This Tuesday, March 21, at 7PM, I’ll be appearing at Elliott Bay Book Company with Nisi Shawl. Nisi is the author of Filter House, Writing the Other, and most recently, Everfair, a fantastical alternate history in which the native Congolese and their allies use radium-powered blimps to turn the tables on the forces of King Leopold of Belgium. Basically, Everfair does for steampunk what Lovecraft Country tries to do for cosmic horror—and it’s great.
Nisi and I will be reading short passages from our novels, talking about the ideas behind the stories, taking questions, and signing books. If you’re in the Seattle area I hope you’ll join us.
Paul La Farge’s novel The Night Ocean was published this week, and I had the pleasure of interviewing him for the Los Angeles Review of Books. You can read our conversation here.
The Night Ocean takes its title from a short story co-authored by H.P. Lovecraft and his teenaged fan Robert H. Barlow, whom Lovecraft visited in Florida in the summers of 1934 and ’35. In the novel, a journalist named Charlie Willett tries to get to the truth of Lovecraft and Barlow’s relationship—were they lovers?—and after several reversals of fortune ends up in a mental hospital. Then he apparently commits suicide. Then his wife, Marina, the novel’s narrator, gets emailed a photo of “a stretch of nearly black sand, and, beyond it, an indigo ocean,” that she thinks might be from Charlie. Then things get weird.
This may sound like the outline of the kind of horror story that Lovecraft himself would write, and for the first few chapters of The Night Ocean it seems like La Farge might be going that way. But as I note in the intro to our interview, this is one of those books that’s impossible to categorize, and part of the fun of reading it is never being sure what genre you’re in. Just trust me, it’s an awesome read with some great characters—and as with Lovecraft Country, you don’t need to be a Lovecraft fan to enjoy it.
As mentioned previously, the folks at Goodreads are giving away 5 copies of the Lovecraft Country paperback. The giveaway ends tomorrow at midnight PST, so if you’re interested and you haven’t entered yet, sign up now.
I wrote an essay about Lovecraft Country for The Big Idea over at John Scalzi’s Whatever blog. It’s up today, and you can read it here. (And if you’re feeling nostalgic, you can also check out my 2012 Big Idea essay for The Mirage.) Thanks to John for the space!
Last night’s reading at Third Place Books in Seward Park was a lot of fun. If you missed it, your next chance to see me live will be on Tuesday, March 21, at 7 PM, when I’ll be appearing “in conversation” with my friend Nisi Shawl, author of Everfair, at Elliott Bay Book Company.
Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Reddit AMA! If you missed it, you can read the questions and answers here.
Tomorrow night, February 16, I’ll be reading from Lovecraft Country, answering audience questions, and signing books at Third Place Books’ Seward Park store, starting at 7:30 PM. I hope to see some of you there.
The Lovecraft Country paperback goes on sale tomorrow! I recorded a short video and FAQ about the book for anyone who’s interested:
If you have questions about the novel that the video doesn’t answer, you can come by my Reddit AMA tomorrow. I’ll start answering around noon EST, but the page will be open for you to leave questions an hour or so ahead of time.
* Goodreads is giving away 5 copies of the Lovecraft Country paperback. The giveaway runs through the end of the month and you can enter here.
* Today is the last day of the Bad Monkeys ebook sale. It’s only $1.99, don’t miss it!