Greetings from the future. No, seriously. I'm in Australia, and it's already tomorrow where I am—unless, of course, you're in Australia as well, in which case the whole time travel thing has worn off, and you're probably wondering why your folks didn't settle somewhere a little closer to the rest of the world so you could get more stuff done that didn't involve people living only in Australia.
Not that there's anything wrong with Australia, but there are other places out there, you know, and it's odd to have to keep going to bed on tenterhooks about email replies. Seriously, I'm not sleeping as well as I usually do. I'm living my life in a state of barely contained tension. It's no wonder the Australians elected that bloke who says climate change doesn't exist, but knows how to file his expenses on time. By now they don't know whether it's today or yesterday.
I'm checking in (from the future, did I mention that? It's wet in the future at the moment) just to let you know that Tuesday, October 22 is the day THE CREEPS goes on sale in the United States and Canada. Of course, if you live in Ireland, the United Kingdom, South Africa, or, indeed, Australia, you've already bought THE CREEPS and read it, and since I don't have time to test you on it right this minute, you can skip ahead to the next section rather than hanging out here and showing off. (And really, if you haven't read it, then what kind of fan are you? Frankly, I'm not sure that I care for you at all, and I want you off my lawn right now . . .)
For those of you who have not yet had the chance to purchase and read THE CREEPS, it is the third in the adventures of Samuel Johnson and his faithful dog Boswell, as they continue their fight against the forces of darkness. It's a bit scary and a bit funny and rather entertaining reading, I hope for the holiday season between Halloween and Christmas, and people who have read it have mostly said nice things about it. Mostly. (A James Cameron ALIENS reference there, folks. I hope you spotted it.)
Because I am in Australia—did I mention that I'm in Australia, and wondering why, if I'm half a day ahead, I can't cheat on the lottery?—I will sadly not be in the United States or Canada for the launch of THE CREEPS. But if you would like a set of the button badges we had made up for THE CREEPS to go with your newly-acquired book, I would like to give you a set. To claim your buttons, just send an email to Minion Clair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her where you bought the book, and send her your mailing address. You're on your honor; if you tell us you bought the book at Ye Olde Imaginary Bookshop, we'll know you're lying, and next thing you'll have Mr. Merryweather's Elves/Dwarfs at your door, and that won't be good. They'll nick stuff. They'll probably steal your door.
If you are in Australia—Western Australia, to be precise, which is even more adrift from the rest of the world than anywhere else in Australia—you have several opportunities to pick up your badges in person, at one of the following events:
Thursday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 24 at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, October 25 at 12:30 p.m.
Friday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Plans are in the works for a return visit to Australia next May that should include Sydney and Melbourne, so if you're not in the neighborhood, I'll hope to see you next time.
THE IRISH CRIME FESTIVAL AT TRINITY COLLEGE
Fans of crime fiction will want to be in Dublin on November 22 and 23, when my old college, Trinity, hosts a two-day program that showcases the very best of Irish (and Irish-American) mystery.
The program is co-sponsored by Trinity College Dublin and Glucksman Ireland House of New York University, which held a similar program in New York two years ago. The full program is online here. You will undoubtedly want to attend all of it, but these are my pieces of it:
Friday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m.
There will also be a surprise film showing, which you won't want to miss. And, in case you haven't noticed, the cost—Michael Connelly apart, and even then you get a glass of wine—is a recession-busting FREE.
AND THE REST OF IT
The time portal's closing, so I'll leave you here, but I do want to remind those of you in Ireland and the UK and other Commonwealth nations that CONQUEST, the first of the Chronicles of the Invaders, is also available for your reading pleasure, and you should take advantage of that, because the U.S. and Canada won't get it until February. CONQUEST has its own website now, which I invite you to investigate here. My co-author/better half Jennifer Ridyard will be speaking on a panel at the Dublin Book Festival on Saturday, November 16 at 4:30 pm.
Sometime between now and the end of the year I'll have more information to give you about the next Charlie Parker novel, THE WOLF IN WINTER, coming in April 2014. In the meantime, however, you should have enough reading to keep you busy, and I wish all of you a very Happy Halloween. From the future.