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WonderCon

Going to WonderCon in L.A. this weekend? Want to see me? Or, more likely, avoid me?

Here are all the places I’ll be:

Friday 3/25

Spotlight Panel – 1:30 to 2:30 in room 515B

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME, BABY! Actually, I hate talking about myself. REALLY. I mean, I will if you want to. But I’m happy to talk about anything else. My books, other people’s books, movies I haven’t seen but have an opinion on anyway. Or, depending on how many people show up maybe we’ll all just take a nap. So swing by. I might even read you a chunk of my next Carter book, HUNGRY GHOSTS, if you want.

Signing – 2:45 to 3:30 in the WonderCon Author Signing Area, Booth #3000

I’ll sign books. Any book. Doesn’t have to be mine. I mean I’d prefer it was mine because that means you either bought it (yay!) or stole it (also yay because I admire your moxie).

Saturday 3/26

2:00–3:00: It’s a Horrible Life (or UnLife) in room 151

What is it about grim and gritty, dark and dystopian, that readers crave? And how can humor exist in the midst thereof? Tap into the noir side of existence with R.S. Belcher (The Six-Gun Tarot, The Brotherhood of the Wheel), Robert Brockway (The Unnoticeables), Stephen Blackmoore (“Heroes Reborn: Dirty Deeds”), Scott Sigler (Generations Trilogy), Amber Benson (The Echo Park Coven novels), and David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy.

3:15 – 4:00: It’s a Horrible Life (or UnLife) Panel Signing in the WonderCon Author Signing Area, Booth #3000

Me, R.S. Belcher, Amber Benson, Scott Sigler, and Robert Brockway will sign books. And possibly other things. For example, I will sign llamas, but not lamas. Why do you think I would deface a Buddhist? What’s wrong with you?

And that’s it for official stuff. Otherwise I’ll be floating around the con. Literally floating. I’m going to fill my lungs with helium and rise to the ceiling. You know, lording over all the people below me. It’s a bourgeois thing.

Hope to see folks out there.

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A Bit Of News About Hungry Ghosts

WE HAVE A PUB DATE.

February 17th. Yeah, it’s farther out there than I’d like, but it was my own goddamn fault for blowing out the production schedule with a late book.

That said, I’m a LOT happier with this version of the book. It wraps up some plotlines, opens up some more, and sets the stage for the future.

To everyone who has shown interest in the book, and offered words of support while I was slogging through the mud, thank you. I hope you enjoy it.

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I’m A Special Snowflake. WonderCon Says So.

I will be at WonderCon at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015) March 25th-27th as a “Special Guest”. I think that means they sacrifice me at the end of the con by setting me on fire in a giant wickerman?

Actually it’s more terrifying than that.

It means I have a Spotlight Panel where it’s all about me. I talk about… stuff. Writing, books, pretty much whatever you want. 1980s B-movies? Sure! How The Thing is the best horror movie and possibly the best thriller ever? Can do! Strange Rumspringa sexual fetishes among the Amish that I actually have no firsthand experience with but am more than okay with making up because hey, since when are the Amish going to see my website or show up at my panel? Abso-fucking-lutely!

And it’s not just me! There are scads of other special guests.

  • Amber Benson (Echo Park Coven & Calliope Reaper-Jones series)
  • Peter Clines (The Fold, 14, Ex-Heroes Series)
  • V. E. Schwab (A Gathering of Shadows, A Darker Side of Magic)
  • Scott Sigler (Generations Trilogy, Galactic Football League Series)
  • Carrie Vaughan (Kitty Norville series, Steel, Dreams of the Golden Age)

You can catch me on Friday at 1:30 in Room 515B for my spotlight panel and on Saturday at 2:00 in Room 151 talking about what’s so fun about dark stories.

And there are lots of other authors (who, just between you and me, are just as special). Folks like Greg Van Eekhout, Sam Sykes, Sarah Kuhn, Brian Staveley and more.

Check out this schedule of author panels.

Friday, March 25

12:00–1:00: Getting to the Point—SF/F authors Carrie Vaughn (The Kitty Norville series), Peter Clines (The Fold and the Ex-Heroes series), Arwen Dayton (The Seeker Series), Sam Sykes (Aeon’s Gate Trilogy & Bring Down Heaven’s Gate series), andBrian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series) discuss the pointy strategic bits of weapons and battle tactics as their characters battle for causes from the mundane to the sublime. Moderated by Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 151

1:30– 2:30: Spotlight on Stephen Blackmoore Room 515B – THIS IS ME. SO BE THERE. OR DON’T. I WON’T FEEL BAD OR ANYTHING. NOT REALLY. I MEAN, IT’S OKAY. IT’S FINE. I KNOW YOU’RE BUSY.

