Chat with Me Tonight

I’m doing a chat tonight to support the Pixel Project, an organization dedicated to eradicating violence against women. I’ll be doing a live reading from Savage Woods and answering all your burning questions (and perhaps some smoldering ones, too). I hope you’ll join me for this worthy cause this evening. Check out the info above.

And Even More Appearances

Although this is not the final schedule of events, it’s pretty close.  Here’s where I’ll be for most of the rest of the year, in between seeing my son off to his first year of college:

July 9, 2016
The York Emporium‘s “Horrible Saturday”

June 10-11, 2016
Rural PA Authors Expo

July 21-24, 2016
Scares That Care III

October 7-9, 2016

October 26, 2016

November 17 – 20, 2016
Bizarro Con

December 30, 2016 – January 1, 2017
New Year’s Party Con

For more details, check out my Appearances page.


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. 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!

Appearance This Saturday in Old Bridge, NJ

Just a reminder to folks in the area that I’ll be the October guest speaker this Saturday, October 4th, at the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers’ meeting. I’ll be talking about the art of the short story, taking questions, and signing anything anyone brings me.

I’ll be speaking from noon until 1 pm at the Old Bridge Public Library, One Old Bridge Plaza, Municipal Center, Old Bridge, NJ 08857. you can contact the library at (732) 721-5600.

You can get further information about the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers HERE.

Hope to see you there!

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

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.”


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

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

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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
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. 😀 )

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!

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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?

A Few Quick Things

Hey folks — a few quick things that may be of interest:

This is the final week that Midnight Symphony, an anthology of novellas by some awesome writers (and me), will be available. This e-book anthology has largely been well-received, including a pretty great review on the FEARNET website, and many of these novellas are either unavailable elsewhere or extremely rare and hard to come by. If you were thinking of picking it up, this is the last chance. Available here for only $2.99!

A beautiful limited edition version of my short story collection, A Darkling Plain, is forthcoming. Details are on the way as soon as I can make them available.

I will likely be having short fiction appearing in a magazine, a chapbook, and an anthology in the next six months. Also, later in the year, there will be a new novel about ghosts, sort of, and an audiobook version of The Hollower. I’m excited about these projects. Details to follow.

Since next month is WOMEN IN HORROR month, look for interviews of me conducted by Gef Fox and also by Jeff Heimbuch for Lamplight Magazine. Also in February will be the release of my new novella The Fading Place by DarkFuse books. Those interested in preordering the book can get it for a discount now.

On Monday, Feb. 3, A WRITER’S LIFE will host one of the stops on the Les Daniels Blog Tour, celebrating the work of late Necon favorite, author Les Daniels. The incredibly witty Matt Bechtel of Necon E-books will be offering a guest blog post (“Witches, Victims and Gods: The Women of The Don Sebastian Chronicles“).

On Wednesday, Feb. 5th, I will have a new post up on Apex Publishing’s blog. Linkage will follow.

Finally, today (January 28) is my birthday, so if you’re waiting on an email/call/text/smoke signal/response to anything, I should hopefully be all caught up after today — Friday the latest.

New Appearances

I’ve been booked for a couple of upcoming appearances over the next six months, with more likely to be added. The Appearances page is current now; any new signings, Q&As, convention appearances, etc. that I will be doing in 2013/2014 will be added there as well as announced here.

So if you want to get one of my books signed, here’s where you’ll be able to find me (so far):

Book Signing, October 19, 2013, 2-5pm at Barnes & Noble
421 Arena Hub Plaza
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Other authors in attendance who will be signing books as well are Brian Keene, Kevin Lucia, K.H. Koehler, Ron Breznay, Lorne Dixon, and John Koloski. (I will have paperback copies of Thrall, The Hollower, Found You, and The Triumvirate for sale).

I will also be making a Guest Speaker Appearance at Dancing With a Pen Workshop on July 2, 2014 in Morristown, NJ. This will include a presentation by me, followed by workshop participation and ms evaluation. Participation in this event is for teens only, I believe. Details to follow.