Heretic/Rebel Edition Friday (with linkylink too)

So, um, these dustjackets came in the mail for the limited Finch editions. I have to sign 350 of them and write sentences on 150 of them. I’m going to work on that today to get it out of the way, so in the meantime here’re some recent links to stuff I’m involved in. Enjoy your Friday! – Jeff

Long-Time Mystery Reader, First-Time Noir Writer guest post:
“If I have to skip town, that’s okay. I can always lie low in the next burg over, maybe even pick up some work as an unlicensed PI….”

Ray Banks on Finch:
“The hardboiled stuff could easily have slipped into pastiche, and marrying that to a larger, stranger world whilst keeping emotionally realistic is a hell of an achievement. So too is putting a relatively complex plot into a fully-realised otherworld and managing to maintain a cohesive narrative.”

Prima Storia interview conducted by Grant Stone:
“I wrote Booklife because I’ve been damaged at times by not having balance in my life. I think it’s the crucial issue for writers today: whether not they can switch from tactical responses to strategic responses. As I say in the book, sometimes saying no is the best thing for you to do. Sometimes turning off the internet and not networking is a better career move than being online 24-7. Of course, it depends on how you see writing. I see writing as an art form and a very personal means of expression.”

“Supposedly invented by Professor Archibald Campion in 1893 to prevent “the deaths of men in the conflicts of nations,” the titular Boilerplate is a robot whose exploits this lavish coffee table book documents in fun if exhaustive detail.”

More bling:


  1. marco says

    Re:Long-Time Mystery Reader, First-Time Noir Writer

    I’ve really liked your earlier posts on Derek Raymond.

  2. the dooz says

    Hey Jeff, is Finch available now?! On amazon it says it’s in stock but it also gives a release date of Nov. 1. There are also 17 reviews so can I get it now in stores like Page One or Borders? If not, i’ll just special order. I’d like to get my hands on it asap. Bye

  3. jeff vandermeer says

    Those are advance reviews as part of their Vine program. But it does hit Amazon sooner than brick-and-mortar. The brick-and-mortar release date is Nov. 3. I would love readers to order early and often.

  4. jeff vandermeer says

    But yeah–it’s of course going to be in the chains and indies. As ever for me more in Borders than B&N though.

  5. Hellbound Heart says

    DAMN i wish i had the money to get one of the you-beaut copies of finch…..


    peace and love…..

  6. Jeff VanderMeer says

    Hellbound–you’re in Australia, right? If so, if you can get 20 to 30 pounds of kangaroo meat shipped to me without it spoiling along the way, I’ll send you a freebie.

  7. says

    Okay I admit it. I saved the cover image off to my desktop to blow it up enough I could read the front flap and back cover. No go; insufficient resolution. Dang! Knifemakers are by necessity patient but this is a case where my patience is … damaged. :D

  8. says

    Dooz, I got an email two days ago saying my copy of Finch has been shipped. I just finished mowing the lawn for possibly the last time this year, the Florida weather is nice and cool today, so I’ve got all the windows and doors open for a clear view of the postman as I kick back with an iced coffee. I can feel Finch in the air!

  9. says

    Wow. That is a beautiful cover. Did Underland do this as well, or is it two separate publishers for each, like with Shriek? (which, by the by, I reread and consider a great achievement in writing in which I am duly jealous of…)