In addition to co-editing The New Weird, Steampunk, Best American Fantasy 2, and Fast Ships, Black Sails, I started a new literary movement called Squidpunk (see video above), and published fiction in Black Clock literary magazine, the Nick Gevers-edited Extraordinary Engines, alt-culture mag Polluto, and Postscripts (some retold fairy tales). Several stories were podcast by StarShipSofa. Wired.com ran “The Situation” as a free download accompanying an interview on GeekDad. I also collaborated with The Church on a full CD soundtrack for Shriek: An Afterword.
I wrote four or five reviews for the Washington Post Book World, over 150 features for Amazon’s Omnivoracious book blog, a new Huffington Post political fiction column, a couple of reviews for the Barnes & Noble Review, a regular book review column in Realms of Fantasy (in addition to a graphic novel column and a profile of Joseph Nigg), an introduction for Rhys Hughes’ Engelbrecht collection, a review for The Believer, and a few other things I can’t remember right now. My story “The Third Bear” from last year was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and at least one other. “Fixing Hanover” from Extraordinary Engines was taken for the Strahan and Horton year’s bests.
I also completed Finch, the last novel in the Ambergris Cycle, began work on Booklife, began work on a Torture Squid comic with Zach Taylor, and sold a book on Steampunk DIY subculture with Jake von Slatt to Artisan Books.
Forthcoming books in 2009 include:
May – The Best of Michael Moorcock (co-edited with Ann and John Davey)
June – The Leonardo Variations – A Clarion charity anthology (edited with Ann)
September – Last Drink Bird Head – A charity anthology for literacy (edited with Ann)
October – Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for 21st Century Writers
Late October – Finch (Ambergris novel, including the limited edition)
November – The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals
In addition, I will be doing some interesting things for the Shared Worlds teen writing camp and an exciting new website and online project in support of the Booklife book. Our travel schedule is not completely set, but looks to include events in Los Angeles, Riverside CA, Louisiana, and New York City.
Major thanks to my wife, Ann, for her help with everything I did in 2008–and major thanks also to Matt Staggs for his help. Thanks to all of you for putting up with such a deluge of books. More often than not, our campaigns were successful and the books got good send-offs because of you.
In terms of books published in 2008, here’s a quick overview.
Dark Horse released Predator: South China Sea, which thus far has done well and seems to have satisfied the core fan base…
PS Publishing released my novelette “The Situation” in book form….
Prime finally released the signed limited edition of the vignette collection Secret Lives, which is almost sold out…
Wyrm Publishing released the signed limited Shriek: An Afterword with design by John Coulthart, cover art by Ben Templesmith, and an accompanying CD by The Church…
In addition to the English-language The New Weird, Czech and Romanian editions appeared…
Klett-Cotta released the German-language edition of Shriek…
Solaris released the Polish-language edition of City of Saints & Madmen….