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It’s the height of Summer in New England, and you know what that means… Tis the season to hunker down in an air conditioned hotel ballroom and enjoy a conversation about weird fiction!

Kicking off tomorrow, here’s where you can find me at my two favorite cons:

NECON (North Eastern Writers’ Conference)

Roger Williams Convention Center, Portsmouth, RI

Friday 7/21

2:00 p.m.

Who Are You Calling Weird?: Weird Fiction in the New Century
Laird Barron, John Langan, Sandra Kasturi, Jack Haringa (M), Bob Boyczuk, Douglas Wynne
The more things change, the more they stay weird! Weird fiction dates back to the late 19th century, and the real world is a far different place now than when the subgenre began. So, just what’s “weird” in 2017?

8:00 p.m.

Meet the Authors Party

Also likely to find me strumming a guitar with a beer in the courtyard after hours, hoping you’ll sing along to some rusty classic rock. And in the dealer’s room at the New England Horror Writers table.

 

NECRONOMICON Providence, RI

Friday 8/18

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

STRANGE, FAR PLACES – Omni 2
Many of the locations in Lovecraft’s work actually existed in our world. Sadly, some have since disappeared – but many, particularly in Providence, still remain. Our panelists describe their favorite Lovecraftian places in the real world as well as comment on which locations exceeded their expectations or were disappointing.
Panelists: Sean Branney, KH Vaughan (Moderator), Donovan Loucks, Steven Mariconda, Will Murray, Douglas Wynne

Saturday 8/19

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

THE MYTHOS: Lovecraft’s Greatest Creation or Suffocating Trope? – Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor
For many, the Cthulhu Mythos is their first exposure to Lovecraft and his greatest literary creation. But, today, is it still effective or has it become stale and cliche after being used by so many writers? Is Cthulhu still frightening or about as scary as a plush toy?
Panelists: Stefan Dziemianowicz, Cody Goodfellow (Moderator), Daniel Harms, Peter Rawlik, Darrell Schweitzer, Douglas Wynne

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

MISKATONIC U. & THE MYTHOS – Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor
Miskatonic University looms large in the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. Explore his inspirations for this hallowed institution of eldritch learning, its place in the Mythos, and continuing popularity as shown in anthologies, clothing, and ephemera.
Panelists: Sean Branney, Fred Lubnow (Moderator), Will Murray, Anne Pillsworth, Robert Waugh, Douglas Wynne

Sunday 8/20

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

FAITHFUL FRIGHTENERS – Garden Room, Biltmore 2nd Floor
Since the days of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, religious horror has been a popular subject in the genre. But, how effective can it be if the reader is not a member of that religion? This lively discussion will cover this topic and will attempt to answer the question, “Can an atheist be scared of the Devil?”
Panelists: Tom Breen, Matt Cardin (Moderator), Bracken MacLeod, Richard Stanley, Douglas Wynne

In September, I will also be co-teaching my first writing workshop. Stay tuned for details.

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I’ll be getting around on a little New England tour of reading and signing events for Black January over the next couple of months. It kicks off with the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival on October 22nd, the day after the book release. You can find info on the panel discussions, signing times, and all of the amazing authors and artists on the roster for that one here.

For the events at Pandemonium in Cambridge and The Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council in Providence, I’ll be sharing the bill with Bracken MacLeod. And at the Lovecraft Bar in NYC, I’m joined by John Langan. Both of those guys would intimidate the hell out of me with their literary (and martial arts) chops, if they weren’t so kind hearted.

Hope to see you out there this Halloween season!

 

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All Things SPECTRA

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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.

 

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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.

 

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And last but not least, Black January is now up for preorder on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions!

Watch this space for declassified SPECTRA files coming soon…

 

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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.

 

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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?

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The next SPECTRA files novel is off to the publisher for edits and currently slated for an October release. Stay tuned…

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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.

Merry Krampus!

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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.

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