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Books For Brains!

October 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm
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The day before All Hallows Eve, and the ghoulies and ghosties and werewolves are stirring…

But the zombies are already out, hungry for brains.

Don’t miss tonight’s episode of Z NATION, where I make my undead debut.

(Together with my faithful undead minions Jo and Raya).

Three Cheers For Snod

October 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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Wanted to take a moment here to congratulate my old friend, sometimes collarborator, co-editor, and general partner in crime MELINDA M. SNODGRASS on her new gig. Melinda is headed back to LA to head up the writing staff of STAR TREK: RENEGADES, a new fan-funded Trek web series that features Walter Koenig as Chekov. Melinda will be an executive producer.

Of course, Snod is no stranger to Trek. She was one of the writers on NEXT GENERATION, where she scripted, among other episodes, “Measure of a Man,” still widely regarded as one of the best five Trek episodes of all team. She’ll do a great job on this new show, I have no doubt.

You can read all about this on Melinda’s own blog at:

((I know a lot of you Trek fans out there will be excited about this, and there will doubtless be lots of questions… that’s the place to ask ’em, not here. Thanks.))

Also, here’s the link to the Kickstarter page funding RENEGADES:

Sounds like a fun series. Go get ’em, Weeds.

Cocteau Author Events

October 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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We had a great time Tuesday night at the Jean Cocteau. Melinda Snodgrass handled the interview task, with me as the subject, and did a wonderful job. Sellout crowd, and of course I signed a lot of books — DOWN & DIRTY, KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, and the new coloring book.

((Autographed copies of all three will soon be available from the JCC website)).

Next up, in November…

DEBORAH HARKNESS returns on November 8, to sign THE BOOK OF LIFE.

And two days later, on November 10, we’ll have a launch for the WHEEL OF TIME companion.

Books and seats for both events can be reserved on our website. Do remember, our last three author events sold out… and we do hate turning people away at the door, so reserve your place soon.


October 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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Life is miserable and full of pain… when you’re a Mets fan.

Fifteen years between trips to the World Series. The Mets are finally back, and then…

Those were two excruciating losses. In completely different ways. Hard to say which one was more painful.

The only consolation… the Mets were down 0-2 to the Red Sox in ’86 too, and that year they lost the first two at home before going on to take two of three at Fenway. So maybe the fat lady ain’t sung yet. I think we have Thor on the mound yet.

Having both the Dark Knight and DeGrom go down, however… never thought THAT could happen.

Sometimes being a sports fan is so exhilerating. Other times, it feels like getting kicked repeatedly in the balls.

As for last week’s football… the Jets went down to the hated Patriots, while the Giants defeated the despised Cowboys. Some highs, some lows. However, really, neither one of those games was all one way or the other. Gang Green’s loss was strangely encouraging. The D looked very good, Fitz played well, and the Jets hung in there. This could very well be a playoff team. The Giants are another story. They won, yeah, but it was hardly a convincing win. No pass rush at ALL, and their run defense got absolutely shredded. They may lead the NFC East for the moment, but they are not going anywhere unless they can get healthy and shore up that defense. JPP had better come back soon and start getting sacks…

All Men Must Die…

October 22, 2015 at 1:51 pm
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… but only a few get to come back as the UNDEAD.

But hey, I’m one of them.

For all you Z NATION fans out there, and those who aren’t (yet) too, my long-anticipated guest starring role as a rotting corpse is scheduled for the October 30 episode, “The Collector.”

I hear a rumor that EW will have a clip from the show on line tomorrow.

No doubt Emmys will follow.

Coming to the Cocteau

October 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm
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We have some great stuff coming to the Jean Cocteau Cinema in the weeks to come.

Starting this weekend, when we’ll be showing the classic BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

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Come Tuesday, we’ll have another author event, this time featuring… yes, ME.

A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS came out October 6 and has been riding high on the lists. And Tuesday October 27 is the official release date for both Bantam’s official ICE AND FIRE adult coloring book, and Tor’s reissue of Wild Cards volume five, DOWN & DIRTY.

All three titles will be available for sale at the JCC. MELINDA SNODGRASS will be on hand as well, to interview me. A question-and-answer will follow, and then I will adjourn to the lobby to sign books (but no personalizations, sorry). However, tickets are already half-gone for this one, and we anticipate another sellout… so if you want to join us, contact the theatre (by phone or via our website) and reserve a book and a place now.

Come Halloween weekened, we’ll be showing something old and something new… ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (with a live performance by Rocky Horror New Mexico) and THE CREEPING GARDEN, a film about… wait for it… SLIME MOLD. (Where else but the JCC?)

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Tickets to all of these events can be bought on the JCC website:

November is looking pretty cool as well, with author events coming up for DEBORAH HARKNESS and the WHEEL OF TIME COMPANION, and burlesque with the SUICIDE GIRLS.

See you at the Cocteau!

Mets! Jets! Mets! Jetsmetsjetsmetsjetsmets!!!

October 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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Mets take two from the Cubs to open the National League championship series!

((I want to marry Daniel Murphy and have his children. Also, as an old comic book fanboy, I love how the Mets roster is full of superheros. Thor. The Dark Knight. Captain America. And we had Cal Ripken, the Iron Man, broadcasting the game. All we need is a Hulk… ))

Jets thump the Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Peoples!!

A great weekend for this old New York sports fan.

Now if the Giants can only make it a triple tonight over the Iggles of Brotherly Love, life will truly be magical and full of joy.

Hedge Knight In the Lists

October 16, 2015 at 3:11 am
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Cool news from both sides of the Atlantic.

The new illustrated hardcover of A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS has debuted on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list as #2 in hardcover fiction. Over in the UK, the British edition has landed as #3 on the TIMES list (Bernard Cornwell’s new Uhtred novel is number 1, of course).


Pretty good for a collection of three previously published novellas.

My thanks go out to all my friends at Bantam Spectra and Harper Voyager… and of course to Gary Gianni, whose gorgeous artwork helped make the book such a rousing success.

The Martian…

October 16, 2015 at 1:11 am
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… will be at the Jean Cocteau on Monday, in the person of Andy Weir. We’ll be talking about his novel, and the movie, and he’ll be signing books.

Only a few tickets left. If you’d like to attend, reserve yours now.

ADDENDUM: Sorry, slowpokes. Jon has just informed me that the Andy Weir event is SOLD OUT. ((Don’t say I didn’t warn you)).

Our next author event will be… hey, ME… on October 27. Followed by Deborah Harkness on November 8. Watch the Cocteau website for details. I expect those events to sell out as well, so be prepared to pounce as soon as tickets are available.

The Sexiest Woman Alive…

October 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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… is Emilia Clarke, our own Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea.


It’s official. ESQUIRE magazine has proclaimed it so.

Read all about it here: Good interview, and lovely (and sexy) art.

Having been in Emilia’s company at numerous GAME OF THRONES event, I can only applaud ESQUIRE’s good taste. She is indeed a beautiful woman, and a terrific actresss.

Congratulations, Emilia! And applause to the fine folks at ESQUIRE.