Providence Bound

Lena and I will be arriving in Providence Thursday morning for NecronomiCon, and participating in the scheduled events already mentioned in the previous post.

I should be posting lots of pictures, which won’t show up here until later, if at all. If you want to follow along, check my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds, and give me a like/friend/follow or that sort of thing.

https://www.facebook.com/mike.griffin.568632

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I’m really looking forward to this convention, especially seeing the two newly-released books in which I’m a participant.

Also, copies of my own books should be available in the dealer room — Word Horde has items for sale at the Martial Migraine Press table, and Journalstone’s table should have books from their Trepidatio imprint as well. I’ll stop by those tables and sign the stock, if possible, and I’ll be glad to sign anybody’s unsigned copies as well.

Activites at NecronomiCon Providence 2017

Here are my scheduled activites at NecronomiCon Providence 2017, which happens August 17-20.

Friday – 3:00-4:15pm
ELDRITCH ARTHOUSE: WEIRD FICTION INFLUENCES IN ART CINEMA – Newport-Washington, Omni 3rd Floor
Jodorowsky, Lynch, Gilliam, Maddin, Tarkovsky… Arthouse cinema directors have long been praised for their use of strange and abstract elements. How much of these narrative and visuals elements are rooted in literary works, particularly in Weird fiction? What parallels may be drawn between notable works of film and particular works of the Weird?
Panelists: Joseph Dwyer, Gemma Files, Philip Gelatt (Moderator), Mike Griffin, Izzy Lee, Richard Stanley

Saturday – 6:00-7:15pm
AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee, Biltmore 17th Floor
Looming Low Launch Party – Michael Griffin, Livia Llewellyn, Anya Martin, Michael Wehunt

Sunday 10:30-11:45AM
The Dreaded Surreal: Landscapes in Weird Fiction – Newport-Washington, Omni 3rd Floor
External landscapes have been something of a dark playground for weird fiction writers and artists throughout the history of the genre. Many bizarre and unsettling places have served as the settings for countless memorable works. Which of these fictional places have been most memorable in the minds of artists and writers working in horror, weird fiction, and science fiction today? What strange, terrifying places may yet be created? And how might they steer the genre in terms of narrative structure and content?
Panelists: Christopher Burke, Craig Gidney, Mike Griffin, Eric Schaller (Moderator), Jeffrey Thomas

The full schedule is available here: http://necronomicon-providence.com/programming/

Of course, much of the fun of this convention, and any other, comes from the many unscheduled and random interactions, browsing the dealer room, enjoying drinks and meals, meeting new friends and seeing old friends yet again. I very much look forward to NecronomiCon Providence next week!

Ambient Horror Interview by Gus Butler on CVLT Nation

Gus Butler recently interviewed me for CVLT Nation, an interview which covered both my writing and music activities. This made for an interesting exchange, beyond the usual questions. We started via Facebook private messaging, and continued via email, and Gus included the less formal early exchanges.

EXCERPT:

In his novel, Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, for example, he shows us a man of 50, post-divorce, who meets a mysterious woman whose appearance in his life pushes him out of a funk. That description might sound like countless Hollywood afterthoughts, but Griffin uses that familiarity to slowly pulsate his narrative into desolate ambiguity and cosmic unease. By the end of the novel, a reader can’t be sure how much of the narrative to trust at all, nor the actual fate of its hapless characters. Much of Griffin’s writing is almost like cosmic horror glimpsed through a rotting fence: there are rarely the blood-soaked set-pieces that some horror fans come to the party for; monsters are limited to the hidden beasts many humans act to ignore within themselves. Yet, SOMETHING is happening behind the shroud of reality.

LINK:
http://www.cvltnation.com/ambient-horror-an-interview-with-author-and-musician-michael-griffin/

My thanks to Gus Butler for the interesting questions and ideas, and to cvltnation.com for hosting the interview.

The News According to Dim Shores

Just back from ReaderCon 2017, and I may have more to say about that soon. For now, just a couple of notes about news from today’s Dim Shores email update.

