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Hey there, Friends!
Just in the nick of time with the February newsletter. I’ve been hunkered down working on the new book, hoping to meet a deadline.
In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to Tucson for my first conference of the year.
It’ll be my first time attending Left Coast Crime and I’m excited. I get to see some new/old friends and have a chance to meet more writers while getting out of the house, away from my desk. A chance to recharge and feel human for a bit.
And another reason to be excited: I’ll be doing panel called You’re Killing Me: Fun with Murder. We’ll be tackling humor in mystery and crime. So, if you’re attending, come and ask super hard questions. Something confounding.
And finally, because I’m getting closer to finishing Big F@!king Deal (Jimmy Cooper’s second adventure) and getting it out into the world, I’ll drop the cover next month for all to see. And, as always, you’ll be the first to see it.
This one’s a little different than in past newsletters. This one’s a bit of a genre mixer. And I love genre mixers.
It’s Something More Than Night by Kim Newman
It’s part Raymond Chandler, part Monster Movie… which makes sense because Newman pairs Raymond Chandler and Boris Karloff, old friends who are brought back together with the apparent suicide — or was it murder? — of a mutual friend that looks suspiciously like the death of the chauffeur in Chandler’s The Big Sleep. (You know the one, where even Chandler didn’t know who killed him.)
Their old friend’s death is connected to events three years prior where they encountered mad scientists, monsters, and homicidal versions of The Marx Brothers (called here: The Sparx Brothers.)
I was familiar with Newman’s Anno Dracula series which mixes ALLLLLL vampire fiction (novels, comics, movies, etc.) into one sprawling unified story and when I read the back of this one… well, it was a must read.
Alright! That’s it! Short and sweet! Just like February. I’ll see you all next month!
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