Pandemonium in Hebrew

For all you folks in Israel and beyond who like to read the way God intended it — from right to left — I’m pleased to announce that Pandemonium is now available in Hebrew from the Israeli publisher, Graff Publishing.

Pop art wildness! Click to see the high-res version.

Man, I love that cover. And I’m amazed by the different choices made by each publisher. Here’s the North American original, followed by the Italian and Czech versions:

Pandemonium Italian Cover

Oh, and if you want to buy, here are the links:  Hebrew, Italian, Czech, or classic English in paper or Kindle versions.


PW digs Stony

So here’s a nice way to start your day: At 8am yesterday, my agent called. Publisher’s Weekly had just covered Raising Stony Mayhall, and not only had they given it a starred review, but they made it their pick of the week. And today that review is online.

They open with “Richly textured settings and nuanced characters mark this introspective novel…” and end with “His unique narration elevates this zombie story well above others of its kind.” Other nice stuff is in between.

I’m a bit relieved. This is the first major review of the book, and even if all later reviews suck, I can cling like Spider-Man to this one. (Query: Why doesn’t Doctor Octopus have suckers on his arms? Seems like an oversight.)

In other Stony news, there’s one day left in the Stony giveway. As I write this, 664 people have signed up for the 20 books, which means at least 644 losers to console.

I’m sorry people. It’s a cruel world.  But you know what always makes me feel better? Buying a book. I know, right? Maybe there’s a book you wanted that you could order right now on Amazon




Free Stony! Free Him Now!

Over on, we’re giving away 20 copies of Raising Stony Mayhall. It’s been up for a day, and we have (as of the moment I type this) 170 172 people signed up. (I need to publish this quick.)

( 5/22/11 udpate: We’re up to 420 people, with 9 days to go…)

But even if you win, you’ll want a second copy for your mom. Moms love zombies. You can pre-order at any of these fine establishments:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Powell’s Books.

RSM cover

Boy Meets End of the World

Last night I finished reading Greg van Eekhout’s fabulous The Boy at the End of the World. I haven’t had this much fun with a book in quite a while.

I have to admit that I never would have picked this book up if I didn’t know Greg. See, it’s aimed at middle-grade readers, and not my usual thing, especially now that my kids have gotten older. But Greg had me laughing in the first chapter, and I started reading lines aloud to my wife Kathy.  So forget the middle grade reader designation — this is just a good book, witty and zippy enough to keep even a sour old guy like me smiling and turning the pages.

The hero of the book — and this is an old fashioned adventure, where “hero” is definitely the right term — is Fisher, a boy who wakes up from his pod just as the entire Ark is crashing down around his head. Thousands of years have passed, and Fisher has no memories or skills except the ones that have been programmed into him.

…A big chunk of ceiling fell right in front of him, and Fisher discovered another thing he knew: profanity. Profanity was a collection of words that helped express strong feelings.

Fisher uttered a word from his profanity collection now.

That last line was the first one I read aloud to Kathy. She’s reading the book now.

Fisher learns that he’s a vat-grown kid, maybe the last boy on earth, and with the help of a robot companion named Click and a pygmy mammoth named Protein, he journeys across a wildly changed America, looking for another Ark where humans might have survived. The jungles, it goes without saying, are alive with killer parrots, weaponized prairie dogs, murderous robot drones.

Did I mention this book was fun?

You older children will pick up on nods to Huckleberry Finn, and SF readers will realize that this is essentially a generation ship story, though one in which the ships never leave earth.  And while there’s a serious ecological message underlying the book, there’s a cheerful energy to the story that’s very engaging.

The Boy at the End of the World is due out on June 21. Check out Greg’s site, order it for the 9-13 year old that’s in your life, read it yourself before you give it to the child, abruptly realize that you want to keep this copy for yourself, and order a second one.

