|In spite of the general fucked-up-ness of the world — any world without Tom Petty in it is bound to feel wrong — I had a lot of happiness in my 2017. The personal stuff, which I tend not to talk about, because it’s personal, was pretty damn wonderful. And professionally, boy, I caught some good breaks. Chief among them: my 6th book, Strange Weather, a collection of four short novels, was released to good reviews and hopped onto The New York Times Best-Seller List… where it was located just a few spots away from Sleeping Beauties, the novel my brother and my dad wrote together. What a trip. I never would’ve imagined all three of us would be hanging out there together one day (what are a few nice boys like you doing in a place like this???). I would be remiss if I didn’t add that, if you happen to be flailing around for a last minute Christmas gift, Water Street Books in Exeter, NH still has some signed copies of Strange Weather and they ship worldwide.
I wrote a few new short stories, and scripted two episodes of Locke & Key for television (and worked on a third with my Tejas compadre, C. Robert Cargill). Hulu and IDW filmed a pilot episode up in Nova Scotia, starring the likes of Frances O’ Connor, Danny Glover, and Nate Corddry, directed by Andy Muschietti, and produced by Barbara Muschietti. I want to tell you all about it, but we are in the cone of silence for the moment, and if I were to speak of the first episode in any way at all, someone would come for my nuts with a pair of garden shears.
I went to Detroit for ConFusion and visited with John Scalzi. I hit Spain for the Fantastic Fest in Avilés and hung with Joe Abercrombie and M.R. Carey. Mike Carey and I teamed up again for the Edinburgh Literary Festival. I went from Lexington, Kentucky to Dublin, Ireland in support of the new book. I’m grateful to everyone who came out to see me, and who treated me with such warmth and affection. I had the time of my life.
I also saw some amazing TV, caught a few great movies, heard some outstanding music, and read some novels that knocked me on my heels. Here’s a dozen of my 2017 highs.