Reading in Providence on May 1st!

Come hear me, Christa Carmen, and Errick Nunnally read from our latest works of horror at the Arcade Asylum, hosted by the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council!

When: Wednesday, May 1st at 6 PM

Where: Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council, the Arcade, 65 Weybosset Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Books will be available for purchase and will be signed by grateful authors!

Here is the Facebook event page, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Hope to see you there!

The Migration

The MigrationThe Migration by Helen Marshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An exceptional, beautifully written debut novel by one of the best modern fantasists this side of Kelly Link. Against a backdrop of ever-increasing storms and floods, seventeen-year-old Sophie’s younger sister, Kira, is diagnosed with a mysterious new disease called JI2. It’s deadly and only affects the young, but as Sophie comes to discover, there’s a lot more to JI2 than anyone thinks. Because it doesn’t just kill those who are diagnosed with it, it transforms them into something both beautiful and frighteningly inhuman.

Marshall brings to the novel a deep knowledge of infectious diseases, climate change, and plague history, especially the Black Plague in the 14th century, which comes to play a surprisingly relevant role, both thematically and scientifically. All the strengths she exhibited so powerfully in her short fiction are on full display in here: an extraordinary imagination, superb prose, and strong characterization.

THE MIGRATION is something special. I’ve been a fan of Marshall’s work for a long time, ever since her award-winning first collection HAIR SIDE, FLESH SIDE in 2012, but now more than ever I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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My HELIOsphere 2019 Schedule

HELIOsphere is coming up this weekend in Tarrytown! I’m delighted to be a program participant at this new convention (this is only its second year), although I will only be there on Friday and Saturday. Here’s where you can find me:

Friday, April 5th

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Reading, Ballroom 4
Readings at HELIOsphere are a group effort, so I will be joined by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Ken Altabef, and Ryk Spoor.

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM: Current SF/Fantasy/Horror on TV, Ballroom 1
With so much quality SF/F/H content available on streaming services, cable channels, and network TV, we truly are living in a golden age of genre television. Come find out which recent series have captured our panelists’ attention, which veteran series are still going strong, and which forthcoming series show a lot of promise. With Nicholas Kaufmann (m), Paul Levinson, Walter H. Hunt, and Alex Shvartsman.

Saturday, April 6th

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM: Books N Brews Session 1, Ballroom 6
Some of our presenters have agreed to hold small social gatherings with the attendees, while enjoying one’s brew of choice (coffee and tea will be available, beer and other alcohol can be purchased from the bar and brought over). Conversations are casual… there may a reading, a sharing of art, a discussion about something the presenter is working on, or even just discovering common interests. Feel free to come and join in! With Nicholas Kaufmann, Karen Heuler, Esther Friesner, Mike McPhail, Gordon Linzner, John Grant, and Walter H. Hunt.

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Small Scares: The Art of Suspenseful and Horrifying Short Fiction, Ballroom 1
In dark, horror and mystery stories, carefully constructing the elements in each section of the plot helps to build suspense. Suspense can also be heightened by showing characterization. Small scares, well placed, contribute to a satisfying climax. With Nicholas Kaufmann, Carol Gyzander (m), April Grey, James Chambers, and Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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