The News According to Dim Shores

Just back from ReaderCon 2017, and I may have more to say about that soon. For now, just a couple of notes about news from today’s Dim Shores email update.

First, Sam Cowan of Dim Shores confirms that Looming Low (the first installment) will in fact be released at NecronomiCon Providence in both Deluxe Hardcover and Trade Paperback. You can order copies to pick up at the con, or to be mailed out afterward. Looming Low was talked about quite a bit at ReaderCon, and clearly a lot of people are very excited about it.

Also, Sam will have 10 copies each of several sold-out chapbooks to sell at NecronomiCon, including:

THE XIPÉHUZ (J.-H. Rosny aîné, Scott Nicolay, Michael Bukowski)
THE TIRED SOUNDS, A WAKE (Michael Wehunt, Justine Jones)
AN IDEAL RETREAT (Michael Griffin, Mikio Murakami)

So, if you missed out on any of these, make sure you race directly to the Dim Shores table in the dealer room as soon as you can!

Lastly, back to Looming Low news, seven contributors to the book will be reading in a pair of reading blocks yet to be scheduled. Those include:

Nadia Bulkin
Michael Cisco
Michael Griffin
Livia Llewellyn
Anya Martin
Scott Nicolay
Michael Wehunt

I’m most definitely looking forward to seeing the book and hearing all these readers together!

Looming Low Hardcover Alternate Cover

I recently previewed the beautiful cover art by Yves Tourigny for the trade edition of Looming Low, to be published this summer by Dim Shores.

This week, Sam from Dim Shores offered a peek at the alternate cover artwork that will be featured on the limited hardcover version. This wonderful art is by Marcela Bolivar.

I love the idea of very different artwork variations for different formats of the book, similar to what Word Horde did with The Children of Old Leech, with a hardcover art by Matthew Revert and paperback art by Dalton Rose.

Here’s a bit of a closer focus on just the front cover:

The book is meant to be out this summer, with an official launch at NecronomiCon in Providence in August, and it appears the plan is that both trade paperback and limited hardcover will be available at that time, as well as through the Dim Shores online store. The paperback version will be available through other outlets such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and so on.

More information about the project, including a listing of all the writers and their stories, can be found at Sam Cowan’s blog HERE.

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!

Looming Low Roster

Earlier I mentioned my novelette “The Sound of Black Dissects the Sun” being accepted for the upcoming Dim Shores anthology Looming Low. They’ve just posted the full roster of names (though no story titles yet) so here you go:

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The project is already receiving a ton of enthusiastic buzz today. Can’t wait for the next batch of information, and the cover reveal! I’m really excited to be part of the first Dim Shores anthology, especially alongside such a great roster of writers.

Nightscript 2 Real-Time Review by Des Lewis

Any observer of Weird/Horror Fiction over the past several years has probably see the Real-Time Reviews of Des Lewis, in which Des posts commentary along the way while reading a book. His insights are always interesting, and worth a look.


(image by Des Lewis)

Des has just begun his real-time review of Nightscript II, starting off with the lead story, my own “The Carnival Arrives in Darkness.” The page for the Nightscript II review is HERE. You’ll need to scroll down to see what Des thinks of each story in the comments below.

I plan to check back, day by day, and see what he thinks of the rest of the book! For now, I thank Des for his remarks on my contribution.

Guest Slot on Langan Episode of The Outer Dark

Scott Nicolay’s The Outer Dark podcast (now hosted by This Is Horror) has recently returned after a hiatus due to Scott moving and changing careers. The latest episode is one part archival interview with John Langan (from 2015, before the release of The Fisherman), one part new interview with Langan, and the usual News From the Weird feature.

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In the latter, I step in for usual NFtW co-host Justin Steele, and Scott starts us off with a few questions about my own recent and future publishing activities. From there, we discuss new and upcoming books in the field, culminating with my own review/discussion of The Fisherman.

The Outer Dark is a true must-listen podcast for those interested in Weird and Horror Fiction. Check out the latest sort-of-archival presentation HERE

TOD A04 John Langan: Aspiring to Restlessness and The Times They Are a-Fishin’

BizarroCon 2016 Schedule

The schedule of programming for BizarroCon 2016 has been released. See HERE.

I’ll be at the con Thursday and Friday evenings, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Lena and I are even staying one night at the Edgefield Hotel, even though we live a short distance away, because it’s such a cool, fun place.

My involvement will be as follows:

Saturday 12:30-1:15pm: VARIETIES OF THE WEIRD
(Mod—G. Arthur Brown, Rios de la Luz, Jason Rizos, Kirsten Alene, Garrett Cook, Michael Griffin) writers and editors examine and discuss different styles of weird writing including magic realism, absurdism, gonzo, exploitation, mythology and folk tales. (Location: The Barley Room)

Saturday 2:30-4:00pm: THE WORD HORDE READING BLOCK
Ross E. Lockhart, Michael Griffin, Alan M. Clark, Rios de la Luz.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

6 Bites of Weird Horror in the Wall Street Journal

Check out Michael Calia’s list of 6 horror collections/anthologies for the Halloween season in the Wall Street Journal.

http://on.wsj.com/2dBsoUC

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Not only do I love these selections, but it’s great to see small/indie presses represented in the WSJ! I have stories in two of these books (“The Human Alchemy” in Eternal Frankenstein and “The Insomniac Who Slept Forever” in The Madness of Dr. Caligari), and plan to read the rest.

Nightscript II is Here

My Nightscript II contributor copy arrived, and it’s beautiful! Not just the cover, but the interior layout as well. Great job by Editor/Publisher CM Muller.

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It leads off with my story “The Carnival Arrives in Darkness,” and continues with a great assortment of many of today’s greatest weird/horror writers.

Order Nightscript II:
Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Nightscript-2-Michael-Griffin-ebook/dp/B01LZYG9FI
Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Nightscript-2-C-M-Muller/dp/153747216X