, that writer got them SFWA qualified so he/she could use the credit there. If they weren't on the SFWA list I doubt if any of us would've heard of Brutarian. That's how I learned of it. They probably know SF/F/H writers aren't their market. They're probably a few other zines out there like this, they just don't publish fiction.

May. 30th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Marshall! And I agree with Aliette -- it's a fine looking 'zine. If only it were more widely available.
May. 30th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, Vaughan. I speculated in my comment to Aliette why we don't see them. Basically they're an alternative music zine. You know how a lot of our zines are aimed at struggling writers (like us) who dream of publication? They're aimed at struggling musicians who want to be the next Kurt Cobain, hopefully with a longer life expectancy. ;-)
May. 30th, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
Congrats, Marshall. :)
May. 30th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
Thank you, Cate! :D
May. 30th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Marshall! That's a goodly-sounding table of contents to be part of. :-)
May. 30th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, John! I have seen Bruce Golden in Asimov's before, and reviewed a story of his in my first-ever Tangent review of the now-defunct Oceans of the Mind.
May. 30th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Cool for you, Marshall!
May. 30th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Marguerite!
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May. 30th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Congrats :)
May. 30th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jon!
May. 30th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
I've purchased a copy of Brutarian before....it's an odd magazine...
May. 30th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I wish you'd have told me this months ago, J., when I was sure Brutarian was only urban legend and my big sale was a figment of my imagination brought on by excessive desire to be a published writer. ;o)
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May. 31st, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
I think it's very appropriate that you appear in the pages of Brutarian. It might show up in this area since the publisher lives in VA, but where to start the search??? Amazon would be cheating.

May. 31st, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Oz!

I had to search a bit to find where to order it. I'll put it up here as I'm supposed to be promoting these things. ;-)


There's some funny stuff in the zine. Like one of the music interviewers showing the 10 questions he's always wanted to ask a performer. One being:

"How soon after you score your first mass media hit will you abandon college radio?"

Lots of possible answers: "Seven seconds!" or "What's college radio?"

May. 3rd, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
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