Hi folks — just wanted to let you know that I’ve posted a guest blog over on A Writer’s Life by friend and fellow SHU alum Lee Allen Howard. His new novel, a supernatural crime story called Death Perception, is now available. Check it out!
Just letting folks know that the gorgeous Lettered editions of IS THERE A DEMON IN YOU? are now available from Camelot Books. This is a beautiful collectible version of 4 novellas and 4 chapettes (one from each contributing author), with ribbon bookmarks, black cloth, French marble papers, and a number of other classy bells and whistles. I’d pick this up fast, folks; this version is limited to 26 copies, and I don’t expect they’ll sit around. Also, the Camelot website lists that there are still some Limiteds available. Click HERE to buy both versions.
Also, it looks like some of the original artwork is still available (although it’s going fast — most of it’s gone already).
Also, while you’re at the Camelot Books website, check out some of my available books HERE.
Hi folks — by request, I did not take down the get-to-know-Mary-inside-and-out post I put up last night, but I realized I posted it to the wrong blog. (That’s what you get for blogging at 1 a.m.) Anyway, if you want to read it, it’s now in its proper home HERE.
Just wanted to let folks know I’ll be doing a regular monthly blog post over at the Apex Publishing blog. Mine will appear the fourth Monday of every month. I’ll post reminders when they go up.
Also, for readers/fans/friends/odds&ends, I started a discussion thread on the me-forum of Amazon for anyone who wants to chat about any of my books. I don’t know if folks actually ever go to/use these, but I figured it might be fun to try. Feel free to drop in and leave a comment, if you so desire.
Hey folks — just a quick note to let you know I have a new guest post, “Why We Need Gods and Monsters,” up at Apex Publishing’s Blog. Hope you enjoy it! I know I enjoyed writing it.
Just for those of you keeping track….
The novella I just finished, Solomon’s Girls, is now called The Fading Place. Interested folks should look for The Fading Place to be available sometime during the first quarter of 2014. There will be details and fun stuff to follow.
Also, the novel I am working to complete this month which I had tentatively been calling Bridgewood I have now decided to call Chaos. It fits the story and overall themes much better. And there will be cute free swag when this book becomes available later this year.
So, to sum up, for those looking to pick up my newest stuff over the next several months, we have:
“The Anathema Cell,” chapbook, 2013
The Hollower Trilogy, omnibus, 2013
Chaos, novel, 2013
The Fading Place, novella, 2014
TBA novel (about aliens and monsters and conspiracies oh my!), 2014
TBA novella (possibly about werewolves), 2014
Just wanted to post a quick update on currently available and upcoming works:
Right now, Thrall is available both as an e-book for Kindle and as an audio book. While the hard cover version is more or less sold out, I will have copies with me to sell and sign for some upcoming appearances, to be announced soon. F. Paul Wilson said of this book, “Thrall is a feast of both visceral and existential horror – the gut tightens and the mind reels. Mary Sangiovanni joins that select cadre of women writers who are ignoring the safe old tropes and pushing the genre in new directions.”
For Emmy is also still available as an e-book for Kindle. Likewise, while I will have a few of the remaining paperback copies with me at upcoming appearances, this is essentially sold out in print form. Reviewers have said this novella is “chilling, heartbreaking, and quietly terrifying,” “brilliant and terrifying…SanGiovanni’s masterpiece,” and ”poignant and creepy as hell.”
Both are reasonably priced and my two personal favorites, so if you’re looking for something to read, check them out.
The Hollower Trilogy will be reprinted in a single, superfancy superlimited edition hardcover single volume. Details to follow soon, but I can say that I just signed and mailed back the sig sheets for this and it’s going to be a beautiful book. As for paperback and e-book versions, I am attempting to get all of my backlist back in print in both paperback and e-book editions.
Regarding upcoming work for 2013, a chapbook of mine will be published titled “The Anathema Cell.” I don’t have a solid release date yet, but I’ll post it as soon as I know.
Another novella which I am turning in to the publisher this week, titled Solomon’s Girls, is due to be published in hard cover, paperback, and e-book in the first quarter of 2014 as well. Again, I’ll post release date details once they are confirmed.
A new novel (in my opinion, one of my best and scariest to date) is near completion and due to the publisher soon for publication this year. It will be a limited edition hard cover. This book is called Chaos (formerly with the working title of Bridgewood) and to celebrate its release, there will be some free stuff and fun stuff.
In the meantime, readers might find the Locations of Interest section of this website browse-worthy. It features free background material, history, and urban legends surrounding the places mentioned in all the books listed above, including the new Chaos.
Rounding out the work load, there is an upcoming story to be collected in an anthology and another novel, still in the planning stages but likely loosely based on mummy and ancient alien conspiracy stories, due out in 2014.
As always, I’ll report more information when I can. I hope you’re looking forward to these as much as I’m looking forward to writing/finishing them for you.
In the meantime, why not check out these me-places on the web for fun and frolic?
Or you can check out some of the articles I have posted by following the links under Mary’s Nonfiction on the Web to the right of this post.