3:00–4:00: Futurecasting and Timeline Salad—Dragons, witches, elemental forces, alternate timelines, time travel, and more! JoinMaryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy and Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky), James Morris (The Three Kingdoms Trilogy), Greg Van Eekhout (California Bones trilogy), and Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock) in looking at the past, present, and future through different lens and timelines. Room 151

7:00–8:00: Building Worlds with Words—Whether it’s far-flung futures or fantastical stories, the worlds that authors build are complex. How do storytellers create brand new worlds and unexplored universes? What is it like to become an architect for expansive mythos treasured by the masses? What’s the process for developing exciting new protagonists and working with established icons? Join Cecil Castellucci (Moving Target: Princess Leia), Aditi Khorana (Mirror in the Sky), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Caragh M O’Brien (Vault of Dreamers), Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red), and Victoria Schwab (A Gathering of Shadows) as they discuss how they create their worlds, the process involved in creating nuanced characters and working with licensed properties. Room 411


Saturday, March 26

11:00–12:00: Mythos Mix-Up—Centuries of mythology inform speculative fiction storytelling; how do authors pick and choose what they incorporate and what they alter? Classic heroes and heroines, deities and sea creatures, and monsters—terrestrial and extra-—play roles in the works of Rachel Marks (Dark Cycle series), Randy Henderson (Arcana Familia series), Judd Winick (HILO series),Tobie Easton (Mer Chronicles), and Kathryn Rose (Metal & Lace series). Join these authors in conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 151

12:00–1:00: Spotlight on Peter Clines Room 515A  

2:00–3:00: It’s a Horrible Life (or UnLife) – OH HEY, IT’S ME AGAIN WITH A BUNCH OF OTHER FANTASTIC WRITERS. 

What is it about grim and gritty, dark and dystopian, that readers crave? And how can humor exist in the midst thereof? Tap into the noir side of existence with R.S. Belcher (The Six-Gun Tarot, The Brotherhood of the Wheel), Robert Brockway (The Unnoticeables), Stephen Blackmore (“Heroes Reborn: Dirty Deeds”), Scott Sigler (Generations Trilogy), Amber Benson (The Echo Park Coven novels), and David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 151

4:30–5:30: Spotlight on V.E. (Victoria) Schwab Room 152 


Sunday, March 27

10:30–11:30: Spotlight on Amber Benson Room 152 

12:00–1:00: Spotlight on Carrie Vaughn Room 515A  

1:00–2:00: Spotlight on Scott Sigler Room 151

2:00–3:00: Unexpected Enemies, Unlikely Friends—Personal and political alliances make for strange bedfellows, companions, and frenemies, in the tales of Josephine Angelini (Worldwalker Trilogy), Leah Thomas (Because You’ll Never Meet Me), Chris Howard(Night Speed), and V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic). Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy moderates. Room 151

Hope to see y’all out there.

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A Further Status On Hungry Ghosts

The next Eric Carter book, HUNGRY GHOSTS, is done. I finished it a couple of days before the end of December and it is now in the hands of my publisher. I don’t have a date when it will come out yet, but at least it’s done.

Well, done is a relative term. I’m sure there will be changes and tweaks. I’m waiting on some feedback, my editor will look at it and there will be some changes once she goes through it, etc. etc..

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, the short version is that as I got about 2/3 of the way through writing HUNGRY GHOSTS, about 50K words, I had to scrap it because it was a steaming pile of dysenteric bear shit. I gutted the whole thing. Top to bottom. Started over.

All told I think I kept maybe 500 words of the original?

Then, of course, life intervened. Day job stuff. Health shit. Other work because, you know, bills and stuff. Stress. Panic. Changes in medication. And so on and so forth.

You know, life.

But now it is done. And I’m actually pretty happy with it. It wraps up some things, answers a bunch of questions, asks a few others and sets some things up for future books.

I have three more Carter books currently planned, but I don’t have a contract for them, yet. Odds are probably good because DEAD THINGS actually sold enough to earn out its advance a couple months back. Thank you everyone who bought a copy. You are all amazingly sexy people.

But we’ll see. I’m paranoid. So if you would like to see more Carter books the best thing you can do is get your friends to read them. The more the merrier as they say.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience on HUNGRY GHOSTS. I really hope you enjoy it.

