Word Horde Reading on Outer Dark Podcast

Maybe you missed The Outer Dark Symposium in San Jose two weekends ago, and wish you could’ve attended all the panels and readings? If so, you’re in luck, because The Outer Dark is also a podcast, and they’re starting to run audio of some of that programming.

First up, the Word Horde sponsored reading from Friday night, featuring Scott R Jones, Tiffany Scandal, Rios de la Luz and me.

http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tod-034-the-outer-dark-symposium-2018-friday-night-readings-presented-by-wordhorde-featuring-rios-de-la-luz-michael-griffin-scott-r-jones-tiffany-scandal-and-ross-e-lockhart/

Upcoming installments of The Outer Dark podcast will feature panels and other readings. It was a great convention, and now’s your chance to check it out.

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2018 Outer Dark Symposium

In just over two weeks, I’ll be attending the Outer Dark Symposium in San Jose, California. You can read more about the event, and possibly help support it, at the Outer Dark Symposium Indiegogo page. There’s also a Facebook event page here.

The symposium, which takes place at the Winchester Mystery House, should be a fun and unusual gathering, smaller than conventions like NecronomiCon or ReaderCon, more intimate and packed with only the coolest Weird weirdos.

Just before the Symposium itself, taking place in the affiliated hotel where many of the guests will be staying, is a Friday night reading event. I’ll be reading along with Rios de la Luz, Tiffany Scandal and Scott R Jones. Of this event, the organizers say:

Thanks to Word Horde for sponsoring our Kick-Off event to The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2018 featuring readings by Mike Griffin, Rios de la Luz, Tiffany Scandal & Scott R Jones! Hosted by Ross E. Lockhart. Please tell your friends in the Bay Area because it’s open to the public for a $10 cover charge. Or we still have a few tickets left to the symposium, and it’s included in your membership. Spread the Weird! https://theouterdark.brownpapertickets.com

In fact, it appears the Friday reading event has its own event page (distinct from the Outer Dark Symposium event page) on Facebook here.

This will be my first time at the Outer Dark Symposium (there was an event last year in Atlanta). I believe this gathering promises to be a lot of fun, and I look forward to seeing many friends among the scheduled guests and random attendees.

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/

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!

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.

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.

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!