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:


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:

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.


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

Schizanthus Nerd

Micah Castle

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.


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


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:


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!

Armageddon House as Penguin Classic

There’s a “Penguin Classics Cover Generator” web site here, the output of which has been taking over Twitter & Facebook this morning. Though I usually don’t jump aboard with internet viral/meme kind of stuff, I thought it might be fun to make an alternative version of Armageddon House as part of the Penguin Classic series.

This uses an old photo of mine, part of a series of decaying industrial structures, and I think it actually works pretty well.

I also did one for Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, which uses a public domain image of the planet Mars obtained from NASA’s image archive. To me, it looks like human skin that’s been tattooed and scarred.

I’m extremely happy with the covers my books already have — I’ve been unusually lucky in this regard, I think — but it’s still fun to play around with different presentations for the same texts.





Armageddon House Reviewed on The Outer Dark

Just weeks ago, I took part in The Outer Dark’s Quarantine Reading Series, along with Molly Tanzer, which you can listen to here if you missed it. This week’s installment of the Quarantine Readings series features Christina Sng and Mike Allen.

What’s more, this episode also includes a lengthy, detailed and quite enthusiastic review by Gordon B. White of Armageddon House. Wow, thanks, Gordon! I really appreciate all the time and attention that went into this.

The episode starts off with a nice salute to our friend, writer and editor Joe Pulver, by Gordon and Anya Martin. Joe is very much missed around here.

If you’re interested, you can check out the latest installment of The Outer Dark here. And special thanks once again to Gordon B. White, as well as Anya!

TOD 069 Quarantine Readings: Christina Sng and Mike Allen

A Week From Now

A week from now, Armageddon House will officially be out there in the world!

A few advance reviews have started to appear, and more should be appearing soon.

Are there any reviewers out there who would like to receive a review copy?

Any journalists or bloggers who would like to do an interview or other feature? If so, let me know!

On release day, I’ll be doing an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on the Weird Lit sub-Reddit HERE.


I’ll probably also do some kind of live and/or recorded reading from the book too.


More2Read Review of Armageddon House

Lou Pendergrast has just posted a nice feature and review of Armageddon House at More2Read.com

The review begins:

Jenna and Mark, Polly and Greyson. Four somewhere in time, in isolation. They have memories vague, and thoughts, imagined things, with secrets and questions arising as things unfold…

Check out the rest of what Lou Pendergrast has to say here.


My sincere thanks to Lou and More2Read.com for shining the spotlight on Armageddon House!

This Is Horror Says Look Out for Armageddon House

This Is Horror says “Look Out for Armageddon House,” part of their series letting their audience know about books coming up.

These features are fun because they include a section of ‘Why we’re excited about this book’ along with a section from the author about why they’re excited about the book.

Their attention-grabber quote up top is:

“With mounting tension and claustrophobic paranoia, Griffin’s latest effort promises to send readers on a unsettling and disturbing ride.”

If you want to read the rest of what they (and I) have to say about Armageddon House take a look here.


My thanks to Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella who have always made This Is Horror a great resource for fans of horror and the weird! I appreciate them giving a boost to my book.