Welcome Destiny to Cuil Press!

The Cuil Press team is pleased to welcome Destiny as our newest partner.

Destiny is new to publishing but has experience with social media, video editing, and is also a writer. She’ll be handling much of our social media and online interactions going forward, leaving the rest of us more spoons to dealing with actual book stuff.

We also hope to put her video editing experience to work on video trailers for new releases.

In addition to the work she’ll be doing with Cuil Press, Destiny does her own video production work, including a series of awesome song covers on youtube.

Check out her later cover:

What Is Cuil Fiction?

What Exactly is Cuil Fiction?

The short of it:

Cuil Fiction is a (relatively) new genre that makes room for all kinds of suppressed & oppressed stories to burst forth and take form.

There’s room for the trauma of oppression to air out & be properly addressed, but this is also the genre for those who dare to dream: of futures, parallel universes, other—better—safer—weirder—more openly dangerous—worlds near & far where characters get to have agency and be fully themselves, come what may.

It’s a genre where we can break not only the fourth wall, but the 4th dimension—and still turn to mush thinking about a crush…or a squish… and spend time talking about what’s for dinner back on your home planet.

Expect #disabled #romance, & #kinky #aro #lovestories, and of course the power of #friendship & #queerplatonic partnership.

Expect Black girls who get to be princesses, & their suitors of all genders to treat them right. Expect parents who teach consent and leaders who apologize, but expect no apologism. Expect justice to be fought for & eventually served. Expect the chance to heal.

Take what you’ve come to expect & shake it right outta your head! Expect to be delighted. Expect the unexpected. That’s #CuilFiction

The long of it:
Michon sat down at age 12 and invented a new genre. One filled with absurdism and satire about all of the ideas that people took for granted like normality, amatonormativity, religion, mental states, physical capabilities, etc.

Basically, cuil fiction is inclusive fiction that breaks society’s expectations. That means stories about intersex, BIPOC, pansexual, women, gender variant, ace, aromantic, autistic, disabled, kinky people and all others normally marginalized, ignored, or misrepresented in media are centered without explanation or undue angst.

It is trauma-informed, neurodivergent-affirming, and built of self-love rather than self-loathing. It is transformative, acknowledges the struggle, and endures until the end.

Cuil fiction regularly involves discussions of informed consent by those who span the scale of emotional intelligence. It involves many non-monogamous configurations even the alternative relationship communities have yet to acknowledge. It runs the gamut of the sexes, preferences, orientations, health, and races in intersectional ways that most haven’t seen anywhere else. It is cuil because, ironically, it depicts the variation and reality among humans that people deny or are ignorant of in real life.

cuil fictionHow does the Cuilverse fit into Cuil Fiction?

The Cuilverse consists of a specifically integrated set of cuil fiction stories. These stories are primarily written by Michon Neal and Ripley Santo, but other authors may be invited to become canon within the Cuilverse. So the Cuilverse is a special multiverse made up cuil fiction stories.

Nothing is sacred in the cuilverse; Michon tore apart everything ze came across, daring imaginary future readers (likely simply variations of hir) to question everything people believed was absolute.

There are no flat characters in the cuilverse, there are only dynamic people. The focus is on their relationships to themselves, others, and the world around them and not simply on how beautiful that plant in the corner is. They actually react to, change, and interact with the universe they inhabit. And while they do tend to break the fourth wall, you’ll find the science, philosophy, anatomy, and diversity is more real than people realize.

Cuil Level

Following Michon’s custom, a Cuil Level is assigned to each work published by Cuil Press. Each level is progressively further removed from oppressive reality as we know it. Cuil Levels are from one to six and in ascending order for the amount of abusrdism/abstraction/presence of surreality/ratio of queer/disabled/BIPOC to straight/cis/able-bodied people. And level zero is downright bizarre and uncomfortable for everyone.

In general, the higher the cuil level the more absurd, impossible, and abstract the events. Basically, it’s like the books are ranked from realistic fiction to anime-level creativity and beautiful insanity.

For example: The Cuil Effect Project

The integrated works that stem from The Black Tree series are called The Cuil Effect Project.

Each series within the project has different cuil level. All of the cuilness stems from one universe breaking and leaking into other universes. Events become entangled, people get zapped into other universes, and random shit happens, seemingly for no reason. The cuil levels are also affected by how far the given universe is from the crack that created all the spillover. The actions the people take either add to the insanity or work to restore it, knowingly and unknowingly.

The Allison Dutch Series, within the Cuil Effect Project, is cuil level 4. The many fantasy creatures (vampires, witches, and lycans, oh my!) put it well outside of reality-as-we-know it. However the series is based in a variant of Earth today and includes a lot of real history and little known facts.

As nonsensical as it all seems closer to the break, however, there is actually point and a purpose. All the stories and series within the project are inextricably and meaningfully integrated.

Welcome to Cuil Press

Cuil PressHi folks, welcome to Cuil Press!

Cuil Press is a new ebook publisher with 1 book currently in production and getting ready to accept open submissions. Our focus is #ownvoices and #diversevoices romance and speculative fiction, but we won’t turn our noses up at stories from other genres that catch our interest.

Our commitment to diversity begins “at home,” our production team includes PoC, queer, trans, asexual, aromantic, and more people living with chronic illness and disability than you can shake a spoon at.

Partly because of those chronic illnesses and disabilities, we’re looking at a gradual buildup. We don’t want to explode on publishing scene like a fireworks display. We want to be the tree of our logo, putting out roots and leaves, growing slowly, but also growing strong. And like a well-tended tree will outlive the person that plants it, we hope that Cuil Press will outlast its founders to become a bastion of the publishing industry.

As part of growing slowly, we will be adding to our website over the next few months. Starting with a blog. (Yes, usually folks build a website and add a blog to it. We’re not exactly fond of ’usually’ around here.) The blog will be running Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting in June.

So welcome again—we know the place is a bit empty right now, but that’ll be changing. And we hope you’ll stick around to see it happen.