As some of you may have noticed, come the end of May, I’m doing a fiction workshop over at The Cult. Should be a ball. The theme or focus of push of the workshop’s likely going to have something to do with stories that don’t bore me. Which is to say stories that trade in extremes rather than subtleties. But yeah, that do so with language clear and precise and evocative. Anyway, more later I’m sure. Click on the Cult image here to go their post about it.
Another one coming out there, one of my favorite stories of any I’ve ever written. so, to sum up the forthcoming Cemetery Dance stuff:
rigged this up in just under 14 days, I think, a while back. I’d just finished reading that graphic novel which I suddenly can’t get the full title of: Thirty Days of Night? vampires, Alaska. lots of brilliant writing. anyway, at the end of the trade pb–not even sure it ever came out single-issue–there’s a sample of the script, and I really like the idea of writing in panels. so rigged ATBS up that way. a much leaner version. as for why that ‘electronic version’ watermark-thing: just staying legal, as best I can. that’s why it doesn’t print, or save, or send, too, sorry. Click below to read it (in PDF):
All I knew about Pennsylvania before the last couple of days was what I’d read in Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon. It’s the place with those big pretty barns, though; I know that now. Anyway, touched down about four in the afternoon, after getting up at 3:30 to catch the plane out of Lubbock (only got to sleep a couple of hours before that, too). My old/first writing prof was waiting for me there. Hadn’t seen him for years, I guess. Anyway, I said this in some interview a while back, but then it didn’t make it to the final version, but, reading his stuff for me’s just haunting, because I know how the words are all going to fall, because, I don’t know: because he taught me, I guess. got to me when I was even more impressionable than I am now.
Just realized we’re T-minus four weeks on Demon Theory. Usually by now galleys/ARCs would have been floating around, but, gremlins being what they are, we’re holding our breaths for the final copies instead. Which might make it all cooler, even.
Still, though, I feel kind of bad about not giving any sneak peaks.
So–and yeah, this may get pulled, as I’m kind of doing it without permission–here’s twenty or thirty of the first pages of DEMON THEORY. The first is in FlashPaper, which I’m just stumbling upon; it’s supercool. The second’s just a standard PDF. I would hand it out just as straight text, but, yeah, the formatting would explode, I’m pretty sure.
Next Wednesday at 8:00, I’m in the Foster Auditorium up at Penn State (in State College, PA). Just reading aloud. Not sure what yet, but I’ll have a plane ride to decide, of course . . .