It's been a long time since I dusted off the blog and made an update, but it's getting to the point where I couldn't put it off any longer, as I've got some things coming out imminently and am hitting up a con this weekend. There are also a couple of Big Things that I hope to be able to announce sometime soon, but I'm increasingly wary of announcing anything until it's reached and breached the point of no return, so will hold off on those for now. In the mean time, though, here's what I've got coming down the pipe:
"Escape from the Mummy's Tomb"--a new short story for Jurassic's anthology The Book of the Dead, edited by Anne Perry and Jared Shurin. It "will be published in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society, the UK's oldest independent funder of archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt, dedicated to the promotion and understanding of ancient Egyptian history and culture."
As if that wasn't neat enough, here's what the limited edition looks like: "100 hand-numbered, hardcover copies, with gold embossed titles on midnight blue buckram, dark cream endpapers. The Book of the Dead limited edition is bound (literally) in cloth and sealed in wax, impressed with the seal of the Egypt Exploration Society. This edition also contains an exclusive illustration by Garen Ewing that will not appear in any other edition. Because of its unique construction, purchasers of the limited edition will also receive a copy of the ebook for free."
So yeah, stunning limited edition, beautiful illustrations by Garen Ewing, and all new stories for a good cause by myself, Gail Carriger, Molly Tanzer, Maurice Broaddus, Adam Roberts and many more. Here be all the ordering information, and check out Ewing's illustration for my story:
"The Devil's Tontine"--a new story in Stone Skin's anthology Schemers, edited by Robin Laws. As with all Stone Skin projects, this anthology has a broad, interesting theme: plots, and the plotting plotters who plot them. I understand the stories run the gamut of genres; my own piece is a Gothic homage set in Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole's infamous folly of a castle. Other contributors include Ekaterina Sedia, Tobias Buckell, Molly von Tanzinghauer, Jonathan L. Howard, Nick Mamatas, Tania Hershman, to name a few, and you can find more information here or pre-order it here, as it drops November 14th.
"Dive In Me"--a new story co-written with S.J. Chambers for Stone Skin's anthology The New Gothic, edited by Beth K. Lewis. Selena and I go way back to Small Times, so we decided to write something inspired by our occasionally overlapping grungy adolescences in North Florida. There's a bit more about it here, and here's the pre-order link as it also comes out on the 14th. In terms of who else is in it, the only two names I know for sure are Richard Dansky, who I know worked on a bunch of World of Darkness books, and, um, Ramsey Campbell.
"The Door From Earth"--a reprint story appearing in Deepest Darkest Eden, an anthology of stories set in or around Clark Ashton Smith's Hyperborea, edited by Cody Goodfellow. I believe all of the other pieces in this collection are new, written by such badass new gods as Marc Laidlaw, John Shirley, Lisa Morton, Nick Mamatots, Zak Jarvis, and many others; my piece was an odd case, as it actually fit the theme perfectly despite being previously published, and Cody graciously let me take part. This was especially rewarding as I was always less than satisfied with the version of the story as it was originally published, and so it was a rare treat to be able to restore it to its intended form. Here be the ordering info, and hey, check out that rad throwback cover!
(fun fact: in high school I had a pet frog that I named Tsathoggua)
Also, today is launch day for Wonderbook, a new writing guide by Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss. Jeff had a load of different authors chime in on this or that for the book, so it should offer a wide range of takes on a wealth of different topics, all crammed with neat diagrams by Zerfoss. By request I'm posting the excerpt containing my own small contribution to the project--Jeff asked a mess of authors to briefly talk about the revision process we underwent on a particular project. These responses were then Zerfossized into cartoon snakes with the number of drafts we went through appearing in the snake's eyeball. There's a whole dedicated website here.
So them's the short writings I've got coming down the pike, but before signing off I did want to mention a couple of upcoming appearences I'll be making in the Denver area. First up is Mile Hi Con, which is next weekend. I'm only doing programming on Saturday, but should be down Friday if anyone is around and wants to knock glasses. My Saturday schedule is as follows:
11:00 AM--Noon: "Strong Women in Fiction and Film" Panel
1:00--2:00 PM: Reading (Paired with Eric James Stone)
4:00--5:00 PM: "Best Fantasy Films" Panel
Plus lots of barconning, I'd imagine--of you see me, say hello! Or just scowl at me and walk away, that works, too.
And finally, on Saturday, October 26th, I am taking part in a group reading at Mutiny Information Cafe, a bookstore and coffee shop in Denver. The reading starts at 6 PM, and I'll be joined by Margaret Christie, J. L. Benet, Robert Davis, and DJ Death Fez. Here be the flier, it's free and should be a lot of fun: