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.

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.

Up Close With the Armageddon House Limited Hardcover

My author’s copies of the Armageddon House limited hardcover edition arrived a few weeks ago. It happened to be the same afternoon my wife and I had to say goodbye to our beloved 17-year-old cat, so I was too distracted and sad to post anything about it at the time.

Now that a little time has passed… hey, check out this beautiful book! I would love to take credit for this thing, but all the credit goes to Publisher Michael Kelly and Designer Vince Haig of Undertow Publications. Thanks, guys!

Armageddon House hardcover with dust jacket

Armageddon House, leather cover with foil

Armageddon House hardcover, inside front cover

Armageddon House, inside rear cover

Armageddon House hardcover, endpapers

Armageddon House hardcover, embossed title page

This limited hardcover edition sold out right away, but if you’re really determined to grab one of the hardcovers, as of right now you can grab one on Ziesings.com at a slight markup HERE.

The ebook and paperback editions can be had inexpensively, and of course, the story is the important thing, right? Having said that, if you find an opportunity to get on the list to obtain these limited hardcovers from Undertow, you’ll then be in an advantaged position to get copies of this publisher’s always-excellent future output. Check out their Limited Editions page here.

A YouTube Review by Well-Read Beard

Well-Read Beard is another reviewer who does YouTube reviews, similar to Jason White who also reviewed Armageddon House not long ago.

If you’d asked me a year ago, do I want to read book reviews or watch them on YouTube, I would’ve said I’d rather read them. Having said that, I now find that I enjoy watching and listening to a reviewer show and talk about a book in their own voice. I’m sold on this format for a review, and not just because Well-Read Beard and Jason White both said nice things about the book!

Because it’s a video review, you should probably just watch it rather than reading me talking about it. My thanks to Well-Read Beard!


Oh, and if you prefer to read reviews rather than watch them on YouTube, you can find what Well-Read Beard said on Goodreads here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3387840951?book_show_action=true

Polish Translation of Armageddon House Coming From Wydawnictwo IX

I’m pleased to announce that publisher Wydawnictwo IX out of Poland will be undertaking a Polish-language translation of Armageddon House to be published this year. In addition to paperback and e-book versions, there will also be a limited edition hardcover.



Web site:
https://wydawnictwoix.pl

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/wydawnictwoix/

In addition to publishing fiction by Polish writers, they also publish translations of writers like Robert Aickman, August Derleth and H.P. Lovecraft… and me.

The English-to-Polish translation will be done by Tomasz Chyrzyński. This will will be the first instance (at least to my knowledge) of my work being translated into any foreign language, so it’s exciting news. I realize most existing readers of my work do not read Polish, but I love the idea of people in another part of the world encountering my work for the firs time. My thanks to Wydawnictwo IX and Tomasz Chyrzyński for making this happen.

Everybody’s Talking

It seems like a lot of people are talking about the new book in the week since it came out. Here’s a quick rundown, in no particular order:

S.C. Hickman wrote a quite detailed and analytical review — contains spoilers, so beware if you haven’t read Armageddon House yet:

https://socialecologies.wordpress.com/2020/05/17/michael-griffin-armageddon-house/

Jason White, YouTube reviewer, shows off his copy of Armageddon House and mentions enjoying the book, as far as he’s gotten.

Another YouTube book reviewer, Well Read Beard, mentions Armageddon House around the 3:30 mark. He says he’s excited to read it and it’s his first experience with Undertow or my writing.

The book has racked up some very nice Goodreads ratings and reviews already:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53287687-armageddon-house

Des Lewis is doing one of his always-enjoyable Real-Time Reviews of the book. If you haven’t seen these before, Des posts regularly as he reads through the book, often posting once per story or per chapter. He just started Armageddon House two days ago, so I look forward to seeing this unfold.

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2020/05/17/armageddon-house-michael-griffin/

The most in-depth review has come from Gordon B. White on The Outer Dark podcast — but you have to listen, rather than read it!

TOD 069 Quarantine Readings: Christina Sng and Mike Allen

 

Here are a few other bloggers whose reviews of Armageddon House I’ve already mentioned here, but I’ll include them again for the sake of having everything together.

Lou Pendergrast at More2Read blog
https://more2read.com/review/armageddon-house-by-michael-griffin/

Schizanthus Nerd
https://schizanthusnerd.com/2020/05/13/armageddon-house/

Micah Castle
https://micahcastle.com/2020/04/30/book-spotlight-armageddon-house-by-michael-griffin/

I’ve also seen lots of comments here and there around the internet, so lots of people reading it and commenting informally, which is fantastic. Further, I’ve heard from several people who are preparing to give the book some attention, one way or another, so my hope is that the momentum will continue to build!

If I’ve missed any reviews, let me know. My thanks to everyone who has given Armageddon House their attention, especially those who have taken the time to help spread the word.

A Collection of Armageddon House Links

As I get ready to start the Reddit Weird Lit AMA soon, I thought it might be useful to assemble a page of links relevant to the book.

PLACES TO ORDER THE BOOK:

Direct from Undertow (paperback)
Barnes & Noble paperback
Amazon paperback
Amazon Kindle Unlimited ebook
Bookshop.org paperback
Powells.com paperback


LISTING ON GOODREADS:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53287687-armageddon-house

I’ll start compiling links to reviews and interviews soon. Hope to see you over on Reddit… Happy release day to Armageddon House!

Happy release day to Armageddon House

 

 

Armageddon Now

Today’s the day, Armageddon House release day!

This may be a strange time to release a book about people confined together, going slightly crazy. But these are the times we’ve got, like it or not.

Today I’ll try to find ways to raise awareness of the book, so you may see more photos, links to reviews, and that sort of thing. The main activity for the day will be the AMA over on the WeirdLit subreddit at 1PM Pacific, 4PM Eastern. I hope plenty of people will stop by and ask questions, even if (or especially if) the questions aren’t about this book, or even about my writing at all. That’s the fun of an AMA, finding out whether the guitar player in your favorite band thinks Lebron could beat Wilt Chamberlain in his prime, one-on-one, or which Mario Kart game is the best.

On release day, I want to thank the Undertow Publications team that made this happen, especially Michael Kelly who oversaw and directed the whole project, and Vince Haig who did an amazing job on the cover art and layout.

Here you go, my little book, it’s time. No longer coming soon, now ready to leave the nest and venture into the world! I hope if you pick up the book and enjoy it, you might consider letting me know, but even better than that would be telling other readers.

 

Armageddon Tomorrow

The official release day for Armageddon House is tomorrow, May 12.

I’ll be doing an AMA or “Ask Me Anything” event on Reddit’s WeirdLit subreddit, as mentioned here:

https://griffinwords.com/2020/05/06/reddit-ama-on-release-day/

I gave the time as 1PM but that’s Pacific time — so it’s 4PM if you’re in the Eastern time zone, and if you’re in Central or Mountain, you’re probably accustomed to having to do the math to figure out what time to tune in to things.

I hope to have plenty of people drop by and ask all sorts of questions. The most interesting AMAs to me are the ones where the questions fall outside the zone of the usual interview questions. As I mentioned in the pre-announcement page…

We can discuss writers and writing, publishers and publishing, whether or not it’s about me.

You can ask me to list my favorite 80s music, the best weird movies, my favorite single malt, or to justify which track and field event I think is the hardest. But not until May 12th!

I’ve taken a day off from work, and I’ll try to come up with other ideas to draw attention to the book, such as maybe a live video reading, or possibly posting audio of reading the first few chapters.

It’ll be very exciting to have the book out there in the world!