October Appearance at Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

On Saturday, October 3rd, I’ll one of the authors signing and speaking at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival (which, incidentally, is *free* and open to the public), hosted by author and good friend Christopher Golden. Most of my closest friends and absolute favorite people are going to be there, and I’m very excited.

You should be there, too! As Chris describes it, The Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival involves Horror and Suspense authors from New England – and all around the Northeast U.S. – who will be selling and signing books throughout the event, as well as participating in panel discussions in the theater about New England Horror Tradition, what makes something scary, new fears, and childhood terrors. The event will conclude with a quintet of authors doing a live reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

The book festival is taking place at ACT Theater Company, 1632 Osgood Street, Osgood Landing, North Andover, MA 01845. http://www.acttheatercompany.com on 10/3/15 from 1pm-7:30pm.

Who else will be there, you ask? Why, an abundance of talent and wit the likes of which New England can only just barely handle all in one theater, including:

Dana Cameron
Glenn Chadbourne
Jason Ciaramella
Christopher Golden
Gardner Goldsmith
Scott Goudsward
Jack M. Haringa
Holly Newstein Hautala
Joe Hill
Kat Howard
Brian Keene
Toni L.P. Kelner
John Langan
Sarah Langan
Izzy Lee
Kelly Link
Bracken MacLeod
John M. McIlveen
Errick Danger Nunnally
Leigh Perry
Mary SanGiovanni
Thomas Sniegoski
Paul Tremblay
Rio Youers

Sponsored by ACT Theater Company, Andover Bookstore, and Vicious Circle. *FREE, and open to the public!* Be there. Bring a friend.

A full schedule of panels and signing times to come!

Podcast Interview with The Horror Show with Brian Keene

This evening, on the newest podcast episode of Project iRadio’s The Horror Show with Brian Keene, I am interviewed as a guest by co-hosts Brian Keene and Dave “Meteornotes” Thomas.  In the episode, we talk about Amazon, social anxiety, absinthe, the CIA, the secret of life, The Hollower trilogy’s possible influence on the Slenderman trend, and a slew of other subjects, including an exclusive super-secret announcement.  I very much enjoyed being interviewed and sincerely hope you’ll be listening when it airs tonight.

With a listening audience of considerable magnitude and award nominations in its first year of existence, The Horror Show with Brian Keene podcast talks about news, books, movies, games, people, politics, and just about anything else related to the horror genre.  If you’re interested in tuning in, you can subscribe on iTunes as I have done, check it out on the Project iRadio website, or go through Roku.  This way you can catch my ep at any time, and check out all the previous ones, too.

And if you do tune in to listen, please let me know what you think!

MoCon, A New Story, and Discounts

A few quick announcements for the interested reader:

This weekend I’ll be a guest at MoCon, an Indiana-based convention which explores horror/speculative fiction, diversity, and spirituality in fiction, games, and other media in a friendly, get-to-know-the-writer kind of setting.  I will be breaking the genre and unleashing supernatural powers of chaos and destruction in my usual way:

Panel – Saturday 1:30 Women Destroy Mo*Con Panel
(K. Tempest Bradford, Chesya Burke, Lucy Snyder, Alethea Kontis, and Mary SanGiovanni)

If you’re in the area (or near the area, or just love weekend road trips), please come on out and see us.  We’d love the company.

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The recently published anthology Library of the Dead is now available on Amazon.com, and I am pleased to say the story I co-wrote with Brian Keene, “The Last Things to Go,” is included with a number of fantastic fellow horror writers.  I also have the honor of having written an Afterword in the anthology dedicated to the memory of friend and author, J.F. Gonzalez.  I really consider this to be a special book for a number of reasons, so I hope you’ll consider picking up a copy.

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Also, if you are one of those people waiting for a sale to try reading something of mine, you’re in luck!  For a limited time (May 4, 2015 – May 11, 2015), two of my novels, Thrall and Chaos, will be available for Kindle U.S. and Kindle U.K. for only $.99!  That’s right, all next week, from May 4th to the 11th, Kindle editions of those two novels will be only $.99.  If you want to check out those books, next week will be a great time to pick them up.

