Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Author
Back from the World Fantasy Convention
King of Shards in the dealer's room.

King of Shards in the dealer’s room.

The World Fantasy Convention this past weekend in Saratoga Springs was a smashing success. I hadn’t been in Saratoga Springs, New York since 2007, and back then I was publishing Sybil’s Garage and had just published Paper CitiesAn Anthology of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ekaterina Sedia, which went on to win the World Fantasy Award the following year. I always have a fantastic time at the World Fantasy Convention, and this was the first con I’ve attended since my first novel King of Shards debuted, so the place has always had a special meaning for me. It didn’t disappoint again this year.

Some of the highlights of the con for me, in no particular order:

  • Selling 18 copies of King of Shards at the con (both from my stash and from copies sold in the dealers’ room).
  • Reading from King of Shards to an appreciative audience.
  • Signing 8 copies of King of Shards in the mass autographing section, and someone whom I didn’t know telling me how he was reading the book and “loving it!”
  • A professor at Ithaca College asking me to sign my short story “The Great Game at the End of the World” in the anthology After, and telling me she will be teaching it in her class.
  • Meeting Walter Jon Williams and him asking me to inscribe King of Shards for him.
  • Throwing a book release party with Rajan Khanna and chatting with all the interesting people who wandered through.
  • Hanging out with all the folks from the “JJA Posse,” namely John Joseph Adams, Doug Cohen, Desirina Boskovich, & Chris Cevasco  (not present at con: David Barr Kirtley and Matt & Jordan London).
  • Talking with Derek Ford, an amazingly talented artist and Jeff Ford’s son. 
  • Meeting and speaking and hanging out with so many awesome and talented people, whose names are too numerous to list. You know who you are.

Here’s a link to some photos I took at the con!

Last-Minute Reading at the Kill Bar in Times Square

times-scare-nyc2I’ll be reading from King of Shards tomorrow, November 4th, 7pm at The Kill Bar at Times Scare in Manhattan, filling in for Lisa L. Hannett, who could not make it due to travel problems. I’ll be reading alongside Angela Slatter, and I’ll have copies of King of Shards with me to sell and get signed. I hope to see you there!

Times Scare Kill Bar
669 8th Ave
New York, NY 10036
7pm till 10pm


Word Bookstore reading with Rajan Khanna

word-bookstore-greenpoint-brooklynOn Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm, I’ll be reading at the Word Bookstore in Brooklyn alongside Rajan Khanna. Rajan will be reading from his new book Rising Tide, and I’ll be reading from King of Shards. Hope you can join us! The address is:

Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

More info about the event can be found here.

King of Shards Audiobook & Pronunciations
Jonathan Davis, Narrator of King of Shards

Jonathan Davis, Narrator of King of Shards

The King of Shards audiobook is now available for pre-order. The book is narrated by Jonathan Davis, whose bio is pretty impressive!

Jonathan Davis has received critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has garnered accolades from Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and Audio File Magazine. He is the recipient of the Audie Award for his narration of Robert Sawyer’s Calculating God (Audible Frontiers) and has been nominated for the Ben Franklin Award for his narration of Jose Saramago’s Blindness. Jonathan is honored to have narrated over thirty Star Wars titles for Lucas Film and Random House Audio, including Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and Dark Lord. He has narrated bestsellers for many of the top publishing houses and audio divisions, for authors as diverse as Neal Stephenson, David Baldacci, Brett Easton Ellis, William Gibson, Kurt Vonnegut, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Junot Diaz. He has narrated over 150 audiobooks, including Shadow of the Wind, Snow Crash, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Stranger, The Chosen, The Windup Girl, Galapagos, and Glamorama. Jonathan resides in New Jersey with his wife Stacy, a librarian, and their daughter Olivia Simone.

While I was hiking in Switzerland this past summer, Jonathan emailed me with the following words that appear in King of Shards, asking how he should pronounce them:

Rana Lila
Marul Menacha

I began typing a long list of pronunciation descriptions, when I thought, You know, why don’t I just record myself speaking them? Which would be easy, except I didn’t have my laptop handy, and my Chromebook didn’t have a microphone. Not to worry, I thought, I have a smartphone! Except I didn’t have a recording app. Then I’ll just download one! Except the wifi in the hotel was spotty. Eventually, I found, if I twisted myself into occult positions like some ascetic yogi I could get slow, but steady wifi. And here I remained, contorted into a human knot, recording these words into my phone. I recorded them twice, because I giggled the first time, because I kept thinking, I wonder if the guests in the adjacent room can hear me? And if so, what do they think of these strange words I’m chanting? Did they think I was speaking a foreign language? Reciting the words of some occult spell?

Eventually I was able to email Jonathan the mp3 file of the sounds. He was super appreciative! I haven’t listened to the audio book yet. Like everyone else, I have to wait until October 13th to download it, but I’m really looking forward to listening. 

NYRSF Reading with Brooke Bolander

On Tuesday, October 6th, I’ll be reading alongside Brooke Bolander at the NYRSF reading series curated by Jim Freund and guest curated this month by Amy Goldschlager. I’ve read once at NYRSF, a few years back as part of a reading for Ellen Datlow’s anthology After. And I’ve long enjoyed the series that Jim Freund and Amy Goldschalger have run. Jim and Amy have managed to keep the series going despite having to switch locations many times. I do think the current location is one of the best. The Brooklyn Commons, it’s got a cafe in the front, plenty of comfortable seating, and live TV broadcast capability to boot. I’m quite pleased to read beside Brooke Bolander, whose fiction I’ve been admiring for a while now.

I’ll be reading excerpts from King of Shards, my novel which debuts on October 13th. Copies will be for sale.


The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt & Bond St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217


Tuesday, October 6th, 7pm (doors at 6:30pm).

More info on the reading can be found here.