July 29th, 2009

The Red Tree

"Every time you close your eyes, taste me."

I'm running late today, after inexplicably sleeping too much. And the dreamsickness has been much worse than usual. Only now is it starting to fade. Imagine, a worldwide high communicable, plague of inevitably fatal dysentery, the whole world shitting itself to death, only it isn't funny. Yeah, I don't know where I get this stuff.

A couple or three things I want to mention before I forget. First, Frank Woodward's Lovecraft documentary, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, will be released on DVD October 13th. It features interviews with me, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, Stuart Gordon, S.T. Joshi, and others. Also, my first ever interview with a gaming slant is now online. Finally, there's a short "writing of The Red Tree" essay up at Penguin.com (usa), "The Genesis of The Red Tree."

Yesterday, I did 1,312 words and finished "January 28, 1926." I have Dr. Muñoz to thank for keeping the office cool enough that I could actually work. I also signed a bunch of bookplates for Barnes and Noble Towson Circle, in Towson, Maryland. So, if you live in or near Towson, be aware that there will soon be signed copies of The Red Tree at Barnes and Noble Towson Circle. Oh, and I signed a whole bunch of books for eBay. Today, if I can shake off the nastiness, I have to get Sirenia Digest #44 together. Or mostly together.

The Very Special eBay auction continues.

I'm getting reports, from as far away as the Netherlands and as near to home as Brooklyn, that The Red Tree is already showing up on bookstore shelves and arriving from pre-orders. So much for street dates, I suppose. Which is cool, only I sort of like having benchmarks, being able to say, here, this is release day. It's official. The book is out. But, hey, that's just me.

Cloudy today, but hot. I assume storms are inbound.