I’m afraid I’ve done it…
This past weekend at the HPLFF, I had the chance to talk to Derrick Hussey about my next collection, Sefira and Other Betrayals. Specifically, we discussed my desire to add a second original story to the collection. This is a piece that I had wanted to include with the book, but hadn’t thought I would have the time to complete before it went to press. After our conversation, we agreed that it made sense to add this other new piece to the collection, even though it means pushing the release date back to early 2017 (we’re hoping for late January/early February). I’m sorry for anyone who’s frustrated by the additional wait, but this version of the book will be much more the book I want to publish. We’re in talks with Santiago Caruso to do another cover for us; more news on that when we have it.
Also while I was at the HPLFF this past weekend, I met one of the proprietors of The Quirky Curio Shoppe, who presented Paul Tremblay with a t-shirt inspired by his work:
Are those floating pickles? You know they are.
As its name suggests, the shop is full of all kinds of neat things. I’m not sure if and when the Tremblay shirt might be available; in the meantime, check out their other cool offerings.
One of the true pleasures of this past weekend’s HPLFF was getting to meet Dave Felton, an extremely talented artist who gifted me with the astonishing drawing he did for a scene from my story, “Corpsemouth” (which appeared in Ellen Datlow’s The Monstrous). I had filmed a short video of myself reading an excerpt from the story for Jordan Krall’s most recent Krall-con; the idea was that, as I was reading the piece, Dave would be working on a drawing inspired by what he was hearing. According to him, after the con, he went back to his drawing board to come up with a version of the drawing that was more in keeping with what he had in mind. I was delighted with what he produced:
Isn’t it something? I tell you, every time I look at this, I grin like a kid.
Needless to say, Dave Felton has talent to spare. Here’s a link to his Eldritch Etchings Tumblr site. I hope he’ll start doing prints of his work; I also look forward to seeing more of it. This guy needs to be illustrating a lot more of the weird stuff that’s being done now.
This past weekend, the Honey Badger and I drove to Providence, RI to take part in their inaugural H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest. The idea is for Providence to have its own version of the film festival held in Portland, OR every year; though I imagine Providence’s will be every other year, between Necronomicons. There was a fine turnout on Saturday at the Providence Public Library for a raft of Lovecraft-inspired and -inflected films, and also on Sunday at the Providence Arcade, which was transformed into the Mall of Cthulhu and where Laird, myself, and Paul Tremblay gave a reading. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Matthew Warren Ritchie, Matthew Bartlett, Phil Gelatt, Jack Haringa, Barry Lee Dejasu and Cat Grant at a number of fine eating establishments; I also met and signed books for a host of lovely people.Thanks so much to everyone involved in making the weekend happen, especially Niels and Carmen at the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences, and Mr. S.J. Bagley, who proved himself a fine host and MC.
(That’s the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, in case you didn’t know. It’s being held the weekend of August 19-21 in Providence, RI. You can check out the festival website here.)
So on Sunday, August 21, the Honey Badger and I will be reading along with the very tall Paul Tremblay at the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Store in Providence, RI. The three of us are part of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, which will be going on all weekend. I have a tentative schedule for Sunday:
10:00 AM vendor setup in the Arcade
11am-4pm vendors in the Arcade (Hippocampus, Necronomicon Press, HPLHS, Arkham Bazaar, and a few local artists, etc).
11:00 AM Child of Cthulhu – Lovecraftian “Children’s” tales read by Christina Rodriguez
12:00 PM Andrew Leman reading
1:00 PM author readings featuring Laird Barron, Paul Tremblay, and John Langan.
2:00 PM Adapting Weird fiction to the screen panel – Phil Gelatt, Andrew Leman, Sean Branney, and hopefully Izzy Lee.
3:30 PM (at Athenaeum) Call of Cthulhu, with live directors’ commentary and wine and cheese reception
If you can make it, that would be great; please say hello.
My second novel, The Fisherman, has been out for a little over a month, now, and it’s received a number of very kind and insightful reviews. I hope you’ll forgive me if I post links to a few of them here.
Here’s Shane Douglas Keene, at This is Horror.
Here’s Barry Lee Dejasu at The New York Journal of Books.
Here’s Benoit Lelievre at Dead End Follies.
I’ve also received some lovely reviews over at the book’s Amazon page and on Goodreads. To everyone who’s taken the time to put down your thoughts on the novel, thanks very much; it’s much appreciated.