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July 31, 2022 at 7:57 pm
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An Update from LA


Sandman screening at the JCC

July 29, 2022 at 3:21 pm
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Beastly Books and the Jean Cocteau Cinema are hosting a special screening event of the new TV series, The Sandman. Based upon Neil Gaiman’s award-winning DC comics, our exclusive event showcases Episodes 1 & 2. Enjoy cocktails, music by DJ Dmonic and photo ops before the screening! This FREE event is open to the public—whether you’re attending the screening or not. Note that this is a first come-first seated event, so be sure to lineup early for your screening wristband as seating is limited. We encourage everyone to come in their dreamiest cosplay!

Event Schedule

4pm Wristbands available outside Beastly Books!

5pm Pre-party at Beastly Books with Music by DJ Dmonic and Happy Hour

6pm Doors open at Jean Cocteau Cinema for Specialty Cocktail “The Lucid Dream”

7pm Screening of The Sandman at Jean Cocteau Cinema

Stay for the Afterparty!

Physical Address and contact info:

(505) 466-5528   |   418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe NM, 87501




Travel Update

July 27, 2022 at 7:24 pm
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An annoucment:




July 27, 2022 at 6:40 pm
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We’re root- tootin over the moon about “Night of the CootersWORLD premiere! Come take a ride with us, as iconoclast Howard Waldrop’s story about extraterrestrials invading Pachuco, TX debuts TOMORROW at 7:30pm during the LA International Shorts Festival.  And if that wasn’t enough to get your mother-in-law smiling, the WORLD premiere screening is followed by a Q&A with Joe Lansdale (Bubba Ho-tep, Hap and Leonard) and cast.

This peach of a tale features up and coming talent and some familiar old hats. Ramin Djawadi’s musical stylings immediately transport the viewer into the old west, while Trioscope’s proprietary animated drama engine that fuses live-action with animation make the pages of a graphic novel come to life on the silver screen. Director Vincent D’ Onofrio’s rendition of Sheriff Bert Lindley is like a tall glass of sweet-tea on a dusty day while Hopper Penn’s walk like his talk has that feeling of a slow, Texas drawl. The talented ensemble cast is rounded out by Martin Sensmeier, Elias Gallegos, Cristin Mcclearry, Harrison Page, Luce Raines, Jazzy Kin O’Brian, and Darius Eteeyan. Produced by Lumenscape in association with Trioscope and Fevre River Packet Co. Directed by Vincent D’ Onofrio.  Run, don’t walk to reserve your seat now!

Tickets for “Night of the Cooters” PROGRAM 42 available at the venue link

“It was beyond a treat writing the screenplay for Night of the Cooters.
Always a favorite Waldrop story, and George Martin and Howard Waldrop
and I have known each other for a lot of years. A collaboration
between us all in our individual roles was a dream come true, an
absolute delight.” Joe R. Lansdale

For more information about LA International Shorts Festival visit



Current Mood: excited excited

DracARys App for HOTD

July 25, 2022 at 9:02 am
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How fun if this!  You can raise and hatch your own dragon with the new HBO DracARys App.  Get ready for the August 21st premier of House of the Dragon by watching your own dragon grow!


SDCC cancellations and signatures

July 22, 2022 at 12:22 am
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We’re sad to report due to the high levels of the new variant of Covid that George has decided to cancel his in person appearances at San Diego Comic Con this year.

*NOTE GRRM will be at the Hall H House of the Dragon panel, but we felt in-person signings might be dangerous.

But there will be signatures will be floating around on the Comicon Floor.  Please ask about signed copies of Fire and Blood at the Penguin Random House booth or at the Mysterious Galaxy booth.  Plus we’ve gotten some limited edition posters featuring the first cover of the Marvel WildCards run coming out later this month.  Please ask about how to acquire a poster at the Marvel booth.



We hope everyone has a great Con and again apologize for our cancelations.



July 20, 2022 at 10:03 am
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New from the Wild Cards universe Carrie Vaughn’s “Grow” FREE on now.

Sincerely,  Social Media Minion

San Diego, Here I Come

July 14, 2022 at 9:29 am
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Yes, it’s true.   I will be heading to San Diego for Comicon at the end of the month, for the first time in… ah… a bunch of years.

