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!

New Hieroglyphs Review by Shane Douglas Keene

Shane Douglas Keene’s new review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone just appeared on Horrortalk.com. The review is a great one, and begins:

I had my first experience with Michael Griffin’s words last summer when I read his collection of novellas and short stories, The Lure of Devouring Light. It made an instant fan of me and I was something approaching ecstatic when I found out his newest work, Hieroglyphs of Blood & Bone, from Trepidatio Publishing, was headed to my mailbox. Griffin has a uniquely captivating style and a voice all his own, and every story he writes is different from the last. Even when taking on familiar themes, he approaches his subject in a singularly original way, making the familiar seem new and the new seem somehow familiar.

My thanks to Shane and to HorrorTalk.com for the boost.

LINK:
https://www.horrortalk.com/reviews/book-reviews/7443-hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-michael-griffin.html

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New Interview With John Linwood Grant

John Linwood Grant posted our interview on greydogtales.com yesterday. We went in some interesting directions with this set of questions and answers, discussing a number of angles I hadn’t previously addressed about my work.

Mystery and confusion are aspects I enjoy generally, and particularly in this story, I felt they were important, maybe even central.

I really enjoyed thinking about and responding the interview questions, and hope you’ll take a look. We spent a fair amount of time on both THE LURE OF DEVOURING LIGHT and HIEROGLYPHS OF BLOOD AND BONE.

LINK:

http://greydogtales.com/blog/devouring-hieroglyphs-michael-griffin

My thanks to John Linwood Grant for the interesting approach to interview questions, and the opportunity to spread the word about my work in general, and the new novel in particular.

Hieroglyphs Reviewed by Michael R. Collings for The Horror Review

The Horror Review has just posted Michael R. Colling’s new review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone. As usual, you’ll have to follow the link to read the whole thing, but here’s a sample:

Although the word is often applied to stories of horror and terror, few weird tales can legitimately claim to be phantasmagorical—composed of real or imaginary images resembling those experienced in dreams. Michael Griffin’s Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone is among the few… Hieroglyphs of Bone and Blood is ambitious in conception and scope. Its language is Hemingwayesque in its seemingly disarming simplicity while at the same time the perfect vehicle for telling Guy’s story.

LINK:

http://www.horrorreview.com/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-book-review/

My thanks to Michael R. Collings and The Horror Review for giving their time and attention to Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone!

Des Lewis Real-Time Review of An Ideal Retreat

It’s great to see Des Lewis doing one of his real-time reviews for my novella AN IDEAL RETREAT, published by Dim Shores and now sold out of its limited edition of 200 copies.

For those not familiar with Des’s real-time reviews, essentially he reviews each section, chapter or story in a separate comment on his own blog as he proceeds through the book, rather than reading the whole thing then summarizing in a single review. Not long ago, Des reviewed HIEROGLYPHS OF BLOOD AND BONE here.

This time, I didn’t realize Des had a review underway until he was more than halfway through the book.

Here’s a preview of the first installment:

The full real-time review (so far) is here:

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/an-ideal-retreat-michael-griffin/

Thanks to Des Lewis for giving his attention to my novella!

Announcement: Walk On the Weird Side

I’m happy to announce that my novelette “Everyone Gathers at Haystack Rock” has been accepted for WALK ON THE WEIRD SIDE, an fiction anthology being edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr. in association with NecronomiCon Providence and to be released at that event.

There’s no cover art yet, so that reveal will have to wait, but it’s rumored that the amazing Nick Gucker will be doing the cover.

As for other writers, I’ve seen a few of the names of others involved, but I’ll let them make their own announcements. It should be a good one! My thanks to Joe Pulver and to Niels Hobbs and all the other organizers and volunteers making this great convention happen.