Thanks, as always, for your support of my work. It means a lot.
Apologies for the lack of updates for a while. Between the holidays and my sister giving birth to a brand new baby girl (my first nice), it’s been pretty hectic. However, I wanted to post a quick update so folks know what to expect for the new year.
I’m working on a new novel I hope to have finished and turned in to the publisher by March. It is the supernatural horror novel mentioned a in my last post. This book will initially appear in LE HC, but hopefully I will have news soon regarding other versions as well. I believe this year will see the audiobook release of The Hollower and a chapbook version of a short story called “The Anathema Cell.” I’m working on plans for paperback versions of the Hollower trilogy — I’ll keep you posted.
You may have also noticed some updates to the website, particularly in the Locations of Interest section. If you’re the type of reader who likes fun little trivia extras about your books, this section offers that and more for most of the novels and novellas where location is of some significance to the plot. In the Writer’s Life section, I’ve been blogging semi-regularly, mostly about life-stuff, if that interests you. I’ve been trying to include blog posts specifically related to my life in the business, and how I’m functioning in it.
I’m looking to add to appearances this year at various conventions and events. So far, I’m planning on the following conventions, but these are just plans. When they are confirmed, the Appearances page will be updated with the details:
Marcon, Columbus, OH
WHC, New Orleans
NECon, Bristol, RI
I’d also like to do some readings and signings — details will follow.
I also wanted to say how much I appreciate the support of readers and fans who have bought, traded, discussed, reviewed, and spoke favorably about my work to date. It means so much to know there are folks out there who are reading and enjoying my books. I wish all of you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, happy, productive new year full of exciting surprises, happy accidents, beautiful sunsets, memorable moments, and cherished time spent with those you care about doing things that matter. I wish you all peace of mind, time to relax, and good fortune. Every year ought to be better than the last….
Tagged by author Kelli Owen who was tagged by author Rob Swartwood who was tagged by author Tim Lebbon, I’m posting my answers below to a few questions about the new novel, due out sometime late next year.
1) What is the title of your next book?
Tentatively, it is called Bridgewood, but I will likely change it to something catchier/more thematically appropriate.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
The history of Danvers State Hospital was a huge influence on this novel.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Well, I could definitely see Shemar Moore as Derrick. Liv Tyler as Myrinda. Jessica Tandy would have been a great Aggie Roesler, but in lieu of her, maybe Rosemary Harris or Cloris Leachman. Bob Hoskins or John Goodman as Hal. Sean Hayes as Wayne.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Tenants of a newly-built apartment building find themselves succumbing to their darkest and craziest whims as an insanity from another world poisons the very ground on which they live.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Neither — I’ve negotiated the publication arrangement myself with a publisher.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I’m still writing it but it will be done by early March of next year.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hmm. Maybe Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan. Sliver by Ira Levin. Possibly The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Research on the recent history of Danvers State Hospital in Danvers, MA and the actor interviews on the Session 9 DVD extras.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It is connected (somewhat) to the Hollower books and Thrall, if folks are into that sort of thing.
Also, here’s a teaser-y excerpt:
Over the grounds outside the apartment, the night came on quickly. Under the night, the grounds began to change. The changes were subtle and gradual: shifting boundaries between grass and gravel, trees creaking and sinking their roots into new patterns in the ground, moonlight manipulated into distorted finger-shapes by the surrounding shadows. Beneath the apartment building, the black puddle spread outward again, pulsating, breathing, bleeding, pumping its reckless abandon into the world. In the spaces between things where night gathered thickest, the chaotic ones that Aggie knew as hinshing moved and chattered their own half-nonsense language.
The residents of Bridgewood might have seen movement if any of them had been looking out a window toward the Old Ward. They might have caught blurred glimpses, or heard the irregular cadence of the chaotic ones’ speech. As it turned out, the few residents of the Bridgewood apartments were busy with their own thoughts and their own nighttime rituals. But the night wore on, and the chaotic ones were felt as chills, as ideas gone too far for comfort, as memories, both real and faulty. Also, of course, the chaotic ones were seen in dreams, beneath a handful of masks, a number of costumes. It was a common early symptom of the black puddle leaking through.
The hinshing themselves did not sleep, and so did not dream.
It was only a matter of time before they got inside.
What they are now calling Superstorm Sandy (sounds kind of like a comic-book villain, doesn’t it?) is likely going to knock out power/internet access/common sense all along the east coast by tonight, so I wanted to post a quick update.
I expect before the end of the year to have the e-book versions of The Hollower, Found You, and The Triumvirate available at least for Kindle. I’m working with folks now to make that happen.
I am also working on a new as-yet-untitled novel to be turned in the first quarter of next year, for publication in 2013.
I’m still anticipating publication of my longish short story, “The Anathema Cell,” in the near future.
Finally, I am working on another collection of short fiction/novellas that will be primarily previously unpublished material. This, too, is currently untitled, but I’m planning on it being available for Kindle, at least.
Details on all these projects will be posted here as things are finalized.
Hang in there and stay safe in the storm. See you where it’s high and dry!