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"See the sin in the sea..."

A thunderstorm is moving in, and the sky has gone marvelously dark above Federal Hill here in Providence.

I have what I think is quite a momentous announcement. This morning William Schafer at Subterranean Press emailed to ask if I'd "be interested in a 200k word The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan, that, in addition to 5-6 uncollected stories, drew from all of your published collections..."

And, of course, I said yes. I said yes immediately.

So...over the next month or so I'll be compiling the table of contents, which, frankly, seems like an almost impossible task, even with a two-hundred-thousand word limit. I have to go back over all the short fiction I've written the last seventeen years, almost two hundred stories, and figure out which pieces I consider my best (as well as which pieces have received the most attention, and so might be said to represent my "best" work). The book will be released sometime in the spring of 2011, and the limited edition will be accompanied by The Crimson Alphabet as a free chapbook. I will post more details as they become available. By the way, feel free to post suggestions here, or email them to me, your personal favorites you might like to see included. I'll consider those, too, when making my choices. I hope to deliver the manuscript to subpress by the end of the summer.

So, yeah. Big News. Also, I'll be getting back to work on The Dinosaurs of Mars next year, after having set it aside in the summer of 2007. If all goes well, subpress will release it in the fall of 2011. Which means I'm doing two books with them next year.

Meanwhile, my copies of The Ammonite Violin & Others arrived late yesterday, along with the "Sanderlings" chapbook. I am beyond pleased with how the collection turned out. It's definitely one of the best-looking books I've ever done with subpress. And if you preordered and do not yet have your copy, it should be along shortly.


Today, I did 1,060 words on Chapter One of the Next New Novel, and it's the first writing I've gotten done since Sunday. The less said about the first half of yesterday the better. Most of it was spent at the Peace Dale Public Library, reading Joshi's The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos.

Sunday evening, we returned to the Blackstone River Gorge area in southern Massachusetts, the towns of Blackstone and Millville, and almost to Uxbridge. I found more locations important to the Next New Novel, and fell more in love with the region. Many photos were taken, and I'll try to post some soon.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Also, there's the cool stuff at Spooky's Dreaming Squid Dollworks & Sundries shop at Etsy (she says, "Tell them to please buy this stuff, because I'm tired of looking at it."). Yes, she really said that. So, thanks. Buy or bid if you are able.

Okay. That's all for now. I have a table of contents to ponder....


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Jul. 21st, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Fabulous news! And well-met by tempest.

Jul. 21st, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)

And well-met by tempest.

The serendipitous timing didn't even occur to me until you mentioned it.
Jul. 21st, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
This is so exciting! Congrats!
Jul. 21st, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
The Best Of sounds wonderful, and I'm very excited about The Dinosaurs of Mars. Also, Sub Press tells me that my copy of TAV&O</a> has shipped.
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
And, of course, I said yes. I said yes immediately.

That is fantastic.
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Very cool project indeed ~ good luck with the compiling!
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
I think I just squealed out loud at the news of a CRK Best of. Awesomely exciting. And I'm anxiously awaiting my copy of "Ammonite Violin" as well - Sub Press tells me it's on its way to me out here in the hinterlands of way-northern California.
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome news (all around)... but this collection, when can we preorder???

More pictures of the river and environs, yes please! It looked swelteringly evil, but peaceful, in that first batch -- I'm curious to see more of the area.
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)

but this collection, when can we preorder???

I'll post the news as soon as they start taking preorders.

It looked swelteringly evil, but peaceful

Pretty much.
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
A "Best of" anthology would be wonderful! I'm curious to see which of your stories you'll choose for inclusion. Congrats!

Jul. 21st, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
That's awesome news about a Best Of collection. Now I have to dig through all my Sirena Digests and find the names of those stories I like the most!
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! What a freaking sweet project!
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Best Of...
This is such good news. Now I'll have the good stuff in one handy volume next to your novels. And so happy to hear from Sub Press today confirming the shipment of my copy of The Ammonite Violin. This has made me a happy man.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Congrats! Sign me up!
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
I'm picturing Younger Caitlin R. Kiernan hearing this news (if, oh if, traveling back in time were possible) and breathing a big sigh of relief. (And probably adding "Phew. I did manage to survive writing a lot.")

Congratulations on the collection, Caitlin.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)

I'm picturing Younger Caitlin R. Kiernan hearing this news (if, oh if, traveling back in time were possible) and breathing a big sigh of relief. (And probably adding "Phew. I did manage to survive writing a lot.")

Younger CRK's head would have exploded.

And yeah, older CRK is starting to feel like a survivor. You know, like a coelacanth, or a Dawn Redwood, or a tuatara, or any of those other species that get called "living fossils."
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Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)

Did Mr. Schafer mention a possible super-deluxe binding for the limited edition?

Not specifically, but I would assume.
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