We Are All Completely Fine in Israel

Hot off the presses! The Israeli edition of  We Are All Completely Fine is now available. It’s published by that smiling man below, Rani Graff, and translated into Hebrew by Didi Chonoch. This is my third book with Graff Publishing, after Pandemonium and The Devil’s Alphabet, which won the Geffen Award for best translated novel. I’m kinda sorta thrilled. I love that cover.



MASH UP out now!

The cover to the anthology MASHUP

Look at all these great writers!

My story “Begone” is appearing in this Gardner Dozois-edited anthology. Each story starts with the first line of a famous work of literature, and mine’s from the beginning of David Copperfield: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” But the story is also a mashup of another great work of literature, the TV show “Bewitched.”

This anthology started life as an audio-only book published by Audible.com in 2015. Last year, “Begone” was also published in Asimov’s. And now it’s in print again, courtesy of Titan Books.

Here’s the official write-up for the anthology.

Mash Up—Gardner Dozois, editor (June 7, Titan Books)
Pride and Prejudice meets Macbeth by way of The Wizard of Oz and a dollop of the speculative, in this entertaining anthology where authors get inspiration for short stories from the first lines of famous works of literature. Edited by respected anthologist Gardner Dozois, the collection features Mary Robinette Kowal’s Hugo Award-winning story “The Lady Astronaut of Mars.”

Spoonbenders TV Deal

So this is a thing that happened:

Hot Drama About Eccentric Magicians Scores Deal With Knopf, Paramount TV (Hollywood Reporter)

I’m pretty pretty happy. As the article notes, we had a bidding process going on among various studios and production groups. The clincher about the Paramount offer was the chance to work with the folks from Anonymous Content. They’re the people behind True Detective, Spotlight, The Revenant, and one of my favorite small movies, The End of the Tour.

Another clincher–I’ll be an executive producer on the show, and I’ll let you know what that means as soon as I figure it out.

Audio! Me and Hannu at SF in SF

IMG_0646A month or so ago I appeared at SF in SF, the San Francisco reading series run by the lovely and dynamic Rina Weisman (that’s her in the back). I read alongside Hannu Rajaniemi, author of the Quantum Thief trilogy (handsome guy to the right), and the event was moderated, as usual, by the also handsome Terry Bisson, one of my literary heroes.

The people at Soma FM were there to record the readings and the Q&A section that followed. You can listen to the MP3. Or, peruse all their podcasts at their Soma FM Podcast page.

I read two stories. “A Thousand Gomorrahs,” my apocalyptic love letter to coffee shops, has only been published in Hebrew; it was written for a con in Israel run by my friends Ehud Maimon and Keren Landsman. “Digital,” about a man whose sense of self moves from behind his eyes to the index finger of his left hand, appeared in my short story collection, Unpossible and Other Stories.


My Worldcon 2015 Schedule

Hiya folks,

Next week I’ll be heading off to Spokane to attend Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon. What with all the science fictional controversy this year, this worldcon should be… interesting.

Here’s my schedule. If you note any gaps, please insert the item “Bar.”

Autographing – Dave Bara, Beth Cato, Daryl Gregory, Stefan Rudnicki, Jeff Sturgeon
Thursday 14:00 – 14:45, Hall B (CC)

What Prose Writers Can Learn From Comics

Friday 15:00 – 15:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)

Prose and comic writing are different. How a prose writer can apply some of the techniques from comics to help them become a better writer.

Daryl Gregory (M), Cassandra Rose Clarke, Grá Linnaea, Esther Jones

The Craft of Short Fiction
Saturday 11:00 – 11:45, 300C (CC)

Short fiction is very different from novels, both for readers and writers. A group of writers of short fiction talk about their approaches, and how those approaches differ from how a writer handles longer works.

Eileen Gunn (M), Daryl Gregory, Jack Skillingstead, Eric James Stone, C. C. Finlay

H.P. Lovecraft and Recent Weird Fiction
Saturday 17:00 – 17:45, 300C (CC)

H.P. Lovecraft was considered pretty weird and out there. Who is writing now that is also considered pretty weird and out there?

Elizabeth Bear (M), Ellen Datlow, Daryl Gregory, Sharon King

Reading – Daryl Gregory
Sunday 10:30 – 11:00, 303B (CC)

Wes Craven and SyFy Are Completely Fine

Somebody hands you an envelope of cash and a puppy. The puppy has a 99% of dying in twelve months. This is called a movie option.

But there’s always that one percent, right? I found out last night that Wes Craven is developing a TV show for my novella We Are All Completely Fine.

Wes Craven He’ll be writing the script for the pilot and directing it for the SyFy channel. You can read about it on Deadline Hollywood and elsewhere.

Assuming all goes well–that the script is good and the pilot works, that all the stars align, etc–it will be turned into a TV show. Nice, right?

But there are many hoops to jump through, and it may turn out that no show is made at all.

But I will say that I’m cautiously optimistic, and I’m thinking about naming the puppy.

Harrison Squared Tour: The Aftermath

Oh citizens of America, I had such a good time on the Harrison Squared tour. I’m thankful for the people who came out, and the booksellers who hosted.

Here are a few related pics of my travels from State College to Pittsburgh to Atlanta, and then to Lexington and Knoxville. Let’s do this again sometime.

Harrison Squared Tour Tour

Harrison Squared is out March 24, 2015, and Harrison Harrison is going is on tour tour. Or rather, Tor tour (since they’re the publisher, natch.)  I’ll be in the following cities to read from and sign copies of the book. I will also make like a monkey and dance for you if necessary, because I am a people pleaser.

Still to come:

Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18 Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Bowling Green, KY

Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 C2E2 (comic book con), Chicago, IL.

