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The Prousting of Samuelle Calder
Day 7 of the Veins Blog Tour

September 11th, 2014

Sam CalderI hope you grabbed your copy of Veins while the e-book edition was on sale for $0.99 at FEAmazonBarnes & Noble, and Kobo. The sale has officially ended, but a check of the sites indicates that the discount is still listed at all but Kobo . . . so there’s still time (though I can’t say how much). If you want a copy, now’s the time.

Today, the Veins virtual tour concludes with another Proustian interview at the website of writer Kristina Elyse Butke. This time Kristina interviews Samuelle Calder, who has a major role in Veins  and Vipers.

You can read the complete interview at KristinaElyseButke.com.

Illustration: “Sam Calder” by Star E. Olson, Copyright © Star E. Olson. All Rights Reserved. The illustration appears in both the print and e-book edition of Veins

 


Join Me in the Madhouse
Day 4 of the Veins Blog Tour

September 8th, 2014

Vortex CoverYes, this really is Day 4, just as my previous post (also dated September 8) really was Day 3. It seems the date in my WordPress settings went a little crazy and moved to another time zone. But it’s all corrected now. Amazing what a little revision can do. Which bring us to the topics of revision and going crazy (both of which I cover in a guest installment over at one of my favorite blog sites, Stephanie Wytovich’s Join Me in the Madhouse).

The guest blog considers why writers should listen to those inner voices that know when something is finished . . . and when it isn’t. Along the way, it draws on insights by Patrick Rothfuss, Truman Capote, and others who have struggled with seeing works through to completion.

Most significantly (for me at least) it answers a question that I’m sure is foremost on your mind. Namely: “When’s Vortex coming out?” To find out, all you have to do is click here . . . and I’ll meet you on the other side.

Image:
Rhonda Libbey’s cover for
Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle, coming November 4.


The Prousting of Axle
Day 1 of the Veins Blog Tour

September 5th, 2014

Axle from VEINS by Lawrence C Connolly

If you’ve been thinking about reading Veins, now’s the time to grab a copy. For the next five days, the ebook edition will be on sale for $0.99 at Fantasist Enterprises, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

To coincide with the sale, I’ll be doing a series of guest blogs and events at some of my favorite websites, starting today with one at kristinaelysebutke.com. Kristina is an educator as well as a writer, and her site is both informative and entertaining. Recently, she launched a series in which characters from novels respond to Proustian questions.

Today, Axle (from Veins) gets to respond. You can see what he has to say by going to kristinaelysebutke.com.

Illustration: “Axle” by Star E. Olson, Copyright © Star E. Olson. All Rights Reserved. The illustration appears in both the print and e-book edition of Veins

Report from the KGB

June 23rd, 2013

KGB SignFrom the outside it looks like a redbrick townhouse, with only a small sign above the door to let us know we’ve arrived at the KGB Bar – the place that both New York Magazine and the Village Voice have named the best literary venue in New York.

The doors are likewise unremarkable, opening to a flight of stairs that leads to a dim room decorated with Soviet art. For a moment I feel as if I have arrived back in Leningrad, or possibly the upstairs gallery of the illegal artist in my story “Smuggling the Dead.”

MM DeVoe Nicholas Kaufmann Alexa AntopolEllen Datlow, one of our hosts for the evening, is already there. She shows us to our seats, and within minutes people start arriving. I recognize some of them. There’s Nicholas Kaufmann, M. M. De Voe, Rick Bowes, Linda Addison, Gordon Linzner of Space and Time Magazine (editor emeritus), Vaughne Hansen of the Virginia Kidd Agency, and Will and Meesh Horner of Fantasist Enterprises. It’s going to be a fun evening.

Tom Connair and Heather SedlakSome newer writers are also settling in, among them are Heather Sedlak and Tom Connair, MFA candidates from the graduate writing program at Seton Hill University; Andrew Alford, who’s made sales to Space and Time and Midnight Echo; and Nicholas Schwartz, a terrific young filmmaker who has recently option my story “Shooting Evil” for adaptation as a short film. Others are there as well. Too many to mention. Soon, the room is overflowing.

Matthew KresselSarah Langan is also there, of course. We’re sharing the bill. She’ll be reading an excerpt from her forthcoming novel. I’ve selected three stories from Visions. Between the two of us, we have what seems a nice mix planned for the evening.

Cohost Matthew Kressel kicks things off with the announcement of a Kickstarter campaign to help underwrite the continuation of the series. He also shares a list of upcoming readers, including Libba Bray, Lucius Shepard, James Patrick Kelley, and Thomas F. Monteleone. Listening to the list, I’m thinking I’ve got to move to New York so I can become a KGB regular.

Lawrence C Connolly Reading at KGBThen Matthew introduces me, and I’m on. The stories I’ve selected are “Step on a Crack,” “Prime Time!” and “Echoes.” I plan to deliver each from memory, a mode of presentation that harkens back to the roots of storytelling. Think Homer or the Beowulf poet, traveling scops who carried their works in their heads and presented their texts live without reliance on the printed page. I’ve blogged about this technique elsewhere, particularly in Scop 101.

The stories are a bit like songs. They’re longer, of course. And they don’t employ rhyme. But each has a vocal rhythm that facilitates memorization. The audience is wonderfully receptive, and the performance goes well.Sarah Langan at KGB

After a break, during which Will Horner does brisk business at the Fantasist book display, Ellen introduces Sarah – the three-time Bram Stoker winner whom the New York Times has referred to as one of “Shelley’s Daughters,” a strong writer of contemporary horror who carries on the groundbreaking work started by Mary Shelley.

Sarah reads the first chapter from The Clinic, and it’s clear from the delivery that she has another Stoker contender in the works.

The reading leaves us all eager for the book’s release.

will meesh heather3After the readings, about 20 of us head out to dinner at the Grand Sichuan Restaurant in St. Mark’s Place, after which Ginny and I make our way back to our Midtown digs. Special thanks goes out to our New York friend for getting us through the subway turnstiles and showing us the way. We never would have made it without them!

Our original plans were to stay in the city one more day, but a gig at another nightspot – Riley’s Pour House in Pittsburgh – sends us packing in the morning. Still, I’m amazed at all we were able to fit into our short stay.

VortexThere’s lots more to tell, including an account of my visit to GQ for lunch with former Twilingt Zone editor T.E.D. Klein. I’ll try to get to some of it in a follow up post. Look for it soon.

I’d also like to share the preliminary cover art for my forthcoming novel Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle. If you were at the KGB and stopped by the book display after my reading, you got an advance look at what artist Rhonda Libby has planned for the conclusion of the series. If you didn’t, I’m going to keep you in suspense a little longer. The art warrants a blog post of its own.

In the meantime, keep reading. And, as always – rock on!

Image Credits:

Screen cap of the KGB Sign is from the Fantastic Fiction at KGB Fundraiser video.

Photos of  Milda De Voe, Nicholas Kaufmann, and Alexa Antopol;  Tom Connair and Heather Sedlak; Matthew Kressel; Lawrence C. Connolly; and Sarah Langan are © Ellen Datlow.

Photo of Meesh Horner, Will Horner, and Heather Sedlak is © Lawrence C. Connolly.