Demon Theory bannersneak

This is the first Demon Theory banner, anyway:

[ and no, no clue how to get that animation to restart–‘refresh’ doesn’t seem to do it. anybody know how? ]

If you make any more, just stuff them somewhere over at the Velvet, or link me to them through the comments here, or what-/however.

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Bleed Award

I’d guess this is either posted around somewhere or is about to be, but, anyway, this past weekend I was in Austin, at the Texas Institute of Letters awards banquet, where Bleed Into Me was lucky enough to pull their Jesse Jones Award for fiction. A serious honor.

Anyway, if there’s any recordings of the event, I don’t know about it. I do have this one snapshot from it (well, I also came away with a check…). More important, though, the intro CW Smith gave for Bleed, it was maybe the best intro I’ve ever tried to live up to.

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Workshop at the Cult

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.

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Demon Theory swag

  • or, it’s swag to me, anyway–a gift from the blue. specifically, from Noose, over at the Velvet (Noose of course being the guy who authored the original site this site still owes a lot of its code to). A very cool little animated gif and a whole suite of images. Spooky, I mean. Over to the right here (got to wait a bit for it to do its thing)
  • too, another Demon Theory sample. the afterword. click here for it (it’s in FlashPaper). if anybody needs it in PDF, either for transport or viewing: here (not just real confident in that PDF; if it gives you problems, let me know).
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    Cemetery Dance stories

    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:

  • “Raphael,” in #55 (right about to be out–might be out exactly when DEMON THEORY is, really)
  • “Hell on the Homefront Too,” sometime later
  • “Father, Son, Holy Rabbit,” some other time.
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    ATBS script

    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):

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    Penn State audio

    this has something to do with football, yeah?

    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.

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    Upcoming & Current

  • another story in Cemetery Dance. a zombie-piece. too, if you don’t subscribe to their newsletter, I’d recommend it. if you’re into horror, I mean. lots of the bargains/sales they’re always doing, then intervws and reviews and all that good stuff.
  • an interview on Misnomer. looking like it’ll post there tomorrow. was a blast to do, and hopefully I didn’t say anything too terrible.
  • too, the first review of DEMON THEORY‘s out, in the April Texas Monthly (not sure if it’s on the shelves or not yet; like Francis Dolarhyde, I found the early copy at the airport [unlike Sir Dragon, I was on my way to PA, for a reading]). it’s very cool. wouldn’t be surprised if a piece or two of it ends up on the cover (of DT, which I’d guess is at the press right about now). and, as for release dates, Amazon says the 18th, and maybe they know?
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    Demon Theory sneaks

    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.

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