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June 30th, 2008

Paul Tremblay is Old and Feeble [Jun. 30th, 2008|09:28 am]
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Happy birthday, pgtremblay!

I was going to post a cute picture of a kitten and a rainbow for you, but then I accidentally stumbled across this and knew it was destiny:

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Jack Haringa Must Be Reviewed! [Jun. 30th, 2008|10:58 am]
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The first, and given the nature of this fundraising anthology, possibly only, review of Jack Haringa Must Die! is up now at Fear Zone. Here's a snippet of what reviewer Derek Clendening has to say:

Following the light-hearted novels of Christopher Moore and Jeff Strand, humor has become an increasingly popular trend in horror fiction. Kaufmann's collection blends Strand and Moore's comedic horror with heady doses of the dark and twisted.....After the first twenty-five pages, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. Jack Haringa Must Die is easily the most amusing read I've sat down with in ages. If ever I need a text to dissuade me from misplacing my semicolons, or ending a sentence with a preposition, this is it! An overall recommended book from this montage of Haringa's colleagues.

And remember, every copy sold of Jack Haringa Must Die! puts money in the coffers of the Shirley Jackson Awards. Buy your copy today!
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Wine Stuff [Jun. 30th, 2008|08:46 pm]
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This afternoon I schlepped my lazy butt into SoHo to visit lupa at her place of employment: Vintage New York, a wine shop and tasting bar that specializes in New York wines (I had a refreshing white from the North Fork of Long Island!). It's quite a nice place, one of those best-kept secrets you sometimes stumble across in New York City. Or at least it seemed that way to me. In the kind of magical thinking one is more likely to find in babies than thirty-nine-year-old men, I tend to assume anyplace I've never been before is brand new. (In fact it's been there seven years.)

There, lupa introduced me to her boss, the noirishly named Robert Ransom, who sat with me for an hour and answered all sorts of questions about wine, fungi and the workings of a vineyard as research for my next novel, Noble Rot. (Yes, I said next novel. I can't talk about the one I'm writing now until July.)

They were both incredibly helpful, and now I have five pages of notes to transcribe. (The longer I wait, the less legible my handwriting becomes.)

Also, I got a little tipsy. But it's not drinking in the afternoon, it's wine tasting!
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