John Barth described Cat Rambo's writings as "works of urban mythopoeia" -- her stories take place in a universe where chickens aid the lovelorn, Death is just another face on the train, and Bigfoot gives interviews to the media on a daily basis. She has worked as a programmer-writer for Microsoft and a Tarot card reader, professions which, she claims, both involve a certain combination of technical knowledge and willingness to go with the flow. In 2005 she attended the Clarion West Writers' Workshop and is a member of the Codex Writers' Group. Among the places in which her stories have appeared are ASIMOV'S, WEIRD TALES, CLARKESWORLD, and STRANGE HORIZONS, and her work has consistently garnered mentions and appearances in year's best of anthologies. In 2005, her collaboration with Jeff VanderMeer, THE SURGEON'S TALE AND OTHER STORIES, was published (http://www.amazon.com/Surgeons-Tale-Cat-Rambo/dp/0809572680). In 2007, her collection EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT appeared from Paper Golem Press (http://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Like-Sky-Coal-Moonlight/dp/097953495X).
She is the managing editor of critically-acclaimed Fantasy Magazine (http://www.fantasy-magazine.com).
I write because I'm fascinated by the patterns stories make. I read for the same reason.
Alice in Wonderland, most of Margaret Atwood, The Canterbury Tales, Dr. Rat, Elric of Melnibone, The Last Unicorn, The Lord of the Rings, much of H. P. Lovecraft, The Master and Margarita, Monday Begins on Saturday, the Moomintroll series, Native Tongue, Nightwood, One Hundred Years of Solitude, the Oz books, A Room of One's Own, Set This House In Order, most of Stephen King, Ulysses, Watership Down, Winnie the Pooh. Anything by Hans Christian Anderson, Austen, E. F. Benson, Octavia Butler, Italo Calvino, Willa Cather, Colette, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Samuel R. Delany, Philip K. Dick, L. Timmel DuChamp, Dorothy Dunnett, Carol Emshwiller, Kelley Eskridge, Minister Faust, Radcylffe Hall, Zorah Neale Hurston, Sarah Orne Jewett, Dianne Wynne Jones, Franz Kafka, John Kessel, R.A. Lafferty, Fritz Leiber, Ursula K. LeGuin, Stanislaw Lem, Madeleine L'Engle, Kelly Link, Lord Dunsany, China Mieville, Grace Paley, Dorothy Parker, S.J. Perelman, Cristina Peri Rossi, Jane Rule, Joanna Russ, Geoff Ryman, Lucius Shepard, Lilith St. Crow, Laurence Stern, Theodore Sturgeon, Thomas Burnett Swann, Michael Swanwick, Sherri Tepper, James Thurber, James TIptree Jr., John Varley, Jeff VanderMeer, Connie Willis, E.H. Young, Roger Zelazny
hi cat! thanks for the comment on my story "gardening". much appreciated.
I think it is so cool that you put Alice and James Thurber on your list. Who could live without these? And the Last Unicorn is one of my very favorite books, too. Welcome.
Hi Cat! Thanks so much. I probably won't post it here, just because it's still available online-- Somehow that seems wrong to me. I hope you're doing well!