Archive for September, 2007

Last Drink Bird Head

Jeff VanderMeer • September 24th, 2007 • Uncategorized

This is an old mock-up, just a rough, using Scott Eagle’s art, design by Jacob McMurray. Nothing is certain about the final, not artist, designer, or anything else. Depends on the publisher’s desires.

Contributors include Michael Bishop, Gene Wolfe, Tanith Lee, Peter Straub, Stephen R. Donaldson, Michael Swanwick, Henry Kaiser, Caitlin Kiernan, Bruce Holland Rogers, Conrad Williams, Daniel Abraham, Ellen Kushner, Holly Phillips, Jay Lake, K.J. Bishop, Jon Courtney Grimwood, Sonya Taaffe, Tim Pratt, Sarah Monette, Rikki Ducornet, Nick Mamatas, Nicholas Royle, Marly Youmans, Liz Williams, Brian Evenson, Steve Aylett, Cat Rambo, Richard Butner, and a ton of others I’m too tired to type in the names of….

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The Leonardo Variations

Jeff VanderMeer • September 24th, 2007 • Uncategorized

More about this Clarion charity anthology in a month or so, but in the meantime, this is the original cover of the version the students got during Clarion. Design by Juha Lindroos.

Jeff

Realms Anthology: Clarkesworld Best-Of

Jeff VanderMeer • September 24th, 2007 • Uncategorized

This one includes my “The Third Bear”. Out in November, and available for pre-order.

Here’s the info from the site, below the cut.

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Cover of Michael Cisco’s The Traitor

Jeff VanderMeer • September 24th, 2007 • Uncategorized

Coming out from Prime by World Fantasy. I think it’s Cisco’s best novel. I just love this thing. It would’ve been a Ministry title if Ministry hadn’t folded.

Jeff

Back Cover of The Situation

Jeff VanderMeer • September 24th, 2007 • Uncategorized

The back cover, by Scott Eagle, of The Situation, forthcoming from PS Publishing.

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Full Cover of Surgeon’s Tale & Other Stories

Jeff VanderMeer • September 24th, 2007 • Uncategorized

By James Owen.

Jeff

Evil Monkey: The Joy Is Spreading

Jeff VanderMeer • September 24th, 2007 • Evil Monkey

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Looks like Evil Monkey is getting more popular by the minute… (Thanks, Matt.)

British Fantasy Award Coverage

Jeff VanderMeer • September 24th, 2007 • Culture

Here’s my report on the British Fantasy Awards for Amazon, featuring exclusive quotes from Tim Lebbon and Ellen Datlow.

Jeff

Abdicating…

Jeff VanderMeer • September 24th, 2007 • Evil Monkey

Evil Monkey:
What up dawg?

Jeff:
What up…mawn-key?

Evil Monkey:
Been takin’ it easy in prep for the run at the presidency.

Jeff:
Haven’t seen you for ages.

Evil Monkey:
Been workin’ on my make-up and my recursive Moebius-strip campaign slogans. Like, “A vote for Evil Monkey is a vote for Monkeys of Evil.” Or, “Monkey Do, Monkey Doo Doo.”

Jeff:
What does that even mean?

Evil Monkey:
I dunno. Thought I’d just throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks.

Jeff:
Nice

Evil Monkey:
By the way, you were awfully harsh on Electric Church at SF Weekly last week.

Jeff:
Is that what it was? I thought it was just honest, forthright reviewing. Nothing personal.

Evil Monkey:
Yeah, maybe. But you made it sound like people shouldn’t read the book.

Jeff:
I just presented the evidence. Look at the evidence.

Evil Monkey:
I saw a lot more reasonable reviews online, like this one at the SF Diplomat. It was very diplomatic.

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News Bites: Templesmith, Other Earths, Surgeon’s Tale

Jeff VanderMeer • September 24th, 2007 • News, Uncategorized

Just a few news bites, starting with: I’ll be doing the introduction to the second collected volume of Ben Templesmith’s Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse. Considering the high-volume of fungus and squid in Wormwood, it’s a good match. (And more on Wormwood later this week, on this very blog.)

I’ve sold “The Goat Variations,” about our current president, some psychics in vats, and whole bunch of other stuff, to Jay Lake and Nick Gevers’ DAW antho Other Earths.

My book with Cat Rambo, The Surgeon’s Tale & Other Stories, has expanded somewhat to include Cat’s “A Key Decides Its Destiny” and my own “The Farmer’s Cat,” which I’ve grown a lot more fond of lately. So that’s five stories total, including the 12k “The Surgeon’s Tale,” “The Dead Girl’s Wedding March” (Cat), and “The Lovecraft Cafe” (me, MF Korn, and Des Lewis). With interior illos by Kim Dikeman and a cover by James Owen. It’ll be available for the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs.