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    Urban fantasy, spaghetti westerns, Tom Waits, funny decapitations and punk rock? Yeah, I think that sounds like some I could get behind.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
    Godspeed, Sir. After Butcher Bird and Metrophage, you have my full novelistic attention.

    If I recall correctly, you were kicking around the notion of a sequel to Butcher Bird after Sandman Slim... Is that still the case?
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
    would you buy a noir/fantasy/comedy novel from this man?

    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
    Only if I can have his glasses.
  2.  (584.5)
    No. No more Butcher Birds unfortunately. In it’s own way I see Sandman Slim as the Butcher Bird sequel. It deals with a some of the same material (conflicts between Heaven and Hell, the nature of Lucifer and evil, how shitty navigating a magical world while still trying to keep out of the way of drunk film executives and posers on Harleys would be), but in way that’s more urban and, I think, a bit more advanced. Besides, the next sections of Butcher Bird were set much more of a fantasy world and I just don’t want to fall down that particular rabbit hole. LA is fantasyland enough with wenches and forsooths. And before anyone gets offended, I’m being sarcastic. Please don’t tell me about your favorite sophisticated fantasy worldbuilding. I just feel that it’s not where I ought to be. Think about Robert De Niro. He’s a great actor, but he sucked in The Mission. He’s a modern guy who’s not quite able to pull off that kind of period piece. I feel that I’m the same kind of writer. I can stick my toe into fantasy worlds, but living there for a whole book feels like a mistake. For now. I’ll probably try it down the road, but for the moment I’m better off torturing aging punks, bald chicks and crack whores. Better for me and better for readers.

  3.  (584.6)
    I love shot of. It looks like I'm being arrested after shooting Lee Harvey Oswald.
  4.  (584.7)
    With this and the new Baer novel finally coming out 2009 looks good for crazy fucked-up fiction.
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    The book will be out in July in time for the San Diego ComicCon. Or someone will die.
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    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
    Hate to quibble, but did you ever consider changing your hero's name? Between Tony Stark and Donald Westlake's Stark getting or about to be getting big play lately, you could do with something more immediately identifiable as yours.
  6.  (584.10)
    Fuck Tony Stark.

    My protagonist is named Stark primarily to acknowledge Westlake/Richard Stark, so I have no problem with that association.
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    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
    Sounds interesting. Love a good revenge story. Funny's a bonus. And decapitations make it like cake, man.
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009 edited
    You know yourself well enough to make those decisions. I'm jealous...

    Do you plan to be at Comic Con to promote the book?
  7.  (584.13)
    I’ll definitely be at ComicCon. In fact, there will be a whole Eos book with freebies and other authors.
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2009
    Glad to hear it. Hope to run away from my booth long enough to say hi!
  8.  (584.15)
    Hope to see you there.
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    Thanks for the info. :)
  10.  (584.17)
    De nada!
  11.  (584.18)
    We're about one step away from going to galleys on Sandman Slim and my editor just called to suggest a change to the ending. It's a good idea, but very late in the process!
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    Listen, when do you need that blurb by?
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    I'll ask Diana and let you know tomorrow.