Next Step: Evoking Stephen King’s Sales Figures

Kirkus Reviews has the first professional review of my new book that will be out in November, The Devil’s Alphabet. I was pretty happy with the first few paragraphs, and then I got to the last sentence :

Engaging sophomore effort from the author of Pandemonium (2008) paints a highly original portrait of a town irrevocably changed by a bizarre disease. … [Snipping the plot summary]

The plot sometimes meanders, but the talented author has a wonderful eye for detail, and his descriptions of how the horrific mutations have affected every aspect of small-town life are both compelling and creepy.

Evokes the best of Stephen King: Gregory is a writer to watch.

Frankly, I would have been happy evoking the worst of King. Certainly the mediocre of King. But this, this is just gravy.

And it occurs to me that I’ve been doing a poor job of promoting this book. Details, the opening chapter, and a picture of the disturbing cover, are all here.


Daryl’s World of Fantasy

So here’s a dream come true: getting nominated for a World Fantasy Award. Pandemonium is in the list with these worthies:

The House of the Stag, Kage Baker (Tor)
The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury)
Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf)

I’ve heard good things about some of these upstarts. People tell me that Neil Gaiman guy is pretty good. And oh yeah, Jeff Ford? I still have my earlobes, Jeff! (See the Whoosh and Thunk below.)


Quick! Hand me my cape!

Editor Lou Anders just announced the pending publication of With Great Power, an anthology of superhero stories that will be appearing from Pocket Books in 2010–maybe in time for Comicon next May. As Lou says, these stories not parodies or pastiches, but prose takes on heroes and villains, by science fiction writers, comics writers, and writers who do both forms. Not only am I thrilled to have a story in the book, I’m thrilled I get to read it.

Some days, it’s good to be fanboy.

The TOC:

Introduction: The Golden Age by Lou Anders
“Cleansed and Set in Gold” by Matthew Sturges
“Where their Worm Dieth Not” by James Maxey
“Secret Identity” by Paul Cornell
“The Non-Event” by Mike Carey
“Avatar” by Mike Baron
“Message from the Bubblegum Factory” by Daryl Gregory
“Thug” by Gail Simone
“Vacuum Lad” by Stephen Baxter
“A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows” by Chris Roberson
“Head Cases” by Peter David & Kathleen David
“Downfall” by Joseph Mallozzi
“By My Works You Shall Know Me” by Mark Chadbourn
“Call Her Savage” by Marjorie M. Liu
“Tonight we fly” by Ian McDonald
“A to Z in the Ultimate Big Company Superhero Universe (Villains Too)” by Bill Willingham