Wednesday, December 7, 2011

THE HUNGRY MOUTH

For everyone who's been asking me, "When is your next book coming out?" "What are you working on right now?" "Why don't you do something with your life instead of dicking around on Twitter all day?"....here is my answer:










There's a proper sales pitch on the book's own special site, but since we're here on my blog, I'd like to do a rambling Academy Awards style speech and say that I'm unbelievably excited to finally be releasing these stories. Those of you who've stuck with me since the old days of creepy HTML adventures and 1-paragraph vignettes have been asking me to compile a book for a long time, but what you might not realize is that this isn't just a collection of old literary b-sides and rarities. Of the 20 stories here, 8 of them are brand new, never seen by anyone but me and my agent, and one of them, which comprises 1/3 of the book, is a novella set in the world of WARM BODIES, involving the early lives and deaths of Nora, Julie, and M. In my opinion, this collection contains most of the best writing I've ever done.

Of the stories that I've previously published online, all of them are significantly revised, refined, and added to. This book is a unique situation--I'm self-publishing it before I try to land an traditional publisher because I just don't have the patience to wait through that process. So what you'll be getting is an ultra-limited edition that is designed, printed, numbered, and signed by me myself.

There will only ever be 500 copies made.

The book is a matte UV-coated paperback printed on quality natural stock. Every copy will be signed, and any and all profits will go to support my dear old mother, Lynda Jo Marion, who will be handling the shipping for me. (You might get one of her supernaturally not-grey hairs inside your envelope!)

The following stories are present:



THE BACKROADS (NEW)


SHE AND I WALKING (formally "Blind Date")

RED! RED! RED! (formally "The Angriest Stoplight")

THE HUNGRY MAN

PIZDEC, PIZDATO (formally "Paper Airplane")

THE HOLE IN THE LAKE

SUMMER LIGHTNING

THIS TYRANNOSAUR LOVES YOU!

THE ONION CLOCK (formerly "Eli Jones and the Onion Clock")

PARKED CAR (NEW)

EMAILS FROM A SERPENT TO VARIOUS
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES (NEW)

YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL

ADAM (NEW)

ASCENDING NOTES (formerly "Now We Have a Map of the Piano")

JERRY LIVES FOREVER (formerly "What It Was Like For Jerry, Being Immortal)

HARSH WORDS FROM A FERAL CAT (NEW)

LOUD NEIGHBORS

THE MAN WHO SWALLOWED A UNIVERSE (NEW)

GRASS THROUGH THE CONCRETE (NEW)

A LONG STORY (NEW)






Note that the books are still being finalized and printed, but if by some chance they aren't going to be ready by Christmas day, I will send you some kind of special Christmas surprise that you can use as an IOU for anyone you might be buying gifts for.

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