I don’t think art is about expression. I don’t think that’s its primary motive. The primary motivation is communion with your fellow human beings. So it’s very frustrating to make something and nobody notices it. If you put on a play and nobody comes to it, did you really put on a play? But you just keep going. You remind yourself that people have been doing this as long as there have been people. And your frustrations and disappointments are nothing new. And you go back to the wheel.
Read the rest of the interview with Nic Pizzolatto over at The Daily Beast (it’s actually an older interview, but I just stumbled across it now). And pick up Pizzolatto’s novel Galveston which is right now just $2.99 on Kindle.
Tomorrow is the season finale of True Detective. I’m psyched. Are you?
My friend Joseph D’Agnese got some very cool news the other day. His story “Bloody Signorina,” which originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, has been nominated for a Derringer Award. And so, for a limited time, Joe is making the story available as a free ebook, which you can download at Smashwords. Check it out!
Tim Lebbon is a great writer and a good friend, and for a while now I’ve been trying to talk him into releasing some of his work digitally. If you’re not aware, Tim is extremely prolific in terms of short stories and novellas, and ebooks seem to be an ideal medium for the novella. So finally, after much nagging on my part (okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration), Tim has begun to release many of his critically-acclaimed novellas under his own publishing imprint Dreaming in Fire Press. The first release is his knock out novella White, which is one of the best novellas you’ll ever read. Forget the fact that it won the British Fantasy Award. Forget the fact it’s been optioned for a movie. Forget the fact it’s appeared in several “best of” anthologies. Just buy the damned thing already. Trust me, you’ll be happy you did. Tim plans to drop a new ebook every week for the next several weeks, so keep an eye out for more releases coming soon.
I’ve been reading The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida and it’s a fascinating look at a person with autism. Most of the book is structured as questions and answers. One of the questions is “Would you like to be ‘normal’?” The last paragraph of the answer was just too good not to share:
To give the short version, I’ve learned that every human being, with or without disabilities, needs to strive to do their best, and by striving for happiness you will arrive at happiness. For us, you see, having autism is normal — so we can’t know for sure what your “normal” is even like. But so long as we can learn to love ourselves, I’m not sure how much it matters whether we’re normal or autistic.
Yesterday was the official launch of Blake Crouch’s Wayward, which is the sequel to last year’s Pines. I had the pleasure of reading the book a few months ago, and it’s excellent. If you’re a fan of my work, I encourage you to read Pines and Wayward so that not only can you enjoy two great books, but so that you can also enjoy something special that’s coming soon … (And that’s all I’m going to say about that right now.)
RG Dillon has just released his first novel Mineko. I haven’t read the book myself yet, but I did design the ebook and paperback. That’s not why I’m mentioning it here, though, but rather that Ron’s inspiration for writing the book was my very own No Shelter. As a writer, I often get emails and messages from readers telling me how much they’ve enjoyed my work, but Ron has taken it to a whole new level. I hope you check it out.
Finally, one of my favorite flash fiction writers and all around cool guy Ravi Mangla has a new book coming out this November. It’s called Understudies and I’m sure it’s going to rock. You can pre-order here.
It came in the mail today from Audible for my June sales. That was fast! For some reason I figured it would take at least 60 days, which is the case with all my ebooks and paperbacks from other platforms. Anyway, I figured I would use this as an excuse to remind y’all you can download the audiobooks for only $1.99 if you’ve already purchased the Kindle editions via Audible. Enjoy!
My friend Jack Fisher has lost his mind. Years ago he published the award-winning horror and dark fantasy magazine Flesh & Blood (of which I served as Senior Editor for a while), and now he’s getting back in the game with a new magazine called The Dark. Believe me when I say that Jack is a perfectionist, and he’s doing everything he can to ensure that this new publication is top-notch. But, of course, it can be tough starting out, so he’s currently running a Kickstarter to help get the first issue off the ground. Think of it as pre-ordering the first issue, or even subscribing. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.
Yesterday my wife and I went up to Lake Tobias Wildlife Park for their safari tour. It was a blast. This guy drooled on me.
This guy was my buddy.
This guy invited himself up onto the bus for more attention and food.
I took a bunch of pictures (nearly 300) and posted a portion of them over on Facebook. If you’re ever in the area, consider checking the place out. As their website states, Lake Tobias relies strictly on park revenue for its financial support and does not receive any state or federal funding.