Delighted to report that three different recent stories of mine have been selected for the three major annual best-of anthologies. “Black Leg”, which you can still read for free at the link above, has been picked by Ellen Datlow for Best Horror of the Year 14. Paula Guran, meanwhile, has chosen “Jetty Sara”, originally in Curious Blue Press’s excellent December Tales, for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, Volume 3. And “Slough”, which originally appeared in Space & Time magazine, has been snapped up by Stephen Jones for the 31st (and, sadly, final) edition of Best New Horror.
Glen will be the featured guest on the Lovecraft ezine podcast this Sunday, August 12th. The show will be live at 3 pm Pacific, and then permanently available in the archives. Compete details here.
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
Here, in one handy post, are all of the currently scheduled reading/signing appearances Glen will make to celebrate the release of Good Girls:
2/26: Gala launch party at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles at 7:00 p.m. Glen will be interviewed by Lauren Candia of Shades and Shadows, read from the novel, and sign. Cake, snacks, even a bit of free booze…
3/6: Reading and signing at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego at 3:30 p.m.
3/26: Reading and signing at Borderlands Books in San Francisco at 3:00 p.m.
4/2: Signing alongside Joe R. Lansdale at Dark Delicacies in Burbank.
Come help him celebrate. Bring some friends. He’ll trade you as many signatures/personalized inscriptions as you like. Very much hope to see you there.
In addition to the live appearances noted elsewhere on this site, Glen will be making a series of web and radio appearances in conjunction with the release of Good Girls.
First, on Thursday, February 25th, he will once again fling sanity, good taste, and judgment to the wind to rejoin the delightful Thorne & Cross on Haunted Nights Live at 5 pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern. You can listen now to Glen’s 2014 visit to the show.
Then, on Tuesday, March 1st, he will join Jason Henderson on the Castle of Horror Podcast.
Surprises inevitable. Fun practically assured.
Check out Mysterious Galaxy’s event page here for full details.
Hope to see you there (along with your family, friends, anyone you can lure to the fun…).