At Seattle Crypticon this weekend

by Matt Ruff on May 1, 2018

I will be a guest at the Seattle Crypticon this weekend, May 4-6. My con schedule is as follows:

* Friday, May 4, 6 PM — Adaptions: Books vs. Movies (panel with Bob Foster, Will Errickson, and T.J. Tranchell)

* Saturday, May 5, 3 PM — Decade of Fear: A Discussion of Every Slasher Movie from 1980-1989 (panel with Jeff Dean, Willy Greer, Tori Bracken, Jason Weiss, and Amy Simon)

* Sunday, May 6, 11 AM — Lovecraft Adaptations (panel with K.L. Young and Bob Foster)

* Sunday, 1 PM — Writers Room: Using Real World Things in Fictional Works (panel with Cat Rambo, Lisa Gold, Julie McGalliard, and John Lovett)

* Sunday, 3 PM — Matt Ruff reading, interview, and book signing (with interviewer Abie Ekenezar)

FYI, if you can’t make it to the Sunday reading, I’m happy to sign books at any of my other panels as well.

Hope to see some of you there!

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Seattle Crypticon & Lovecraft Country news

by Matt Ruff on April 27, 2018

Hi, I’m still alive. I’ve been working on a new novel and making good progress, hence the lack of recent blog posts. I will be coming up for air shortly: Seattle Crypticon is next week, and I’ll be appearing on a number of panels and doing a reading there (here’s my con schedule).

Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Down in Hollywood, the production of HBO’s Lovecraft Country series is starting to come together. Yesterday the first major casting decision was announced: Jurnee Smollett-Bell will play the role of Letitia Dandridge. Ms. Smollett-Bell previously starred as Rosalee in showrunner Misha Green’s series Underground, which is currently streaming on Hulu.

Yann Demange has been hired as well, to direct the pilot episode. (His 2008 series Dead Set, in which the cast and crew of the British Big Brother show get caught up in a zombie apocalypse, can be found streaming on Netflix.)

On the literary front, the Czech translation of Lovecraft Country has been published, and the German translation drops next month.

So, lots of good news. I’m trying not to dwell on it too much, because jumping up and down makes it hard to type, but I’m very excited.

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Lovecraftova Země

by Matt Ruff on January 30, 2018

In today’s email, here’s the cover for the Czech translation of Lovecraft Country, coming from Baronet a.s. on April 11:

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UK print edition of Lovecraft Country is here

by Matt Ruff on January 24, 2018

Hey, look what UPS delivered from my British publisher Picador. The official publication date is tomorrow, January 25th, but because I’m not J.K. Rowling, I’m guessing the actual on-sale date is “whenever the books arrive at the shop,” so you may be able to snag a copy at your local bookstore already. (It’s also available as an ebook.)

In related news, the long-awaited German translation of Lovecraft Country is coming from Carl Hanser Verlag on May 14. Brazilian, Czech, French, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Taiwanese editions are also in the works.

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#BCAFSF2018

by Matt Ruff on January 19, 2018

The San Francisco Public Library has posted the video of my panel with Nnedi Okorafor, Victor LaValle, and moderator John Jennings at the Black Comix Arts Festival last Sunday, so if you wanted to catch our act but couldn’t make it, here you go:

It was a fun weekend. In addition to the festival, I got to have breakfast with Victor at this vaguely Pulp Fictionish diner called Lori’s on Nob Hill, and go parrot-watching with Christopher Moore along the Embarcadero.

I owe a big thank you to Naomi Jelks and the SF Library for inviting me to BCAF—if they ask you next year, say yes. And in the meantime, if you’d like to check out some of the other programming from the festival, the library’s Youtube channel is here.

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Seen on the internets

by Matt Ruff on January 13, 2018


…so that’s one great thing the new year has going for it.

Also, a reminder for my fans and friends in the Bay Area: Tomorrow, Sunday, January 14, I’ll be appearing on stage at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin St.) with Victor LaValle and Nnedi Okorafor, as part of the 2018 Black Comix Arts Festival. Doors open at 1 PM and the event starts at 2; we’ll be hanging out and signing books afterwards.

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At the Black Comix Arts Festival on Jan. 14

by Matt Ruff on January 3, 2018

First programming note of the new year: I will be a guest at the 2018 Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco. On Sunday, January 14th I’ll be appearing on stage with Victor LaValle and Nnedi Okorafor at the San Francisco Public Library at 100 Larkin St.

Admission to the event is free. Doors open at 1 PM; the discussion is scheduled to run from 2 to 3 PM, after which we’ll hang out and sign books for another hour. Come by if you’re in town!

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Goodnight 2017

by Matt Ruff on December 31, 2017

Ballard Locks at 4:15 PM

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The Endeavour Award, given out annually at OryCon in Portland, OR, is for “a distinguished science-fiction or fantasy novel written by a Pacific Northwest author.” The 2017 award was announced over the weekend, and it’s a tie—Lovecraft Country shares the honor with Patricia A. McKillip’s Dreams of Distant Shores. (The three runners-up were Curtis Chen’s Waypoint Kangaroo, Dave Duncan’s Eocene Station, and David D. Levine’s Arabella of Mars.)

Ms. McKillip and I will split a $1000 grant. We also each get an engraved glass plaque which, in photos at least, looks large enough to re-enact the David Warner death scene from The Omen. Can’t wait to play with mine! In the meantime, thank you very much to the award judges: This is a wonderful addition to what has already been a very good year for me, career-wise. Woot!

(P.S., submissions for the 2018 Endeavour Award are open. The eligibility requirements and entry rules are here, and the deadline for applying is February 15.)

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UK ebook of Lovecraft Country now available

by Matt Ruff on October 23, 2017

Because of the way English-language publishing rights are divided up between the U.S. and the British Commonwealth, ebooks of my novels are typically unavailable in Commonwealth countries until and unless I find a British publisher. This week’s good news is that I’ve signed a contract with Picador UK, who will be bringing out a British hardcover edition of Lovecraft Country on January 25, 2018. If you want the ebook, though, there’s no need to wait—now that the rights are unlocked, it’s available for immediate download.

The long-awaited German translation will be published by Carl Hanser Verlag on May 15, 2018. Brazilian, Czech, French, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Taiwanese editions are also in the works, though I don’t yet have publication dates for any of those.

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