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June 11, 2014
Out today, the concluding issue of Wraith. CPiii and I have been lucky enough to catch a couple good reviews on it, including this very generous piece over on Comic Bastards.
If you’ve been reading the series, thanks for coming with us this far. Hope you enjoy the last lap around the track.
May 14, 2014
WRAITH #6 is out today:
So is this:
Wraith #6 concludes the story of Chess Llewellyn and Agnes Claiborne… but does not conclude the series. Stay tuned for the epilogue in Wraith #7. That one is a completely different kind of deal. Linky-link to the first page, right here.
April 28, 2014
Got a short story, “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” out in eBook, as of April 29th, on the digital platform of your choice. Here’s the hypothetical dust jacket:
Little Gail London and her friend Joel Quarrel are out on a cold and lonely morning at the end of summer, when they make the find of the century: a dead plesiosaur, the size of a two-ton truck, washed up on the sand. With the fog swirling about them, they make their plans, fight to defend their discovery, and face for the first time the enormity of mortality itself… all unaware of what else might be out there in the silver water of Lake Champlain.
“Silver Water” first appeared in the Ray Bradbury tribute anthology, Shadow Show, and owes a debt to “The Fog Horn.” I would say that “Fog Horn” is one of my favorite Bradbury stories, but they’re all favorites.
March 26, 2014
WRAITH: WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND #5, out today, in your local comic store and on your screens. I guarantee fans of NOS4A2 won’t see the end of this issue coming.
February 26, 2014
WRAITH: WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND #4 is out today and already has a very kind review from the Big Comics Page. Go get a face full.
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Delighted to learn that NOS4A2 has landed on the final ballot for this year’s Bram Stoker Awards, up against some distinguished competition. I don’t know what to say to the H.W.A. except fangs so much for smiling on my book; it’s claws for celebration; and I hope everyone who attends the Stoker weekend has a great slime!
I’m so ashamed of myself for writing that last sentence. I’m going away now.
February 5, 2014
LOCKE & KEY: ALPHA & OMEGA is out, everywhere comic books are sold and that aren’t buried under twelve feet of snow. Fight your way past the man-eating polar bears and pick up your copy!
It is also possible to buy the book with a gorgeous slipcase that will hold all six volumes. The slipcase comes with the hardcover of Vol. 6 in it, and cardboard filler, so if you already own the first 5 books, you don’t have to buy them all over again to get the slipcase.
No, I don’t know if they’ll be selling all six books in the slipcase as a gift set. I hope they will.
Want a signed copy? You can order from River Run Books in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, right through Sunday the 9th. Books will go out after the 12th. I’ll sign up to three books for each order, but one of the books has to be Alpha & Omega. River Run will do everything in their power to get your books to you mint, but if it gets banged up in the mail, that’s on the Postal Service, not them. Also, er, no promises on doodles this time. I’ll probably randomly doodle in a few, but in the interest of getting everyone’s book signed and in the mail in a timely fashion, I’ll prolly mostly just sign things. (Sorry! I love doing the doodles. And I love that you guys love them, considering how bad they are.)
I’m also signing this Saturday, February 8th, at the amazing Stairway to Heaven Comics in Exeter, New Hampshire, from 4:30 – 5:30. You can find Stairway down the steps, beneath Water Street Books. I might do some bad doodles, you never know. And even if I don’t doodle, I’m confident I will be able to correctly spell my name. Come see me! Water Street Books is also having a cookbook author in at the same time, so you can sneak upstairs and listen to her and maybe snag a cupcake.
Thanks for reading Locke & Key. Gabe and I had the time of our lives.
January 17, 2014
The cover above features some art from NOS4A2… a drawing by the 8-year-old Millie Manx, showing a happy afternoon with Dad in Christmasland.
As it happens this started out as a sketch of my own, but I’m such a bad artist, I couldn’t even convincingly fake the work of an 8-year-old kid. So Gabriel Rodriguez went back over my original illustration with his own pen and somehow made it scary and believable and that’s the version we used in the novel. Which makes this (a) my first visual collaboration with Gabe, and (b) my first cover! I’m still waiting on the check from IDW for my cover art.
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While I wasn’t paying attention, NOS4A2 climbed back onto the New York Times Bestseller list, this time in the eBook category. That’s the first time I’ve ever been on the eBook list! NOS4A2 also surfaced on the outer limits of the print & ebook combined list. My week hath been made AND MADE WELL.
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NOS4A2 is not the only thing I have for sale in the eBook market, koffkoff.
January 7, 2014
My short story, “Wolverton Station,” is out today in pretty much every ebook format you can imagine, for the el cheapo price of .99. Here’s the dust jacket copy (or what would be the dust jacket copy, if eBooks had dust jackets):
Saunders made his fortune as a hatchet man for hire and “The Woodcutter” has brought his sharpest axe to England to do what he does best: maximize corporate profits by chopping down the little guy. But his train north is about to make an unexpected stop in the deep dark woods, to let on some hairy-handed gents straight out of the darkest kind of fairy tale. Now “The Woodcutter” is up to his ankles in blood and finding out just what it really means to live in a dog-eat-dog world…
I wrote it longhand over the course of three days, while riding the rails with my friend Jon Weir, for the UK book tour of HORNS. That’s a bit of a rarity for me. Most short stories take at least a week, and at the time I hadn’t yet started the practice of handwriting all my first drafts.
It was first published in Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (Subterranean Press). I don’t believe it’s ever had a wider release.
The loutish football-fan werewolves may or may not have been inspired by actual passengers.
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I will be in New York City on January 15th, to do a reading as part of the ongoing Fantastic Fiction series, hosted by the KGB bar and organized by Ellen Datlow. Come on out and see me and author Ennis Drake. All information here.
At the moment this is my only planned appearance in 2014. I’m sure I’ll wind up doing one or two other things, but for the most part would like to spend the new year flying under the radar to get some writing done. I have a novel to finish (THE FIREMAN) and a pair of novellas I’d like to write and a few projects to work on with Gabriel Rodriguez later in the year. I’m also curious to see what I come up with when I don’t have to write anything… when I can just sort of free-associate in a lazy way.
Don’t worry, though, I won’t completely disappear. WRAITH will continue throughout the winter and spring, and there might be some more eStories popping up in the year to come.
December 18, 2013
December 10, 2013
WRAITH: WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND #2 drops on December 11th. The Prologue is over. It’s time for the main event. Bring on King Geek (pictured above).
The first two issues were reviewed together by Pop Mythology. They liked ‘em.
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NOS4A2 is out in trade paperback, and I’m doing just one event to promote it: I’ll be at River Run Books this Thursday for a Holiday Horror party with Christopher Golden (Snowblind), Jason Ciaramella (The Cape, Thumbprint), and James Patrick Kelly (Strangeways Magazine). There’ll be readings, a raffle, and carols WITH AN ACCORDION. There will also be one big mass signing. You don’t want to miss it. It’s the next best thing to an all-expense paid trip to Christmasland! Come see us. Party information here.
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NOS4A2 landed on a couple of them crazy year-end best lists, including the AV Club’s Best Fiction of 2013, Book Riot’s Best Of The Year, and Time Magazine’s Top 10 Fiction of 2013. This seems like a good excuse to show off this creepy crimson cartoon of the Wraith by Francesco Francavilla. The AV club also schmeered some love all over LOCKE & KEY, finding a spot for it on their list of the best mainstream comics of 2013. Oh, yeah, about the final issue of LOCKE & KEY…
… next week.