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In this week’s 5 in 5, we’re chatting with Amy Lukavics! Lukavics is the debut author of the upcoming Daughters Unto Devils.

Can you describe yourself in five words?
Someone who enjoys simple pleasures.

What are your five favorite moments in Daughters Unto Devils?
The moments involving secrecy, hysteria, isolation, creepy imagery, and death.

Where are five things you didn’t expect to happen when you started writing Daughters Unto Devils?

  1. That writing certain parts of it would make my skin crawl.
  2. That it would be the project that caused me to fall head-over-heels in love with writing horror.
  3. That it would undergo more revisions than any of my previous novels had.
  4. That it would eventually sell.
  5. That an editor I followed/interacted with/liked on Twitter would be the one who bought the book.

What are five things you’d like to see more of in YA?

  1. Deeply wicked female villains.
  2. Complicated sibling relationships.
  3. Horror that pushes boundaries and expands the genre.
  4. Toxic/dangerous friendships.
  5. Disturbing main characters.

What are five YA books you’d recommend to friends and fans?

  1. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  2. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
  3. This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
  4. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  5. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

For more on Amy Lukavics, follow her on Twitter or Tumblr.

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http://kmcmorris.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/personal-work-hysteria.html“Hysteria,” my contribution to Light Grey Art Lab’s “GUTS” show. You can buy prints and see the other pieces from the show at http://shop.lightgreyartlab.com/category/guts.

Hysteria was a medical condition that was believed to be caused by the woman’s uterus moving around inside her body. Ancient Greek physician Aretaeus claimed that the uterus was a sentient being, “an animal within an animal.”   Symptoms of hysteria included anything and everything - one Victorian doctor listed 75 pages of symptoms. These included legitimate physical conditions, but also included just any behavior considered inappropriate for a lady - such as “emotional outbursts,” “erotic fantasies” or “a tendency to cause trouble." The concept died out around the end of the 19th century, but the idea of women’s guts making them crazy persists today.

You can read more about the process behind this piece at my blog: http://kmcmorris.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/personal-work-hysteria.html

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   " In the end, it was amazing to have each other’s support. Her presence at the gala screening of the movie made me really nervous. She was sitting in front of me. I kept looking at the back of her neck, trying to find out if she was liking the movie or not [laughs]. I only relaxed when, at the end, Kristen told me she loved it.“  

Trends speak louder than words. Here’s what was noisy this week:

  • In Palm Springs: Merrymakers pose for Valencia-tinted selfies under the desert sun at Coachella. And #reclaimthebindi, a campaign against cultural boho-priation of South Asian traditions for disposable fashion.

  • In entertainment: BB-8 bounced and bopped its spherical bum through the sand in the second Star Wars trailer. Hollywood glamorati hobnobbed at the 23rd (yeah) annual MTV Movie Awards. Some of them won a bucket. And The Royals is E!’s first scripted show, not counting their other shows. 

  • In the news: Hillary Clinton has been driving around Iowa in a van solving mysteries.

  • In history: A century has passed since the Armenian genocide began.

  • At school: The theme for this year’s promposals is signs.

  • In Homestuck: Lord English’s true nature was revealed in the proximity of some horses. True fact. Look it up. 

  • In music: The sound of hysteria: Green Day is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Also, some popular blogs from the week:


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just opened:

HYSTERIA: Spatial Conversations with Florine Stettheimer
 Rosson Crow

Sargent’s Daughters Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC

In this recent body of work, Crow debuts a new technique of Xerox transfers layered with painting on the canvases. Crow has long been fascinated by history and the psychology of interior spaces, and has addressed subjects as varied as French Revolutionary interiors, New York City graffiti and the films of Alfred Hitchcock. This exhibition represents Crow’s response to the paintings of Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944), a New York artist whose paintings date from the 1910s to the 1940s.  Although considered a very important artist of her time, (Marcel Duchamp organized her retrospective exhibition at MOMA in 1946, and she was included in the first Whitney Biennale in 1932) Stettheimer’s works are relatively unknown today as she steadfastly refused to sell or show them in galleries.  Since her death, they have often been dismissed as overly “feminine” and “eccentric” and today Stettheimer remains known mostly to a growing cult of women artists on both sides of the Atlantic who love and claim her influence.
- thru May 17