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The Wolf House: Punk is dead and it has fangs » audrey

Supanova posters

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.

Upcoming events

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:

Natalie in her Blake outfit

Natalie in her Blake outfit

Kain in his Jay outfit

Kain in his Jay outfit

Gretchen outfit + red contact lenses

Mary (me!) in her Gretchen outfit + contact lenses

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?

Paperback cover by Audrey Fox

Paperback cover by Audrey Fox

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 mizmary@gmail.com WOO.

Artwork from Audrey

Will and Lily Wallpaper

Will and Lily Wallpaper

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.

Just another Sunday afternoon in Melbourne

Signed Walking Shadows booklet

Signed Walking Shadows booklet

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.

Artwork-a-polooza

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: not exactly the new Edward and Bella

Blake and Jay: not exactly the new Edward and Bella

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.

Cover #2 sketch

Cover #2 sketch

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.

Pretty Good For A Girl #2 comic lineart, starring Bette and Jay

Pretty Good For A Girl #2 comic lineart, starring Bette and Jay

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.

Bette from a scene in book #2

Bette from a scene in book #2

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.

Bette sketch

Bette sketch

I’d have to say, this picture is not the picture of someone you want to piss off. Lookit her dandy lil cravat! AW!

Sketch of Bette

Sketch of Bette

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!

Wolf House 1 cover art

Wolf House 1 cover art

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.

Um... Adam Lambert as a vampire.

Um... Adam Lambert as a vampire.

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.

Mary and Audrey write a comic

Cover artist Audrey Fox and I are currently in the process of creating a short comic about the Wolf House series for one of my favourite zines in the world, Pretty Good for a Girl.

The following conversation took place over email while Audrey was at the tattoo parlour waiting to get a chest piece done, and I was at my desk at my day job as an assistant editor for a nonprofit journal. Because that’s just how we roll.

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