Contents of The Human Alchemy

As mentioned here recently, my next collection The Human Alchemy will be released next month by Word Horde, the excellent Petaluma, California press that put out my first collection The Lure of Devouring Light in 2016.

It’ll be a while before we can reveal the cover, but for now, here’s something:

Table of Contents of The Human Alchemy:
Introduction by S.P. Miskowski
Firedancing – 5,500 words
The Smoke Lodge – 6,200 words
Everyone Gathers at Haystack Rock – 7,600 words
The Slipping of Stones – 5,600 words
The Tidal Pull of Salt and Sand – 8,000 words
Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window – 6,000 words
An Ideal Retreat – 28,000 words
Endure Within a Dying Frame – 6,200 words
The Only Way Out is Down – 8,900 words
The Insomniac Who Slept Forever – 5,200 words
The Human Alchemy – 11,000 words

Total count is about 98,000 words of fiction plus S.P. Miskowski’s Introduction, which is about 1,000 words. This should make this book almost exactly the same length as The Lure of Devouring Light, maybe just a few pages shorter.

Soon I’ll post a little information about each story, including where they appeared in print before. My first collection included quite a few “exclusives,” but this time only one, “The Only Way Out is Down,” appears for the first time in the collection.

The Human Alchemy is Coming From Word Horde

My first short fiction collection The Lure of Devouring Light was released just short of two years ago by Word Horde. I still vividly recall seeing for the first time the beautiful cover art Jarek Kubicki and layout by Scott R Jones, and feel the cover is a wonderful complement to what’s inside.

The book included a very nice introduction by one of my favorite writers, John Langan, and was overall quite well received. I obtained endorsements or “blurbs” from several more of my favorite writers, including Laird Barron, S.P. Miskowski, Michael Cisco and Jeffrey Thomas. I poured a lot of myself into that book, and I still feel it’s an expression I can be proud of.

Though the news of my forthcoming second collection The Human Alchemy has emerged in hints and whispers over the past six months or so, I think I ought to make a proper announcement. I’ll have more details to share between now and the release date, and of course I’ll likely be sticking the book in everyone’s face (virtually, that is), more than they might care to see it, once released. For now, I’ll give you this.

The Human Alchemy will be released in June, 2018 by Word Horde.

Editor and Publisher Ross E. Lockhart has been a never-ending pleasure to work with, both a solid and serious professional when there’s business to be done, and great fun when it’s time for chatting about books or getting beers at a convention. I couldn’t have been happier with the whole process of putting out my first collection, and always hoped it would do well enough that Word Horde would want to do another. I will now have the honor of being the first writer to have two books on Word Horde.

I’ll soon share the table of contents, information about the stories, the introduction, the blurbs, and eventually the cover art. Like the Beach Boys said in Surfin’ USA… Can’t wait for June!

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.

2018 Outer Dark Symposium

Next week I’ll be heading down to San Jose, California for the 2018 Outer Dark Symposium, held this year at the famous and scary Winchester Mystery House.

The Indiegogo fundraiser supporting this event still runs for two more days, so you can look HERE for supporting memberships, or to purchase donated books and other perks.

I’ll be part of a Friday evening reading, along with Rios de la Luz, Tiffany Scandal and Scott R Jones, at the Plaza Suites hotel.

The Symposium proper happens on Saturday, with four panels, all of which sound interesting to me. I’ll be a panelist on panel #3, “The Frame is the Landscape. In between the panels are individual readings. After, we’ll be taking guided tours of the Winchester Mystery House.

Sunday, after the Symposium is officially closed, there will be a breakfast, then a few off-site activities for those who aren’t heading home immediately.

This should be tons of fun! I’ll post photos for those who can’t be present, as much as possible. I look forward to seeing many good friends again, and meeting new ones for the first time.

Relevant links:

Brown Paper Tickets link: https://theouterdark.brownpapertickets.com/

Indiegogo: https://igg.me/at/theouterdark2018

The Outer Dark Symposium Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/192046028027298/

Friday Night Readings Presented by Word Horde Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/268053990398820/

John Langan’s 2017 Locus Summary

John Langan’s 2017 summary article “2017: A Year Inside the Tent” now appears on the Locus Magazine web site, and it’s a good overview of the prior year.

http://locusmag.com/2018/03/2017-a-year-inside-the-tent-by-john-langan/

John calls out my debut novel Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, as well as several of the anthologies in which I appeared last year, and mentions a lot of other novels, collections, and anthologies and works of nonfiction. Definitely worth a look.

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.

Eternal Frankenstein Paperback

An anthology that came out in 2016 and never got quite the attention that it deserved was Eternal Frankenstein, edited by Ross E. Lockhart and published by his press, Word Horde.

I think the reason it sort of flew under the radar (aside from a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly) is that it was hardcover only, and on the expensive side at $30 cover price. It’s a beautiful book, but I didn’t notice many people talking about it.

I’m pleased to see that Word Horde is releasing a trade paperback version of the book, with new cover art by Patrick Jones. It looks fantastic!

Here’s a photo of an early proof edition of the book on Ross Lockhart’s shelf.

If you passed on this book before because of the price, give it another look.

Links to buy:
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1939905370/?tag=wordhorde-20
B&N https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eternal-frankenstein-ross-e-lockhart/1124607225
Word Horde http://wordhorde.com/books/eternal-frankenstein-tp/

Early 2018 Update

It’s been a while since I’ve done a general update about what’s happening with my writing and publishing.

So then, January 2018. What’s been happening lately?

On the publishing side, in February 2017, my first novel Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone came out as the first release on the new Trepidatio imprint of Journalstone. Of course, the release of my first novel certainly counts as my publishing event of 2017.

In the summer, my stories appeared in several anthologies, Looming Low, Walk on the Weird Side, and Darker Companions (the Ramsey Campbell tribute). At the very end of the year, Journalstone surprised me by releasing The Demons of King Solomon a little early.

That covers it, as far as publishing. Back to writing, then.

I finished and submitted a few short stories that were accepted for anthologies that haven’t been announced yet (so I can’t talk about them yet), then I spent a few months starting a new novel. I finished 30,000 words of rough scene sketches, notes and outlines until the shape of it had begun to come together, then had to set aside the novel to work on two more short stories for invitations.

Later in the year, I started a new story intended to be the final, exclusive/unpublished piece for my second collection. That story grew into novella territory (15,000 words and still not nearly finished), so while I still considered the story viable and compelling, I had to set it aside. It’s simply too long to fit in the book, so I’ll return to it later.

That meant starting another new story for the collection. That effort resulted in “The Only Way Out is Down,” which will appear for the first time in The Human Alchemy… speaking of which, my second collection will be my big publishing event of 2018. I’ll be making some kind of more official announcement about that soon.

Since the collection manuscript is complete and in the hands of the publisher and the writer who is doing the introduction for me, I’m back to the previously mentioned novel. I’m having a lot of fun, gaining momentum, and starting to see how the characters and settings will play together. I look forward to working toward a complete rough draft by mid-year, at which time I’ll need to take a break to push and promote The Human Alchemy. I’m sure the release of that book will be my publishing event of 2018.