That’s not news to most of you, I know.   There have already been a raft of stories out there about HBO’s plans for promoting HOUSE OF THE DRAGON at Comicon  (which plans are pretty mind-boggling, by the way), and my name has popped up in a good many of them.   So I’m not revealing any secrets here, but I can confirm.   I’ll be joining the HOUSE OF THE DRAGON panel  in Hall H, together with showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik and eleven of our cast members.   I will be as excited to meet them as you are.   I was not able to visit the Hot D sets, so this will be the first time I have met any of them… well, aside from Matt Smith, who I did meet for about two minutes in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel at a previous Comicon, but he was the Doctor at the time, not Daemon Targaryen, and that’s not at all the same.

I will also be doing a couple of signings at San Diego.   One for my publisher, Bantam Spectra/ Random House.   I will be signing copies of FIRE & BLOOD and my other novels.   And one for Marvel Comics, with Paul Cornell, to promote the new Wild Cards graphic novels that Paul has scripted.   Raya Golden, ace minion, art director, and illustrator, will be travelling with me, and she’ll be on hand to sign copies of STARPORT, the graphic novel she adapted and illustrated from an old unproduced television pilot of mine (which may come back to life as a feature film, but that’s a tale for another day).   This being Comicon, where the crowds are immense,  all these signings will be capped and strictly limited, so if you want me to scrawl on one of your books, join the queue early.

(Sorry, I will NOT sign while walking the floor, eating lunch, or taking a piss in the men’s room.   Don’t ask, okay?)

In June 2021, I went to Chicago for a week to accept an honorary doctorate from Northwestern.   Aside from that, this will be the first time I have left home since the pandemic struck in March 2020.   I am looking forward to it… but, truth be told, I am also a tad anxious.   I have managed to avoid getting covid so far, knock wood… but if this Comicon is like the last one I went to, I am going to be in one big room with 150,000 other people, some of whom may not have been as careful as we have.  That could be a challenge.   Yes, I am fully vaccinated and double boosted, but that’s true of a number of friends of mine, who have still contracted omnicron despite that.   (Mild cases, mostly, but still).

I do not want covid, not even a mild case, so please be advised, I will be doing all I can to prevent that.   I will be masked almost all the time.   I will not be shaking hands, sorry.   Or even bumping fists.    You can take my picture when I am signing your book, but stay on your side of the table, please.   No selfies.   No hugs.   In past years, I was always glad to do all that, to make myself available to my readers, but these are not normal times.    Once covid goes away for good — if it ever does — perhaps I will be able to do all that again.   But not now.   I cannot get sick.   I have too much work to do.

I ask for your understanding.

And I hope all of us have a great time in San Diego, regardless of these challenges.

Current Mood: anxious anxious


July 12, 2022 at 9:00 am
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If you missed Archmaester Gyldayn’s history of the Targaryen dynasty the first time around, have no fear.

Our friends at Bantam Spectra are bringing it back.  On sale TODAY in both trade paperback and mass market, with new tie-in cover art from HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (scheduled to debut on HBO on August 21), and illustrations by Doug Wheatley.

Grab your copy here, or wherever books are sold!

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON will tell the story of the Targaryen civil war known as “the Dance of the Dragons.”

FIRE & BLOOD will include that tale… as well as a lot, lot more.   Aegon’s Conquest.   Maegor the Cruel and his war with the Faith.   The long reign of Jaehaerys the Conciliator and Good Queen Alysanne.   Septon Moon, the Serpent in Scarlet, Elissa Farman and the stolen dragon eggs, the regency of King Aegon III… it’s all here, and much more.

(And yes, this is the first of two volumes.   The second will follow… through not till the WINDS have blown).

Signed copies will be available from Beastly Books in Santa Fe… while they last.


A Winter Garden

July 8, 2022 at 10:53 am
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I have done a lot of interviews over the years, more than even I can possibly keep track of.   Inevitably, a lot of them touch on the same subjects.   One of the things I have been asked about most is my writing process.   If you have seen any of those interviews, you have probably heard me talking about the two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners.   I have given that same spiel numerous times.  Here’s one of the most thorough explanations:

Another question that I get a lot, especially since the end of GAME OF THRONES on HBO, is whether A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, will end the same way.  An architect would be able to give a short, concise, simple answer to that, but I am much more of a gardener.   My stories grow and evolve and change as I write them.  I generally know where I am going, sure… the final destinations, the big set pieces, they have been my head for years… for decades, in the case of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE.   There are lots of devils in the details, though, and sometimes the ground changes under my feet as the words pour forth.

