The trade paperback edition of Lovecraft Country will be on sale February 14, so if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift… well, keep looking. But if you’re up for a timely, entertaining novel that Nancy Pearl called “amazing” and “a stunner” and that the Chicago Review of Books said is “worth every dime,” I’ve got you covered.
In related news:
* Lovecraft Country is eligible for a Hugo Award, so if you’re a member of Worldcon, please feel free to nominate it.
* As always, you can order signed copies of Lovecraft Country and any of my other novels from Secret Garden Books, and they do ship internationally.
* I’ll be reading and signing books at Queen Anne Book Company in Seattle on Thursday, April 13 at 7 PM. I’m working on adding some other events as well; check the appearances page for an up-to-the-minute schedule.
For those of you seeking a late holiday binge-watch, I recommend the new Brit Marling series, The OA, which dropped on Netflix a couple of weeks ago.
Marling operates on an artistic frequency a couple wavelengths over from mine. She makes storytelling choices that would never occur to me and that don’t always work. But even in its most head-scratching moments her stuff resonates with me emotionally, and because I often have no idea where she’s going, she’s capable of surprising me in a way that’s rare. The OA is the best thing she’s done so far.
If you don’t know anything about the series I’d suggest keeping it that way. Just give it an episode; by the time the opening credits appear—which happens, with characteristic oddness, an hour into the story—you’ll know whether it’s for you.
This week I am Christopher Harris’s guest on The Juggernaut podcast, talking about Lovecraft Country, my other novels, and the wonderful impracticality of writing as a career. You can download the podcast from this link, or just listen here:
…or check out the full catalogue of podcast episodes on The Juggernaut website. Thanks to Chris and his producer Dave Pyper for inviting me on the show! (P.S. Chris has a new novel, War on Sound, which you can read about here.)
This is your annual reminder that signed copies of my novels make great holiday gifts.
I’m selling signed first editions of Sewer, Gas & Electric, Set This House in Order, The Mirage, and Lovecraft Country; email for details.
Signed trade paperbacks of my first five novels and hardcovers of Lovecraft Country are available from Secret Garden Bookshop in Seattle. You can contact them by phone at 206-789-5006 or via email; tell them what books you want, and they’ll order them, have me sign them, and ship them wherever you like. (And yes, they do ship internationally.)
On Friday I did a call-in interview with the Styxxoplix Show in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can listen to it here, or catch it on WELT 95.7 FM in Fort Wayne tonight at 6.
One of the many subjects we touched on in the interview is the current wave of clown sightings in the U.S. and Europe. A number of Bad Monkeys fans have suggested that I saw this coming, but while I’d love to take credit for being prescient, the truth is I’m just old. As the Sunday New York Times pointed out, this has happened before:
Creepy clown sightings aren’t new. They date from at least May 1981, when the cryptozoologist Loren Coleman coined the term “phantom clowns” to describe them. At the time, children in Brookline, Mass., were reporting clowns in vans who beckoned them with promises of candy. The police issued an all-points bulletin, established checkpoints and conducted searches, but no clowns were captured.
Still, the reports spread to at least six cities in the span of a month. Waves of sightings recurred in 1985 and in 1991 (in the latter reports the figures were often described as looking like Homey D. Clown from the TV series “In Living Color”). In each case, the stories were primarily spread by children and caused mild to moderate hysteria, but no clown predators were ever found.
It was these earlier clown panics that inspired Bad Monkeys‘ Scary Clowns. The ‘phantom clown’ chapter of Loren Coleman’s Mysterious America was a useful resource when I was writing the novel, as was Jan Harold Brunvand’s Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, so it’s nice to see Coleman and Brunvand getting name-checked in the current news coverage.