- GOOD GIRLS Reviewed in LOCUS
From the Locus review: “…there is enough material in Good Girls for a novel twice its length. But the economy and grace of Hirshberg’s style allow him to fit this plenitude into a more modest number of pages, while maintaining its full emotional and thematic resonance. The novel continually returns to its title, interrogating notions of goodness. What, it asks, might the phrase ‘good girls’ mean for a mother or a young woman or a monster?… Is it possible for a monster to demonstrate goodness? It does all this while hurtling toward a climax that is heartbreaking, horrifying, and riveting.
“With Motherless Child, Glen Hirshberg embarked on a new phase of a career whose accomplishments were already many and considerable…. [Good Girls] fulfills the promise of its predecessor, and promises more to come. A third novel in the series has been announced; It cannot arrive soon enough.” –John Langan, Locus Magazine (Get the May 2016 edition–or a full year’s subscription–of Locus Magazine here.)
- Liz Hand Reviews GG for MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
“…by making the damaged, grief-mad, yearning Sophie the emotional center of his tale, Hirshberg ensures our attention never leaves her…. The satisfyingly gruesome surprise ending nicely sets up the third and final book in Hirshberg’s brilliant, darkly captivating trilogy.” –Liz Hand, Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (Pick up a copy to read the whole review).
- Collector’s Edition of Good Girls
And now, I am free to unveil Vincent Chong’s astonishing and SCARY final cover art for the Earthling Collector’s Edition of GOOD GIRLS. And you are free to get yourself a copy, if you want one. You can see images of Vincent Chong’s sketches for the cover on his blog. There aren’t a whole lot of these, so you might want to hop over to Earthling and take a look:
- Death and….
Lorca. The antidote for Form 1040 Poisoning.
And most other day poisoning, really.
“I see myself in sunsets.
& a swarm of people wanders
through my heart…”
- Freedom is Space for the Spirit
My spectral St. Petersburg novelette, “Freedom is Space for the Spirit,” is now up for pre-order for all of 99 cents for the edevice of your choice. You can pre-order, or you can wait and read it online, for free, at Tor.com from April 6th.
This one was a wrestling match to write. But in the end…this time…cautiously…I kinda think I won…
- Jonathan Maberry Praises GOOD GIRLS on Facebook
- The Electric Review on GOOD GIRLS
Head on over to the Electric Review to read what John Aiello has to say about Good Girls.
- Coming Back from San Francisco
Spent 36 hours (12 of them driving) floating up the coast to the Bay to do a reading. I ate things I never do anymore and miss (hello, Zachary’s stuffed spinach and mushroom), drifted in the parks among the Easter egg hunters and the homeless, ghosted up and down Haight-Ashbury and the Castro (where my friend Andrew isn’t anymore) and in and out of record and bookshops with new stories coming, the way they always do when I’m drifting and ghosting.
When I went to the signing, I got met with hugs and stories from Jude and Alan, the owners of the resurrected Borderlands, and we swapped survivors’ stories like the survivors we really all are, I guess, now, and they seemed genuinely happy to see me, and the store looks terrific.
But only three people came, this time, one a former student from a decade ago (so great to see and talk to you again, Siena), plus another couple I managed to lure over with my reading, and Jude said it was the holiday weekend, and I told her you can’t predict these things, and it’s a long game, and all those things really are true, and they told me they want me back as soon as I want to come up.Still, I started home a little blue, despite the blue in the bay in the late afternoon.
Six hours later I was home with my family, and I found the review below. Which, did, I admit, chase what was left of the blue away. There hadn’t been so very much of it in the first place:
“…the novel hearkens back to great vampire novels of the past including Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot and even the brilliant Dracula by Bram Stoker’s. Good Girls manages to take some very heavy and dark topics and apply them to a collection of very real, very engaging characters….Good Girls is a reminder of what kind of literary quality it takes to make good suspense and horror. Good Girls returns to the defining elements which authors such as Poe, Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson set up long ago while also staying true to the modern horror elements set up by masters like King and Straub.” N.C. Patterson, A Slice of Horror
- Songwriter Thomas Anderson and GOOD GIRLS
Thomas Anderson–Thomas Anderson–one of my favorite songwriters, ever, and of the many artists I know who deserve more attention, he deserves it just about the most–and I have been corresponding and trading art for years, now. That has been its own reward. One of the best my own art has given me. But today he also gave me this, via his own page. It’s one I’m going to keep:
‘My buddy Glen Hirshberg has just released Good Girls–the second volume in his Motherless Children trilogy of vampire novels. In it, he creates a world of orphans where everyone–the living and the (un)dead–try to mend their broken families. Children, parents and lovers roam a blasted dystopia from the Mississippi Delta to the piney woods of New England, where vampires long for Victoria Spivey but settle for Ted Nugent, and everyone’s favorite podcast is by a dead girl. A land where nobody wins. But what you’re left with at the end, is what Nanci Griffith perhaps expressed best: There’s a light beyond these woods. Good Girls. Get yours today.'”
- Bone Tomahawk
You did tell me about “Bone Tomahawk,” hive mind. But not loudly enough. So.
How wonderful to see writing that sharp, and storytelling that patient and smart, and genre-mixing so gleeful as to defy the existence of genre entirely.