In spite of what the quote in the subject line there would imply, the present is actually pretty pleasant indeed, but the “lot of things to do” part is true enough. The two books that have been on their way out are both out now. The official release date for Fungi was yesterday, though copies started finding their way into the wild a little early, as they are wont to do. I haven’t actually received mine yet, but some of the contributors have, and they’ve been posting pictures, of which I am deeply envious.
I do have my copies of Never Bet the Devil, though. There’s a pile of them sitting next to me as I type this. If I owe you a copy for any reason, or if you’d just like to buy one direct from me and get it signed, drop me a line, either in the comments here or by email, or any other way that you know to contact me, and I’ll get you hooked up.
Both books are on Goodreads now, if you’re into that sort of thing. (I recommend it.) Never Bet the Devil is here, and Fungi is here. If you’ve read either, or both, please consider putting up a review on Goodreads or Amazon or your ‘blog, and feel free to direct my attention to it, because getting reviews is still a novel thing for me, and I’m ravenous for more!
There have been a few Amazon reviews showing up for Never Bet the Devil already, including a gem from Jesse Bullington, author of The Brothers Grossbart and The Enterprise of Death and the forthcoming The Folly of the World (which you can win right here by inventing a cocktail recipe). He calls me “the best kept secret in the cemetery” and compares my book favorably with “Telly Savalas’ moves,” which is about all I could ever ask for from a review.
Book-related stuff is more than enough to keep me hopping lately, especially combined with an unusually busy period at the day job, and various other writing obligations, both pleasant and less-so. If that all weren’t enough, though, along with holiday stuff and Alfred Hitchcock marathons, we’ve also been doing some pseudo-remodeling, trying to convert our living space into a space that’s better for living and working in. So far the results are encouraging, though there are still piles of books, well, kind of everywhere.
I’ll try to post some photos of my office, once it looks more like an office and less like a place where I piled all the things that might one day make up and office.