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?

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.

New Fiction and New Appearances

I’ve been told that in about a week, the link will go live for ordering the LE HC of my new novel, Chaos.  A little about the book:

Chaos - FRONT COVER From the author of the Hollower Trilogy and Thrall comes a terrifying new novel of madness and horror….

The Bridgewood Estates apartments are clean, modern and new—the perfect place for Myrinda and her boyfriend Derek to start a new life together. But the apartments have an extra feature not advertised—they’re built on a gateway to another world, an abyss of chaos from which horrific monsters known as the chaotic ones have come to spread their insanity sickness. As the tenants of Bridgewood descend into lunacy, unthinkable acts and violent deaths accumulate around Myrinda and Derek. They’ll have to fight Myrinda’s own growing madness or succumb to the whims of the chaotic ones.

Also, I have just received word that my 10k novelette, “Okiku,” will be appearing alongside some very awesome writers in an upcoming anthology.  I’ll be posting details about that as soon as I’m allowed to and I know more about ordering and such.

And speaking of 10k stories, I will have copies of “The Anathema Cell” chapbooks, as well as some copies of my other novels, for sale and signing at this Saturday’s upcoming charity event, Creator Cookout, hosted by Comix Connection in Mechanicsburg, PA.  During this event, comic book creators and novelists talk, sign, and cook for fans while taking donations for the Central PA Food Bank. Please join Brian Keene, Mike Hawthorne, J.F. Gonzalez, Andrew Griffith, Dirk Shearer, Jess Eppley, Brandon Perlow, Karl Bollers, possibly Rick Leonardi, and me on Saturday, August 24th at Comix Connection 6200 Carlisle Pike, Suite C, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. Bring a donation of canned food for the Central PA food bank, and you’ll be entered into a prize drawing (one entry per each food item donated).

NECon and an Interview

Two quick things before I’m off for a weekend of fun and frolic at NECon:

Author Carl Alves conducted an interview with me which he recently posted. In it, I discuss The Hollower trilogy mostly, as well as influences and heroes. Check it out and let me know what you think. 😉

Also, as I mentioned this weekend, I will be attending the Northeaster Writers Convention (NECon). If you will also be attending, you can find me at the following events/programming:

8:00 p.m. Necon Remembers Rick Hautala

8:00 p.m. Meet the Authors Party (I will have Hollower trilogy books available to buy and get signed, or you can bring anything else you already have that you’d like me to sign.)

10:00 a.m. Don’t Do It Like That I: Newbie Mistakes I’ve Made
Chris Irvin, Bracken MacLeod, Mary SanGiovanni (M), Kristin Dearborn, Meghan Arcuri-Moran
(I’m moderating, so expect some good giggle-time. heh heh)

Or feel free to just walk up and say hi — I’ll be around all weekend.

A Few Quick Updates

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.