Two Episodes of The Outer Dark

I participated in the last two episodes of The Outer Dark podcast hosted by Scott Nicolay.

Most recently, in episode 026, I discussed the two BizarroCon panels featured in the episode, and discussed Autumn Christian’s collection Ecstatic Inferno.

http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tod-026-two-bizarrocon-panels-the-road-to-publication-and-the-weird-in-a-post-weird-world/

In last week’s episode 025, I made an appearance to talk about Bizarro Con, which had just finished at the time of the interview, and give a short review of John Claude Smith’s novel The Wilderness Within.

http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tod-025-nathan-carson-touring-the-weird-by-canoe/

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Talking The Lure of Devouring Light with Gordon B. White on Hellnotes

Hellnotes just posted this in-depth interview I did with Gordon B. White about my story “The Lure of Devouring Light.” Note that the interview concerns only the title story from my collection, and not the entire collection.

The interview includes spoilers, so don’t read this until after you’ve read the story! The story is available to read for free online at Apex Magazine, where the story was first published. In fact, this story was my first professional publication.

https://www.apex-magazine.com/the-lure-of-devouring-light/

Last time I looked, the byline on the post says it’s by Jess Landry, but the interview is definitely with Gordon B. White. That will probably be corrected.

I enjoyed this interview not only for Gordon’s very insightful and interesting questions, but for the opportunity to discuss one particular story in depth, and to allow for discussion from from the point of view of assuming that anyone reading has already finished the story. It was fun to go into detail about where the story came from, and to discuss the characters and their interactions in depth.

Here’s the link to the “Deep Cuts” interview with Gordon B. White at Hellnotes.com:

https://hellnotes.com/deep-cuts-michael-griffin-talks-the-lure-of-devouring-light/

My thanks to Gordon White and Hellnotes!

My BizarroCon 2017 Schedule

BizarroCon is a local convention I’ve really enjoyed the last few years. It takes place every autumn at McMenamins Edgefield, a site worth visiting on its own merits, even if there’s no BizarroCon happening.

It’s on the smaller side, as conventions go, and certainly one of the friendlier and more intimate events I’ve attended. The readings and several of the events occur in this separate building called the Ad House, but panels and the vending room and the Saturday evening banquet and awards take over a good chunk of the main hotel.

Above, I am reading in the Ad House last year (photo by Ross E. Lockhart).

I will be in attendance for a few hours Thursday night, and all day Friday and Saturday, and until mid-afternoon Sunday. My participation in the programming will include:

Saturday 12:30-1:30pm
THE WORD HORDE READING HOUR—Ross Lockhart, Michael Griffin, Nathan Carson, and Tiffany Scandal. (Location: The Ad House)

Saturday 2:30-3:15pm
WORLD BUILDING AND ATMOSPHERE (Mod—Ross Lockhart, Mike Griffin, Kevin L. Donihe, Laura Lee Bahr, Autumn Christian, Eric Hendrixson)—Bizarro fiction is known for its surreal landscapes and unconventional settings. How do you create a strange world while still keeping your story grounded and accessible to readers? This panel of writers will share their approaches to world building. (Location: The Barley Room)

Link to the complete schedule:

Schedule 2017

I’ll post pictures on my Instagram and Facebook feeds, for those who are curious but can’t attend. Those of you who will be present, I look forward to seeing you!

Three Recent Anthologies

Between August and September, my stories appeared in three new anthologies. I’ve mentioned all three as “upcoming” in previous blogs, but now that they’re all available, I wanted to follow up to make sure everyone knows they’re available to order.

LOOMING LOW

This star-studded compendium of the weird was the first anthology released by Dim Shores, and came out simultaneously in limited, deluxe hardcover and trade paperback versions.

Order trade Looming Low paperback

Order Looming Low limited deluxe hardcover

Also, Looming Low has recently become available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. The limited hardcover will only be available directly through Dim Shores.

