Diet Soap Podcast is out


We’ve all survived our dance with the Piglicker Flue over here. This was not the year to partake of the Kiss a Pig For Charity booth at the Country Fair, just sayin’. All we have to show for it is stronger immune systems, one rather mundane (in the end) visit to the ER, and lots of conversations where we sound like old Soviet women who have worked for decades in the industrial factories. Such lovely party gifts. Thanks, swine flu; don’t bother stopping by next year.

I’m packing lunches and a suitcase this morning, so all I’ve got is a picture and a podcast.

Mark Henry lists Lightbreaker in his weekly ‘Shopping List for People Who Don’t Suck’, where it is #3 or #4 (depending on how you read his list). He also mentions that it is now in ‘wide release,’ which is code for saying that you can (finally) get it at Barnes & Noble. If our local stores are an indicator, they’ve brought in more than a handful for the shelves, so if you haven’t picked up a copy of the book yet (or need a second one to giveaway, ‘sallI’msayin’), show B & N a little love for playing catch-up.

Also, Doug Lain over at Diet Soap has posted their latest podcast, which includes a conversation with me on Lightbreaker and other occult topics (link). Go and listen to me mispronounce Aleister Crowley’s name and try to dodge the tough religious questions. I do these sorts of gaffs to appear as a dilettante, mind you. It worked for Lamont Cranston and Bruce Wayne; and remember, if you claim to a Rosicrucian, you probably aren’t. It’s the ones who appear like idiots that you have to watch out for.

For those who are going to WFC, I’ll see you in the bar in a few hours.

World Fantasy Convention Schedule


Breaking radio silence to update everyone on my World Fantasy Schedule this coming weekend. In case someone has trouble finding me.

FRI 8:30 PM >> Regency Ballroom >> Group Autographing
I’ll probably drop by here for an hour or so. Until I need a drink more than I need to watch people read my name and get that funny look of “who is he?”

FRI LATER >> Night Shade Party
No idea where. No idea when it starts. No idea how long it runs. All I know is that I’ll be having a couple of these:

There’s other homebrew as well for the non-IPA fans in the room. For the record, I had nothing to do with this. I believe the beer is all courtesy of Bizarro Central.

SAT 4:00 PM >> Crystal Room >> The End of the World
I’m on a panel with Lisa Mannetti, Loren Rhoads, John Shirley, and F. Paul Wilson where we’ll be talking about Horror–both upper and lower case–as it applies to the end of the world (or not, as the case may be).

MON 6:30 PM >> BORDERLAND BOOKS (in SF) >> Group Signing
Monday, I’ll be up in SF, taking part of the Borderland Books event, along with Paolo Bacigalupi, Ellen Datlow, Nina Kriki Hoffman, Cecelia Holland, Mary Robinette Kowal, Laird Barron, Marie Brennan, Lynn Ceasar, Nancy Etchemendy, Cody Goodfellow, Elaine Isaak, Nick Mamatas, Diana Paxson, Tony Richards, Michael Shea, John Skipp, and others. Bunch of authors, packed in a room, armed with pens.