Jason’s Weird Reads – Top 2020 Books Read

Jason White reviewed Armageddon House on his Jason’s Weird Reads channel on YouTube back in June. You can jump to that review here:

https://griffinwords.com/2020/06/08/armageddon-house-review-on-jasons-weird-reads/

This week, Jason did a year-end summary in which he listed his 10 favorite books of 2020 — which includes not only books published this year, but earlier books he just got around to reading.

It’s wonderful to see Jason listed Armageddon House among his favorites. It’s a ranked list, so you’ll have to watch to see where he placed my book in his top 10 of the year. There are also 5 honorable mentions, so there are really 15 books listed.

https://youtu.be/3jUgmU3-i5c

I really appreciate Jason’s kind words about my book, and aside from this year-end summary, I suggest people check out the other programming on his YouTube channel.

Late 2020 Update

Mostly I use this blog to share information with other people who may be interested, but another use of something like this is as a sort of diary, so I can look back later and see what I did and when.

Last night I hit a milestone, finishing the first draft of a novel that I first started writing about two years ago. That reminded me it might be a good time to summarize where everything stands with regard to my writing and publishing.

Obviously 2020 has been an absolutely crazy year. It’s been hard to feel like this is what life is supposed to be like, but then we simply have to deal with the circumstances in which we find ourselves, right? The COVID pandemic and the unusually loony and contentious political scene have at times made it difficult to do the things I would normally do. I know I’m not the only writer who has wondered how one could possibly concentrate on telling stories at a time like this. Others have had trouble reading for enjoyment.

While for part of the year, I’ve felt detached from my usual enjoyment of both reading and writing, at other times I’ve been more engaged than ever. There finally exists some hope that the most difficult aspects of 2020 will soon be alleviated.

First, as for publishing, my main published work of this year was Armageddon House, the novella published by Undertow Publications in May. There was a beautiful limited hardcover edition, which quickly sold out, and a trade paperback and ebook which remain available.

Also, a Polish translation appeared recently from Wydawnictwo IX, the first time my work has been published in translation anywhere.

To see more about Armageddon House, you can find all posts on this blog with the Armageddon House tag here:

https://griffinwords.com/tag/armageddon-house/



The only other work that I believe will appear in 2020 is my story “I Wake Up and Remember Myself” which will appear in Vastarien, volume 3, issue 2, a great, big double issue of what is always a reliably interesting periodical, and which this time contains work from many great writers. That issue of Vastarien can be preordered here:

https://grimscribepress.com/issues/

As for writing, in September, I finished a long novelette that is out on submission. I’ll say a lot more about it once it has found a publisher. This was the only project I both started and finished in 2020, taking much of the summer.

So mostly, I started and ended the year writing the first draft of the novel I mentioned earlier. When I hit a point when I didn’t feel like writing new words, I went back to the beginning of the novel and started re-writing from the beginning through about the 1/3 mark, which means that even though I just hit the end of the first draft, much of the novel has been polished a bit, and the rewrite process won’t be quite as long as if I needed to start from the beginning.

In other projects, though it’s not exactly what most people think of as “writing,” I did take brief time-outs during the year to plot and outline a couple of other novels, and I’ve arrived at which one of these I’ll begin writing next year when I get to a good place with the current edits.

That’s all I have to report for now. I’ve been reading a lot, and have encountered some really great books in the past few months, so maybe I’ll write something about those soon.

“I Wake Up and Remember Myself” in Vastarien

I’m very pleased to announce that my story “I Wake Up and Remember Myself” will be appearing in the next issue of Vastarien: A Literary Journal, volume 3, issue 2. This should be available in November, so anywhere between 1 and 30 days from now.

I haven’t yet seen the full table of contents, but in the announcement from Grimscribe Press (publisher of Vastarien), they say:

Happy Halloween!Our first double issue! Original cover art and 13 original, full color illustrations by living legend Harry 0. Morris. 25 works of fiction by Michael Griffin, Cody Goodfellow, Leia Von Hessen, Sarah L. Johnson, John Claude Smith, Casilda Ferrante, Lora Gray, Matthew M. Bartlett, and others! 5 Nonfiction articles by Shawn Chang, Denis Moreau, E. F. Schrader, Alex Skopic, and John Palisano. 9 poems by Sonya Taaffe, Rae White, Dimitry Blizniukm and others. All new recurring column by a special guest! Coming November, 2020! Preorder now!

