September 30th, 2009


Some Book News

Publishers Weekly has some nice things to say about Hunt at World's End:

Hunt at World's End, Gabriel Hunt, as told to Nicholas Kaufmann. Leisure, $6.99 (338p) ISBN 978-0-8439-6245-1

Drawing firmly on the pulp tradition but never shying away from the latest and most improbable gadgetry, Gabriel Hunt's third adventure (after 2009's Hunt Through the Cradle of Fear) proves him a contemporary heir to Indiana Jones, Bruce Wayne and Travis McGee. Kaufmann's storytelling, all action and little introspection, enhances the autobiographical conceit as anthropologist-archeologist Hunt, backed by the fiscal resources of the Hunt Foundation and his brother's extensive research library, travels to Borneo in search of Joyce Wingard, a family friend who disappeared while working on her doctorate and searching for information on an ancient Hittite weapon. Readers willing to suspend disbelief and embrace a touch of the supernatural (not to mention millennia-old death cults whose members engage the protagonists in hand-to-hand combat in the 21st century) will enjoy Hunt's romp across several continents. (Nov.)


In other book news, today is the last day you can pre-order the limited edition hardcover of Chasing the Dragon. After today, the only way to get one of these hardcovers will be the secondhand market, and unfortunately they tend to charge exorbitant prices for my out-of-print stuff--Walk In Shadows, a paperback, reached something like $90 on the secondhand market!

The trade paperback of Chasing the Dragon won't be out until March of 2010, but do you really want to wait a full three months to read it after all the cool kids already have? I didn't think so. Pop on over to Horror Mall and pre-order yourself a copy of the hardcover while you can.


Following the monstrous trend brought to life by bestseller success of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," Del Rey Books just bought Porter Grand's "Little Women and Werewolves"--remixing the classic novel with a wolfish twist.

Editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell acquired the title through Adam Chromy of Artists and Artisans. Ever since Quirk Books combined zombies and Jane Austen, we've seen more monster mash-up deals: "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
[And of course the newly announced Wuthering Bites, which the article neglects to mention.--NK]

That's it, it's time for me to stop beating myself up while trying to write anything meaningful or deep, or even just good, and hop on the bandwagon. To whit, I hereby present my schedule of forthcoming novels (with thanks to the gf for some of the title suggestions), all of which will be snapped up by major publishers in what Publishers Lunch will label "significant" deals, only to languish on the remainders shelf with all the other P&P&Z wannabes that were published after the industry blindly mistook a legitimate novelty item for the start of a successful, lucrative trend that would save publishing:

Anne of Green Gargoyles
Mansfield Park Is Filled with Inbred Cannibals
The Swiss Family Robinson and Yetis
A Tale of Two Cities Being Destroyed by a Giant Lizard
The French Lieutenant's Succubus
Jude the Obscure, Swarthy Cultist
The Pit and the Pendulum and the Frankenstein Monster
Little House on the Edge of Hell
A Wrinkle in Cthulhu

With my first million, I'm buying a boat.