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GEN CON! STORIUM! THE ONCE AND FUTURE PODCAST! WHY AM I SHOUTING?!

Are you going to Gen Con? Want to hear awesome stuff?

YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

So aside from the other stuff I’m doing at Gen Con, I’ll be on Anton Strout’s Once And Future Podcast live show. Join me, Kameron Hurley, Michael J. Sullivan, Margaret Weis, Michael Underwood, Wesley Chu and Aaron Rosenberg on Thursday, July 30th from 5-7 in room 241. We’ll talk… stuff. Writing stuff, probably. I’ll even have a couple books to give away.

Anyway, if you’re at Gen Con and you want to listen to a bunch of miscreants talk shit, this is the place to be. You need tickets, but the tickets are FREE. You can’t beat free.

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BUT! I will only be there from 5-6. Because at 6:00 is THE LIVE STORIUM GAME!

Swing by and watch Chuck Wendig, Delilah Dawson, Sam Sykes and I make fools of ourselves while we play a live session of Storium, the online story-telling game. Better still, we are humiliating ourselves for charity. Thursday night, 6:00, in room 245. Tickets are $4.00 a pop and proceeds are going to Worldbuilders, an amazing charity that you should throw some money at. And if you come to the event, you’ll get the chance to.

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Remember, the sexiest people come to these events. ARE YOU SEXY? Yeah, I thought so. Hope to see y’all there.

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Zombie Noir For Your Earholes

Yesterday, my first book, CITY OF THE LOST, came out on audio through the amazing company GraphicAudio.

It’s the story of Joe Sunday, a thug for hire who gets caught in the crossfire between mages looking for a mystical stone that can grant immortality. He’s murdered, raised from the dead and turns out to be so the wrong guy to raise from the dead. It’s fun, violent and so, so sweary.

When GraphicAudio does an audiobook it is a PRODUCTION. A full cast. Sound effects. Every gunshot, punch, and broken thumb (seriously the broken thumb scene made me wince when I heard it). The blood gurgles, the rotting zombie flesh crawls off the bones, the tearing out and eating of hearts sounds like… well, the tearing out and eating of hearts.

There’s a lot of tearing out and eating of hearts.

I don’t think I ever truly appreciated how gory this book is until sound effects were added.

The cast is fantastic. They really nailed these characters.

Want a taste? Have a listen.

You can get it as a download in MP3, M4B or FLAC HD. Or if you’re the CD type, they have that, too.

So if that sounds like your jam, maybe pick up a copy.

And check out their other offerings. They’ve got books by Myke Cole, Lilith Saintcrow, Cherie Priest and more.

If you like CITY OF THE LOST, maybe consider pre-ordering my next one, DEAD THINGS, coming out August 5th.

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Oh, The Places I’ll Be: Gen Con Edition

GEN CON! THE GAMING EPICENTER OF THE UNIVERSE! THE PLACE WHERE ALL GOOD THINGS ARE BORN FROM STARDUST. WHERE THE WORLDS COLLIDE AND ARE MADE ANEW. WHERE THE GODS GATHER TO FEAST AND MAKE MERRY.

Okay, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration. A tiny bit. A touch. A skosh, as it were.

For hidden within the jewel of a week’s worth of gaming you can find a hidden center. A place where story runs rampant. Where the creators of worlds fair and foul gather to impart their wisdom upon the worthy. Where both great and small come together and are made equal before the gods.

There will be drinking.

I am, of course, talking about the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium.

The Symposium is a con within a con. A space for those who want to hone their writing with workshops and panels that get into the nuts and bolts of storytelling. The Symposium is all about the craft of writing, the business of it, the marketing of it.

The sheer talent that is going to be present at this thing is mind boggling. Check out this list of authors. People like Chuck Wendig, Gwenda Bond, Elizabeth Bear, Jennifer Brozek, Lauren M. Roy, John Horner Jacobs, Max Gladstone, Delilah Dawson, Sam Sykes, Monica Valentinelli, and so many others.

Panels on queries, outlines, synopses, worldbuilding, editing, dealing with Kickstarter, plotting, rewrites and on and on.

And I, lucky bastard that I am, get to be a part of it.

Looking at the schedule for the week I’d recommend all of it. So many good things going on. I’ll be in the audience myself on more than a few of them. Here’s the full schedule (warning, it’s a .PDF)

But if you’re looking to actually find me, though god knows why you would want to do that, I’ll be up on stage talking alongside some amazing authors.

