Author | Editor | Story Developer
Len Klapdor is an independent novelist hailing from the sprawling, multicentric Ruhr district of Germany. She* studied literature and performance studies at the Ruhr University of Bochum and co-founded the performance collective >Anna Kpok, who have become a well-established stable of independent German theater. Enthralled with the art of storytelling from an early age, she has written dozens of stories, as well as working as a story developer for gaming and theater projects. She published her debut novel, a far-future scifi/dark fantasy thriller, in 2021, and is currently working to expand this story to a storyverse. Len Klapdor is autistic, queer, and lives with her cyborgian family in the Ruhr district. She is currently represented by Lauren Bieker at FinePrint Literary Agency. Her short stories are published or forthcoming in Etherea Magazine, Tales from the Radiator, Trembling With Fear, and others. When not plotting her sophomore novel, she likes to watch spooky horror movies, or just the wind in the trees.
The Hand That Feeds
Something is rotten in the state of Ithacan. Aurora Vespucci is determined to bring it to light. But the obstacles the royal family of Ithacan has placed in her path are huge, and when a friend lets her down, Aurora's carefully forged plans go awry. Suddenly she must trust a complete stranger with secrets that could not only unhinge the royal family, but Ithacan as a whole…
Set in a techno-magical, climatepunk future, The Hand That Feeds is the first part of the Stormbringer Saga.
#climatepunk #darkfantasy #thriller #polyromance #LGBTQIA+
Now available on Amazon!
> Sneak Peak
Cover Art by Max Neumann
Published as Anna Klapdor
On Submission: The Samsara Solution
Co-written with >Danai Christopoulou and >A.J. van Belle
In a near future where past lives are a scientifically proven fact, a disabled woman haunted by her former self, an unlikely murderer on a quest for justice, and a jaded investigator with a knack for dying must make peace with former incarnations before more innocent lives are lost, or risk Final Death—the kind you don’t come back from in any form. A near-future scifi mystery that will knock your socks off...and unfortunately, that's all I can tell you for now...
Artwork by Danai Christopoulou
Work-In-Progress: Bastard Mage (WT)
Set in a solarpunk, post-patriarchal future, a troubled outcast and an obsessive investigator team up to find the truth behind a mysterious cold case.
Co-written with Danai Christopoulou
A soldier codenamed Perseus hunts rebel scientist and alleged mass murderer Medusa for the destruction she wrought to his home planet, but when both their ships crash on a remote asteroid, Perseus faces more than one jarring revelation about the interplanetary war they’ve both been fighting.
The story was first published in the >Heads and Tales Anthology, edited by Chapel Orahamm, and has now found a new home in
>Etherea Magazine Issue 14. It's a feminist reimagining of the fight between Medusa and Perseus, focusing on the war that often is more of a backdrop to reiterations of the myth and translating the story’s magical elements into a sci-fi setting.
Cover Image (left) Mandala Design by >Cephaloblot
Cover image (right) designed by Etherea Magazine
Published: 13 Ships for the Rising World
Co-written with Danai Christopoulou and A.J. Van Belle
Over the course of a century, three generations of women strive to preserve food crops, cultivate a de-glaciated Antarctica, and build a kinder, more cooperative future.
First published by >Flourish Fiction and >free to read!
You remember trees. You remember mourning willows, with their crowns bowed as if in grief, their long, thin branches with the small leaves forming curtains around the trunks. You remember the oaks lining your street on both sides. Giant, old oak trees, larger than the three-story houses, their crowns wider than the street itself. Their zig-zagged leaves, like hands in flames.
You flinch away from the association, but the memory of the oak trees’ flaming-hand leaves forces you back into the present, back to the wetness of your sweat-drenched shirt and jeans, the heat in your car, the heat in your nose when you inhale the hot air, the condensation that pearls on your upper lip and drips into your oxygen mask.
Petrichor is climate fiction horror that won't give you hope but might nourish the raging fires in your heart. It is currently being adapted into an audiodrama by >Strong Branch Productions as Episode 15 of Tales from the Radiator Season 1 and will premiere on April 10th 2023. Season 1 starts on January 2nd and packs a bunch of great stories! You can check out Season 0 of Tales from the Radiator on >Spotify.
