The Destroyer of Worlds giveaway on Goodreads

Just a quick heads up, the folks at Goodreads are giving away 25 copies of The Destroyer of Worlds. You can sign up here; winners will be selected on October 25.

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And just in time for my birthday…

…the Destroyer of Worlds bound galleys have arrived, and they look amazing!

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I’m 57 today

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RIP James Turner

Yesterday I received the sad news that Dr. James Turner, the founding director of Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center, has died.

I had the good fortune to be Professor Turner’s student when I was at Cornell in the 1980s. He was a warm, wise, and engaging teacher who changed the way I thought about the world, and our classroom discussions would, a quarter century later, help inform the writing of Lovecraft Country.

Over the years, I’ve met other former students of Dr. Turner—like Victor LaValle, the author of The Ballad of Black Tom—and they all had the same impression I did. Everyone has a list of of teachers and mentors who made a real difference in their life, and if you were lucky enough to know James Turner, he was on that list. My sadness at his passing is tempered by the knowledge that this is a man who truly made good use of his time on earth.

Godspeed, Professor Turner. Thanks for the lessons.

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Discussing J.C. on the Fear of God podcast, plus Seeking the Extraordinary with Michael Nathanson

My friends Reed Lackey and Nathan Rouse have been doing a John Carpenter retrospective on the Fear of God podcast, and they invited me on to discuss Escape From New York, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. We also talked a little about my forthcoming Lovecraft Country novel, The Destroyer of Worlds. Links are below:

Part 1: Intro, a few words about The Destroyer of Worlds, J.C.’s top ten films, Escape From New York, and The Thing.

Part 2: More about The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, and rating the films on the FoG meter.

If you enjoy the podcast, you should know that Reed and Nathan now have a Patreon with bonus content, which you can subscribe to here.

Also: back in May, I recorded an interview with Michael Nathanson for the Seeking the Extraordinary podcast, in which we talked about my writing career and how it only took me thirty-five years to become an overnight success. Because The Destroyer of Worlds hadn’t been officially announced yet, I had to be coy on the “What’s next for you?” question, but it was a really fun conversation. You can listen to it here.

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The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country will be published on February 21, 2023

I’ve spent the past two weeks reviewing the copyedits for The Destroyer of Worlds—always an exciting part of the process, since copyediting is typically the last chance to make changes to the manuscript before production of the advance review copies that get sent to book critics.

While I was busy double- and triple-checking that I hadn’t missed any truly embarrassing errors, my editor, Jennifer Brehl, confirmed that we now have a publication date: the novel will be available in print, ebook, and audiobook on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

Preorders are appreciated; I’ve started putting links on the Destroyer of Worlds main page, and will add more as they become available. And of course you can also preorder the book through your local indie bookstore.

So far I don’t have any news about foreign language translations of the novel, but my overseas fans can order the American print edition through Book Depository.

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The Destroyer of Worlds: we have a cover


I am very pleased to be able to share the cover for my next novel, The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country, which will be published early next year. The artist is Jarrod Taylor, who also did the covers for 88 Names and Lovecraft Country. As you can see, the cover features the same distressed/old book look that was used on the previous volume, which will look even cooler on the finished novel.

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My next novel will be The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country

We’re going back in.

In interviews over the past couple of years, I’ve been teasing the possibility of a sequel to my 2016 novel Lovecraft Country. I’m happy to announce that earlier this week I delivered the edited manuscript for the book to HarperCollins.

The new novel is called The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country, and it’s scheduled to be published early next year. I’ll have more to say about it soon, but for now, here’s the current version of the catalog copy, to give you some idea of what you’re in for:

In this thrilling adventure, a blend of enthralling historical fiction and fantastical horror, Matt Ruff returns to the world of Lovecraft Country and explores the meaning of death, the hold of the past on the present, and the power of hope in the face of uncertainty.

Summer, 1957.

Atticus Turner and his father, Montrose, travel to North Carolina, where they plan to mark the centennial of their ancestor’s escape from slavery by retracing the route he took into the Great Dismal Swamp. But an encounter with an old nemesis turns their historical reenactment into a real life-and-death pursuit.

Back in Chicago, George Berry fights for his own life. Diagnosed with cancer, he strikes a devil’s bargain with the ghost of Hiram Winthrop, who promises a miracle cure—but to receive it, George will first have to bring Winthrop back from the dead.

Meanwhile, fifteen-year-old Horace Berry, reeling from the killing of a close friend, joins his mother, Hippolyta, and her friend Letitia Dandridge on a research trip to Nevada for The Safe Negro Travel Guide. But Hippolyta has a secret—and far more dangerous—agenda that will take her and Horace to the far end of the universe and bring a new threat home to Letitia’s doorstep.

Hippolyta isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Letitia’s sister, Ruby, has been leading a double life as her white alter ego, Hillary Hyde. Now, the supply of magic potion she needs to transform herself is nearly gone, and a surprise visitor throws her already tenuous situation into complete chaos.

Yet these troubles are soon eclipsed by the return of Caleb Braithwhite. Stripped of his magic and banished from Chicago at the end of Lovecraft Country, he’s found a way back into power and is ready to pick up where he left off. But first he has a score to settle…

One other piece of news is that artist Jarrod Taylor, who did the original cover art for Lovecraft Country (and for my novel 88 Names) has come up with a cover for The Destroyer of Worlds as well. It looks fantastic and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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Signed limited edition of Lovecraft Country on sale tomorrow

Some news for the new year: Subterranean Press is publishing a signed limited edition of Lovecraft Country with illustrations by David Palumbo. They will begin taking preorders tomorrow, January 3, at noon Eastern time. (Preorder page is here.)

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Signed books for the holidays, 2021 edition

This is your annual reminder that signed copies of my novels make excellent holiday gifts.

You can order signed and custom inscribed copies of any of my novels from Secret Garden Bookshop in Seattle (206-789-5006 / bookshop@secretgardenbooks.com). Tell them what you want and they’ll order it, get me to sign it, and ship it anywhere in the world, usually within a few days.

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