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Comicon Special

July 10, 2011 at 11:21 am
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I’m heading off to the airport in about an hour…

Before I go, though, an advance peek at the cover for the FEVRE DREAM graphic novel, which will be released at the San Diego Comicon in a couple of weeks.

And we have a special offer from Avatar: if anyone pre-orders a copy of the FEVRE DREAM hardcover from them, at the normal cover price, they will be guaranteed a ticket to my signing at the Avatar booth (#2701) on Thursday at 10:00 am. Daniel Abraham, who scripted the adaptation, will be there signing with me. The ticket will allow each holder to get this item plus three of their own signed. (But again, JUST SIGNATURES, no personalizations).

To preorder and get your ticket, go to:

See you in San Diego, true believers. Keep your steam up.

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Steaming Along

August 13, 2010 at 11:08 pm
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I’ve realized that I have been remiss here in talking about the FEVRE DREAM comic, which made its debut in April at the C2E2 show in Chicago, and has been steaming along merrily ever since, releasing a new issue every month, dagnabit (sorry, channeling my inner Abner there), unlike certain other comics with which I have been connected.

The comic, of course, is an adaptation of my 1982 historical horror novel about vampires on antebellum Mississippi river steamboats. “Bram Stoker meets Mark Twain,” one might say, or even “Huck Finn Meets Dracula.” Something like that. The book was pretty well received, anyway. A finalist for the World Fantasy Award in its day. (Lost to Michael Shea’s NIFFT THE LEAN. I never win the novel prizes).

The comic is being published by William Christensen and his team at Avatar Press. Script and adaptation by my friend and sometime collaborator Daniel Abraham (one my partners on HUNTER’S RUN, creator of Jonathan Hive in the Wild Cards universe, and author of THE LONG PRICE QUARTET, the best damned fantasy that too few of you have read), who has done a terrific and very faithful translation. Art by Rafa Lopez, pride of Malaga, Spain.

The first four issues should be available right now in any good comics shop, with the fifth issue due out soon. (And if your local comic shop doesn’t have them, then it’s not a GOOD comics shop, is it?). The miniseries will run to ten issues, so we’re almost halfway home. No year-long delays between issues are anticipated. The whole story is done and in the can, penciled, inked, colored, everything.

And I promise you: my vamps suck, but they don’t sparkle.

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Some Pretty Pictures

February 19, 2010 at 7:34 pm
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My books are published all over the world, in many different languages. Sometimes my foreign publishers just re-use the cover art from my American and/or British editions. Sometimes they slap on something vaguely appropriate (or not) from the Big Box o’ Bad Fantasy Art down in their cellars. But sometimes they commission brand new cover art, often from artists in their own countries. (And that’s certainly my preference, whenever I get a vote).

The quality varies, of course, just as it does with American and British covers. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good, sometimes downright hideous… but every once in a while, we get something spectacular. And I’ve been very pleased with some of the covers I’ve seen recently, so I thought I would share them with those of you who enjoy pretty figures.

First, from Estonia, a wonderful new FEVRE DREAM cover. Varrak, my Estonian publisher, really pulled out all the stops on this. I love the look of a classic antebellum steamboat, and the artist here actually got it right and gave me a sidewheeler, not a sternwheeler.

Meanwhile, in France, my French publishers are repackaging and reissuing all the books in A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE in new one-volumed editions (previously the French translations have been divided into three or four parts), with stunning new covers by Marc Simonetti. Here a couple of them: his takes on the Wall and Tyrion in King’s Landing.

You can check out almost every cover that I’ve ever had on “Cover Art” page of my website (click on second shield on the bottom, black and green, House Fell)… though admittedly I’m a little behind on updating the gallery.

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