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 House Hardcover

The cover for the paperback and ebook versions of Armageddon House was revealed some time ago, but today Undertow Publications revealed the cover art for the limited hardcover edition for the first time. Here’s the full spread:

It’s a variant of the same concept from the paperback, but includes not only the inner flap components, but also the nifty “letter grid” name and title element on the back cover. Art and design by the amazing Vince Haig.

And here’s a closer look at the front cover:

I’m especially excited about the hardcover version, even though I realize far fewer readers will end up getting it. I recently purchased the last Undertow Publications limited hardcover, Kay Chronister’s Thin Places, and it’s a beautiful book.

In today’s Undertow newsletter, Michael Kelly explains a bit about how the limited hardcover series works.

Michael Griffin’s fantastic novella ARMAGEDDON HOUSE (May) will be our next limited hardcover in our regular line, followed by Richard Gavin’s GROTESQUERIE (September). If you purchased our first limited from our regular line, THIN PLACES, and want to match your letter for ARMAGEDDON HOUSE, please get in touch as soon as possible. A reminder that the limiteds in our regular line are lettered (52 copies), and the limiteds in our Contemporary Classics line are numbered (100 copies).

A note about rights to numbered and lettered editions: the current number or letter holder for our most recently published limited edition will get first opportunity to match their letter or number, always. For example, if you bought copy number X of THIN PLACES, you will get the first chance to purchase copy X of ARMAGEDDON HOUSE. If you pass on ARMAGEDDON HOUSE, the customer who does buy copy X of ARMAGEDDON HOUSE will get first opportunity to purchase copy X of the next limited, GROTESQUERIE. I hope that makes sense.

Richard Gavin is one of my favorite writers, and his upcoming Grotesquerie looks amazing, so I’ll be first in line for the limited hardcover of that one, as well. Supporting independent publishing is an important thing to do, and it’s an easier decision to make when the books are beautiful and compelling like the ones put out by Undertow! Please note that people who already have the limited Thin Places should let Michael know if they’d like to get the same copy number of Armageddon House.

Advance Copies of Armageddon House

A book isn’t really a book until it’s a book. Now Armgageddon House is a book!

Michael Kelly just posted pictures of advance copies of my novella which is coming May 12 from Undertow Publications. These will mostly be sent to reviewers, but they’re real copyedited and corrected books with the real cover, and they look great.

Here are Michael’s photos, for those of you who didn’t see his posts on Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Last week I posted a link for preordering the paperback from Amazon, and here’s a new link where you can preorder directly from the publisher:

https://undertowpublications.com/shop/armageddon-house

Armageddon House Back Cover

Following Wednesday’s post about Armageddon House being available for pre-order on Amazon, I noticed something… the Amazon listing included an image of the back cover. In addition to being a nice piece of graphic design (endless respect to Vince Haig for the whole art & layout aspect of this book), it gives a sample of text that may be of interest.

Here it is:

Of course, if that seems interesting to you, please consider pre-ordering a copy. That is, unless you want to wait for the limited hardcover!

Armageddon House Paperback Amazon Pre-Order

The paperback version of Armageddon House is now up for Pre-Order on Amazon. See here:

Armageddon House by Michael Griffin – Amazon.com Paperback

This is my first look at the summary description of the story, presumably created by Michael Kelly of Undertow, and it does a great job capturing the feel and the setting of the story.

Soon we’ll have links for different formats and different stores. This is exciting!

Armageddon House Cover Reveal

Here at last is the cover for my forthcoming novella from Undertow Publications, Armageddon House. I couldn’t be happier with it! Vince Haig is responsible for both artwork and design, so big thanks to Vince. Great work!

I’m curious what readers will think of this story, and can’t wait for the book to come out. Usually when I have a book coming out, I figure there will be some people who like it, and others who don’t. This time, I’m mostly thinking there will be some people who see the hidden faces on the cover, and some who don’t.

Undertow Publications says:
“Coming May 12! Armageddon House, the riveting new novella from Michael Griffin. Cover art (look closely) and design by Vince Haig. There will also be a very limited 52-copy, lettered deluxe hardcover with a different variant of this cover. (Get in touch if you’re interested in the limited.) Can you escape Armageddon House? A different sort of haunting.”

When preorders become available, I’ll make sure everyone’s aware.

Early 2020 Update

It’s been a few months since I posted here. “Real life” work has been keeping me especially busy. I’ve continued to write steadily, despite nothing having been published recently.

I’ve completed a draft of one novel, and set it aside while I complete a different novel I began early last year. I’ll wait to say more about these until they’re finished, and that will involve lots of revision first.

Speaking of publishing, Armageddon House should be coming from Undertow Publications this May. I haven’t seen cover artwork yet but will share that when it’s available. Undertow always does such beautiful books, with design by Art Director Vince Haig (who recently won the British Fantasy Award), so I can’t wait to see how it turns out. There will be a limited hardcover (edition of just 50 copies) as well as non-limited trade paperback and ebook versions.

In other news, over on Reddit.com the Weird Lit subreddit has a monthly “group read” feature, in which members read and discuss a book chosen by vote. The group read for this month (January 2020) is my first collection, The Lure of Devouring Light. If you think you might enjoy discussing something like this with like-minded others, you should consider checking out the /r/WeirdLit January Discussion Group area over on Reddit. I’ll probably pop in there at some point and offer to answer questions.

What is Armageddon House?

Now that we’ve announced my forthcoming book Armageddon House, coming from Undertow likely in early 2020, I thought I’d say a little about it.

Four people live together, sealed in an underground bunker. None can agree how long they’ve been there, why they’re locked away, or when they’re likely to get out. Fundamental facts of their past and present existence remain perpetually in dispute, leading to a spiral of confusion and conflict.

One may know the answers to everyone’s most important questions, but even he is increasingly unsure.

Armageddon House is a novella of about 21,000 words, so to compare it to my earlier novellas, it’s a bit longer than Far From Streets and shorter than An Ideal Retreat.

Undertow Publications makes such beautiful books, I can’t wait to see what they do with this one.

Armageddon House Coming from Undertow

I’ve been waiting for this to be announced by the publisher so I can start spreading the exciting news. My novella Armageddon House will be published by Undertow Publications.

Undertow is probably best known for anthologies and collections of short stories, especially their Shadows & Tall Trees series (for volume 7 of which Publisher/Editor Michael Kelley won the Shirley Jackson Award for best Edited Anthology in 2017), their Year’s Best Weird Fiction series, Priya Sharma’s All the Fabulous Beasts (which beat my collection The Human Alchemy for the latest Shirley Jackson Award), and Aickman’s Heirs, which won Editor Simon Strantzas a 2015 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology.

Armageddon House is planned as the first novella they’ll release, and will include not only the usual trade paperback and ebook editions, but also a very limited “lettered” edition hardcover of 26 copies only.

Undertow has been doing great stuff all along, but is really hitting its stride in the past few years, putting out more and more beautiful and really vital books. I can’t wait to see what Michael Kelly and the rest of his team do with this! I’ll share more information, like a preview of cover art and a more specific release date, as soon as I can. I’m very excited to work with Undertow, and to see this book released into the world!