I am astonished and delighted to learn that The Fisherman has made National Public Radio’s 100 Favorite Horror Stories List. Seeing my book listed alongside those of good friends such as Laird Barron, Gemma Files, Victor LaValle, Livia Llewellyn, and Paul Tremblay is terrific; seeing it rubbing shoulders with work by Stephen King and Peter Straub borders the surreal. Thank you to everyone who voted for it, and to the judges for all their hard work.
Now that Christopher Golden has shared the information on Facebook, I’m assuming it’s okay to reveal: next year, I’ll be one of the writer guests of honor at the 39th NeCon, along with the fabulous Megan Abbott and the shiny Grady Hendrix! Thomas Tessier is rightfully being recognized as the NeCon Legend, and the official convention Toastmaster is Kristin Dearborn. Since I chummed him along to NeCon 37, Laird Barron has agreed to accompany me next summer, and Paul Tremblay is threatening to put in an appearance, as well. This is in addition to the brilliant folks who regularly attend the con.
I have to admit, I’m thrilled at this honor. To be appearing on the same guest of honor list as both Megan Abbott and Tom Tessier is a pretty heady thing. I’ve had the pleasure of watching Grady Hendrix do several of his lecture/performances, and they are not to be missed. My previous NeCon was among my best ever convention experiences, in no small part because of the relaxed atmosphere and deep sense of camaraderie among the attendees. Finances prevented me from returning this year; I can’t wait to be back next summer. Thanks to the NeCon folks for picking me.
And now, a brief glance into the future: this coming Wednesday, July 25th, the Honey Badger and I will be traveling down to NYC to take part in two horror-related reading events. Both will feature writers Nadia Bulkin, Livia Llewellyn, and Paul Tremblay. The first takes place at Bryant Park, and goes from 12:30 to 1:45pm. The second takes place in the new McNally Jackson Bookstore in Williamsburg, and goes from 7:00pm to who knows when? If you’re around, please stop by and say hello.
It’s been a busy summer. At the end of June, the Honey Badger and I drove up to Providence to take part in a reading sponsored by the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences bookstore alongside the crepuscular Michael Cisco. On the way, we stopped in to visit Phil Gelatt and Vicki Dalpe, with whom we had such a good time that we were almost late for a quick dinner at the Red Fez restaurant with Cisco, Farah Rose Smith, Matt Bartlett, and Ritchie Tenorio. (By the way, the Red Fez’s take on poutine is amazing.) The reading was standing room only, and hosted by the redoubtable S.J. Bagley, whose questions to Laird, myself, and Cisco were typically insightful. (He’s the first person to have asked me about the significance of time in my fiction, which I greatly appreciated.) Sadly, Laird and I had to head back to New York not long after the reading finished, but there was still time for conversation with some of the splendid people who came to see us, including NeCon Matt and Laura (which is how I think of them), Cat Grant, Ed Kurtz and Gam Bepko, and Michael Sherman (who very generously gifted me with the first volume of Alan Moore’s Providence). And Errick Nunnally’s family very graciously tolerated him popping in for a visit.
(photo courtesy of Catherine Grant)
Also while going through my video files, I came across several that my older son, Nick, had shot with David and me during a visit several years ago, with the aim, as I recall, of assembling a book trailer for my second collection, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies. I decided to stitch them together, add a bit of public domain music (“Traveler’s Journey” by David Rafael Krux), and here it is. (Nick made a previous trailer for my first novel, House of Windows, as well as one for Laird Barron’s stories.)
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.