Oooh! I’m so excited about some stuff, and you get to hear all about it, isn’t that great?
1. I have a tentative release dats for The Demon Inside, the sequel to Personal Demons! Paula and I have edited the first three chapters to excerpt in the back of Personal Demons (not sure if the entire first three will be excerpted or just the first one, but I suspect all three) and we’re looking at a January 2009 release! It’s not set in stone, but I don’t think it will be released any later than that, so that’s good. I’m just hoping that the time-setting of the book–one week before Christmas–doesn’t turn people off right after the holidays.
2. This is very exciting! We’re focusing on spec-fic written by African-American authors this month over at the League of Reluctant Adults, and have some great guest bloggers and interviews lined up. Tomorrow be sure to check the blog for Carole McDonnell, author of Wind Follower. Wind Follower is a Carl Brandon Society Recommendation, and if you are interested in speculative fiction and don’t know who the Carl Brandon Society are, you should check them out.
We will also be doing an interview with–and I am so excited about this–Tananarive Due, a multi-published, award winning author who, if she wasn’t impressive enough already, has also shown her great taste and style by being a fervent Dolfan. Tananarive’s book My Soul to Keep is also a Carl Brandon recommendation. (She also contributed to the awesomely funny Naked Came the Manatee, which I think is required reading if you live in South Florida. Really. It’s on a list somewhere, I swear, along with Edna Buchanan’s Never Let Them See You Cry.
And, last but certainly not least, Seressia Glass will be blogging for us! Seressia is a multi-published author of African-American paranormal and interracial romance, and a really, really cool chick to boot. I can’t wait to see what she has to say!
In addition, we have some great Book Club stuff planned with the fantastic Mark del Franco, and guest blogs by Jim Hines and John Levitt!
So please, everyone, make sure you’re stopping by the League and making all of our guests feel welcome. In fact, maybe I’ll give out some prizes or something to the person who makes the best comment. Maybe.
(And if any of you ever know of any authors–AA, Hispanic, Asian, anything–who aren’t getting the exposure they deserve, please let me know. We’re always looking for interviewees and guests.)
I guess that’s about it. The hubs and I watched Zodiac over the weekend, and it was FANTASTIC. I’m stunned it didn’t get any Oscar nods. What an amazing, gripping film.
I have some background with the Zodiac Killer anyway, odd as it sounds. See, my ex-boyfriend was really into true crime (well, we both were. I like true crime, especially Ann Rule. Anyway.) He got a copy of Robert Graysmith’s book Zodiac, and became semi-obsessed. Not in a “This guy is cool” way; he was pretty freaked out, actually. Because the Zodiac was never caught. Anyway, in a couple of the letters the Zodiac sent to the papers, he suggested people have buttons made for him and he wouldn’t kill anyone wearing a Zodiac button. So, um, yeah. We all wore Zodiac buttons for a while. And there was a creepy picture of the Zodiac, a police artist’s sketch, that hung on the back of our bedroom door. So I slept every night with the Zodiac Killer pointing a gun at me. I am not joking. (And no, the ex was not a freak, he was a nice, normal guy and still is.)
So certain bits of the movie were almost amusing to me, as I’d worn the buttons and seen the sketch. But seriously, this is not an amusing movie. There are a couple of edge-of-your-seat scary moments. It’s a very dark film. A quiet film, with outstanding performances. Seriously, the lack of Oscar noms is inconceivable to me, especially for Gyllenhaal and Ruffalo. But anyway. Definitely worth a watch.