I am so, so sorry about being so terrible at keeping this journal remotely useful. But, um, if you click [here], you can find all five of the Wolf House reissues? So that’s pretty neat I guess?
The new version of the Wolf House website is currently under construction and I’ll give everyone a headsup when it’s live too.
Audiobook version is apparently well underway which is super-exciting! Though I’m slightly nervous that it’ll be too mottsy for me to listen to it, not because of anything in the story itself but because those words are my words and some poor actor is being forced to read them.
Anyway, yes. Here it is. It’s pretty much exactly four years ago that I started writing these in the form they’re in, and here they are in their second edition with a new publisher and new covers and bonus content and a thousand, thousand memories wrapped up in every page.]]>
Each of the novellas will be released individually, with a new short story by me included with each.
More information coming soon!]]>
In one of her journeys into that particular universe, Leo happened to find a half-completed notepad someone had tossed away. It was just lying there on a sidewalk in Chicago, so Leo picked it up, brought it home, and gave this notebook to me as a Christmas present. (Any resemblance between Rose’s art style and Leo’s own copious talents is, I assume, total coincidence.)
This is the fucking coolest thing in the world, and I will never be able to thank Leo enough for it. Writers dream of having readers who care even a fraction of this much about their stories. It’s very humbling and more than a little overwhelming to have that dream come true.]]>
This is the original submission letter I wrote to Drollerie Press about the books — or, at that stage, book. It’s a glimpse into what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what my original thoughts were about the project.
from: Mary Borsellino <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date: Tue, Jan 8, 2008 at 8:25 PM
subject: Novella submission - The Wolf House
Dear Drollie Press
Attached is a document containing the first three and final chapters of my novella, The Wolf House. The mythic theme the story hinges on is that of the search to find the group — be it a tribe, gang, or family — where you fit, and the things you gain and lose within yourself on that journey. This theme is explored through contained but interlocking stories centered around young people whose lives are changed by interaction with the Wolves, a powerful vampire clique with motives as complicated as those of the hunters out to get them.
If I was going to pitch this story to you in terms of existing media, I’d say that it was ‘the Romantic vampire novella meets Empire Records‘ — the strange, haunting atmosphere of the early supernatural gothic story, coupled with the youth and energy of a cast which the audience feels like they’ve known forever from their first meeting.
I believe that, though horror has never lost its power as an allegorical genre through which we consider the real world around us, much recent horror fiction goes for the easy scare or the cheap gore, rather than considering the full range of what can be done when the mirror we hold up to life has a monster in the reflection.
I sincerely hope you’ll consider publishing The Wolf House, as I believe it would be ideally suited to a home with Drollerie Press. The word count for the complete manuscript is 42,000 words but I am willing to pare down or expand the story if you feel it would be better suited to the novelette or novel format.
I look forward to your response and to a future working relationship.
All the best,
I look totally bemused in this photo because it is very strange to me that I continue to have people act like I’m some kind of legitimate creator or something, rather than a weird lady who makes up stories in her brain.
I had a bottle of True Blood (or TruBlood, or whatever way it’s spelled by people who are precise about these things) for breakfast on Saturday. It’s actually just slightly tart Fanta with a lot of caffeine in it. No, really.
Audrey Fox was selling A4-sized commissions for $10 at our table. We hit a lull during the morning, where she didn’t have a customer, so I commissioned her to draw me Jay and Blake.
This is the picture Audrey drew f0r me.
This is a picture Audrey took on Sunday morning, as myself (in black) and Erinna (in red) set up the table for the second day of the convention.
I got to meet Eliza Dushku! Woo! And I didn’t start quoting bits from Bring It On or tell her that Faith has been my role model since I was seventeen. So I count that as a win.
I saved the best picture for last. This is theonlytwin, dressed up as Gretchen. LOOK AT HER. How excellent is she, seriously? I am so delighted. Cosplay makes my whole life sing.
So that was my weekend, and a jolly lovely time it was too. To those of you who bought books, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Actually, I hope you enjoy them even more than that, because sometimes writing isn’t nearly as much fun as I hope you have reading.
Clearly I should stop typing now and go to bed. Back to the day job tomorrow. It will be so sad to return to a world where nobody is playing dress up in public.]]>
If you can’t get to Supanova, here are the posters for download. The files are over a megabyte each, but they’re terribly nice to look at.]]>
It’s a totally amazing line-up — I’m especially excited for Eliza Dushku and Allan Hyde myself, as Faith is one of my favourite vampire hunters in the history of ever, and Godric is exactly the kind of vampire I find fascinating. Hooray!]]>
(Since there are all kind of different naming preferences for the people involved, I’ve just called everyone by their Livejournal username here for consistency.)]]>
Here are some pictures from “Vampirefest” yesterday, a convention I was one of the guests at.
I was actually writing a bit of book 5 while that last photo was taken, because yesterday was a bad brain-day for me (I have severe clinical depression, so some days just suck no matter where I am or what I’m doing, alas) and writing is how I escape from feeling crappy. Writing and seeing live music, which is why I ended up as the author of a bunch of books about characters who are in bands, funnily enough.]]>