Even serial-killers have bad days sometimes...and you will read all about it in a few months, when the #WritingCommunity staples over at Horror Tree publish my short in their outlet Trembling With Fear!
On submission: Words of Grace
When receiving a mysterious message from their best friend Grace, Lore rushes to get to her. But the lands between their underground living pods are roamed by a ravenous entity, and as events unfold, Lore finds themself locked in with their greatest nightmare.
Words of Grace is a drama set in a bleak future and spiked with spooky horror elements. It is also a love letter to playwright Sarah Kane, who inspired me to write my first poem when I was a teenager. The rest is already history.
Games & Theater
We want to write. Together. About what concerns us.
Horror Vacui is a feminist, collective writing project. For almost 3 years, 7 women* have been meeting regularly, writing and editing their texts together, setting tasks, playing writing games. There are no goals or targets, only needs and rules, and the honest request:
Tell me more!
Authors: Emese Bodolay, Kathrin Ebmeier, Laura Eggert, Ae Ran Kim, Len Klapdor, Almut Pape, Mia Sellmann.
For October 2022, we have invited various artists to engage with our text for a week, to question it, to tear it apart, to make something new out of it, to take it as a springboard into their own imagination. The preliminary results will be presented in a tour at Haus Rüschhaus on October 15th 2022.
Horror Vacui is an Anna Kpok production, co-produced with the Center for Literature Burg Hülshoff and supported by Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.
>Horror Vacui (German)
Shell Game - Lost in Paranoialand
By Anna Kpok
Let Paranoia Tours take you to the most distant planets in the galaxy and experience a fantastic journey full of adventure! Yes, it's real!
In Anna Kpok's new live game, the adventure vacation becomes a test of survival: After a defect on board the Paranoia Cruiser, all travelers have been dropped off on the nearest rescue planet. United in the unknown, it is now a matter of following the emergency protocol, maintaining the basic rules of a society and surviving the days until rescue. But unexplained incidents raise doubts, is everything really as it seems at first glance?
Shell Game - Lost in Paranoialand is based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick and is a mixture of participatory theater evening and live game: up to 30 spectators have to face puzzles and tasks on an alien planet as a travel group, make directional decisions together and survive as a group.
An Anna Kpok production together with Ringlokschuppen Ruhr and Schaubude Berlin. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR and the NRW KULTURsekretariat Wuppertal.
>Shell Game (German)
>Video report in English about Shell Game and this year's >FIDENA Figure Theatre of Nations Festival, where the performance was shown.
The Freedom Game
Freedom isn’t free: Can you outsmart an oppressive regime? Play a Deutsche Welle game to find out!
Imagine Berlin in an alternate reality: Secret police is omnipresent and all information is censored. Now your friend Mia has disappeared after researching a murder case. Can you help find out what happened to Mia?
A Deutsche Welle game in cooperation with the DE:HIVE Game Hub of the HTW Berlin funded as part of the cross:play project.
>The Freedom Game
>onlinejournal kultur & geschlecht
German academic journal for media and gender studies, edited by Prof. Dr. Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky at the Institute for Media Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum.
German public radio, Editorial Department for Radio Drama.
An online, free-to-read magazine for hopeful climate fiction.
An online and print magazine for speculative fiction, edited by Mark Bilsborough and Sandra Davis Baker.
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When not stated otherwise, all artwork made by me. All photos on Unsplash.
Copyright 2023 by Anna-Lena Klapdor
*An intersectional note about gender identity: Assigned female at birth, I identify as agender (one of those many non-binary identitites you might've been hearing about). Though it would be more acurate to call myself white-autism-gender because my whiteness and my neurodivergency, and the special mix of privileges and discriminations that come with that, have had far more shaping influence on my identity than anything else, to the point that my experiences as "woman" feel like merely a subset of the other two. But most of the time, I just feel like a tiny, genderless, blobby alien, sitting in a cockpit (haha) inside my skull, steering my flesh sack. Needless to say: F all terfs, and death to fascism.