This Is Horror Raves About The Human Alchemy

Paul Michaels raves about The Human Alchemy for This Is Horror.

“The Human Alchemy is a thing of beauty, a showcase for a writer who is in possession of a startling array of skills.”

Paul gives the book a careful look, discussing every story in the collection at some length. It’s the most detailed and positive review The Human Alchemy has received so far! My thanks to Paul and This Is Horror for the coverage.

Link:
http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-the-human-alchemy-by-michael-griffin/

The Human Alchemy Release Day

Today is the official release day of The Human Alchemy.

The Human Alchemy

Some people who preordered direct from Word Horde have received their copies a few days early, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing photos of those paperbacks (and in one case, a Kindle screen) posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I’m not sure why, but somehow seeing the book in the hands of a specific reader makes the connection seem so much more real than when someone just says “I bought a copy.” All the support is appreciated!

Earlier in the week I posted direct links to where the book could be ordered, including Word Horde, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and IndieBound.

A couple more have appeared since:

Book Depository (paperback):
https://www.bookdepository.com/Human-Alchemy-Michael-Griffin/9781939905406

Weightless Books (ebook):
https://weightlessbooks.com/format/the-human-alchemy/

I’m not done bothering everyone about this book, but it’s very exciting to have it out there in the world now, and no longer just “coming soon!”

Where to Preorder The Human Alchemy

This week The Human Alchemy will be out… well, this weekend, at least. Official release date is June 30. So then, assuming you want to get your hands on a copy, where can you get it? Here are some ideas.

PAPERBACK + DIGITAL BUNDLE:

https://wordhorde.com/product/ha-bundle/

PAPERBACK:

AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1939905400

B&N https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-human-alchemy-michael-griffin/1128891576

INDIEBOUND https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781939905406

POWELL’S http://www.powells.com/book/the-human-alchemy-9781939905406

KINDLE EBOOK:

NOOK E-BOOK:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-human-alchemy-michael-griffin/1128891576?ean=2940162151340

KOBO E-BOOK:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-human-alchemy

There will probably be others soon, but that’s the list as of now. I very much appreciate the support of everyone who orders a copy!

Hypnotic Book-Buying Enticements

My very fine publisher Word Horde has just come out with a couple of eye-catching promotional bits for my upcoming collection, The Human Alchemy.

Here’s the coolest one.

Heralded as one of the leading voices in contemporary weird fiction, Michael Griffin returns with his second collection, The Human Alchemy. Here you will find eleven magnificent tales of the strange and sublime, the familiar and the disquieting, where dreamlike beauty and breathtaking horror intertwine. Featuring an introduction by S.P. Miskowski. “Michael Griffin’s The Human Alchemy reveals a multifoliatedly arcane world hidden beneath the surface of our own mundane one, riddling it with hell-holes, quicksand and potential ecstatic ruin. His stories snag and drown readers by degrees, fast or slow, every sequence a new section of reef lying in wait for unwary navigators, especially those trained to expect the usual horror tropes. In other words, damn this stuff is Weird.” –Gemma Files, author of Experimental Film Model: @kwigglett #bookface

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Earlier, there was this…

It’s wonderful to see Word Horde doing these super-cool, inventive bits to help spread awareness of the books!

Publishers Weekly Likes The Human Alchemy

Publishers Weekly just came out with their review of The Human Alchemy, and they seem to think you ought to buy it and read it.

Here’s a little snippet of the review:

Griffin (The Lure of Devouring Light) creates characters who have experienced deeply personal losses that make their quests to rise above circumstances seem a poignant effort to deny that “everything and everyone… might vanish before its time.” His stories are fantastical and horrific, and their outcomes are refreshingly unpredictable.

Full review link:
https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781939905406

A nice, generous review, which features a couple of brief quotes from the text, and calls out “The Tidal Pull of Salt and Sand” and “Endure Within a Dying Frame” in particular.

Thanks, PW!

Two Reviews of The Human Alchemy

The Human Alchemy won’t be released until June 30, but the first two advance reviews have just appeared.

The review by Carson Winter at signalhorizon.com is a somewhat mixed appraisal, but includes plenty of praise, including the following:

Griffin’s prose shines, even when it’s written in a tersely poetic present-tense, giving his writing a metallic coolness that juxtaposes well with his warm-blooded characters.

Review link:
https://www.signalhorizon.com/single-post/2018/06/21/Book-Review-The-Human-Alchemy-by-Michael-Griffin

The review by Peter Dabbene in Foreword Reviews is quite enthusiastic, and can be previewed online HERE. It includes this assessment:

Griffin is a confident and imaginative writer with a unique voice. Fans of horror, or just fiction in general, would be well advised to give The Human Alchemy a try.