First, Sam Cowan of Dim Shores confirms that Looming Low (the first installment) will in fact be released at NecronomiCon Providence in both Deluxe Hardcover and Trade Paperback. You can order copies to pick up at the con, or to be mailed out afterward. Looming Low was talked about quite a bit at ReaderCon, and clearly a lot of people are very excited about it.

Also, Sam will have 10 copies each of several sold-out chapbooks to sell at NecronomiCon, including:

THE XIPÉHUZ (J.-H. Rosny aîné, Scott Nicolay, Michael Bukowski)
THE TIRED SOUNDS, A WAKE (Michael Wehunt, Justine Jones)
AN IDEAL RETREAT (Michael Griffin, Mikio Murakami)

So, if you missed out on any of these, make sure you race directly to the Dim Shores table in the dealer room as soon as you can!

Lastly, back to Looming Low news, seven contributors to the book will be reading in a pair of reading blocks yet to be scheduled. Those include:

Nadia Bulkin
Michael Cisco
Michael Griffin
Livia Llewellyn
Anya Martin
Scott Nicolay
Michael Wehunt

I’m most definitely looking forward to seeing the book and hearing all these readers together!

ReaderCon 2017

This Thursday through Sunday I’ll be at ReaderCon, a convention I first attended in 2014 and enjoyed so much I’ve been back every year since.

Here’s a photo from that first visit, with Paul Tremblay, Justin Steele and Michael Cisco. Jeffrey Thomas is in the room too, taking the photo with my camera.

This year I’ll be rooming with Justin Steele and Michael Wehunt. Last year, we stayed at a different hotel a few miles away, and while that worked OK, I’m very relieved to be staying in the con hotel itself again this year. I look forward to seeing many good friends, and meeting some of you for the first time!

Walk On The Weird Side

WALK ON THE WEIRD SIDE is a weird fiction anthology edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr. to be sold at NecronomiCon Providence as a fundraiser for the convention. Those who want to obtain the book but can’t attend will be able to order via the con’s online store.

The book will include my story “Everyone Gathers at Haystack Rock,” along with work by a really impressive selection of writers. See below.

Cover art by Nick Gucker:

Table of Contents:

Nadia Bulkin – Empire Down
S.P. Miskowski – 140 x 76 (A Tour of Griffith Park)
Kristi DeMeester – A Sound from the Earth
Matthew M. Bartlett – The Two-Wheel System
Ann K. Schwader – Haunted Innsmouth
Michael Griffin – Everyone Gathers at Haystack Rock
Craig L. Gidney – Eidolon Realty, LLC
Farah Rose Smith – As Unbreakable as the World
Peter Rawlik – The Final Days of Der Zirkus LAvenza
Ashley Dioses – Daemonolatry
– A Sea of Snow and Frost
Daniel Braum – Goodnight Kookaburra
Nathan Carson – Divine Providence
Jon Padgett – A Little Delta of Filth
Rebecca J. Allred – Lambda 580
Alistair Rennie – The Fear Seeker
S M Wright – Night Gaunts, Too (On reading sonnet XX in H.P. Lovecraft’s *Fungi from Yuggoth* cycle)
Rhys Hughes – The Bannister
John Claude Smith – Eouem Chumkpaa
Ashley Dioses – Hollow King
Michael Bukowski (Illustration for Michael Wehunt text)
Michael Wehunt – The Loved One (being among the Thousand Forms of Nyarlathotep)
Anna Tambour – The Godchildren
Christopher Slatsky – The Anthroparian Integration Technique
Scott Thomas – The Red Gryphon
Lynda E. Rucker – Stolen
Tom Lynch – Release
Cody Goodfellow – He Opens a Window
Robert Levy – This is Love
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy – The Night Of Maya
Philip Fracassi – ID
Ann K. Schwader – Tomb-Feasters
Maura McHugh – Impossible to Feign

Looming Low Table of Contents

I think one of the most interesting books coming out this summer is Looming Low, the first anthology from Dim Shores. I’m very pleased to have a story in the book, which features quite an impressive array of talent.

