|And here’s a more recent snap, this one by Alan Amato, who photographed me for a project he’s developing, a gallery of various folks in the horror field. I present it to you as proof that I do possess at least one button down shirt.
So what’s on for the first part of 2018? Well, I know Strange Weather is, like, SO last year, but I’m still out there blabbing about it. I’m at the Music Hall Loft on January 12th, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at 7PM, to read, take questions, and talk up the book. I do hope you’ll come see me. I’ll try and make a decent evening for you.
And the book is still out there in the world, collecting responses and reactions. The day a book is released it begins to live its own life, free of the person who wrote it. It goes off and has secret, personal, private encounters with readers, traveling to places I’ve never been, meeting folks I’ve never met. Every once and a while I’ll hear something, though, kind of like getting a postcard from a good friend. With that in mind, I was glad to see that Strange Weather caught a lovely review in the Toronto Star only a couple weeks ago.
It also landed on this amazing fuckin’ list of the best in SF, fantasy, and horror from 2017. Honored to be there, and honestly… I think I want to read every book here in 2018. Some of what’s on The Verge’s list was already on my radar (the N.K. Jemisin, Naomi Alderman’s The Power), but much of what’s here is completely new to me. Seriously, check it out. You’re all but guaranteed to find at least three books you want to read.
Looks like I’ll be keeping busy in February. I’m at the Savannah Book Festival on the weekend of February 15th – 18th. And then two weeks later I’ll be at the Emirates Literary Festival in Dubai (!) with my comic-book-brother Gabriel Rodriguez (!!) to talk about Locke & Key, modern fantasy, and what’s next for both of us. By the time it goes down, we’ll know one way or another if we’ve got a TV series with Hulu (and maybe we’ll even have something to share, you never know).
Can’t catch me at one of the above mentioned events? You can still listen to my delightfully dulcet tones on Audiofile’s podcast, The Download. I talked with Dennis Boutsikaris, one of the narrators of the Strange Weather audiobook, about books on audio, the delight of a great reading, and our own favorite listens. It’s a conversation so intimate, you’ll feel like I’m sitting in your lap! In a totally non-creepy way.
That’ll get us out of the winter and into the spring. Then we’ll see what’s what.