Dreadful Tales has a new audio interview with me, J. F. Gonzalez, and Mary SanGiovanni for free on their website. Click here to listen. It was recorded early Sunday morning at the Horrorfind Weekend convention a few weeks ago, so if we sound tired or hoarse, that’s why. Of note (from the interviewer’s introduction): “I came away with one realization- these writers are ready for change. They are tired of trying to please everyone and are looking to start playing the game by their own rules.”
Issue #3 of The Last Zombie: Inferno should be in comic shops this Wednesday. If your local comic shop doesn’t carry it, they suck, and you should order it online instead. And don’t forget that my new novel The Damned Highway (co-written with Nick Mamatas) and the new Deadite edition of Kill Whitey are both on sale, as well. Up next from Deadite are Castaways and Ghoul (both of which should be available within the next few weeks. After those comes (in order of release) Dark Hollow, Ghost Walk, Earthworm Gods (which was previously published as The Conqueror Worms), Earthworm Gods: Selected Scenes From the End of the World, The Rising, City of the Dead, and The Rising: Selected Scenes From the End of the World.
I’ve decided that I won’t be doing many signings or conventions next year. There are three reasons for this. One, I’d rather stay home and do more with my sons. Secondly, Mary and I will be heading to Easter Island late next year, and what little travel time I have will be devoted to that trip. Lastly, while conventions and book signings are fun, I’m at a point in my career where they aren’t as necessary as they were ten years ago. A lot of behind the scenes work goes into setting up a book signing tour (especially the large-scale tours I’m known for), and it is mentally and physically exhausting. At this point in my life, I’d much rather focus that mental and physical energy on my loved ones and writing.
As things stand right now, the only conventions I plan to attend next year are MoCon IV (at which Mary is a Guest of Honor) and CONvergence (at which I’ve been invited to get really drunk while playing Dungeons and Dragons in front of a live audience). NECON is a possibility, as is ComicCon or Horrorfind, but other than those, I intend to stick close to home — with the exception of local events such as Comix Connection’s annual Creator Cookout.
I do have two final appearances for this year. From November 11th through the 13th, I’ll be at AnthoCon at the Best Western Wynwood Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I’ll be giving a keynote speech, which will focus on some of the themes I’ve been discussing in my Seminal Screams column for Shroud Magazine. Regardless of whether you’re a reader or a writer, I think you’ll enjoy it. I’ll also be on hand to sign books. Other guests include Stephen Susco, Christopher Golden, Rick Hautala, Catherynne Valente, and dozens more. For complete details on AnthoCon, click here.
Then, from November 17th to the 20th, I’ll be at Edgefield Manor in Portland, Oregon for BizarroCon. As you can probably guess by the name, this convention focuses on and celebrates the Bizarro genre. If you’ve wanted to learn more about that genre, this is a great opportunity to do so. The Deadite Press crew will be on hand for you to meet, and I’ll be happy to sign books for you all weekend long. For complete details on BizarroCon, click here.
So, yeah. If you can make it to one of those two events, do so, because I’m semi-retiring from the road after this.
Meanwhile, I turned forty-four last week. Originally, I had intended to celebrate with a big party and about 50 guests, but I cancelled that a few weeks before my heart attack due to impending deadlines. (I figured I should take the weekend to write, rather than play host to 50 people). With the party cancelled, Mary and I had planned on a quiet weekend spent watching Herschell Gordon Lewis films, but Saturday morning I decided it might be nice to have a few people over. I wanted to keep things very small and very intimate because, quite honestly, I’m still tired and worn out from last week. So we limited it to a dozen people (and any time I tried to add more than that, Mary stepped in with dire warnings about my heart and taking it easy). All things considered, that last-minute, impromptu party was one of the nicest birthdays I’ve had in many years. Thanks to Mary, Coop, Big Joe, Kelli Owen, Bob Ford, Mike Lombardo, Jeff Heimbuch, Martina Gona, Nikki McKenzie, and Jason Parkin for making it so. And thanks also to Dave Thomas and J.F. Gonzalez, who were there in spirit.
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