Dec. 12th, 2005
Hey, everyone, this is Karen, and I've decided to take over this little news column...the "Mighty G-ster" (as she insists on being called) has been writing to you all, but unfortunately her brain parasites have worsened...but, no worries! I hear brain parasites can actually be good for the creative energy in the long term. :-)
Lots has happened this fall for Afterbirth. John Lawson's Pocket Full of Loose Razorblades released in August, and has been doing nicely since then. (John and Jennifer also birthed a baby in addition to a book, what a combo!) After numerous computer nightmares, we were finally able to get Kafka's Uncle and Other Strange Tales by Bruce Taylor out just in time for OryCon, Oregon's Science Fiction Convention, in Portland in November. Bruce spoke on several panels, and we had a book release party in the hotel, with special guests Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (authors of the ongoing books in the Dune series, among other things). Brian and Kevin had been so kind as to contribute blurbs for the back cover, and since they were guests of honor at the convention, it was a great opportunity to present them with signed copies. I promise that soon I will post some pictures, because you won't want to miss Bruce Taylor all fancied up in his white suit and top hat for the event, with his gold-colored nametag reading "Mr Magic Realism"! And if you haven't checked out Bruce's book yet, it's a great read-by-the-fire (or heater) for this winter, with the novel Kafka's Uncle, a novella about Marilyn Monroe and the aliens, and a whole group of short stories. Something for everyone.
For those of you living in the Pacific Northwest, Bruce will be doing readings and signings around the area as well. We just attended one at Balderdash Books in the Greenwood district of Seattle (a bookstore where the owner brings her dog, what else can you want?), and more are planned--we'll make sure to post dates and times here and on the Mondo Bizarro website for anyone who can walk, drive, take a bus, hang-glide, or use any other typical or obscure manner of transport.
Coming up soon will be our next book, It Came from Below the Belt by Bradley Sands. We're in the final proofing, and cover formatting, and have some reviewers out there taking a first peek at it. Speaking of the cover, I can't wait for you to see it! As soon as I get the title on it, we'll post it for you to look at. Shouldn't be too much longer now.
Besides the other projects for 2006 (Ray Fracalossy's Vinegar Wasteland, Deity by Vic Mudd, and Gina Ranalli's The Hanging Gardens of Babylon), we just signed Vincent W. Sakowski for his latest novel, Not Quite One of the Boys. Vincent is a writer from Canada who you may already know as the author of Some Things are Better Left Unplugged fromEraserhead Press.
Well...guess that is the news at the moment...must sign off before I catch those brain parasites...oops, I think I did! (No, guess it is just a sinus infection...rats...but I can keep hoping).