With the second book in the SPECTRA Files trilogy hitting the stands in less than a month, I have some cool things to share with you in the realm of that spooky secret agency.
First up: SPECTRA t-shirts are now on sale at Red Robot. They’re available in a variety of sizes and styles for men, women, and even kids. My favorite is the tri-blend Onyx, shown here. Check out the logo by series cover artist Chuck Killorin.
Second: Readers of Red Equinox will be familiar with Boston homeboy and reluctant G-man Jason Brooks, who returns to lure Becca back into the madness in Black January. This week, the Lovecraft eZine published issue #38, including my SPECTRA Files prequel story, “The Voyager,” in which we find a young Agent Brooks assigned to his first deeply weird case in the field, involving the scariest amusement park ride you’ve ever seen. You can read the online issue for FREE here. Print and kindle editions should be available soon.
Watch this space for declassified SPECTRA files coming soon…
My new novel, Black January, is now up for preorder from JournalStone. The second book in the SPECTRA Files trilogy, this one should also be pretty accessible for newcomers to my Lovecraftian apocalypse in progress. But if you haven’t picked up Red Equinox, why not take it to the beach this summer and catch up?
Speaking of the apocalypse, next Friday I’ll be hosting the Apocalyptic SF, Horror and Fantasy discussion at NECON in Rhode Island with guests of honor Joe Hill, Mark Morris, and other smart folks who like to ponder the end of all things. The con is sold out for full registration but single day walk-in passes will be available.
You can add Black January to your Goodreads list here, and I’ll post links to Amazon, Indiebound, and B&N as soon as we have them.
I started sketching ideas for this book about a year ago in my hotel room at NecronomiCon. It feels like longer. It came fast in first draft and has been long in revisions, and it feels good to see it all dressed up and ready for readers in Chuck Killorin’s drop-dead gorgeous art.
WELCOME TO THE WADE HOUSE
WHERE THE DOORS OPEN YOU
Two years after the Starry Wisdom Church unleashed their dark gods in Boston, Becca Philips is trying to put the events of the Red Equinox behind her when Agent Brooks tracks her down in Brazil. Becca has been summoned back to Massachusetts by SPECTRA, the covert agency entrusted with keeping cosmic horrors at bay. Her special perception and skills are requested at the Wade House—a transfiguring mansion of portals to malevolent dimensions.
Becca would like to refuse, but Brooks believes her estranged father may be lost between worlds at the abandoned estate. As Becca struggles with grief and forgiveness, she joins a team of explorers uniquely suited to decode the secrets of the strange house in the black snow. But what secrets do her companions harbor? And who among them will take theirs to the grave?
The next SPECTRA files novel is off to the publisher for edits and currently slated for an October release. Stay tuned…
Every year, editor Amy Eye goes through her contact list and assembles a group of authors and artists spanning a wide range of genres to contribute Christmas themed content to the anthology series Christmas Lites. ALL of the proceeds from the book go to benefit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Christmas Lites V is out now, and I’m very excited about my contribution. “The Krampus Tree” is a horror Christmas poem illustrated by Jeff Miller. It’s a wicked little thing done up in children’s book style. As I said when I read it on Halloween at the Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Council: imagine Dr. Seuss meets Arthur Machen.
The book also contains a new story by J.G. Faherty for the horror fans out there, and a great range of holiday stories to get you into the spirit of the season, whatever mood you’re in. The ebook version features Jeff’s illustrations of the poem in full color (if your e-reader device has a color screen). The paperback is black and white. Both are available now.
Please pick up a copy today. It’s for a great cause, and it’s the only place you’ll find “The Krampus Tree” this holiday season.
On Halloween night, I’ll be reading with Matthew Bartlett and Jonathan Thomas at the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council bookshop in Providence, RI. Event starts at 6PM. Should be a scary good time, and I might even read something brand new.
