*purple flowers closeup*

::Call for submissions::

Solanaceae will be a single, limited edition zine dedicated to the human experience with the Solanaceae family of plants, the Nightshades. This family encompasses nearly 100 genera and several thousand species. I will be collecting stories, anecdotes, articles, scientific studies, recipes, artwork, songs, dreams... anything that has been inspired by the influence of this incredibly diverse plant family.

Members of the Solanaceae family include plants that are deadly poisons, staple foods, powerful hallucinogens, roadside "weeds," ornamental flowers, highly intoxicating or addictive substances, a source for folk and Western medicines ...

They have sustained entire cultures, inspired artists and authors, enabled shamans to commune with spirits, assisted thugees, stunned animals, dilated pupils for eye exams and beauty, poisoned children, transformed boys and girls into adults, filled our bellies, fed addictions, stimulated our intellect and imagination, eased the pain of surgery, given cancer, inspired aesthetic delight, combatted inflammation and asthma, imparted solace during childbirth, and gave the gift and bane of spiritual flight to users, abusers, initiates, and Puritanical witches ...

Members of the Solanaceae family include:

  • Belladona, aka deadly nightshade (Atropa belladona)
  • Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
  • Brugmansia, aka tree datura (Brugmansia spp.)
  • Datura, aka angel's trumpet (Datura spp.)
  • Jimpsonweed, aka thornapple, devil's apple (Datura stramonium)
  • Eggplant (Solanum melongena)
  • Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger)
  • Mandrake (Mandragora officinarum)
  • Peppers (including chilli & bell peppers) (Capsicum spp.)
  • Petunia (Petunia spp.)
  • Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
  • Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum, N. rustica)
  • Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum)

Examples of some lesser known genera of the Solanaceae family not listed above: Anthocercis, Browallia, Brunfelsia, Cestrum, Cuatresia, Duboisia, Iochroma, Jaltomata, Juanulloa, Latua, Lycianthes, Lycium, Markea, Methysticodendron, Nierembergia, Physalis, Salpiglossis, Schizanthus, Solandra, and many more...
A larger listing is available if you are interested.

Experiences and inspiration from all members of the family are encouraged, whichever may have spoken to you or has had a major influence. I will especially be looking for submissions with usages of the more obscure species of the Solanaceae family, as the more familiar ones will undoubtedly illicit a much larger response.

If you are interested in making a submission, please send it via email or snail mail to:
Erica Skadsen
P.O. Box 17656
Portland, OR 97217-0656 USA
(503) 240-0260

I am still accepting submissions since I'd like more people to contribute,
even though the original deadline was Summer Solstice 2003! Please contact me ASAP to be included!
Please save any word based files as "text only." Original artwork can be submitted or a 300 dpi file sent in a .tiff format. The zine will most likely be black and white to keep costs down, but there is a possibility of a color centerfold. Copies of the zine will be given to published contributors. Not all submissions can or will be utilized. Please include a SASE if you would like your work to be returned.

*nightshade berries*

Thank you!!!