In the Bleak, etc., etc.


Incidentally, going out to take this picture without wearing gloves? Not the smartest thing I could have done.

Update, 8:30pm: In the comments, someone said the picture looks like a book cover. Pixelfish tests the proposition.

Death is Coming! In Snowy Flakes!


Well, the “heavy snow advisory” that had been on in my area is now off, but only because it’s now been changed to a blizzard warning. So now not only will we get all the snow we were already going to get, but we’ll also get 40 mph gusts of wind. Joy.

This all couldn’t have happened last week, when I had nowhere to go. Hopefully all this crap will be out of the way by Friday, when I travel to Boskone.

Those of you to the east of me: Buckle up, chuckles. It’s coming.

Note for Folks Who Ordered “Sagan Diary” From Amazon

I got a note from Subterranean Press saying that there was a little database problem with Amazon concerning The Sagan Diaries, but that copies are going out now. So if your copy hasn’t yet arrived, it will soon.

Just want to keep you in the loop with these things.

Heart-Shaped Box is Out, Plus a Pimping Thread


Congratulations to my pal Joe Hill, whose debut novel Heart-Shaped Box officially hits the stores today. HSB is coming out both to a volume and quality of reviews most novelists would give eyeteeth for; not entirely coincidentally, it’s also one of the best debut novels to come down the pike in a while. It’s creepy, it’s scary, and it’s delightfully well-written, which just makes it even creepier and scarier. Joe sent me HSB a few months ago and I’ve been sitting on all my squeeful hearty-heartness of this book since then; now I can let it out in an embarrassing gush. Seriously, folks, it’s excellent. If you like to get spooked and admire well-written prose at the same time, this is the book.

I’ll be interviewing Joe tomorrow for my Author Interview, so you can learn a little more about him then. Incidentally, other upcoming Author Interviews will include Jon Armstrong (who I am behind on in sending questions), Alma Alexander, Hal Duncan, Justine Larbalestier, and some other fun authors with jealous-making books and skills. Yes, I do these interviews so I can suck the knowledge from their skulls. How do you think I’ve made it so far?

Having gushed about Joe, I now declare this an Open Pimp Thread. Pimp your friends’ work! Pimp your own work! Pimp the work of people you don’t know but wish to curry favor with for the dread day when the revolution comes! It’s all good. And it doesn’t just have to be books: pimp any sort of creative endeavor. I like variety.

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