The Ecstatic Days Guest Blogging Schedule, July 8 – Oct. 10

As mentioned, I’ll be disappearing from the internets through the first-second week of October. (Except through the magic of a few pre-scheduled posts on weekends.) During that time I’ll be finishing up my new novel (longhand/typewriter), teaching at Shared Worlds at Wofford College, and, with Ann, going to the Czech Republic as guests of Parcon and for the release of the Czech edition of New Weird, followed up by a book tour of Romania in support of the Romanian editions of New Weird and the Predator novel. Ann is very excited as this will be our first foreign book tour together as co-editors–should be a lot of fun.

So, in light of that I have put together what I think will be a diverse and fascinating guest blogging schedule over the summer for your entertainment and edu-macation:

July 8-13 – Jack O’Connell Resurrectionist Week
July 14-18 – Michelle Richmond
July 21-25 – Fabio Fernandes
July 28-Aug 1 – Catherynne M. Valente
Aug 4-8 – Ekaterina Sedia
Aug 11-15 – Matt Staggs
Aug. 18-22 – Horia Ursu
Aug 25-29 – Richard Nash
Sept. 1-5 – Meg Gardiner
Sept. 8-12 – Minister Faust
Sept. 15-19 – John Langan
Sept. 22-Oct 3 – Cat Rambo
Oct. 5-Oct 9 – Vandana Singh

Here’s more info on each of the participants. (Thanks to all of them, btw.) Enjoy!

Jack O’Connell is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, which have earned him something of a cult status. His work has been praised by James Ellroy, Nail Gaiman, Katherine Dunn and Jonathan Carroll, among others. Another fan, George Pelacanos (author of The Night Gardener), wrote, “In [his] remarkable books, Jack O’Connell has riffed on language, fire-cleansed genre conventions, and stripped the artifice from the modern noir novel, creating a body of work both exciting and entirely original.” His latest novel is The Resurrectionist. The author lives with his wife and two children in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Michelle Richmond is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog, the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress, and the novel Dream of the Blue Room, which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her new novel, No One You Know, will be published by Delacorte in July, 2008. Her stories and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Playboy, Oxford American, The Believer, Salon, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2006 Mississippi Review Fiction Prize and the 2000 Associated Writing Programs Award.

Fábio Fernandes, 42, is a writer living in São Paulo, Brazil. Also a journalist and translator, he is the responsible for the Brazilian translations of several SF novels, such as Neuromancer, Snow Crash, and A Clockwork Orange. He published more than two dozen stories in fanzines and magazines in Brazil, Portugal, and Romania. Currently working as Creative Writing teacher in the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Fernandes also published a non-fiction book on the work of William Gibson, A Construção do Imaginário Cyber (in Portuguese). He just finished his first SF novel, BACK IN THE USSR; he is currently writing short stories in English and also starting what may be his first English-written novel. He can also be found at his English-language blog, the Post Weird Thoughts ( , which he shares with Brazilian writer Jacques Barcia.

Catherynne M. Valente is a past Tiptree Award winner, Million Writers Award winner, and World Fantasy Award finalist for her potent re-imagining of folktale with The Orphan’s Tale, published in two parts by Bantam Spectra. She has also written poetry, criticism, and short stories for various publishers and magazines.

Ekaterina Sedia was born and raised in Moscow, where her parents and the rest of the family still reside. She teaches botany and plant ecology at a state liberal arts college, gardens, and writes books. Her last novel, The Secret History of Moscow, received extensive praise from the LA Times and Neil Gaiman, among others. The new novel, which has some steampunk elements, is The Alchemy of Stone, to be published this month. Her short stories sold to Analog, Baen’s Universe, Fantasy Magazine, and Dark Wisdom, as well as Japanese Dreams (Prime Books) and Magic in the Mirrorstone (Mirrorstone Books) anthologies. This summer, Sedia will be a guest lecturer at Wofford College’s Shared Worlds workshop.

A publicist specializing in book and author publicity, Matt Staggs has worked with established authors like Thomas M. Disch and Nancy A. Kress, as well as talented up-and-comers like fantasist Paul Jessup and horror author Z.A. Recht. In 2008 he launched Deep Eight LLC, a boutique publicity agency utilizing the best publicity practices from the worlds of traditional media and evolving social technologies.

