Jun 15, 2010 Uncategorized
If you’re coming to the Supanova convention in Sydney this weekend, you’ll be able to pick up the first three Wolf House novels (in both digital format on very pretty USB data sticks and a very, very small promotional run of paperbacks which I’m selling at-cost, because I’m just marvelously good to you like that) and also the following three posters in A3 and A4, with art by Audrey Fox and text by me.
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.
Apr 11, 2010 Uncategorized
The following events are taking place in the near future in the world o’ Wolf House:
April 14: I’ll be appearing on JOY FM’s Sci-Fi & Squeam talking about ladies in contemporary horror. WOO!
April 16: The Wolf House 3: Fair Game will be published in e-book format, so be sure to come back to this site and grab your copy.
April 17: the Supanova Convention in Melbourne is going to see a plethora of Wolf House cosplayers (seriously, I think the number is at, like, TWELVE PEOPLE at this point, which is CRAZY to me, CRAZY, how do TWELVE WHOLE PEOPLE want to dress up as nonsense from in my head?) get together and be ridiculous.
I’m participating, because what’s the point in writing teen horror novels if you don’t get to play dress-ups with your readers? I’ll be including lots and lots of photos from the day afterwards, but for now enjoy some self-portraits of people trying their costumes out:
Um, what else… OH! Here is the COMPLETELY AMAZING AND AWESOME cover for the UPCOMING PAPERBACK VERSION of the first three novels. THAT’S RIGHT, YOU’LL BE ABLE TO HOLD THE STORIES IN YOUR HAND AND THROW THEM AT PEOPLE. How amazing is THAT?
SO COOL, OMG SO COOL.
Okay, I think that’s all for now. As always, email me anything you want me to include here - fan art, dress-ups, general silliness - at email@example.com WOO.
Feb 16, 2010 Uncategorized
FANART. YAY FANART. First up, another one from the delightful severedscythe:
Feb 7, 2010 Uncategorized
I really am going to try to be better at updating this blog. Here are the main news items!
1. Books one and two are going to be released in a combined hard copy in about four months’ time. More on that closer to the launch date.
2. Book five is ticking along. Everyone’s so far from where they started.
3. I now have a tumblr, where I throw all the random images, poems, quotes etc which I draw inspiration from in some way. Check out its random image function here (may be a not-work-safe image; some of them have breasts and stuff in ‘em), because that’s basically how I use it — I hit ‘random’ and then try to write on the image which comes up. Oh! And if you’re into the twitter thang, I’m over here.
4. The best way to keep up with my regular whining about how hard it is writing trashy vampire novels about punk teenagers and how tortured and miserable I am is still through the Wolf House tag in my livejournal.
FAN ART IS THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER, I LOVE IT. THE OTHER MOST AWESOME THING EVER IS FANFICTION, SO YOU SHOULD GO LOOK AT THIS STORY BY THEONLYTWIN
OH MY GOSH MY FACE LOOKS LIKE THIS RIGHT NOW: *____*
Nov 10, 2009 general
Look at the AMAZING wallpaper Audrey emailed me tonight. It’s Will and Lily from Book two and it RULES SO HARD. She’s made other wallpapers too, which I’ll put up when people have had more of a chance to actually buy the book and read it. SO GO DO THAT, YEP.
Oct 27, 2009 general
Hullo hullo. I am utterly dreadful at updating here, and I don’t have any real excuse except procrastination. I’m currently re-reading that old grand master of trashy vampire novels, Dracula, for background info I need for book five — for reasons which will make sense after book two comes out.
I keep getting new art from Audrey or finding things in books and going ‘ooh, I have to scan that for the Wolf House site!’, and then not being able to because it’s a massive spoiler in one way or another for a later book. I feel like I’m half a season ahead of everyone else in watching a TV show.
Here is a piece of art I CAN share, by the gorgeously-named Mrs Frankenstein. I suspect Jay only reads the Batman titles he finds on Tommy or Bette’s floors.
Tommy’s current favourite Batman title is Batman and Robin by Grant Morrison. Bette loves Batgirl by Bryan Q Miller, though her favourite Batman title of all time was Detective Comics when it was written by Andersen Gabrych. Tommy likes the Halloween specials, because they’ve always got the craziest villains going on and have more storytelling freedom than the regular monthlies. Jay thinks they are both irredeemable nerds, but the comics are pretty cool occasionally and so when he found an ancient tee at some thrift store he went to with Michelle he ended up buying it.
Hrm, what else can I say… book two is coming out within the next week or so. I can’t believe we’re not even up to book two yet in the release schedule. This whole thing is crazy. Crazy! While you’re waiting for it to come out you can go vote for me (’Mary’) in this contest because trust me, as occasionally enjoyable as writing about trashy vampires might be, it pays very few of my bills, and I could really do with the prize money. Plus, you know, PRETTY SHINYSILLY GAWTHIC ACCESSORIES are always good fun, and who needs more flowery crap turning up in stores, honestly? Strike a blow for frilly romantic dark nonsense, I say!