Order Looming Low paperback from Amazon

Order Looming Low Kindle ebook from Amazon

A WALK ON THE WEIRD SIDE

This was the official weird fiction, fantasy and horror anthology of the NecronomiCon Providence 2017 convention. Edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr., it includes work from:

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

Order A Walk on the Weird Side paperback

This is supposed to be available through other outlets at some point, but for now you can only get it through the link above.

DARKER COMPANIONS

This tribute to the work of Ramsey Campbell was released by Britain’s P.S. Publishing in a beautiful hardcover, currently available only direct from the publisher. Contents include:

Introduction: Hymns from the Church in High Street by Scott David Aniolowski
Holoow by Michael Wehunt
The Long Fade into Evening by Steve Rasnic Tem
Asking Price by S.P. Miskowski
Author! Author? by John Llewellyn Probert
Meriwether by Michael Griffin
The Entertainment Arrives by Alison Littlewood
Premeditation by Marc Laidlaw
A Perfect Replica by Damien Angelica Walters
There, There by Gary McMahon
We Pass from View by Matthew M. Bartlett
Meeting the Master by Gary Fry
Saints in Gold by Kristi DeMeester
This Last Night in Sodom by Cody Goodfellow
The Whither by Kaaron Warren
Uncanny Valley by Jeffrey Thomas
The Dublin Horror by Lynda E. Rucker
The Sixth Floor by Thana Niveau
The Carcass of the Lion by Christopher Slatsky
The Granfalloon by Orrin Grey
Little Black Lamb by Adam L G Nevill

Order Darker Companions deluxe hardcover

As with the previous entry, this will likely be available through other outlets soon, but as of now, it can only be obtained direct from the source linked above.

Copies of An Ideal Retreat at Dim Shores

My limited novella An Ideal Retreat sold out earlier this year at Dim Shores, but Publisher Sam found a few extra copies. An Ideal Retreat is available for sale again, while they last. It’s a beautiful book, with art by Mikio Murakami.

An Ideal Retreat

http://dimshores.storenvy.com/products/18112772-an-ideal-retreat

Also, if you’re shopping at Dim Shores, don’t miss out on Looming Low, their beautiful first anthology.

Looming Low trade paperback

Looming Low limited, deluxe hardcover

Also, while you’re there, take a look at the latest from Dim Shores, The Resplendent Troswoman Below, by Joseph S. Pulver Sr. and Edward Morris. This release is a fundraiser to our good friend Joe Pulver, who has experienced a terrible health episode recently, necessitating a lengthy hospital stay, and followed by a slow recovery. All proceeds from sales of the chapbook will go directly to benefit Joe.

The Resplendent Troswoman Below

Dim Shores consistently does great work, and since most of their books are limited, you’ll want to check out these listings ASAP if you’re interested.

Honorable Mentions 2016 – Best Horror of the Year

Writers strive in several directions… To be published in great places, to attract readers to our work, and to achieve the approval of editors we respect.

Ellen Datlow is the top editor in the fields of Horror and Weird Fiction, and her Best Horror of the Year is an essential summary of every year’s activities. I’m pleased and very flattered to see Ellen Datlow’s 2016 Honorable Mentions list for Best Horror of the Year includes four of my stories, incuding two from my first collection and two that will be in my second collection.

Griffin, Michael “Endure with a Dying Frame,” The Lovecraft ezine, #38.

Griffin, Michael “The Black Vein Runs Deep,” The Lure of Devouring Light.

Griffin, Michael “The Human Alchemy,” Eternal Frankenstein.

Griffin, Michael “The Jewel in the Eye,” The Lure of Devouring Light.

The full Honorable Mentions list for 2016 is spread across 3 pages, and all my entries are on page 1 because of the way the alphabet works.

http://ellendatlow.com/2017/10/12/honorable-mentions-2016-best-horror-of-the-year-volume-nine-1/

http://ellendatlow.com/2017/10/12/honorable-mentions-2016-best-horror-of-the-year-volume-nine-2/

http://ellendatlow.com/2017/10/12/honorable-mentions-2016-best-horror-of-the-year-volume-nine-3/

My thanks to Ellen for the endorsement, and to Ross E. Lockhart for publishing Lure of Devouring Light and Eternal Frankenstein, and to Lovecraft eZine for publishing “Endure Within a Dying Frame.” The above-mentioned second collection, called The Human Alchemy, will include that story as well as “Endure Within a Dying Frame” and several others, and should appear in 2018.

