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02-01-03: Tananarive Due, New Anthology with Gaiman, Lake, PS Publishing titles arrive, Anne Rule's Newsletter, Shuttle Columbia Down

PS Publishing titles arrive

Yesterday, two highly anticipated PS Publishing Titles arrived. China Mieville's 'The Tain' and Stephen Gallagher's 'White Bizango'. I would presume that the hardcover versions of 'The Tain' are already sold out. But if you do want a paperback copy, which is also signed, you'd be advised to ask your bookseller now.

A 'full size' scan of the new title from PS Publishing. Cover artist Edward Miller also did covers for the PS titles by Paul Di Filippo and Steven Erikson, as well as 'Perdido Street Station' and 'The Scar'.

As I've reported before 'The Tain' is about a London transformed. It's not a novella set in Bas-Lag, which is a good choice on Mieville's part. He's keeping his approach fresh. It's 89 pages long. The introduction is by M. John Harrison trading places with Mieville, who provided an introduction to Harrison's NightShade Press release 'Things that Never Happen'. Above the introduction is the legend:





I commend Mr. Crowther for posting this warning. Too often, it seems forwards should come afterwards and afterwords should come forward.

This wonderful, intense cover is by Chris Moore, for whom Gallagher provided text in a primarily pictorial work for Paper Tyger.

Gallagher's latest is a welcome return for this talented author. It's a longish 159 page weird mystery with lots of voodoo. I'd highly recommend Gallagher's novels, particularly 'Nightmare, With Angel', which shows a wonderful sympathy to all sides of a difficult equation.

Tananarive Due and her mother, civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due tell their story.

Tananarive Due in Holt Uncensored

Why should you subscribe to Holt Uncensored? This is why. In the latest issue, which will likely go on line at her website next week, she talks to civil right activist Patricia Stephens Due and her horror-author daughter Tananarive Due. I've excerpted a brief bit, but Holt's entire article is really fascinating. Be sure to look it up.

"How did it happen that Tananarive would leave her job at the Miami Herald to become a successful writer of horror fiction with such books as "The Living Blood" and "My Soul to Keep"? In the book she credits her mother's joy of science fiction movies and the fun of family gatherings around the television every week to watch the old sf series, "Creature Features."

But in an interview after the Stacey's appearance, Tananarive agreed that waiting for her parents to come home from protests she knew held an element of danger had a horror of its own. "It was subtle," she said, "but I think growing up in the movement contributed to an early fascination with questions of violence and mortality. I had assumed it was the science fiction movies that influenced me, but while writing the book, I realized that I had sat and wrestled with questions as a young kid that other 10 and 12-year-olds hadn't."

"Mostly, though, my mother's influence let me be free to pursue my inclinations as a writer. That, I think is as much a testimony to my parents' legacy as any of the breakthroughs in civil rights law they helped to achieve."

The whole story is actually almost unbelievable.


The newest novel by writer Tananarive Due. One of my horror-reading friends recommended her stuff long ago.

New Anthology with Gaiman, Lake

I can hardly wait for this fan-effing-tastic looking anthology to come out. Check out the website --it's extremely well-done and very entertaining in itself.

On the Forteana mailing list, author Jay Lake let us know about a very intriguing new anthology. Turns out it's a new meta-fictional bit of fun from Jeff Vandermeer with a wonderful website. Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Ford, Paul Di Filippo and Jay Lake.

I'll quote his email:

"I just sold a quasi-cryptozoological piece of fiction to THE THACKERAY T. LAMBSHEAD POCKET GUIDE TO ECCENTRIC & DISCREDITED DISEASE.

My piece is a clinical description of "Mongolian Death Worm Infestation",describing its larval stage within human hosts. ;-)


-- fiction --

"Story Words" - daily microfiction at:

"Of Stone Castles and Vainglorious Time" -- REDSINE 10, Q1-2003

"One Is All Alone" -- STRANGE HORIZONS, 2003-01-20

"The Angel's Daughter" -- REALMS OF FANTASY, mid-2003"


 Anne Rule's Newsletter

Author Anne Rule sends out a newsletter periodically. It's quite interesting if you read this true-crime writer. And you should certainly read the story of her work on the radio with Ted Bundy, before he was known to be a serial killer.

Author Anne Rule sends out a newsletter to those interested in her work, and the latest issue just arrived yesterday. (A fast news day to be sure.) She talked about her newest titles, and even offers to sign books sent to her. I applaud this writer's willingness to talk to her readers in more than her books.


Shuttle Columbia Down

As I typed this column, I'm surrounded by the babbling television voices looping the limited news of the tragedy of the Shuttle Columbia. It was only 17 years ago last week -- when my oldest son was born -- that the Shuttle Challenger met its sad fate. This happened over Palestine, Texas. Sometimes the world is trying to tell us something. Are we listening? What's being said? I'm just here writing, listening to the reassuring newstream.

01-30-03: New Books from Lansdale & Gibson

New Books from Lansdale & Gibson

William Gibson drags his SF attitude kicking ans screaming into the present day.

Joe R. Lansdale releases another adolescent period mystery.

Well, it has been a slow news week. It's not just that I've been busy shoving my shoe in my mouth writing columns about genre fiction that leave out entire genres. And it's not just the Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde effect of the proximity of teenagers. (I always have to stop and think who the bad one is.) I'm waiting with great anticipation for my China Mieville fix from Cold Tonnage. The watched doorstep never gets the package, unfortunately.

I did get 'The Shores of Space' from W. Fraser Sandecombe in Canada, and Scott Nicholson sent me his two books. Nicholson gets a blurb not only from Sharon McCrumb, but from Stewart O'Nan. While I've never read O'Nan, my highfalutin' horror-reading email buddies think he's the bees knees. This all bodes very well for Nicholson. I'm looking at a horror run as soon as I finish the mini-SF run I'm on now and wrap up the last shreds of the fantasy run. Yes, I need to learn to run faster.

In the interim, here are some new releases that look promising, or at least notable. I've got to admit that while I have all the Gibson novels, I haven't read his stuff since 'The Difference Engine'. I liked 'The Difference Engine', but in general Gibson doesn't get me as excited as it gets my Hollowood-obsessed friend. Not that he actually reads Gibson, but he emotes Gibson's great influence on evrything and everyone. This Gibson has the advantage of being set in th present day. It's about Internet junkies who examine the same piec of video over and over, searching for meaning. Sounds a bit like a riff on 'Ringu' to me.

On the other hand, Joe R. Lansdale's new period mystery is of great interest. It's another story of an adolescent in a small Texas town who stumbles into a mystery. Lansdale's a great, talented writer,a nd I'm sure this will be most enjoyable.