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Literally fun

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The Detroit Free Press says "The scariest thing of all may be how talented its featured authors are." Excited to be doing a new performative reading of CHRISTOPHER WILD, because reading with the marvelous Daniel Kraus is a treat. And kicking off Literally, a new reading series sponsored by Write A House, at the historic Scarab Club, means we get to go way dark in a very pretty place. Which is literally fun.

 

The politics of dancing: GLITTER KING

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The kingdom exists on the edge of the dark, in the beating heart of love, in the power of sex, in the smell of old smoke and new sweat, in the music of noise and the mutter of rage.

The kingdom is Edward's, and ours, and yours, in this time of political upheaval, and raw frustration, and hope. Which is every time, every era, every night.

[All photos courtesy Rick Lieder: Marianne Brass as Gaveston, Jared Scott Morin as Edward; Lisa LaMarre as Isabella, assisted by Rena Hopkins; Rachael Ahn Harbert as Mortimer; adapted and directed by Kathe Koja.]

All those parties!

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Readers who know my work from one genre - YA, say, or horror - are often surprised, almost always surprised, when they find out I write other stuff too, like the UNDER THE POPPY trilogy, or CHRISTOPHER WILD. I think of it as having entree to all kinds of parties, where there are all kinds of people, all kinds of conversations going on that I'm always ready to join.

Right now, BUDDHA BOY has just come out as an ebook -

 

and Carfax and Apex Verlag

are, or are about to, bring out new translations of THE CIPHER - - and I'll be reading from CHRISTOPHER WILD at Detroit's historic Scarab Club

with the amazing Daniel Kraus, inaugurating Write A House's Literally reading series.

I invite readers who've met me at one of those parties to come hang out at another, or at all of them. Let's have all the fun we possibly can!

   

So much fun, so much Marlowe

Friday, October 6th, 2017
GLITTER KING rehearsals have begun (L to R Ben Willis, Lisa LaMarre, Jared Morin, Marianne Brass, Rachael Ahn Harbert) and we're headed onsite, to the historic Grand On River, to create our grimy, glittery punk club for Edward, Gaveston, and our patrons. Tickets will be on sale in early November.           CHRISTOPHER WILD continues to make his way into the world--Lewis Shiner says "This is an ambitious, pugnacious, idealistic, reverberating, intellectual bonfire of a novel, filled with sumptuous prose and righteous anger" and since Lew himself is such a fine and painstaking writer, this praise is especially welcome.   And now I'm writing RIVERFEST, a new piece of performative fiction that dives into the deeps between readers and writers: why does a particular book or story or poem seem written just for us, what's the connection - beyond proximity or time - between reader and writer? Ben Willis is composing the soundscape for RIVERFEST; more information coming soon.     See you at the club, between the pages, or on the road!

Poets in dive bars

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Well where else?

Marlowe was surely at home in bars, pubs, those places where the masks fall and truths are shouted, argued, disputed, where you might fall in love for half a minute or half a night; or half a lifetime.

It was so much fun getting Drunk On Words at Abick's in Detroit, with guest performers Laura Bailey and Justin Alesna, and a crowd who understood what words are for: serious play.

[Photos courtesy Rick Lieder, Diane Cheklich, and Kit Lindamood ]

Where the Funhole really came from

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
 

THE CIPHER always, always brings the question from readers: Where did you get the idea for the Funhole? There's never an answer--no one really knows where any ideas come from, we only know where they hit, like the mark a meteor leaves--but there are occasional artifacts along the way.

 

Like this, recently unearthed in a carton: a bridging ms between the SF stories I was writing, then, and the story THE CIPHER became. Hello, Nicholas! Buckle up, things are about to get extremely weird.