Happy October! It’s my favorite time of year and I’ll be kicking it off with a bang at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival tomorrow, October 3rd, where you can find me selling and signing books all day alongside some other local writers named Joe Hill, Paul Tremblay, Christopher Golden, Kelly Link…well, check out the list below. The event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.
Wow, it’s August already? Summer is flying by and I’ve had a great time teaching my son how to swim this year, but August means two things for this writer:
1. I’d better wrap up the last of the short stories I owe editors and get cranking on the sequel to Red Equinox.
2. It’s almost time for NecronomiCon Providence!
Always a great convention, this year promises to be something extra special as it coincides with H.P. Lovecraft’s 125th birthday. Here’s a summary of what to expect, from the official press release:
NecronomiCon Providence is a celebration of weird fiction and its roots in the city of Providence. It is a four-day convention that features panels and talks by experts, authors, artists, and historians who are influenced by the life and works of H.P. Lovecraft. It also includes Lovecraft-themed gaming, creative workshops, art exhibits, films, concerts, walking tours, and special events.
Sound cool? It is. And there are still some tickets available.
I’ll be joining in the conversation on several panels throughout the weekend. You can also find me in between panels signing and selling copies of Red Equinox at the Lovecraft eZine table in the vendor’s hall, which is open to the public.
Talking about the nuts and bolts of fiction writing is all well and good (you can catch me doing just that in this recent interview with the Los Angeles Examiner) but when you write weird books, talking about weird shit once in a while is even more fun, and boy do I get to do that at NecronomiCon.
Here’s my schedule:
Friday – 2:30-3:45pm
AH-CULT! MAGICK IN ELDRITCH AND PRACTICE – Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel 2nd Floor
“Magic” is a large part of Lovecraft’s writings even if it is not meant to be magic in the traditional sense. How did Lovecraft use the concepts of magic in his fiction? How close is it to ritual traditions? Is there a connection?
Panelists: Richard Gavin, Scott R. Jones, Justin Woodman, Douglas Wynne
Moderator: Anthony Teth
Friday – 5:30-6:45pm
INSANITY IS A SANE REACTION – Narragansett Ballroom, Omni Hotel 1st Floor
Insanity, or the seemingly inevitable path toward it, seems to be a common pattern in Lovecraft’s stories. How (and why) did Lovecraft employ this common theme, and what might this say about his own psychology? And, why does his writing appeal so much to society’s “outsiders”? This panel explores the aspects of Lovecraft’s fiction that set it, and us, apart.
Panelists: Joseph Zannella, Kenneth Heard, Shane Ivey, Damien Angelica Walters, Douglas Wynne
Moderator: Jack Haringa
Saturday – 1-2:15pm
FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE – Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel 2nd Floor
We all know the scene: investigator finds ancient book of forbidden knowledge that unleashes evil and terror upon the world. Lovecraft created the most sinister of them all with the NECRONOMICON but there are many more as well. Enough to equip a library of ‘forbidden knowledge’. Do you know who created “Nameless Cults”? Or ‘The Book of Eibon’? Join us for a bibliophile’s delight, or NIGHTMARE, as we chart the best and worst of these forbidden tomes.
Panelists: Robert M. Price, Sean Hoade, Douglas Wynne
Moderator: Pete Rawlik
Sunday – 10:30-11:45am
ON LOVECRAFT AND PHILOSOPHY – Garden Room, Biltmore 2nd Floor
Just what is “cosmicism” and where does it fit into the philosophical realm? For all of his professed loathing of modernists, Lovecraft used his fiction to push some radically modern (if not post-modern) ideas. Panelists will attempt to tackle the “pessimism”–this is hardly an appropriate word–of Lovecraft’s cosmic horror, as well as place it within the greater context of the evolution of 20th-century thought.
Panelists: Michael Cisco, Andrew Migliore, Mike Davis, Sean Hoade, Douglas Wynne
Moderator: Alex Houstoun
Here’s the official site with the full schedule and more info. I hope to see some of you there!