Great big thanks to Max Marin of The Philadelphia Review of Books for the most thorough and thoughtful review of Any Deadly Thing to date:
“'Any Deadly Thing' is a formidable intro that shows us what the author can do, and does, throughout the collection, rolling out the carpet, distracting us with the figure, and then releasing ghosts from the floorboards beneath."
In addition to being a class act and a great writer, Brad Listi is a total natural as an interviewer. It's a hard thing to be good at, but he's nailed it over and over at his Other People podcast, with guests ranging from Cheryl Strayed and Susan Orlean to Cal Morgan and Roxane Gay to Molly Ringwald and... Yeah, I don't know who to put up there with Molly Ringwald. Point being: huge thanks to Brad for inviting me on the show.
Many thanks to Mike Meginnis for his time and terrific questions, and to HTML Giant for the sweet location. In his intro Mike says that you should skip the ending, where the internet connection starts to disintegrate and we can't hear what the other person is saying, but I think it's the VERY BEST PART. Bonus points to all those who catch me saying "e-book" when I mean "e-reader," and pronouncing "rock" weirdly, and being bad at math.
Many thanks to Noah Gup for his kind review of Any Deadly Thing at Coal Hill Review: "The vividness of each location is due to Kesey’s beautiful, careful prose. … Kesey’s narration perfects the line between affection and malice, dialing up the dread." So all y'all, any time you need the dread dialed up, you know who to call.
I missed this when it first came out, but am grateful now: many thanks to Desmond Traynor for reviewing Pacazo in The Sunday Independent. He says, “(T)he writing is beautifully cadenced, recalling the arresting simplicity of William Carlos Williams.” Just wait until he sees my wheelbarrows full of plums.
In a breathtaking maneuver I don't totally understand, Amazon has just named Pacazo one of its Hot 100 Titles for the month of August. Meaning the ebook is $1.99. Can you even believe that? I know, right? But here it is, right before our very eyes.
August 1, 2013, 10:53 p.m.Category: Pacazo
Many thanks to Pasha Malla for the terrific questions, and to Rebecca Rubenstein and Stephen Elliott for the prime real estate.
Proud to have a story in The New Black, an anthology of neo-noir coming out early next year, published by Dark House Press, an imprint of Curbside Splendor. The editor, Richard Thomas, has put together an amazing line-up: Brian Evenson, Lindsay Hunter, Stephen Graham Jones, Roxane Gay, Kyle Minor, Antonia Crane, Matt Bell, Benjamin Percy, and that's just scratching the surface. Very cool.
July 24, 2013, 10:24 p.m.Category: Short Stories
Thanks to Open Road for including my first book, Nothing in the World, in the Summer Steal thing they're doing, 150 ebooks on sale. They've also got some great juju from James Salter, Jane Ciabattari, Elizabeth Crane, Luis Jaramillo, Steve Erickson, Iris Murdoch, Madison Smartt Bell...