Looming Low Table of Contents:

Kurt Fawver – “The Convexity of Our Youth”
A.C. Wise – “The Stories We Tell About Ghosts”
Michael Wehunt – “In Canada”
Brian Evenson – “The Second Door”
Daniel Mills – “The Christiansen Deaths”
Betty Rocksteady – “Dusk Urchin”
Livia Llewellyn – “The Gin House”
Damien Angelica Walters – “This Unquiet Space”
Sunny Moraine – “We Grope Together, and Avoid Speech”
Brooke Warra – “Heirloom”
Lucy A. Snyder – “That Which Does Not Kill You”
Simon Strantzas – “Doused by Night”
Kaaron Warren – “We Are All Bone Inside”
Lisa L Hannett – “Outside, a Drifter”
Kristi DeMeester – “The Small Deaths of Skin and Plastic”
Scott Nicolay – “When the Blue Sky Breaks”
Craig L. Gidney – “Mirror Bias”
Anya Martin – “Boisea trivittata”
Michael Cisco – “Rock n’ Roll Death Squad”
S.P. Miskowski – “Alligator Point”
Jeffrey Thomas – “Stranger in the House”
Christopher Slatsky – “SPARAGMOS”
Richard Gavin – “Banishments”
Michael Griffin – “The Sound of Black Dissects the Sun”
Nadia Bulkin – “Live Through This”
Gemma Files – “Distant Dark Places”

If that list of writers isn’t enough to convince you, or the expertise of co-editors Steele and Cowan, how about these two covers:

Trade Paperback art: Yves Tourigny

Deluxe Hardcover art: Marcela Bolívar

Looming Low Hardcover Alternate Cover

I recently previewed the beautiful cover art by Yves Tourigny for the trade edition of Looming Low, to be published this summer by Dim Shores.

This week, Sam from Dim Shores offered a peek at the alternate cover artwork that will be featured on the limited hardcover version. This wonderful art is by Marcela Bolivar.

I love the idea of very different artwork variations for different formats of the book, similar to what Word Horde did with The Children of Old Leech, with a hardcover art by Matthew Revert and paperback art by Dalton Rose.

Here’s a bit of a closer focus on just the front cover:

The book is meant to be out this summer, with an official launch at NecronomiCon in Providence in August, and it appears the plan is that both trade paperback and limited hardcover will be available at that time, as well as through the Dim Shores online store. The paperback version will be available through other outlets such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and so on.

More information about the project, including a listing of all the writers and their stories, can be found at Sam Cowan’s blog HERE.

Preview of Looming Low from Dim Shores

Dim Shores, the excellent small publisher responsible for my own An Ideal Retreat last year, has released quite an impressive series of limited edition paperbacks. Not long ago, Sam Cowan announced Looming Low, the first Dim Shores anthology, which he planned to co-edit with Justin Steele.

The book will be released this summer in a limited hardcover, and an unlimited trade paperback, and the editors have just offered a preview of the cover.

The cover art is by Yves Tourigny, and I think it looks fantastic! Here’s the full wraparound design, the back cover of which includes the roster of authors. You can click on the image to see it bigger.

I’m very excited about this book, which will include my novelette “The Sound of Black Dissects the Sun,” along with a lot of really great-sounding stories by some of the best names in the Weird & Horror fiction scenes.

I mentioned the limited hardcover, which will utilize different art by another artist. I look forward to seeing and sharing that as well, when it’s available. Great work by Sam, Justin and Yves so far.

Interviewed by Alvaro Zino-Amaro

Hey, my recent interview with Alvaro Zinos-Amaro was just posted.

http://www.hexpublishers.com says:
“Read Alvaro Zinos-Amaro’s interview with author Michael Griffin in a new series of interviews on our e-zine, #WORDS. Here they discuss Griffin’s latest releases: Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, and The Lure of Devouring Light. ”

http://www.hexpublishers.com/words_interview-with-michael-griffin.html

It’s called “The Places I Want to Visit: A Conversation with Michael Griffin (June 2017)” and I think it’s one of the more interesting interviews I’ve done. My thanks to Alvaro and to hexpublishers.com!