I am looking for Maryland book fairs in November/December.

I’m doing Fright Reads in October, so I know that one — but I’d like to get some more vending opportunities in this fall to sell my books. I’ve already seen the Silver Spring seasonal fairs, but I can’t afford to spend $300 on a table*. I’m looking for book fairs or cons that are FSF/Horror friendly, and preferably ones that are relatively easy to get to. Suggestions welcome!

Moe

*I’m not saying it’s a bad investment. I’m just saying that I’m unlikely to sell out my entire stock at a seasonal fair, which what it would currently take for me to make a profit under those circumstances.

I have physical copies of DECISIONS to sell at @FrightReads!

Huzzah!

This is good, because Fright Reads in October is primarily a horror/spooky book show. Oh, fantasy authors are welcome, too, but I want to have my chapbooks on call and ready to be sold. DECISIONS isn’t as flat-out horrific as REVISIONARY was, but I’m pleased by how the Mythos story in it came out. Hopefully I’ll be in a position to move some product next month.

Moe Lane

PS: MORGAN BAROD should be available, too, but those books aren’t coming until next week.

In the Mail: Alan Moore’s PROVIDENCE.

Legendary. The first edition: almost impossible to find, even in digital form. By all accounts, keep out of the reach of children.

You can pick up the softcover Alan Moore / Jacen Burrows PROVIDENCE now, obviously. And they straightened out the digital option. But this is from the Indegogo and I don’t know how much the hardcover version is really worth. I suspect it’s going to be ‘a lot.’ Oh, well, I’m sure my kids will be happy to sell it for a tidy sum, after I’m gone. After they read it, and cringe: one last mortification for them, from beyond the grave…

Oh, nice: @shaenongarrity scores a book deal.

Shaenon, of course, did the cover for my first novel FROZEN RAIN — and will be doing the second Tom Vargas cover, once I’m ready to rev TINSEL RAIN up to speed. I’m glad she’s found something to keep her busy until then:

Karen Wojtyla at McElderry Books has bought world rights to Steam by The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor author Shaenon K. Garrity (l.), illustrated by Emily Holden. The YA graphic novel follows the adventures of Ruby, a “hypercognitive humanoid” designed to solve science’s greatest problems, who escapes from a university lab and finds a job as a barista in a kooky coffee shop, where she finds plenty of problems to solve.

Had to spend some time thinking about the new story.

I know where it’s going to end up; but I think that 8K words is barely enough time to deal with the monster in front of our hero — what’s that? Yes. Of course there’s a monster. Obviously. I’m not calling it ETERNAL NIGHT OF THE MOON-BEASTS because it’s a [cowboy]-[nurse] romance story*.

Anyway, spent time thinking about how to make this scene a real short story instead of, well, just a scene.

Moe Lane

*Do those exist? …Well, they probably do now. You’re welcome?

I’ll be doing a panel of some kind at @FrightReads!

They asked for authors to sign up for some slots to talk about their books; I am — oddly enough! — an author now*; so I will be blathering on for a half hour about my stuff. This would be on October 2nd, at the Fright Reads book fair in Severna Park, Maryland. If you can’t make it or can’t wait, buy my books now!

*It’d be nice if there was some kind of pin, honestly. Even a 10% off at the Staples frequent-publishing card.

09/14/21 Snippet, ETERNAL NIGHT OF THE MOON-BEASTS.

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The drone’s radar sensors did nothing to help the mood, either. It was barely able to show outlines, which at least kept Tobias from crashing into the sides; but the deeper the drone got, the worse the shaft seemed. It was… off-kilter, like parts of it had been pushed out of line, but not all at once. And at the bottom was rubble, tumbled and settled. The drone carried a radar sophisticated enough to pick up anything man-sized or larger (in happier times, it had been used for moonquake emergency response calls), and as it drew closer to the bottom automated request were made to Tobias to start scanning for biological material.

He was hesitant to let it — the radar sweeps weren’t triggering a response (And just what’s supposed to be responding? asked a voice in his head), but Tobias felt an instinctive reluctance to try anything more intrusive — when he realized that there was another issue. The drone was starting to react sluggishly, like it was getting caught up on something. Only slightly at the moment, but it was definitely reacting.