THURSDAY
1:00pm – Room 243
Characters: Common People in Epic Conflicts
Kelly Swails, Sam Sykes, Saladin Ahmed, Robin D. Laws and I talk about… well, common people in epic conflicts. Regular folks who are up against events larger than themselves.

6:00pm – Room 245
Storium!
Join me, Chuck Wendig, Delilah S. Dawson and Sam Sykes as we play a game of Storium live in front of an audience. Now this one’s got an admission price, $4.00, but the money goes to the charity Worldbuilders. So come on by, watch a bunch of terrified introverts on stage try to build a real-time, collective narrative and raise some cash for an amazing charity. You know you want to.

FRIDAY
11:00am – Room 245
Craft: Rewrites and Second Drafts
Elizabeth Vaughn, Thomas M. Reid, Ray Vallese, Max Gladstone and I talk about the fun and horror of rewrites, second drafts, EDITS. They’re not that scary. Honest. (I AM TOTALLY LYING. RUN. SAVE YOURSELVES.)

12:00pm – Room 245
Craft: Description Through Dialogue
Elizabeth Vaughn, Scott Lynch, Tracy Hickman, Wes Chu and I talk dialog and describing things with it. And stuff. I guess.

SATURDAY
3:00pm – Room 245
Characters: Unlikable Characters
THIS IS MY JAM. Seriously. I LIKE writing unlikable characters. Assholes galore! They’re fun. Join Steven Diamond, Anton Strout, Christopher Rowe, Gwenda Bond and I as we tackle how to make readers root for characters that nobody really should.

4:00pm – Exhibit Hall
SIGNING!
BOOKS! ANY BOOKS! MINE! OTHER PEOPLE’S! I’M NOT PICKY! HELL, I’LL EVEN SIGN BODY PARTS! PREFERABLY UNATTACHED. IT’S JUST EASIER THAT WAY.

7:00pm – Room 244
Worldbuilding: Monsters and Other Horrors
Steven S. Long, Monica Valentinelli, James L. Sutter, Howard Andrew Jones, and I talk about making monsters.

And that’s it! If you can make it I highly recommend it. Hope to see some of you fine folks there.

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In Case You Pre-Ordered Hungry Ghosts…

I’m hearing from various people that their pre-orders for the next Eric Carter book, HUNGRY GHOSTS, are being canceled.

First, thank you for pre-ordering. Second, it is all my fault. Some were wondering if my publisher had dropped me.

No. At least not as far as I am aware.

Allow me to direct your attention here.

TLDR – The book is late because it sucked and I didn’t want to turn in crap. It has not been canceled. It will be coming out some time next year. Probably in the Spring.

Thank you for your patience. I really am very sorry and I hope that your interest in the series is still around when it does come out.

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Oh, The Places I’ll Be – Phoenix Comic-Con Edition

Phoenix Comic-Con is in about two weeks. AND I WILL BE THERE!

“But WHERE?” I hear you ask.

“HERE SHALL I BE!” I cry, my mighty voice booming across the land. “LOOK UPON MY PANELS YE MIGHTY AND DESPAIR!”

Also, HOLY SHIT do I have a lot of panels.

SCI FI EXTRAVAGANZA

Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 North Goldwater Boulevard #101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Wednesday, May 27, 7:00PM – 8:00PM
A veritable CORNUCOPIA of authorial talent is descending upon The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale like biblical locusts. There’s me, Beth Cato, Wes Chu, Myke Cole, Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne, Jason Hough, Richard Kadrey, Michael Martinez, Brian McClellan, Naomi Novik, Andrea Phillips, Cherie Priest, Brian Staveley, Sam Sykes, Chuck Wendig, & Django Wexler. We’ll be signing books, staring blankly at customers while drooling slightly and rocking back and forth in an anxious panic. BECAUSE WE’RE AUTHORS AND THAT’S HOW WE ROLL.

PARANORMAL ROMANCES

North 124
Thursday, May 28th, 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Come see me on a panel for which I am absolutely, unequivocally, and stupendously NOT qualified to talk about! WATCH as I look upon the audience in confusion. MARVEL at my ability to spew total horseshit about things I have no business discussing! RECOIL IN HORROR as I say something so stunningly inappropriate it drives half the room out within the first five minutes! Join me, Gini Koch, M.L. Brennan and Yvonne Navaro as we talk about werewolf love, vampire romance, and the sexual practices of The Jersey Devil! Or something.