Review link:
http://www.pressreader.com/usa/foreword-reviews/20180618/282213716542996

My thanks to both reviewers, and both review venues, for devoting their resources and attention to my work!

Four Wonderful Endorsements

One of the rare but wonderful occurrences in publishing is the moment before an upcoming book is published when the blurbs start to arrive. Not many things feel as wonderful as receiving endorsements from some of my favorite writers. For The Human Alchemy, I made of point of only reaching out to writers who hadn’t written blurbs for The Lure of Devouring Light (which included Laird Barron, S.P. Miskowki, Jeffrey Thomas and Michael Cisco). The blog post where I first announced the blurbs for my first collection is here

This time, I was lucky enough to get responses from Richard Gavin, Brian Evenson, Gabino Iglesias and Gemma Files. Despite my “no repeat” rule, S.P. Miskowski did return to write the introduction, about which I’ll say more in a future blog post.

For now, here’s what Richard, Brian, Gabino and Gemma had to say.

“Every story in The Human Alchemy is a finely-wrought tapestry, containing many shades of darkness and light. Michael Griffin deftly weaves together threads of loss, mysticism, and creeping fear to create a truly remarkable collection. His tales usher the reader through the familiar world, then reveals to them the infinite.”
Richard Gavin, author of Sylvan Dread

“Griffin’s characters often live in the aftermath of loss and, deeply wounded, they search for something to make them whole or to make them feel the world is not an arbitrary place.  From cult followers awaiting enlightenment, to believers in mystical texts, to a mathematician who tries to formulate the structure of the world, to a woman who thinks she’s entering a threesome but ends up getting (and losing) so much more, Griffin’s characters pursue the lure of enlightenment into places that are very dark indeed–and once they’re inside, chances are they won’t be able to get out.  A strong collection that makes us understand the weird in a powerful new way.”
Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses

“Michael Griffin’s The Human Alchemy is fine art dripping slime from another dimension. This is cool, strange, creepy, elegant fiction. Think Iceberg Slim in a tailor-made Italian suit channeling the best of Lovecraft while dragging it, kicking and screaming, into our time. Throw in crackling dialogue and an Escher-like ability to bend time and space while forging new realities and what you have is a collection that cements Griffin as one of the most stylish, unique, and entertaining voices in contemporary weird fiction.”
Gabino Iglesias, author of Zero Saints

“Michael Griffin’s The Human Alchemy reveals a multifoliatedly arcane world hidden beneath the surface of our own mundane one, riddling it with hell-holes, quicksand and potential ecstatic ruin. His stories snag and drown readers by degrees, fast or slow, every sequence a new section of reef lying in wait for unwary navigators, especially those trained to expect the usual horror tropes. In other words, damn this stuff is Weird.”
Gemma Files, author of Experimental Film

I can’t possibly thank these four amazing writers enough to accurately convey how flattered and pleased I am to receive their words. I hope anyone not already familiar with the work of any or all of the four will seek it out.

The Human Alchemy Cover Reveal

Things are starting to move along more quickly for my upcoming collection, The Human Alchemy. The latest thing I have for you is a glimpse of the front cover.

Our intention was to create a cover that looked similar to The Lure of Devouring Light, so the books seemed to go together. The artist is the same, Jarek Kubicki, and Scott R Jones tweaked the layout just slightly.

My thanks to Jarek, Scott and of course Publisher Ross E. Lockhart for this great work. I feel like the cover is a great representation of what’s on the pages within.

The Human Alchemy will be out at the end of June, and can now be pre-ordered from Word Horde here.

Progress on The Human Alchemy

An upcoming book doesn’t seem quite real until certain things happen. When I see the cover art, when I get the marked-up manuscript from the copy editor, when reviewers start mentioning they’ve received their Advance Review Copies, when the book is available for pre-order, and when the cover art is first revealed to the public, these are the things that make me feel like the book is something that’s really going to happen soon.

My second collection The Human Alchemy will be released next month, and we’re now at the stage of passing many of these milestones.

I just received the copy edited proofs, and will go through them this weekend.

I’ve seen what cover will look like, and it’s fantastic.

The Advance Review Copies have gone out – here’s a photo from Gordon B. White showing the ARC he just received. This isn’t the official cover art, of course, just a placeholder.

We’ve even received some hints of early reviews that will be appearing.

Next week, the book will be up for pre-order at wordhorde.com and we’ll be revealing the cover as well.

This book is starting to get real!

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.