My H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest 2017 Schedule

Tomorrow our guests arrive for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, and Friday the events get underway!

The full schedule is available in PDF format HERE.

Here’s my portion of the schedule, including “note to self” times for when the doors open each day, dinner breaks, and events I’m part of, as well as the screening of They Remain I want to see on Sunday. I’ll have to miss the Saturday world premiere of They Remain in the big theater downstairs because it conflicts with my reading, but as long as I get to catch it the next night, I’m happy.

FRIDAY
6PM doors open
8:30-9:30PM “Panel 2: Women in Lovecraftian Fiction, Martin, O’Keefe, R-Smith, Griffin, Lockhart”

SATURDAY
12:15 doors open
4-5PM “Panel 4: Evolution of Weird Fiction: Shirley, Carson, Wilson, Griffin, Burk”
5-6:30PM dinner break
8:30-9:30PM “Reading 2, Fuller, Griffin, Hoade”

SUNDAY
12:15 doors open
5-6:30PM dinner break
7:20-9:30 They Remain

This event is always really enjoyable, and a great opportunity to see friends and interact with weirdos. We have four people from out of town staying at our house, so it should be a fun four-night slumber party as well!

H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest Next Weekend

After a couple of trips to the East Coast for conventions earlier this summer, I’m very much looking forward to a convention here in Portland. Next Thursday-Sunday, the 2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival will be happening at the Hollywood Theater. I’m not sure if this is my sixth or seventh time attending this con, but it’s certainly a sentimental favorite.

I’ll be a guest again this year and should have information soon on programming such readings or panels. The organizers have just posted an updated film schedule:

http://hplfilmfestival.com/hplfilmfestival-portland-or/films

I’m especially looking forward to the world premiere of They Remain, Philip Gelatt’s take on Laird Barron’s story “–30–,” but there’s all kinds of other great stuff being shown as well.

If you’re going to attend, I look forward to seeing you. If not, I’ll probably be posting a lot of pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Darker Companions Coming Soon

I was excited this morning to see an announcement I’ve been awaiting for quite a while. The always excellent PS Publishing is just about ready to go with Darker Companions, the Ramsey Campbell tribute anthology co-edited by Scott David Aniolowski & Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

Darker Companions will include my story “Meriwether,” in which a couple touring down the coast happen to stop in a small village where an unexplained festival or memorial event seems to be taking place. Contents also include offerings from a really great roster of writers, listed below.

More information can be found on PS Publishing’s order page HERE. They currently list a release date of September 2017, so it won’t be too much longer! One imagines the book will eventually be available through other outlets like Amazon, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, Powells and other places that usually carry books from PS.

Here’s the full Table of Contents:

Introduction: Hymns from the Church in High Street by Scott David Aniolowski
Holoow by Michael Wehunt
The Long Fade into Evening by Steve Rasnic Tem
Asking Price by S.P. Miskowski
Author! Author? by John Llewellyn Probert
Meriwether by Michael Griffin
The Entertainment Arrives by Alison Littlewood
Premeditation by Marc Laidlaw
A Perfect Replica by Damien Angelica Walters
There, There by Gary McMahon
We Pass from View by Matthew M. Bartlett
Meeting the Master by Gary Fry
Saints in Gold by Kristi DeMeester
This Last Night in Sodom by Cody Goodfellow
The Whither by Kaaron Warren
Uncanny Valley by Jeffrey Thomas
The Dublin Horror by Lynda E. Rucker
The Sixth Floor by Thana Niveau
The Carcass of the Lion by Christopher Slatsky
The Granfalloon by Orrin Grey
Little Black Lamb by Adam L G Nevill

I’m very excited to be part of this one, which represents my first appearance in a PS Publishing book, as well my first time appearing alongside many of these writers. My thanks to editors Scott David Aniolowski and Joseph S. Pulver Sr. for choosing to include me.