Paul Godfrey sketched these portraits of Kasey Lansdale and myself last week. Paul’s previous paintings have included works inspired by my novels DEAD SEA and GHOUL. If you’d like to commission him or learn more, follow him on Twitter or Facebook.
Featuring a crossover with the EARTHWORM GODS series, this book has been unavailable in paperback for several months, while rights transferred from the former publisher to Deadite Press. Now, it’s back.
And for a complete list of the CLICKERS series, as well as the rest of my books, click here.
On behalf of myself and everyone at Antarctic Press, I’d like to sincerely thank you for making our Kickstarter for hardcover and paperback editions of THE LAST ZOMBIE OMNIBUS such a success. We asked for $7,285. You gave us $29,245. I’m absolutely stunned by that. We really appreciate your efforts, dedication, and support. As noted in one of the stretch goal updates, every supporter will also be reciving three brand-new short stories from me. Those stories are “Keepsakes”, “Hide and Seek”, and “Baby Talk”. All three have been completed, and I’m sending them to Antarctic Press now.
I’ve been compiling material for a forthcoming book called APOCRYPHA (which will be given free to former newsletter subscribers). In doing so, I’ve been digging deep into my archives, and have found two-dozen plus projects that died on the vine. A few weeks ago, I posted the outline for one of those projects, a novel called DAY OF TERROR. You responded with requests for more, and since I’m under the deadline gun and don’t have time to generate new content here, let’s take a look at another one. Continue reading
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So after two months of ice storms, blizzards, power outages, burst pipes, fallen trees, sporadic internet access, school cancellations, HN1 death flu, near-bankruptcy, PTSD, and very little writing, I made it back to civilization in time for yesterday’s appearance with Kasey Lansdale at Comix Connection (as well as a nice lunch with J.F. Gonzalez, Robert Swartwood, Chet Williamson, and Laurie Williamson).
The National Weather Service was calling for another 6-10 inches of snow, but despite that, you folks showed up and made the signing a big success. Shout out to Chris who drove four hours from Poughkeepsie, NY, and the other Chris who drove up from College Park, MD, and Kevin who made the trek from Hagerstown, MD. Thanks to Deena for the cookies, and Paul for the DEAD SEA-inspired painting. Special thanks to Tim Truman and Beth Truman for their kindness. And, as always, to Bill, Ned, Jared, Steve, and the rest of the Comix Connection crew for being such excellent hosts.
There are a bunch more signings and appearances scheduled for this year (with more to be added). You can find them all here.This morning I awoke to a pleasant surprise. Instead of the forecast 6-10 inches, it looks like we’ll get far less. Maybe this long, cold, dark winter is finally on the wane. That would be okay with me.
Things will remain sporadic here for the foreseeable future. After much careful thought and consideration, I’m abandoning this mountaintop cabin and moving back to civilization. Yes, it was my dream home, and yes, I’m a prepper, but this situation has been tough on my five-year old. He deserves to live in a more comfortable setting where falling trees don’t smash your emergency generator and where you don’t have to pour river water into the toilet to flush it. So we’re moving back to town. I’ll find a different wilderness retreat when he’s 18 (and this time, I’ll protect the generator better). So, thanks in advance for your continued patience during this transition.
We hit 100% of our goal in the first 24 hours (which went completely ignored by the comics journalism Blogosphere), but with only five days left until the end of the campaign, this is your last chance to get in on THE LAST ZOMBIE omnibus, which collects my entire comic book series. Both softcover and hardcover editions are available.
THE LAST ZOMBIE takes place after the zombie apocalypse is over, and focuses on mankind’s efforts to rebuild civilization. But although the dead may be dead again, the world is still dangerous, with roving marauders, starvation, private armies, disease, wild animal packs, nuclear disasters, wildfires, and the now-dormant zombie virus… which could reappear at any time. (Labyrinth Mythos junkies should note that the series guest-stars Frankie from THE RISING and CITY OF THE DEAD).
This Sunday, I hope you’ll join me and country music superstar, author, and editor Kasey Lansdale as we sign books and comics at Comix Connection, West Manchester Mall 1800 Loucks Road, York, PA 17408 from 2pm to 4pm.
Originally, this signing was to be held at The York Emporium and would have included a free concert by Kasey, emceed by myself. Unfortunately, some recent health developments with the Emporium’s Jim Lewin made it necessary to find another venue (and we all wish Jim a speedy recovery). Luckily, Comix Connection’s Bill Wahl and Ned Senft stepped in to host. This is a nice bit of synchronicity, since one of the first signings they ever hosted back in the day was Kasey’s father Joe R. Lansdale and Tim Truman.
As the comic shop is located inside a shopping mall, we’ve had to forego the concert, but Kasey will have copies of her new book, IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS, and her debut album RESTLESS (produced by Grammy Award-winner John Carter Cash) on hand to sign, and I’ll be signing a stack of comic books that the store keeps on hand for just such occasions. You can also bring along things of your own to be signed.
It’s been a rough winter. Please come out and show your support.
Late last year, a reader named Hope asked me if I’d help propose to her partner, Meagan. I told her I’d be delighted to do so. And so I did.
I’m happy to report that Hope gave us an update yesterday.
— Hope Outen (@Hopeouten) February 22, 2014
And that is why you guys will get a new zombie novel, even after I swore I was done with zombies. It’s called DEAD AIR, it’s been bouncing around in my head for a decade, and I’ll write it next year once all of this is finished. And it will be dedicated to Hope and Meagan. And congratulations to them both.
And now back to work…
People have asked how this is going. Well, most days, it goes like this. But then this happened, and is still ongoing, which led to tonight’s almost second heart-attack when, in a desperate attempt to get a handle on things, I made this. (Click to enlarge)
And that’s why there are 782 unanswered emails currently in my inbox.
Update: And just when you think it can’t get any worse…
Neverending storms + severe home damage + emotional trauma = missed deadlines & financial hardship. So OF COURSE my car picked today to die!
— BrianKeene (@BrianKeene) February 21, 2014
You'll never read about this stuff in those 'How To Become A Writer' books. My name is Brian Keene and I'm the cold water on your dreams.
— BrianKeene (@BrianKeene) February 21, 2014