Here’s the link to the issue listing where you can preorder print or electronic versions:


https://grimscribepress.com/issues/?fbclid=IwAR1SZFhGbifi–xsPhYhaDFQbG00qnsHQ3P1j2mBVfic_by74Ou9ayz8xJc

Polish Edition of Armageddon House

The Polish edition of my novella Armageddon House is being released by publisher Wydawnictwo IX, and is now up for order.

Michael Griffin “Armageddon House” (PRZEDSPRZEDAŻ)






I don’t read Polish, and I’m sure most of the people reading this blog don’t either, but nonetheless I’m very excited to have my work translated for the first time. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to reach many new readers. My thanks to Wydawnictwo IX and translator Tomasz Chyrzyński.

The Last Bookstore

I’m told that Armageddon House was part of a large batch of Undertow Publication books recently made available at The Last Bookstore, “Los Angeles’s largest (and funkiest) indie bookstore.”

If you’re like me, you enjoy supporting independent booksellers, so if you’re in the L.A. area, consider checking out what must be a pretty cool horror section!

You can find out more about The Last Bookstore here:
http://lastbookstorela.com/
https://twitter.com/lastbookstorela
https://www.facebook.com/lastbookstore/

Armageddon House Reviewed At Volume 1 Brooklyn

Volume 1 Brooklyn just posted a very nice review by Tobias Carroll of Armageddon House. Another other things, he says:

Armageddon House may not be the book you’re expecting, but it never stops being gripping — or suggesting greater mysteries around the next corner.”




The link to the review is here:
https://vol1brooklyn.com/2020/10/22/memory-and-mysteries-in-an-ambiguous-space-a-review-of-armageddon-house/

My sincere thanks to Tobias Carroll and Volume 1 Brooklyn for the review!

The Horror Bundle from Word Horde

I’m excited to be part of a really cool e-book bundle through StoryBundle, which features a bunch of e-books from Word Horde.



It’s a bundle of 5 books that can be purchased for whatever the buyer thinks it’s worth, and if the payment is $15 or greater, you get 10 bonus books, including my story collection The Human Alchemy. You can optionally donate 10% of your purchase price to Planned Parenthood at the time of purchase — not paying 10% extra, but just saying “yes, please give 10% of what I paid to charity.”

Aside from the fact that I’ve had two books published by Word Horde, I really believe every book they’ve done has been worth owning — in fact, I’ve already purchased them all! If you own some of these already, it’s still a great way to pick up a lot of what Word Horde has released for a great price, and put some money in the pockets of some great authors, an amazing press, and if you’re so inclined, a worthy institution in Planned Parenthood.

Even if you already own every one of these books, as I do, you can purchase the bundle as a gift for another reader you suspect might enjoy them.

There’s a lot more information about the bundle and all the individual books and authors here: https://storybundle.com/horror

My sincere thanks to Molly Tanzer for curating the bundle (Molly’s super-enjoyable novel Vermilion is part of the 15 book package as well), and to Word Horde for putting out so many great books.

Hillsboro Library Event Now on YouTube

Tuesday evening’s Hillsboro Public Library event went quite well, and was a lot of fun. Of course, these “live” events, even online, can be hard to coordinate with one’s schedule, so if you wanted to watch it and missed out, you’ll be pleased to know it’s been uploaded to YouTube.

Here’s the address, in case the embed feature below doesn’t work in your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46BQIzqzQuE

Non-Amazon Armageddon House Ebooks

Armageddon House has been available on Kindle ebook format from Amazon since day one, but we now have it available in other ebook formats and from other sellers at the same low price, currently $3.



It’s available now direct from Undertow Publications (MOBI or EPUB):
https://undertowpublications.com/ebooks

It’s available now from Smashwords (many formats):
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1038024

Smashwords also acts as an aggregator, gradually spreading the ebook out to other resellers such as Apple, Kobo, Overdrive and more, so it will soon be available pretty much everywhere ebooks are sold.

Armageddon House Review on HorrorBound

Armageddon House just received a great review by Joe Scipione on HorrorBound.




I don’t want to excerpt too much, but here’s a little something Joe had to say about it:

“One of the top novellas of the year!”

To check out the rest, follow the link:


https://www.horrorbound.net/blog/2020/7/15/armageddon-house-a-top-novella-of-the-year

My thanks to reviewer Joe Scipione and the rest of the team over at HorrorBound.net!