(Another question fans and interviewers alike ask a lot if “Where do you get your ideas?”   Honestly, I wish I knew.   When confronted with the same question, Harlan Ellison used to say, “Schenectady.”   The ancient Greeks spoke of the muses.   Freud talked of the conscious and subconscious minds, the id, the ego, the superego.  More recently, we hear about the right brain and the left brain, one analytic and rational, the other imaginative and creative.   I am pretty sure the answer is not Schenectady, but aside from that… hell, I don’t know.   Yes, there are some instances where I know the seed from which something in my garden sprang.  The Wall sprang from my visit to Hadrian’s Wall in 1981.   The Wars of the Roses inspired much of GAME OF THRONES.   The Red Wedding was a mash up of the Glencoe Massacre and the Black Dinner from Scottish history, turned up way past eleven.   But for every instance like that, there are a hundred for which I have to say, “I don’t know.   One day the thought just came to me.   It wasn’t there, and then it was.”   If that was the work of a muse, may she keep on musing).

Which brings me to THE WINDS OF WINTER.

Most of you know by now that I do not like to give detailed updates on WINDS.   I am working on it, I have been working on it, I will continue to work on it.   (Yes, I work on other things as well).   I love nothing more than to surprise my readers with twists and turns they did not see coming, and I risk losing those moments if I go into too much detail.   Spoilers, you know.   Even saying that I am working on a Tyrion chapter, as I did last week, gives away the fact that Tyrion is not dead.   Reading sample chapters at cons, or posting them on line, which I did for years, gives away even more.   I actually quite enjoyed doing that, until the day came that I realized I had read and/or posted the first couple of hundred pages of WINDS, or thereabouts.  If I had kept on with the readings, half the book might be out by now.

So I am not going to give you all any kind of detailed report on the book, but…

I will say this.

I have been at work in my winter garden.   Things are growing… and changing, as does happen with us gardeners.   Things twist, things change, new ideas come to me (thank you, muse), old ideas prove unworkable, I write, I rewrite, I restructure, I rip everything apart and rewrite again, I go through doors that lead nowhere, and doors that open on marvels.

Sounds mad, I know.   But it’s how I write.   Always has been.   Always will be.   For good or ill.

What I have noticed more and more of late, however, is my gardening is taking me further and further away from the television series.   Yes, some of the things you saw on HBO in GAME OF THRONES you will also see in THE WINDS OF WINTER (though maybe not in quite the same ways)… but much of the rest will be quite different.

And really, when you think about it, this was inevitable.   The novels are much bigger and much much more complex than the series.   Certain things that happened on HBO will not happen in the books.   And vice versa.   I have viewpoint characters in the books never seen on the show: Victarion Greyjoy, Arianne Martell, Areo Hotah, Jon Connington, Aeron Damphair   They will all have chapters, and the things they do and say will impact the story and the major characters who were on the show.   I have legions of secondary characters, not POVs but nonetheless important to the plot, who also figure in the story: Lady Stoneheart, Young Griff,  the Tattered Prince, Penny, Brown Ben Plumm, the Shavepate, Marwyn the Mage, Darkstar, Jeyne Westerling.  Some characters you saw in the show are quite different than the versions in the novels.   Yarra Greyjoy is not Asha Greyjoy, and HBO’s Euron Greyjoy is way, way, way, way different from mine.   Quaithe still has a part to play.  So does Rickon Stark.   And poor Jeyne Poole.   And… well, the list is long.    (And all this is part of why WINDS is taking so long.   This is hard, guys).

Oh, and there will be new characters as well.   No new viewpoints, I promise you that, but with all these journeys and battles and scheming to come, inevitably our major players will be encountering new people in lands far and near.

One thing I can say,  in general enough terms that I will not be spoiling anything:  not all of the characters who survived until the end of GAME OF THRONES will survive until the end of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, and not all of the characters who died on GAME OF THRONES will die in A SONG OF ICE & FIRE.   (Some will, sure.  Of course.   Maybe most.   But definitely not all)   ((Of course, I could change my mind again next week, with the next chapter I write.   That’s gardening)).

And the ending?   You will need to wait until I get there.   Some things will be the same.   A lot will not.

No doubt, once I am done, there will be huge debate about which version of the story is better.   Some people will like my book, others will prefer the television show.   And that’s fine, you pays your money and your makes your choice.   (I do fear that a certain proportion of fans are so angry about how long WINDS has taken me that they are prepared to hate the book, unread.   That saddens me, but there nothing I can do about it, but write the best book that I can, and hope that when it comes out most fans will read it with clean hands and an open mind).

That’s all I can tell you right now.  I need to get back to the garden.   Tyrion is waiting for me.


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