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    I'm fairly sure I just saw Richard Kadrey walk in here.

    Richard! What are you up to these days?

    -- W
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    I'm feeling a bit mentally exhausted, actually. I'm still pimping the new novel, Butcher Bird, wherever I can, as well as the reprint of my sad, lost Vertigo comic, Accelerate.

    Right now, I have two new books making the rounds. One is my first YA novel and the other is my first (and probably only) attempt to launch a fantasy book series. I'm describing the series attempt as "Richard Stark does urban fantasy." I'm an American. I like magic, but I like guns, too. Why shouldn't angels wear steel-toe boots? Why shouldn't fairies carry knuckledusters? I want all that in my fantasy and I don't see very much. Not very much that I think is worth a damn. Mostly what I see in that vein is celluloid puke like "Underworld" or books and comics with a kind of mushy "Magic good, machines bad" attitude that stinks of week-old patchouli and mildewed Flower Power posters. But I love to be wrong about these things. Maybe I've missed an author or a series somewhere. If anyone can point me to good material in this vein, please comment here or send me a note. And don't tell me about Harry Dresden. I know about Harry Dresden. I don't have anything to say about Harry Dresden.

    As I said at the beginning of this ramble, my head feels empty at the moment. I should be working on the sequel to Butcher Bird, which I have pretty well mapped out, but I can't jump into another novel right now. I need a little space to recharge and get excited about writing about the same damned people in the same damned story for several months straight. Reading and writing short stories is usually a good cure for these brain death periods. I'll bash away at some regular stories, plus some of the shorts that I used to write for InfiniteMatrix. I have a lot of material storied up.

    I also have a few comic series ideas, but I've been out of that world long enough that most of my old contacts have moved on. I'm looking for backdoors and transoms to sneak through, but trespassing isn't that easy since 9/11. Still, I'm skulking and will find a way in.

    I'm also doing a lot of photography. I have access to a crumbling, ruined building and am trying to shoot there as much as possible before the owner starts fixing it up. I've started doing some shooting for the fetish site, BlueBlood. Amelia G who runs the place is a sweetheart, and she's running a successful venture. Always a nice combination. If anyone's interested in seeing my work, you don't have to be on BlueBlood. I have work on ModelMayhem and DeviantArt. I also have my own site at

    That's it for now. I'm sick. I'm can't breath. I'm not even sure I'm typing this or just fever dreaming it. If this all a hallucination, it still feels like I've yammered too long. Time for more drugs.
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008
    Richard Kadrey!

    big coincidence, Charles Gatewood lent/ gave (seriously, don't lend me things) me a copy of Butcher Bird four or so days ago,
    saying that it was really awesome.

    it's next in the ungodly pile of things I need to read.

    also, I think you know Alena.

    Stop being sick, it's never a good idea.
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008
    Richard, hope you feel better soon.

    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008

    You might want to take a good, long look at Shadowrun. I've not followed it directly, but know enough to know that its all about a magical resurgence in a rather cyberpunk world.
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    I'd recommend taking a look at White-Wolf's Changeling/Mage role-playing lines. Faeries living in packs on the streets, mages using technology as conduits for magic. A nice mix-up of an urban modern setting and classical "fantasy" themes.

    I feel much the same as you regarding the mush out there and I've always found White Wolf's ideaspace really appealing. Skip the rules sections and the background material can be quite well-done.

    You can get alot of their older books on PDF . Mage: The Ascension and Changeling: The Lost

    I first found your work through Warren's links to Infinite Matrix. Wish you all the best.
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008

    I really enjoyed your Dispatches from Probability Beach!

    Get well Sir!
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    Hello. Yeah, Alena is an old friend. How do you know her and Gates? Modeling, maybe?

    I hope you like Butcher Bird. It's the most popular thing I've written, by far. I'm just starting on book two. God help me, it's going to be a trilogy. As if the world needs another fucking trilogy...

    I just sent you a MySpace friend thingee because, at heart, I'm a 14 year old.
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    Thanks for the pointer to Shadowrun, pi8you. I'll take a look.

    I'll also have a look at the White-Wolf stuff, though I'm not much for roleplaying games. I find just being me confusing enough.

    >I really enjoyed your Dispatches from Probability Beach!
    Thanks. I've had good feedback on those. I plan on restarting a retooled version of this summer, hopefully with some better tech and without my stupid face doing wraprounds. I'll just let the stories stand or fall on their own. I also want to get my Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy videcam fixed so that I can incorporate some of that ultra-low res footage into the series.

    Thanks for the good wishes, Z.
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
    I actually know them both through an ex boyfriend who I'm not particularly fond of.
    (thankfully, the feeling is mutual)

    Alena is the coolest person to ever live in Santa Barbara, hands down.

    and! the world needs nothing but trilogies!

    be warned--at heart, I'm about 50.
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    >be warned--at heart, I'm about 50.
    Then we should get along fine. Can I call you Humbert?
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
    only if you follow that with Humbert.
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008 edited
    >be warned--at heart, I'm about 50.
    Then we should get along fine. Can I call you Humbert?

    *sporfles on keyboard*
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
    fuck, you're right, I'd rather be Clare Quilty.

    That's MUCH better!
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    Clare rocks. I was getting carsick with HH.
    And he kept getting stuff on my pretty dresses.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
    Good role-playing game source material can be read for fun. Just ignore all the rules stuff.

    The standards of the writing and creative quality of the stuff is really high now-a-days. I used to dabble in it but I'm pretty much outclassed.
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    Have you seen Martin Millar's Good Fairies of New York? Punk faries in an urban setting - good luck finding a copy though as it seems to be out of print! I always enjoyed Shadowrun when it first appeared - good mix of genres I liked.
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    I know some bookstore types. I'll have them look for Good Fairies of New York for me.
    Thanks for all the recs.
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2008
    There are lots of copies of "Good Fairies of New York" on eBay, fyi.

    - Z
  10.  (584.20)
    Grr! Agent going to Europe. Must wait 2 weeks for new book to go out to editors. Hulk not like wait. Hulk action man. Will xerox by self and walk goddam manuscripts over to editors' offices.

    Hulk need to mellow out with some Ray Coniff Orchestra.