The Human Alchemy is Coming for You

I’ve signed and sent off to the publisher my copy of the contract for my second collection, The Human Alchemy.

It will be coming out in June, and we will be talking about it well before that. Watch out!

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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.

The Demons of King Solomon Now Available

I knew this book was coming out at some point, but didn’t know it was coming out TODAY!

The Demons of King Solomon is edited by Aaron J. French, published by Journalstone, and includes contributions from the following:

Asmodeus (Stephen Graham Jones)
Marchosias (Michelle Belanger)
Ephippas (Whitley Strieber)
Ronove (Ronald Malfi)
Amdusias (Philip Fracassi)
Hanar (Jonathan Maberry)
Ornias (Richard Chizmar)
Buer (Scott Siglerr)
Agaras (Rs Belcher)
Abyzou (J.D. Horn)
Caim (Seanan McGuire)
Belial (Michael Griffin)
Original artwork by John Coulthart
Descriptions of the demons by RIchard Smoley

This is what Journalstone says about it:

The highly anticipated follow-up to BookList’s Top Ten Best Horror of 2016 selection, The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft.

The Demons of King Solomon is the innovative sequel to JournalStone Publishing’s bestselling anthology The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft. This anthology explores the legendary demonic bestiary of King Solomon by bringing together popular authors in horror, occultism, and dark fantasy, including many NY Times bestsellers, as well as featuring original artwork by John Coulthart and descriptions of the demons by Richard Smoley.

The mythology of King Solomon and his Solomonic magic played a key role in the history of magic and occultism and influenced countless hautning and fantastical tales. The traditions of goEtia and grimoire owe their uniqueness to the legendary accounts of different classes, abilities, and categories of demons. Asmodeus, Belial, Abyzou, and Marchosias–these cryptic, evocative names continue to fascinate and terrify those who dare utter them.

I’m very excited to be part of this book, and thank Aaron J. French and Journalstone for including me.

https://www.amazon.com/Demons-King-Solomon-Aaron-French/dp/194765408X/ref

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!