Friday, June 6, 2008

Book deal,book signing and a new blurb

Sorry the updates have been slim, as I post this I’m one day away from the biggest event I’m ever been apart of organizing. That’s here if your interested. To the point of the post.

First and foremost! Two book deal with Afterbirth books in Seattle. I submitted the second edition of my short story collection Screams from a Dying World. After reading it Afterbirth not only only offered to publish it but extended an invitation to also publish my first novel.

So after discussing a little bit of the details were moving ahead. This is exciting because I love the women over at afterbirth, and they recently published duncan b.barlow’s novel supercell anemia. Duncan is an old friend and was a huge influence on me to become a writer and even vegetarian. (You must get duncan’s uber strange novel!)

So up first will be the second edition of Screams from a Dying World. This edition will include the same six stories as the first edition but much more. It will be a trade paperback with new artwork, with 5 new short stories and a novella. Double the length of the first edition so I am stoked.

In other Screams news got a new blurb for the first edition I’ve been sitting on…

“David Agranoff’s Screams From a Dying World is a kaleidoscopic burst of strange stories and righteous anger, balanced by a real concern for the future of our species, and more importantly, the ever-more-ravaged sphere we inhabit. Ghosts (both vengeful and sweet), omni-sexual mutants, angels, aliens, and the arrival of a wonderful new voice— what more can you ask for from a one-sitting read”- Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Angel Dust Apocalypse and Extinction Journals

So what comes after Screams…

Afterbirth books will release my Wuxia pan / dark fantasy / horror novel Hunting the Moon Tribe. This novel began life as a screenplay Hunting the Moon Tribe was a first-round finalist in the Dimension Films Open Door screenwriting contest in 2002, and a quarter-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship contest(non-professional contest sponsored by the Oscars) in 2004.

Fans of Chinese Ghost story, the Bride with White Hair have found the novel of their dreams. I tried to pay loving homage to films in that genre while giving it my own spin. I’m currently working on a third and final draft. Really proud of how it’s going.

After that I’m on summer vacation and going to try to do a one month novel. My buddy Gina Ranalli recently wrote a one month novel House of Fallen Trees. Her first horror novel and it blew me. So in the spirit of healthy competition I wanted to see if I could do it myself. Armed with an outline I’m starting in July. We’ll see.

Speaking of July…

Chicago Bizarro fiction fest!
July 10th 7 PM at Quimby’s bookstore in Chicago’s wicker park

David Agranoff co-editor of The Vault of Punk Horror
Garret Cook of author of Murderland
Eckhard Gerdes author of My Landlady the Lobotomist
D.Harlan Wilson, Author of Dr. Idenity

Reading, signing and providing you with books!

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