Happy Lammas, Merry Lughnasadh, and a fine August 1 to you all!
The first day in August is one of harvests to me – aesthetically and metaphorically, anyway, as I live in a Zone 5 climate. There's a promise of tomatoes ripening, the last of the raspberries and the first of the blackberries; there's still a whole month of summer left, whether or not that time's restful. In this burning, drowning world we have to make and keep our own holy days.
So I woke early this morning, and baked a sourdough loaf, and laid out a board of fruit and cheese for a visiting friend, and we all sat down at the dining room table together and worked on our writing for a spell.
Speaking of which: The Book of Witches is now out in North America!
I planted this story in Jonathan Strahan's inbox just over a year ago, and now it's ready for your own reading harvests. John Hollowback meets the Witch "at the far end of a fallow field, browning with the fall," but to me it's a late summer story that feels gardens and seasons deeply. I truly hope you enjoy it.
In other short fiction news: I'm beyond thrilled to be able to reveal STAR WARS SECRETS, which is to say, the subject of my contribution to From A Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi. Here he is, in all his distinct lack of glory: Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod.
If you don't remember who Jerjerrod is, here's a quick refresher:
I find this scene mesmerizing, for several reasons that I'll get into closer to the story's publication – but for now, if you'd like to read more excerpts from the anthology, you can find one from each and every story gathered here, and you can pre-order the anthology here, or else into your local independent!
Finally, just a quick reminder that I'll be in Perfect Books today to chat about Dehiscent, Ashley Deng's shiny new novella. It's about a house haunting its inhabitants with abundance while they live in a difficult, ravaged-climate world, and it found its way into my dreams last night: radishes turned to mushrooms when I touched them, black walnuts ripened on the walls, and I kept trying and failing to feed people.
I'm excited to talk about it with Ashley and Suyi Davies Okungbowa, and I hope you'll join us!
Wishing you all the best this coming month,
- If you haven't yet watched this perfect, perfect clip, I urge you to; and if you enjoy it, know that the full version is coming out August 22, and that DJ Crazy Times is a recurring character played by Kyle Gordon.
- In a similar vein – this small miracle.
- Did you know C. S. E. Cooney's wonderful Saint Death's Daughter is on sale for $0.99 until August 7? This is a WILD deal and I urge you to take advantage of it! This was my blurb, in case you missed it:
Saint Death's Daughter is a tumultuous, swaggering, cackling story, a gorgeous citrus orchard with bones for roots. Miscellaneous Stones’ journey into adulthood and power, sorting knowledge from wisdom and vengeance from justice, has an ocean’s breadth and depth, its storms and sparkles and salt. Soaring with love and absolutely fizzing with tenderness and joy--I have never read anything so utterly alive.