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KILL WHITEY, a supernatural crime novel of mine, has been in print for some years. But now the English-language Kindle, Nook, and Kobo editions are getting a new face, courtesy of Cemetery Dance and Kealan Patrick Burke. That’s right. Author. Actor. And now Cover Designer. Kealan Patrick Burke = Renaissance Man
KILL WHITEY is also available in paperback from Deadite Press with an Alan M. Clark cover.
The audio-book edition of Kill Whitey is up for pre-order. Click here to reserve your copy on compact disc. (Downloadable edition forthcoming from Audible.com).
1. My foreign rights agent, the super-heroine Betty Anne Crawford, reports my original German publisher, Otherworld Verlag, has been bought by Ueberreuter, the largest trade publisher in Austria. My latest German release through OV was the trade hardcover of Kill Whitey, which you should now find everywhere in Germany and Austria, since Ueberreuter has more distribution capabilities.
2. We talked a few weeks ago about serial-plagiarist, con-artist, thief, and possible llama-molester David Boyer. Well, now a group of authors are taking the battle to Amazon.com. I urge all of you to get involved. You should also continue to support the efforts of “B-Thoughtful” and author Rick Moore, who have been spearheading this fight.
3. Fear Net interviewed country-music’s Kasey Lansdale, who, among other things, talked a little bit about the Castaways movie and revealed that I’m secretly a nice guy.
4. A few days ago, I talked about the strange transition to veteran and mentor. That’s why reading things like this makes me feel very weird. (And it’s okay, Alyn. I nearly creamed my shorts the 1st time I met Bentley Little).
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.
As always, if you have a question, feel free to comment here or ask me via Twitter.
As you know, Deadite Press are bringing all of my books back into print. So far, they’ve published Urban Gothic, Jack’s Magic Beans, Take The Long Way Home, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Tequila’s Sunrise, Dead Sea, Kill Whitey, Clickers 2, and Clickers 3. You can buy them all here.
Releases for the 2nd half of 2011 (in order): Castaways, Ghoul (movie tie-in edition), Dark Hollow, Ghost Walk, Babylon Falling, Earthworm Gods (previously published as The Conqueror Worms), Earthworm Gods: Selected Scenes From the End of the World, The Rising (Author’s Preferred Edition), City of the Dead (Author’s Preferred Edition), and The Rising: Selected Scenes From the End of the World.
Last week saw the release of Kill Whitey in trade paperback. Click here to order it. Previously only available in hardcover, this new trade paperback edition is brought to you by Deadite Press (who are reprinting all of my out-of-print backlist).
For you digital readers, Kill Whitey is now also available for the Kindle and the Nook. Click here for the Kindle edition and click here for the Nook edition. These digital editions are brought to you by Cemetery Dance, who also released a digital edition of Shades (a novel I co-wrote with Geoff Cooper) last week.
For a complete list of all my Kindle and Nook editions, click here and scroll down to the appropriate section.
The Last Zombie: Inferno #2 (announced earlier) isn’t my only new release today.
I’m very happy to inform you that the long sought after Shades (which was previously published as a limited edition hardcover and which commands high prices on the secondary market) is now available for Kindle and Nook. Shades was co-written with Geoff Cooper, and is a dark coming-of-age story centered around magic. Think “Harry Potter as written by Slayer.” Click here for Kindle. Click here for Nook.
Meanwhile, Deadite Press continues their noble mission to bring all of my books back into print. Today sees the paperback release of Kill Whitey, which was previously only available in hardcover. The paperback is available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, BUT only in paperback.
The Nook edition of KILL WHITEY that B&N is offering is the German-language edition. That’s fine if you read German. Not so fine of you only read English. B&N has been informed of this, but so far, they haven’t updated the listing accordingly. Click here to order the paperback. English-language digital editions are forthcoming.
By now, you know that Deadite Press is in the process of bringing 90% of my books back into print? If you are a bookseller or library, you’ve ordered them for your store via Ingram? If you’re a fan, you’ve purchased trade paperbacks of Urban Gothic, A Gathering of Crows, Take The Long Way Home, Jack’s Magic Beans, Clickers, and Clickers II, or Kindle editions of Urban Gothic and Clickers II?
Good. Because starting next week, they unleash the second wave with forthcoming trade paperback editions of Tequila’s Sunrise, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Dead Sea, Castaways, and Kill Whitey, and Kindle editions of Jack’s Magic Beans, Clickers, Clickers 3, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Dead Sea, Castaways, A Gathering of Crows, and Take The Long Way Home. (The Kindle edition of Kill Whitey will be offered via Cemetery Dance later this year, and the trade paperback of Clickers 3 is available via Delirium Books).
That will take us into summer. Nook and other digital editions will follow shortly. Editions of Dark Hollow, Ghost Walk, and a special movie tie-in edition of Ghoul will come in the fall. Late in the year and into early 2012, we’ll see Earthworm Gods, The Rising, City of the Dead, and their associated short story collections.
And then I’ll have a few surprises in store…