Appearance at Edgar Allan Poe Museum

This weekend I will be appearing at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA with Brian Keene. We will be giving a talk on Poe’s influence on modern horror fiction, followed by a Q&A. We’ll also have books on hand for folks to buy and get signed, or we will sign copies that you bring along with you. We certainly hope that if you’re in the area, you’ll come out and see us.

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Talk/Q&A and Book Signing with Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni
July 27, 2014, 2-5pm
1914 E Main St
Richmond, VA 23223

NECon Programming Schedule

Just a quick note to those who are/will be at NECon this weekend, if you’re interested in catching up with me – I’ll be arriving tomorrow afternoon.  Here’s what my participation in the programming looks like:

FRIDAY evening – Mass Autograph Signing

SATURDAY, 4 pm
Panel – Man vs. Beast vs. Other: The Best Monsters in Modern Horror
From classic tropes like vampires and werewolves to the supernatural and “other-worldly” options, there’s no shortage of terrifying creatures for authors to choose from to scare the bejeezus out of their audience. A distinguished panel discusses “My Favorite Monster” — both to write and to read.
P.D. Cacek (M), Errick Nunnally, William D. Carl, Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Nate Kenyon

Hope to see you there!

 

Some Updates

Hi, folks.  A few quick updates:

First, thanks to everyone who came out to see us this past weekend at Scares That Care. I understand the charity made some money for needy families, and that makes me happy.  A special thanks to the organizers for putting on such a fun weekend for such a worthwhile cause.

Second, I will be at NECon in two weeks — more info on programming and whatnot to follow.  Further, I will be making an appearance with Brian Keene at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA this month as well.  Brian and I will be signing books and doing a Q&A with audience members.

A signed, limited edition hard cover version of my recent short story collection, A Darkling Plain, should be available soon. I’ll keep you posted.

Shadows over Main StreetA few of my short stories will be appearing in various anthologies and chapbook venues in the next couple of months. I can’t get into details about all of them, but I can tell you that my short story, “The Floodgates of Willowhill,” will be appearing in the anthology Shadows Over Main Street, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward.  There are some phenomenal authors in this one, so I hope you’ll consider checking it out.

 

 

 

Finally, a teaser from the new novel, The Blue People:

They seemed to be made of a translucent blue, somewhat crystalline substance that molded itself, at will, into the semblance of a tall, gaunt person-shape. This shape, with its long, rather sharp features, was swathed in an assortment of sapphire folds of plush cloth embroidered, or so it looked, with silvery-white threads, so that only the skeletal head and hands could be seen. In the cavernous sockets of their eyes was a deep blackness that seemed almost a tangible thing.

The being in front opened its mouth and the others followed suit; a bright light issued from their throats and carried their voices in unison to her. “We were summoned.”

 

Scares That Care Author Programming Schedule

I sincerely hope that if you are able, you’ll consider coming to the Scares That Care Charity Horror Convention taking place in Williamsburg, VA from June 27th to 29th. It’s for an incredibly good cause, and a number of great authors, actors, publishers, directors and generally interesting, awesome, horror-field folks will be in attendance. They’re even letting me in there. ;)

Scares that Care

FRIDAY
9:00pm – 10:00pm
The More Things Change – It is said that writing and publishing have changed in the advent of the digital age. But has it really, or do the same perils and pitfalls still exist? Veteran authors Thomas Monteleone, Kelli Owen and Mary SanGiovanni are joined by newcomers Kristopher Rufty, Jonathan Janz, and Chris Jensen for a discussion on writing and selling horror in the era of Kindle. Moderated by Jacob Haddon.

SATURDAY
1:30pm – 2:15pm
Kelli Owen and Mary SanGiovanni – Reading and Q&A

World Horror Convention 2014 Programming Schedule

This year’s programming for WHC has been announced, and I’m involved in all kinds of fun.  Below is a schedule of where I’ll be.  If you’ll be in Portland, too, stop by and say hi!

World Horror Convention 2014  May 8-11, 2014
Doubletree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland, Oregon 97232

THURSDAY
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Hawthorne
Reading: Brian Keene & Mary SanGiovanni

FRIDAY
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Sellwood
Panel: Being F*cked -Up And In Love
(Weston Ochse, Yvonne Navarro, Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Jeff Strand, Lynne Hansen, Cameron Pierce, Kirsten Alene)
Henry Miller and Anais Nin or Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath? Horror writers discuss the horrors and joys of pair-bonding with our own kind.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Multnomah/Holladay
Panel: Grand Master Award
Come meet Brian Keene, as the World Horror Society honors him with the Grand Master Award 
(I’m so proud of Brian, and will be at this event, obviously, to show him my support and love. :D )

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Willamette Foyer
Mass Autograph Signing
All of your favorite writers are in one spot and are willing to sign books!
I will have copies on hand of the Hollower books, Thrall, Chaos, For Emmy, and possibly others. Or if you already have a book you’d like me to sign, stop by!

SATURDAY
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sellwood
Panel: Finding Your True Voice
(Mary SanGiovanni, S.P. Somtow, Rain Graves, Tim Waggoner, Gord Rollo, John Urbancik )
A few horror authors have such a unique voice that whatever the book is, their fans never want that author’s world or universe to end past the last page. How does any writer find their voice?

Nonfiction Funstuff

Hey folks — if you’re looking for a little light Monday night reading, please consider two new blog posts I have up today:

My new Apex Publications blog on supernatural vs. psychological horror, and the often fine line between them: The Thin Gray Line.

Also, there’s a new installment of the Monday Night Monsters series, Inspirational Movies Part II.  To catch up on all the Monday Night Monsters posts so far, CLICK HERE

Another Brand-New, Never-Before-Published Short Story – MIA MOJA

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I’m happy to announce that another brand new, never-before-published short story of mine, “Okiku,” will be appearing in Thunderstorm Books’ brand new limited edition anthology, Mia Moja, edited by Mike McBride and Nate Southard.  YAY!

From Thunderstorm’s website:

This book is a celebration of Thunderstorm’s 100th hardcover title.  It is edited by Michael McBride and Nate Southard and contains ten long stories (approximately 10,000 words each) by ten authors.  Included are Nate Southard, Shane McKenzie, Brian Keene, Gene O’Neill, Kelli Owen, JF Gonzalez, Bryan Smith, Ronald Kelly, Michael McBride, and Mary SanGiovanni.

Also, there are a couple of additions to the typical Black Voltage production, which includes color header pages for each story, higher end upgraded endsheets, several tip in sheets, including signatures from all ten authors, and an upgraded smoother bonded leather.

With this line up and only 80 copies being produced, it is sure to sell out quickly.  No other editions of this anthology as a whole will be produced.  No special editions, no trade hardcovers, no trade paperbacks.  Black Voltage #40, as inspired by Black Voltage #1, is about celebrating limited editions.

Copies are, I understand, very limited, so if you want a copy, I’d pick one up pretty quickly.