I’ve got a few words in the weird fiction episode of SF Signal’s Mind Meld series today, alongside several other folks such as Ann Vandermeer, Laird Barron, Mike Allen, Ross Lockhart (who I got to meet briefly at NecronomiCon–super friendly!), John Klima, and more.
I’ve also recently completed a review of an excellent new release from New York Review of Books, which should run soon.
Last, this coming weekend I’m planning to truck it on up to the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, where several of my favorite authors will be speaking and signing.
I’m going (as a fan) to The Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, which looks to be promising. I’ve had the privilege of meeting several of the invited guests before, at NecronomiCon and readings elsewhere. But although I have signed editions of all of her books that I know of (except one small collector’s edition of “Stone Animals”), I have not yet gotten to convey my appreciations in person to Kelly Link, which I hope to do at this event. “Two Houses”, from her new collection (and previously published elsewhere), is one of my favorite short stories of the last decade, maybe of all time. I glowed about it some over in this review. Although she’s one of the most consistently top-notch authors I know of, that piece really deserves to be remembered as much as “The Specialist’s Hat,” which seems to be the go-to story when talking about her fiction.
Here’s a fun anecdote and brainriddleteaser: the first thing anyone says in the story I’m working on right now is, in fact, literally nothing at all.
Readingwise, I’ve been consumed by a spate of works from New York Review of Books, most recently William Sloane’s “The Rim of Morning,” due out in a couple of weeks. More on that shall be forthcoming forthwith.
Added a bibliography.
Pursuant to which, C.M. Muller’s Nightscript is out soon. Witness below the fantastic table of contents. I was lucky to be able to briefly say hello to Daniel Mills and Michael Wehunt at NecronomiCon 2015 at a reading of Aickman’s Heirs (Undertow). I’ve read their fiction before and enjoyed it, and I can say the same about several others in here.
EDIT: Mr. Muller is now taking preorders here
- “Everything That’s Underneath” by Kristi DeMeester
- “Strays” by Gregory L. Norris
- “In His Grandmother’s Coat” by Charles Wilkinson
- “The Cuckoo Girls” by Patricia Lillie
- “The Sound That the World Makes” by David Surface
- “Below the Falls” by Daniel Mills
- “The Keep” by Kirsty Logan
- “She Rose From the Water” by Kyle Yadlosky
- “Animalhouse” by Clint Smith
- “Tooth, Tongue, and Claw” by Damien Angelica Walters
- “Momma” by Eric J. Guignard
- “The Trees Are Tall Here” by Marc E. Fitch
- “A Quiet Axe” by Michael Kelly
- “The Death of Yatagarasu” by Bethany W. Pope
- “The Cooing” by John Claude Smith
- “A Knife in My Drawer” by Zdravka Evtimova
- “On Balance” by Jason A. Wyckoff
- “Learning Not to Smile” by Ralph Robert Moore
- “Fisher and Lure” by Christopher Burke
- “The Death of Socrates” by Michael Wehunt