Brian Keene's Blog
March 2, 2015
If your name is Chris Motz or Liz Westmoreland, or if you are one of my pre-readers, you will hear from me this month. If you are not, you won’t (other than the weekly podcast). There are no exceptions to this rule. I’ll still be appearing at the Tucson Book Festival, and a new chapter will be posted to THE SEVEN at some point this month, but otherwise, expect true radio silence. Emails and phone calls will not be answered. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media will be shut off. This is what happens when deadlines, health, and family obligations collide.
See you April 1st.
February 26, 2015
LISTENER MAILBAG: In this episode, Brian and Dave answer questions from the audience, including Brian’s picks for the best books of 2014, advice for writers, the legendary Don D’Auria, the status of various Hollywood adaptations of Brian’s work, creepy stalkers, Kindle vs. Kobo (and the Nook deathwatch), where Brian gets his ideas, favorite apocalyptic books, self-publishing, and whether or not Brian will ever write another zombie novel. Plus, Dave reviews Kingsmen: The Secret Service and Brian shows off his human beat-box skills.
From this episode: The Top Ten Books of 2014
1. THE TROOP by Nick Cutter – Paperback – Kindle
2. DEPRAVED 2 by Bryan Smith – Paperback – Kindle
3. WE ARE HERE by Michael Marshall – Paperback – Kindle
4. MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King – Paperback – Kindle
5. DUST DEVILS by Jonathan Janz – Paperback – Kindle
6. THE KILLING KIND 2 by Bryan Smith – Paperback – Kindle
7. THE LIGHT IS THE DARKNESS by Laird Barron – Paperback – Kindle
8. DOMINOES by John Boden – Paperback
9. TRIBESMEN by Adam Cesare – Paperback – Kindle
10. THE HOGBEN CHRONICLES by Henry Kuttner – Paperback – Hardcover
February 24, 2015
I will be appearing at the Tucson Festival of Books on the University of Arizona campus, which takes place March 14 and 15th. I have three panels and will be signing books after each panel. You are welcome to bring books from home to be signed. I will also have a limited number of books to sell. My schedule is as follows:
Sat, Mar 14, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Integrated Learning Center Room 150
The Next Big Thing: Trends in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror with Elizabeth Bear, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, and Weston Ochse. Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart
Sat, Mar 14, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Blood and Bravado with Brian Keene, Jeffrey Mariotte, Weston Ochse, and Sam Sykes. Moderator: John Muñoz
Sun, Mar 15, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Integrated Learning Center Room 150
I Spy a Dead Guy: Spies and Detectives in Paranormal Worlds with Beth Cato, Brian Keene, Scott Lynch, and Jeffrey Mariotte. Moderator: John Muñoz
February 23, 2015
THE SEVEN: THE LABYRINTH Book 1 is an ongoing web serial that features characters from THE RISING, EARTHWORM GODS, DARK HOLLOW, and other books teaming up in a final battle against the Thirteen. When completed, it will draw my mythos to a close. Chapter Six has just been posted. You can read it, and all the previous chapters, and the appendixes for each chapter (which are sourced and collated by long-time mythos expert Mark ‘Dezm’ Sylva) for just one dollar a month. Click here to get started.
February 19, 2015
RICHARD LAYMON – In this episode, Brian and special guest-host Geoff Cooper reminisce about their friendship with the legendary Richard Laymon, as well as discussing his body of work and the impact his legacy had on the horror genre. Also, Women In Horror Month continues, and a sexist troll gets served. Plus, Fifty Shades of Grey dominates the world, and the great Melanie Tem is remembered.
Bev Vincent and I have finished the first draft of something called DISSONANT HARMONIES. We’d been wanting to collaborate together for a while, but couldn’t find the right project. Then, around 2007, we had an idea, spawned by the fact that both of us write to, or get inspiration from, music. And while our musical tastes are wildly different, we share a common love of bands like The Alan Parsons Project, Supertramp, Styx, Kansas, ELO, Wang Chung, and Pink Floyd.
What would happen, we wondered, if we were to make each other a mix tape and we used those mix tapes as our sole inspiration? I would write a novella using only Bev’s mix-tape for inspiration, and he would write one using only mine. And then we’d publish the two novellas together as a book. Geoff Cooper suggested the title. Cemetery Dance said they’d publish it. And so, once we had freed up some time, we started writing while listening to each other’s tapes.
DISSONANT HARMONIES was the result (and I ended up with a 30,000 word novella about soul-mates, unrequited love, and how sometimes doing the right thing means doing the wrong, all seen through the prism of the Labyrinth’s multiple realities and alternate universes). Both novellas have passed the first draft stage, but it will be a while before you see the book. We still have to revise and re-write, and then send them off to pre-readers, and then revise and re-write again, before we even send the manuscript off to Cemetery Dance.
Why then, if it’s not yet ready for publication, am I talking about it today? Well, because we wanted to share the mix-tapes with you. Presenting ‘Bev Vincent and Brian Keene’s DISSONANT HARMONIES Soundtrack’, only on Spotify.
The first seventeen tracks (Ice-T to the second Faith No More) are my mix-tape for Bev, with one exception. My original mix included “Black Lodge” by Anthrax, but since that is unavailable on Spotify, it is replaced here with “Intro to Reality/Belly of the Beast”. The rest of the set-list (Supertramp to Styx) are Bev’s mix-tape for me, with three exceptions. Bev’s original mix had included Supertramp’s “Dead Man’s Blues”, “My Little Island” by Mike and the Mechanics, and Styx’s “Kiss Your Ass Goodbye”, but since they, too, aren’t available on Spotify, they’ve been replaced with equivalent songs by those three groups.
The soundtrack is free to listen to. Enjoy. Maybe it will inspire something in you, as well…
February 18, 2015
February 16, 2015
Back in December, Stephen King Tweeted about my Deadite Press novel DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, which meant a whole bunch of new people came here looking for the book.
Last night, my friend Bryan Johnson was reading a copy of my Deadite Press novel DEAD SEA on an episode of AMC’s Comic Book Men. Which means a whole bunch more new people are coming here looking for that book. Hello to them. DEAD SEA is available in the following formats:
Thanks for checking it out. if you enjoy it, a complete list of all my books and comics can be found here.
February 13, 2015
“To be a victim, one must be victimized. One must give in to terror, and bow to abuse. But despite the number of people who have indeed been terrorized and abused by this diseased munchkin, every one of them has triumphed and come out the other side better for it. Logically, he should be a reverse Midas. Everything he touches should turn to shit. That’s his intent and his hope. But instead, most of the people he’s touched have spun gold out of the slime he left behind.”
February 12, 2015
In this episode, author Kelli Owen joins Brian and Dave to discuss Women In Horror Month, her career, and whether or not the horror genre is more diverse than other genres. Plus: the Amish attack, book recommendations, Melanie Tem, Borderlands Books, The Walking Dead, Magic Vaginas, Fifty Shades of Grey, the Monroeville Mall shooting, and whether or not Brian is writing a vampire novel.
PLEASE NOTE: Some listeners may experience minor audio quality issues with this episode. We are aware and working on the problem. Our apologies in advance.