Horia Ursu, one of my Romanian editors, is very active in the Romanian literary community, running Millenium Press and working on various other projects (some of which I am sure he will tell you about). He lives in Satu Mare, Romania, with his wife Lucia and his daughter Stefana.

Richard Nash was Publisher of Soft Skull Press from 2001 until 2007 when he sold the company, staying on as Editorial Director. He was one of Publishers Weekly’s Ten Editors to Watch for in the Coming Decade in 2005, and won the Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2006. The hours he doesn’t spend with his wife and eight month old daughter are spent trying to bring more writers together with more readers.

Meg Gardiner previously practiced law and taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Originally from Southern California, she now lives with her family in London. Although already an established novelist for years, Gardiner received additional notoriety when Stephen King read one of her Evan Delaney mystery novels and raved about it in Entertainment Weekly. This led to a book deal in the U.S. with Penguin. China Lake and Mission Canyon are available in mass market paperback this summer.

Minister Faust is an Edmontonian writer, high school English teacher, union delegate, broadcaster, community activist and orator who has spoken before crowds in the tens of thousands. A founding member of the Living History Group (LHG) of the Council of
Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH), he has worked for years in Edmonton’s Afrikan communities on cultural and justice issues. His debut novel, The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, has been hailed by The New York Times Review of Books, and short-listed for the 2004 Philip K. Dick prize, the 2004 Locus Best First Novel award and the 2004 Compton-Crook award, and ranked on four top ten lists of 2004 novels (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, January Magazine, His second novel, From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain, also met with wide-spread acclaim, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

John Langan is a writer of weird fiction living in upstate New York with his wife and son. His stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction; his reviews in Dead Reckonings, Extrapolation, Science Fiction Studies, and The Internet Review of Science Fiction. Langan’s first collection of fiction, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, is forthcoming from Prime Books in the fall. He also has stories appearing in John Joseph Adams’s The Living Dead and Ellen Datlow’s Poe anthologies. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and son.

Cat Rambo’s stories have been appearing for the last few years in Subterranean Magazine, Clarkesworld, and Strange Horizons, with work forthcoming in Weird Tales and Asimov’s SF Magazine. She also recently became co-editor of the highly-praised Fantasy magazine.

Vandana Singh is an Indian writer whose short fiction has appeared in zines such as Strange Horizons as well as a number of anthologies, most recently Clockwork Phoenix (Norilana Books, ed. Mike Allen). Her novella, “Of Love and Other Monsters,” was published in 2007 as part of Aqueduct Press’s Conversation Pieces Series and is reprinted in volume 25 of Year’s Best Science Fiction (2008, ed. Gardner Dozois). Upcoming work includes a new novella for Aqueduct Press, and a short story collection, “The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories” from Zubaan Books in New Delhi. Vandana is also the author of the ALA Notable book “Younguncle Comes to Town” (Viking Children’s Books 2006, and Zubaan Books, New Delhi, 2004) and a sequel, “Younguncle in the Himalayas” (Zubaan Books and Penguin India, New Delhi, 2005). She currently lives in the Boston area with her husband, daughter and dog, and teaches physics at a state college.


  1. says

    Excellent list of people there. Thanks to your blog, I’ve gotten to know a few of them over the past few months and I’m looking forward to getting to know more of them :D

  2. James says

    A lineup good enough to tempt a visit to the blog even in your absence, Jeff. I’ll be particularly keen to tune in when John Langan’s here, to find out why he’s living in upstate New York with your wife and your-heretofore-unheard-of son.

  3. says

    I thought so. Which reminds me, Corey–and I’ll say it publicly so I don’t forget it, would love to have you guest blog when your next book is out.

  4. says

    You shouldn’t have fixed John Langan’s details! He could have written entries of a delightful and terrifying nature about your wife and unknown child. it could’ve been great. But now, that chance is snuffed in favor of accuracy. Alas..!

  5. John Langan says

    Don’t worry–I’ll still have a lot to say about the…family arrangements.