ReaderCon This Weekend

I’ve been so busy with real life this past few weeks, time has flown by. Almost two weeks since the release of The Human Alchemy, and already it’s time to head out to ReaderCon.

If you’ll be at ReaderCon, I’ll see you there. If you’re not, I’ll try to post photos. Heading out tonight… ready or not!

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The Human Alchemy Release Day

Today is the official release day of The Human Alchemy.

The Human Alchemy

Some people who preordered direct from Word Horde have received their copies a few days early, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing photos of those paperbacks (and in one case, a Kindle screen) posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I’m not sure why, but somehow seeing the book in the hands of a specific reader makes the connection seem so much more real than when someone just says “I bought a copy.” All the support is appreciated!

Earlier in the week I posted direct links to where the book could be ordered, including Word Horde, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and IndieBound.

A couple more have appeared since:

Book Depository (paperback):
https://www.bookdepository.com/Human-Alchemy-Michael-Griffin/9781939905406

Weightless Books (ebook):
https://weightlessbooks.com/format/the-human-alchemy/

I’m not done bothering everyone about this book, but it’s very exciting to have it out there in the world now, and no longer just “coming soon!”

Where to Preorder The Human Alchemy

This week The Human Alchemy will be out… well, this weekend, at least. Official release date is June 30. So then, assuming you want to get your hands on a copy, where can you get it? Here are some ideas.

PAPERBACK + DIGITAL BUNDLE:

https://wordhorde.com/product/ha-bundle/

PAPERBACK:

AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1939905400

B&N https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-human-alchemy-michael-griffin/1128891576

INDIEBOUND https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781939905406

POWELL’S http://www.powells.com/book/the-human-alchemy-9781939905406

KINDLE EBOOK:

NOOK E-BOOK:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-human-alchemy-michael-griffin/1128891576?ean=2940162151340

KOBO E-BOOK:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-human-alchemy

There will probably be others soon, but that’s the list as of now. I very much appreciate the support of everyone who orders a copy!

This Is Horror Interview Pt. 1

The first part of my interview with Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella of This Is Horror is now available for everyone, not just Patreon contributors, HERE.

The whole conversation was a lot of fun, and this represents just the first half, so there will be more in another week our so. In this part we talk about focusing on creative work, and sometimes taking a break from it, differences between music-making and writing, and the nuts and bolts of assembling a short story collection… among other things.

INTERVIEW LINK:
http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-211-michael-griffin-on-compiling-short-story-collections-writing-and-music-and-writing-advice-ignored/

Hypnotic Book-Buying Enticements

My very fine publisher Word Horde has just come out with a couple of eye-catching promotional bits for my upcoming collection, The Human Alchemy.

Here’s the coolest one.

Heralded as one of the leading voices in contemporary weird fiction, Michael Griffin returns with his second collection, The Human Alchemy. Here you will find eleven magnificent tales of the strange and sublime, the familiar and the disquieting, where dreamlike beauty and breathtaking horror intertwine. Featuring an introduction by S.P. Miskowski. “Michael Griffin’s The Human Alchemy reveals a multifoliatedly arcane world hidden beneath the surface of our own mundane one, riddling it with hell-holes, quicksand and potential ecstatic ruin. His stories snag and drown readers by degrees, fast or slow, every sequence a new section of reef lying in wait for unwary navigators, especially those trained to expect the usual horror tropes. In other words, damn this stuff is Weird.” –Gemma Files, author of Experimental Film Model: @kwigglett #bookface

A post shared by Word Horde (@wordhorde) on

Earlier, there was this…

It’s wonderful to see Word Horde doing these super-cool, inventive bits to help spread awareness of the books!

This Is Horror Interview Coming Up

A couple weeks back, I spent a few hours recording an interview with Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella for their This Is Horror Podcast.

This Is Horror Patreon subscribers will have earlier access to the interview, while everybody else will get part one on Monday June 25 and part two on Monday July 2. I’ll post direct links when those are generally available, but for now you can check out the podcast HERE.

If you’re a Patron subscriber, you can start HERE. I had a lot of fun recording this interview, and want to thank Michael and Bob. The podcast is always worth a listen, so it was fun to have my chance to participate.

Publishers Weekly Likes The Human Alchemy

Publishers Weekly just came out with their review of The Human Alchemy, and they seem to think you ought to buy it and read it.

Here’s a little snippet of the review:

Griffin (The Lure of Devouring Light) creates characters who have experienced deeply personal losses that make their quests to rise above circumstances seem a poignant effort to deny that “everything and everyone… might vanish before its time.” His stories are fantastical and horrific, and their outcomes are refreshingly unpredictable.

Full review link:
https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781939905406

A nice, generous review, which features a couple of brief quotes from the text, and calls out “The Tidal Pull of Salt and Sand” and “Endure Within a Dying Frame” in particular.

Thanks, PW!

Two Reviews of The Human Alchemy

The Human Alchemy won’t be released until June 30, but the first two advance reviews have just appeared.

The review by Carson Winter at signalhorizon.com is a somewhat mixed appraisal, but includes plenty of praise, including the following:

Griffin’s prose shines, even when it’s written in a tersely poetic present-tense, giving his writing a metallic coolness that juxtaposes well with his warm-blooded characters.

Review link:
https://www.signalhorizon.com/single-post/2018/06/21/Book-Review-The-Human-Alchemy-by-Michael-Griffin

The review by Peter Dabbene in Foreword Reviews is quite enthusiastic, and can be previewed online HERE. It includes this assessment:

Griffin is a confident and imaginative writer with a unique voice. Fans of horror, or just fiction in general, would be well advised to give The Human Alchemy a try.

Review link:
http://www.pressreader.com/usa/foreword-reviews/20180618/282213716542996

My thanks to both reviewers, and both review venues, for devoting their resources and attention to my work!

Questions For This Is Horror Interview

Tomorrow morning I’ll be recording an interview with Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella for their This Is Horror podcast. I’ve been a fan of their podcast for quite a while and have listened to most of the 200-plus episodes.

If you’re a contributor to the This is Horror Patreon account, you can submit questions for me, if you do it today. One of my favorite parts of these interviews, as a listener, is the audience-submitted questions, so I hope there will be at least a few for my interview.

A direct link to their post asking for questions is HERE. I look forward to chatting with Michael and Bob, and will be sure to let everyone know once the interview is available to their Patreon subscribers, and again a bit later when it’s available to non-subscribers.

Four Wonderful Endorsements

One of the rare but wonderful occurrences in publishing is the moment before an upcoming book is published when the blurbs start to arrive. Not many things feel as wonderful as receiving endorsements from some of my favorite writers. For The Human Alchemy, I made of point of only reaching out to writers who hadn’t written blurbs for The Lure of Devouring Light (which included Laird Barron, S.P. Miskowki, Jeffrey Thomas and Michael Cisco). The blog post where I first announced the blurbs for my first collection is here

This time, I was lucky enough to get responses from Richard Gavin, Brian Evenson, Gabino Iglesias and Gemma Files. Despite my “no repeat” rule, S.P. Miskowski did return to write the introduction, about which I’ll say more in a future blog post.

For now, here’s what Richard, Brian, Gabino and Gemma had to say.

“Every story in The Human Alchemy is a finely-wrought tapestry, containing many shades of darkness and light. Michael Griffin deftly weaves together threads of loss, mysticism, and creeping fear to create a truly remarkable collection. His tales usher the reader through the familiar world, then reveals to them the infinite.”
Richard Gavin, author of Sylvan Dread

“Griffin’s characters often live in the aftermath of loss and, deeply wounded, they search for something to make them whole or to make them feel the world is not an arbitrary place.  From cult followers awaiting enlightenment, to believers in mystical texts, to a mathematician who tries to formulate the structure of the world, to a woman who thinks she’s entering a threesome but ends up getting (and losing) so much more, Griffin’s characters pursue the lure of enlightenment into places that are very dark indeed–and once they’re inside, chances are they won’t be able to get out.  A strong collection that makes us understand the weird in a powerful new way.”
Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses

“Michael Griffin’s The Human Alchemy is fine art dripping slime from another dimension. This is cool, strange, creepy, elegant fiction. Think Iceberg Slim in a tailor-made Italian suit channeling the best of Lovecraft while dragging it, kicking and screaming, into our time. Throw in crackling dialogue and an Escher-like ability to bend time and space while forging new realities and what you have is a collection that cements Griffin as one of the most stylish, unique, and entertaining voices in contemporary weird fiction.”
Gabino Iglesias, author of Zero Saints

“Michael Griffin’s The Human Alchemy reveals a multifoliatedly arcane world hidden beneath the surface of our own mundane one, riddling it with hell-holes, quicksand and potential ecstatic ruin. His stories snag and drown readers by degrees, fast or slow, every sequence a new section of reef lying in wait for unwary navigators, especially those trained to expect the usual horror tropes. In other words, damn this stuff is Weird.”
Gemma Files, author of Experimental Film

I can’t possibly thank these four amazing writers enough to accurately convey how flattered and pleased I am to receive their words. I hope anyone not already familiar with the work of any or all of the four will seek it out.