Sep 24, 2009 general
Mary Borsellino is one of my awesome writing buddies. Unlike me, she has actual books to show for her literary efforts. You can check out and purchase her Punk Rock Vampire e-books (is that the word? ‘e-books’?) at http://www.thewolfhouse.net
Now, I read and loved the first in the Wolf House series – Origins and Overtures – but confessed to Mary that I wasn’t really a big fan of vampires. Or of punk for that matter. This led to discussions on music/monster mash-ups and my decision to one day write the folk-rock bigfoot story the world never knew it needed.
Until that day we must make do with this picture of a hip hop werewolf.
Looking on in shock and disbelief are snarky emo teen Bette and erudite vampire Blake from Mary’s books.
Do check those books out, eh. I hear the second one is due out soon! Get on the bandwagon now so you can be all “Tch! I read them back in 09. Where have YOU been?”later on.
A huge thank-you to Todd for making me laugh incredibly hard with his most excellent picture. I love it muchly.
I have some recent artwork by Audrey which I will post sometime early next week. My time is largely being eaten by editing and re-writing book four, as its deadline approacheth. Whee!
Sep 13, 2009 general
A large and friendly hello to anyone that I met this afternoon at Dymocks on Collins street. Dymocks is a bookstore chain in Australia, and as today is the 13th of September the store on Collins street in Melbourne decided to hold a birthday party for one Miss Bella Swan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series.
As I have mentioned before, I have mad love for the character Rosalie Hale, so it’s likely I would have rocked up just for the fun of it anyway. But I had particular reason to go, as my friend Narrelle M Harris was a special guest at the festivities.
Narrelle is the author of a truly marvelous series of vampire books set in Melbourne, and you should all check out her site here in order to discover more about her excellent work. One of these days I’ll do a proper post about her character Gary, who is one of my favourite fictional vampires ever ever ever.
There were party games, and cake, and prizes, and general mayhem (I have a deep appreciation for teenage girls in large groups. They are so delightful and enthusiastic and sincere and unjaded. That’s part of what makes going to concerts so fun for me, I think) and Narrelle did a reading from her book ‘The Opposite of Life’, which was fabulous.
Narrelle also had little excerpt booklets with a short part of her second vampire novel, ‘Walking Shadows’, in them available for anyone interested. The booklets included illustrations by The Wolf House cover artist Audrey Fox, so — as you can see in the image with this post — I got both of them to sign one of the booklets for me. Because they’re my friends, and I love them as friends, but they’re also creators whose work I admire hugely. You can be a fan and a friend at once!
Narrelle also included a small advert for this website in the booklet, for which I am deeply touched and thankful. Thanks, Relle, and hi to anyone here as a result of that link. Audrey, myself, and our friend Erinna also gave out little Wolf House cards to a bunch of the party-goers, so hello to those people we accosted also.
Now I am sitting at a computer terminal at Melbourne Central, listening to the ludicrous clock here chime 6pm, and am about to go down to the train station on the lower level and head home. I had a great time today, and hope that at least a couple of the charming sparkly souls I met give the Wolf House books a try. Number two comes out in a couple of weeks, so you pretty much came in at the perfect moment.
Sep 1, 2009 general
Audrey Fox now has an art blog, at http://afoxart.blogspot.com, and so everyone should go look at it and appreciate her.
Here are some of her pictures related to The Wolf House — some from the blog, some that I’ve had at my house and haven’t scanned before because I am the worst person ever when it comes to being organised and prompt. Anyway, here they are:
Blake and Jay! Audrey did this one for me the evening before book one came out, because I was practically bouncing off the walls in anxious impatience. It makes me laugh; Blake looks mean and Jay looks unimpressed. They are the least romantic romance ever.
Sketch which became the cover to book number two. As the layout of this site indicates, this is in a lot of ways the iconic image of the series for me — a young woman, drawn in a pose that isn’t sexualised but is a little dangerous, a little powerful, fangs bared. Audrey has a very clever brain.
Line-art for the comic which appears in Pretty Good for a Girl #2. Kylie, who makes the zine, has said I can use this comic for other promotional stuff as well, so I’ll have it up here for download soon so people can wallpaper their cities with it.
An amazing shot of Bette from book #2. At this point we’re getting into spoilericious territory, so if you haven’t read book #1 yet, GO DO THAT. This picture was framed at my house before I remembered that I hadn’t scanned it yet.
I’d have to say, this picture is not the picture of someone you want to piss off. Lookit her dandy lil cravat! AW!
A lost girl with a broken bird to guide her. Audrey did this picture in a nightclub, and then a guy who’d been watching her asked for her number. Score one of compulsive public artistry!
Audrey’s covers are so surprising and cool. Seeing what she’s done with them is one of my favourite parts of writing these books.
AHAHA. Uh. This one isn’t Wolf House related, it just goes up here because it was in the scanning pile. I like Adam Lambert, and I like vampires, so Audrey drew me Adam Lambert as a vampire. I like Audrey.
Jul 28, 2009 general
One of my major pop culture interests is Batman’s sidekick Robin (as evidenced here). Cyanei, being one of the most fabulousest people of team fabulous, drew Bette as Robin for me. I am madly in love with every single thing about this picture.
I’ll compile some of the lovely things readers have said about the book into a post sometime, because everyone has been amazingly positive and glowing and enthusiastic. HUZZAH!