TENSION ON EVERY PAGE

North 126A
Thursday, May 28th, 4:30PM – 5:30PM
“Good Mysteries, Thrillers, Horror, and Action Adventures hold your attention and each page builds upon the other. How is this done? Is there only one way to build tension in a tale? How does a good book keep you glued to every page?” EASY! Gorilla Glue. That shit sticks to anything. Come see me, Alex Gordon, David Lee Summers, Joseph Nassise, and Mel Odom as we talk about… glue, I guess? I’m really not sure.

AUTHOR SIGNING!

Exhibitor hall tables 16132,16136 & 1614
Thursday, May 28th, 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Me! Wes Chu! Mel Odom! Alex Gordon! Ann Leckie! Richard Kadrey! We will sign books! We will be utterly charming! We will probably not steal you wallet!

MAGIC REFRESH

North 126A
Thursday, May 28th, 7:30PM – 8:30PM
We talk about keeping magic in literature fresh! Personally, I like to wrap it tightly in Saran wrap and then in tinfoil and put it in the freezer. BUT NOT ALL AGREE WITH ME! So come see me, Beth Cato, Brian McClellan and Greg van Eekhout as we talk about our desperate attempts to not be completely fucking boring.

LIFE AFTER TRUE BLOOD

North 125
Friday, May 29th, 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Swing by and watch Kevin Hearne, Richard Kadrey and I wonder aloud about what this whole Urban Fantasy nonsense is. What does it mean? Where’s it going? What’s the next big thing? (SPOILER: Shapeshifting were-mummies who start a private eye practice in the heart of downtown Cleveland and try to have a career and a love life while fighting off an ancient Peruvian curse)

YET MORE AUTHOR SIGNING!

Exhibitor hall tables 16132,16136 & 1614
Friday, May 29th, 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Me! Leanna Renee Heiber! Amy K. Nichols! By this time we should still be reasonably charming, largely odor free and willing to sign most things like books or movie deals.

AND EVEN MORE AUTHOR SIGNING!

Exhibitor hall tables 16132,16136 & 1614
Saturday, May 30th 4:30PM – 5:30PM
Me! Again. I’m so sorry. Really at this point you can’t get away from me. I’M COMING TO GET YOU, BARBARA. Also Jamie Wyman, Max Gladstone, Chuck Wendig, Naomi Novik and C.J. Hill. Highly suggest you wear some sort of gas mask or other odor reducing facewear. Don’t expect much more than grunting and perhaps a fart or two.

DRINKS WITH AUTHORS

Sheraton Valley of The Sun
Saturday, May 30th 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Drinks! Authors! Perhaps a celebration of those halcyon days of authorial feuds with a Mailer-esque fistfight or two! But probably not.

WORLD BUILDING-GET OVER IT

North 124
Sunday, May 31st 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Yeah, I get it. You REALLY want to tell us about currency exchange rates between the Snow Elves of The North and the Island Nations of Questionable Stereotypes. But at some point nobody gives a fuck about your treatise on 11th century macrame traditions and they just want to read the goddamn story. Join me, Jason Hough, Max Gladstone and Melissa Marr as we disabuse you of the idea that you have to tell your readers every detail of your fantasy world’s hygiene practices.

THE LAST AUTHOR SIGNING I’LL BE DOING HONEST DEAR GOD WHY WON’T YOU PEOPLE JUST LET ME DIE ALREADY

North 126b
Sunday, May 31st 1:30PM – 2:30PM
You saw us tear down your precious belief that you have to include ALL that research you did, now come to our signing table and tell us how horrible you think we are for our painfully blunt honesty. Also, maybe to sign some books. Me, Jason Hough, Max Gladstone and Melissa Marr.

And that, as they say, is that. Hope to see some of you out at the con.

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Books For Your Earholes

So for a while now people have been asking when my urban fantasy novels will be out in audio. Seems folks want to listen to huge numbers of F-bombs and over the top violence on their daily commute into the office.

Go figure.

Well, fret no longer! My novels CITY OF THE LOST, DEAD THINGS and BROKEN SOULS are being put out by Graphic Audio. Unlike your usual boring guy reading a book at you, these are done more like radio plays. Multiple cast members, sound effects, Ovaltine commercials… Okay, maybe not Ovaltine commercials.

First up is CITY OF THE LOST and it comes out July 1st.

So watch this space, folks. I’ll post more as I know more.