Done and Dusted (with pictures and thank-yous are here):

Tuesday, March 24, 5pm.  Barnes & Noble at Penn State, State College, PA.

Saturday, March 28, 2pm – Rickert & Beagle Books, Pittsburgh, PA

Monday, March 30, 6:30pm – Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

Tuesday, March 31, 7pm – Eagle Eye Bookshop, Decatur, GA

Wednesday, April 1, time TK – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY

Thursday, April 2, 6pm – Union Ave Books, Knoxville, TN

Dear Mom, Here is what’s been happening

Hi Mom,

I know I told you not to call me anymore because I was going to say everything worth saying in this blog, including what I’m getting Dad for Christmas, because that’s why we got you that tablet LAST Christmas, so you could view this blog and those of the other, less famous members of the family. And okay, maybe I should have bought you an i-Pad instead of a Moldavian Mo-Pad, but the price was unbelievable, and none of the reviews mentioned the overheating issue. No technology is perfect. Besides, Dad says your thigh burns are healing up pretty well, so let’s agree to put that behind us.

I have so much to tell you! True, most of it happened months ago, and the fact that I haven’t updated this blog may be taken by some people that this as a “problem” with my “stupid blog-only policy.” But as I told my sisters, no policy is perfect out of the box. Look at Immigration! Compared to our national immigration policy, my blog communication strategy is going gangbusters.

Titan Books Party CakeWhere was I? Oh, right. The last time I updated this blog, it was August. The UK edition of Afterparty came out, and there was a swell party at the Worldcon in London where the cover of the book was on a cake with a bunch of other covers. I planned to eat my own words–ha ha! Get it? — but someone else ate my cover when I wasn’t looking.

Then We Are All Completely Fine came out from Tachyon and at Audible.com and we got a bunch of nice reviews all around.


A couple weeks ago We Are All… was also in something called a Humble Bundle, which is way too complex to explain, but it basically means a bunch of people who normally would never pick up one of my books downloaded it and paid me some money because they got it alongside a Stephen King book, and because they could set their own price, and give some of what they paid to charity. That’s the way the internet works, now.

In November we got a dog. This is Mr. Banks. I know, he looks freakily similar to our previous dog. Don’t judge us.

Mr Banks

What else? Oh, yeah, Harrison Squared, which is coming out in the US in March, also sold to Titan Books in the UK. Yep, the cake people. Not sure what the publication date is, but they just showed me the British cover, and it’s cool. They won’t let me show it to you yet, but here’s the US cover:

Harrison Squared Comp Cover

Kirkus Best of 2014

Then the other day, Kirkus put Afterparty on it’s Best Fiction of 2014 list. Tell Aunt Carolyn that her son isn’t on Kirkus’s best-of list.

And now you’re up to date! Mostly. There were also a bunch of sales to Germany and France and Japan, and Afterparty got optioned by this HBO producer, and a different studio is optioning We Are All… But I promise to talk more about that soon.

Oh, and your grandchildren are fine, doing whatever.

Meanwhile, I have been reconsidering this “blog-only” policy. My sisters may be right that this is not the best way for a son to communicate with his mother, and frankly, it’s too hard to keep updating the site. So I’d like to announce my New Twitter-Only Policy. I’m @darylwriterguy there. I’m pretty sure that the Mo-Pad has a twitter app that’s totally easy to use. Just keep that asbestos pad in place.


Your son.


I’m thinking a cardigan. Dad would look good in a cardigan, right? They’re supposed to be coming back.

Some Completely Fine Reviews

We Are All Completely Fine is not officially out yet (that’s in a week–August 12, 2014), but it has snuck into online stores, and reviews are coming out. I already blog-bragged (blagged? brogged?) the starred review from Publishers Weekly, but a wave of other reviews have come out, and I’m going to link to them here.

If I had a publicist, he or she would do this self-promotion for me. But I have to overcome my native midwestern reticence and share these reviews because (a) I would like to sell more copies, and (b) I need to feel better about myself. This 38,000 word novella took me as long to write as some people take to write a 120K novel. I’m just happy people are reading it.

First something from my favorite critic, and the top reviewer in the field, Gary K. Wolfe. He’s read almost everything I’ve written, and knows exactly what I’m trying to do, which is priceless. Writing in the August issue of Locus Magazine, he ends his review with this:

…Gregory eschews the sort of setpieces that could easily have made this novel five times as long, and that might disappoint some readers expecting a more conventional horror novel. But Gregory is interested more in empathy than revulsion, more in accommodation than heroics, and more in the victim than the monster. The result is his most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror.

John DeNardo of Kirkus Reviews (and the force behind SF Signal) made WAACF a Best Bet for August,  and Paul Goat Allen of the  Barnes & Noble Book Blog selected it as his What to Read in August, saying this:

Gregory (Pandemonium, The Devil’s Alphabet, et. al.) has done it again with yet another singularly unique, genre-blending masterwork about a support group of victims of paranormal violence who realize that their nightmarish traumas are all related. This creepy concoction of supernatural fiction, mystery, and horror is a dark little literary gem that readers will absolutely cherish.

Joe Karpierz  in the July 25, 2014 issue of The MT Void (Vol. 33, No. 4) really dug the ending, saying that after 45 years of reading in the genre, the ending still surprised him: “The big climax of the story is completely satisfying and follows naturally from what we’ve learned throughout the book.”

More snippets:

“I’ve not encountered many authors in the horror genre who flex literary muscle as well as Gregory.” —Chance Maree on Out of My Mind

“This was an intriguing and gripping novella.” Yzabel Ginsberg on Y Logs

“I enjoyed it enough that I am really hoping Gregory is preparing a sequel as we speak.”–Bibliosnark, on Confessions of a Book Whore

There are a few more, but really, I think I’ve exhausted your patience. Thanks for indulging me.