More soon!

Visiting Writer at Seton Catholic Central High School – Raising Funds

Hi, folks.  As you may know, I am a strong supporter of any literary education initiative, particularly one involving academic exploration and appreciation of speculative genre fiction.  As such, I have been invited as this year’s Visiting Writer at Seton Catholic Central High School. Thanks to fellow author Kevin Lucia, at the end of this May, I will have the opportunity to work with and critique the writing of their Creative Writing students.  I will also be discussing my experiences as a writer and speaking to a general assembly of students about publishing in general.

To raise funds to make this happen, Kevin has set up an Indiegogo campaign.  You can check it out HERE.  There are/will be perks — e-books, books, all kinds of goodies!  As Kevin notes, funds have already been raised, with several other local fundraisers to follow, but this opportunity affords readers, SCC alumni, and anyone else who may be interested to contribute in any way they’d like.

You can also keep up with the latest in this endeavor by joining the Facebook Group.

I sincerely hope you’ll consider contributing and/or spreading the word, and helping in our efforts to raise money to make this happen.

New Short Story Out

So my new Lovecraftian short story, “The Floodgates of Willowhill,” is now available, collected in the anthology Shadows Over Main Street (Hazardous Press).  I’m proud to be appearing alongside some really great authors.  I hope you’ll consider picking up a copy.

Here are the links:

BUY SHADOWS OVER MAINSTREET (Kindle)
BUY SHADOWS OVER MAINSTREET (Paperback)

So It’s 2015….

Hi, folks.  I know it’s been a while since I updated; I’ve been handling some personal issues over the last three months or so. However, for those interested in what’s on the writing front this year, here’s a little run-down of what you can expect from me:

– a new novel – I’m actually working on two at the moment, but one has already been contracted, so that one, obviously, will be getting done first.  It’s titled The Blue People.  I think you’ll like it.  I know you’ll like the cover art, because it’s gorgeous.  I’ll post publication date and ordering details as I get them.

– a few new short stories.  Let’s see…I have a Lovecraftian short story coming out called “The Floodgates of Willowhill” in an anthology called Shadows Over Main Street.

I have another Lovecraftian short story, “The Hundred Years’ Sleep” in the anthology A Mythos Grimmly.

There’s a short story I co-wrote with Brian Keene called “The Last Things to Go” which will be appearing in the new anthology, Library of the Dead.  Also included in this anthology is my first-ever afterword, a tribute to fellow author and friend, Jesus Gonzalez.  I hope you’ll consider picking one up.

As always, if you’re looking for available works of mine not listed here, please check out my Bookstore Page for details.

If you’re looking to buy me a hot tea at an event (wink wink nudge nudge), I have a few appearances booked so far.  I’ll be updating the Appearances page with specific details as I get them, but as a brief overview, I’ll be at NECon this year, as I am receiving the honor of being inducted as a NECon Legend. I will also be one of the guests at Mo*Con X this year.  I am also going to try to make WHC this year.  I will be doing some speaking engagements for various groups as well, but I don’t think they’re open to the public.  If they are, I’ll let you know.

As I mentioned, I’ve been a little distracted lately, so if I owe you something, please email me and remind me, and please accept my apology for running behind.  I am hoping to be all caught up by the beginning of March.

Here’s to 2015 being an exciting and productive year….

Just Wanted to Share…

…because sometimes the little pick-me-ups are what get you through:

From literary hero Ramsey Campbell’s intro to Lovecraftian fiction anthology Shadows Over Main Street, in which my short story, “The Floodgates of Willowhill,” will be appearing: “Mary SanGiovanni speaks in a style that feels as if it’s alluding to Lovecraft’s melodious prose and yet brings its own poetic flavour to a tale that offers glimpses of the infinite.”
So…(blush) YAY!