Second printing, and more ape talk

Oh, this is cool. Did I mention that Planet of the Apes #1 sold out? Well it did, and they’ve done a second printing with a new cover, which looks exactly like this:

The cover for the second printing, by Damian Couceiro

Damian was one of the artists on Dracula: Company of Monsters, and I feel very lucky to have him also drawing some apes. Now all we need is to get that Planet of Vampire Gorillas series going.

Meanwhile, the virtual press tour for Apes is still in progress. You can listen to my interview with Sohaib at Fictional Frontiers, or my conversation with John Suintress of the Wordballoon podcast.

And reviews keep rolling in, including this one from Film Buff Online that points out I started issue #1 just like Bill Willingham started Fables. Hey, I only steal from the best. Other reviews (and pretty glowing ones at that) came in from Comic Book Resources (4.5/5 stars),  IGNMajor SpoilersMy Comic Network, Inside Pulse,  and tons more — Cosmic Book News, Invest Comics, HyperGeek…. you get the idea. I’m just happy for the exposure. And now that it’s warm outside, I won’t die of it.

Calm, Cool, and Collected

Patrick Swenson, the man behind Fairwood Press, has just released the cover for Unpossible and Other Stories, my collection of short stories that he’ll be publishing this fall. The cover is very cool, which makes me happy, and therefore calm.

Unpossible cover, by Antonello Silverini

Cover by Antonello Silverini. Click to enlarge.

We recruited Antonello after seeing the beautiful job he’d done on the cover for the Italian version of Pandemonium. Love this man’s work! Check out his portfolio at

I’ll have more news on the collection as we get closer, but I can tell you this: We’ll be launching the book at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego this fall.

What to get your nerd

Hey folks, tomorrow is Nerd Christmas, otherwise known as Free Comic book day. Take your loved one down to the local comic book shop.  I recommend the free, 10-page prologue to Chris Roberson’s Elric: The Balance Lost.  This is an original 12-issue miniseries starting this summer, and based on the characters and worlds of Michael Moorcock.  I’ve read it, it’s beautiful, and I can’t wait for the rest of the series. Chris, who is a Moorcock fanatatic, is guaranteed to knock this out of the park.

And hey, while you’re there grabbing the free stuff, you can pick up Dracula: Company of Monsters #1 for only a buck. BOOM! Studios is doing a special reissue of Drac and a few other of their books for the day. See, BOOM! is all about the teasing and the tempting.

Happy to be your dealer

And now, best blurb ever: “It’s like pages are laced with cocaine, I am so hooked on this damn thing.”

That was Aron Head talking about Dracula: Company of Monsters. I had a BLAST last night talking to Aron and Paul Aponte, the co-founders of the Ideology of Madness website and the podcast Funny Books with Aron & Paulie. Every week Paul, Aron, and their cohort of disembodied voices roll out a rollicking review of the week’s comics. (Which is the  kind of thing I say when I’ve been reading too many Stan Lee comics.)

In the past couple weeks they’ve been catching up on Dracula: Company of Monsters, basically inhaling issues 1 thru 9, and that’s when they gushing started. I usually dislike gushing — where’s the ironic detachment? the cool intellectualism? the hipsterism? — but I make an exception when it’s about me.

The interview will be broadcast whenever they edit out my drunken giggling. (I’d had a lot of really good Thai food before we’d started talking). But on their site now are their reviews.

On the April 24 2011 Episode — “That’s not Bunny Dust!” — the boys discuss the first two trade paperbacks of Drac, covering issues 1 to 8. Tune in around the 55:30 mark.

And on the May 2 2011 Episode — “The Woeful Tears of Paul Aponte” — they review Drac #9 and Planet of the Apes #1. That comes in about 1:14:30.

What I like about their podcast is that they obviously love comics, and like to talk about the books they dig, but they’re definitely not always gushing, and they’re damn entertaining when they argue with each other. I suggest subscribing. They’re coming up on 100 episodes, so they’re in it for the long haul.