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.

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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!

Real-Time Review Reaches the End

Des Lewis finished his real-time review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, in case you were waiting to read the whole thing at once. Thanks, Des!

Here’s a teaser:

“A truly remarkable novel that both frustrates and inspires, and I feel increasingly confident that the deliberate-seeming balance between frustration and inspiration is perfectly poised.

Here’s a link to the full real-time review:

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-michael-griffin/

Maybe S.P. Miskowski Will Convince You

It makes my day to see such a wonderful review of AN IDEAL RETREAT by one of my favorite writers. Yes!

Here’s just a sample:

This is fiction for grownups who know the meaning of compromise and sacrifice. This is writing for people who have made mistakes and survived. Highly recommended.

Read S.P. Miskowski’s full review on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1943524875

As of early this morning, I’m told Dim Shores only has 5 copies remaining of the edition of 200, so if S.P.’s review has convinced you, I’d hurry up and grab a copy.

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

Interviewed by Gwendolyn Kiste

I recently completed an interview with Gwendolyn Kiste, which has just been posted to Gwendolyn’s blog.

We talk a lot about the new novel Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, about my collection The Lure of Devouring Light, and various other things past and present, such as the difference in my approach, writing short stories versus novels. Here’s the link:

http://www.gwendolynkiste.com/Blog/devoured-by-the-light-interview-with-michael-griffin/

I’d like to thank Gwendolyn for the opportunity, and the great questions!

Aaron J Besson Reviews Hieroglyphs

Now that Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone has been out for a couple weeks, the reviews are starting to come in, the latest by Aaron J Besson on his review blog Hex Libris. Here’s a pull quote:

“Griffin does a magnificent job of a crafting a story where the reader has little choice but to join in the unsureness (he almost does away with an ongoing sense of time altogether)… Even at the end there is much unanswered, but it cannot be said that the questions asked are not beautiful, extraordinary, and weird.”
-Aaron Besson, Hex Libris

Link to full review:
http://www.aaronjbesson.com/book-reviews-1/2017/3/8/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-mike-griffin

My thanks to Aaron for the great coverage!