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JULY 2015

Empire
The Wolf in Winter
"And I Need a Job So I Want to Be a Paperback Writer..."

Actually, I don't really need a job as I'm quite busy enough as it is, thank you, but I do still have a recurrent dream about re-sitting my final school exams because I'm afraid that the book thing won't work out and I'll have to go back to university and get a more useful degree. Funnily enough, in my dream I've never bothered attending any classes, and then I always wake up just before the exams start, thinking, "Sod it, I'll stick to writing."

Oh, and sometimes I'm naked when I'm on my way to sit the maths test. Don't know what that's about, as I went to an all-boys' school. Best not to think too hard about it, frankly.

Anyway, moving swiftly along, nothing to see here, etc., July marks the publication of not one but two paperback editions, on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

EMPIRE, the second in the Chronicles of the Invaders co-written with the radiant Jennifer Ridyard, will be available in paperback in the UK and Ireland on July 16. EMPIRE finds Syl, the Earthborn Illyri, banished to the convent of the mysterious Nairene Sisterhood, while Paul, the human resistance leader, is pressed into service as a member of the Illyri brigades. A conflict deep within the Illyri civilization is building; as it reaches a breaking point, Syl and Paul fight for freedom from opposite sides of the universe. The US paperback of EMPIRE will be on sale on February 2, 2016. The third volume of the Chronicles, DOMINION, will be out in February 2016 in the UK and in May 2016 in the US.

THE WOLF IN WINTER, the 12th Charlie Parker novel, goes on sale in mass-market paperback in the United States on July 28. THE WOLF IN WINTER begins with a homeless man's search for his missing daughter, a quest that brings Parker to the strangely tranquil town of Prosperous, Maine. Prosperous keeps many secrets, and will kill anyone—even Charlie Parker—to protect them.

Live and In Person

At the end of this week, I'll be in Derby for Edge Lit 4 on Saturday, July 11, a day-long celebration of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Guests of honor include M.R. Carey, Joanne Harris, Paul McAuley, Claire North, Samantha Shannon and myself. You can see quite a lot of me in a single day, if you choose: a Guest of Honor talk and Q&A at 11:30; a panel on YA as the future of science fiction at 4:15 with my fellow GOH Samantha Shannon and the estimable Sarah Pinborough, moderated by Marcus Gipps; and the Edge-Lit Raffle at 7:15, co-hosted with the aforementioned Ms. Pinborough. It's £30.00 for the whole day and should be good fun, so if you're in the area, come along.

At the end of July, I'll return to Buenos Aires, one of my favorite cities, for Buenos Aires Negra 2015. You can see me on Thursday, August 6 at 9:00 pm, in conversation with Miriam Molero, and I'll be speaking on Friday, August 7 at 9:00 pm, at a session they've called "Ghosts in the Machine" (okay, "Fantasmas en la maquinaria," but they're giving me a translator, although I'm considering giving my talk in Spanish).

I'll also be in Montevideo the following week for their Semana Negra, and more details can be found here.

Night Music The NIGHT MUSIC Art Competition: Entries Due July 31!

We've already received some stunning entries for the NIGHT MUSIC art competition, but you have until July 31 to submit your own designs. I'm asking people to design an original book jacket for a beloved work of horror or the supernatural—and no, as flattering as the requests have been, I'd rather you didn't pick one of mine. Since it's meant to be a book jacket, the design needs to include the title of the book and the author's name.

A panel of judges will choose seven designs to be used for a set of art cards I plan to give away with copies of NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes 2, the collection of short fiction to be published this autumn (October 15 in the UK, October 27 in the US). Winners will receive a check for €250, or the equivalent in local currency (dollars, dinars, shells, domesticated animals) and a signed copy of NIGHT MUSIC, as well as a set of the art cards.

The cards will measure 12.5cm x 17.5cm, so your design should follow those proportions. Designs may be in color or black and white, and may take the form of drawings, paintings, photographs, collages or anything else that can be reproduced by standard four-color printing processes. The design must include the title and author's name of a work of horror currently available for sale or in the public domain. Please do not use any images that would need to be licensed from their copyright holders.

Send your submissions as PDF or JPEG files, attached to an email that includes your full name and mailing address, to contact@johnconnollybooks.com with the subject line NIGHT MUSIC ART COMPETITION. Again, that deadline is July 31. Good luck!

Odds and Ends

You'll hear from me again before the end of the summer (a promise, not a threat). In the meantime, however:
  • "Razorshins," a new short story included in NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes 2, appears for the first time in Issue 47 of Black Static magazine, which should shortly be on sale in fine bookstores across the UK and US, as well as online.
  • US readers will see new trade paperback editions of THE KILLING KIND, THE WHITE ROAD and THE BLACK ANGEL in stores at the end of August.
  • Playlists based on the companion CDs (Voices from the Dark, Into the Dark, Love and Whispers, Ghosts, and Shadows) are now available on Spotify in the US and the UK; I say "based on" because not all tracks are available, but most are. US listeners can find the playlists by typing spotify:user:johnconnollybooks into the search bar; UK and Ireland listeners, search for spotify:user:johnconnollybooksuk.
  • My weekly radio show, ABC to XTC, continues on the Internet station RTE 2XM, and streams worldwide on Tuesdays at 10pm BST and Saturdays at 9pm BST. You can listen back to the last four weeks of shows via the RTE Player.
  • BBC Radio 4 Extra rebroadcast the late Tony Doyle's readings of five ghost stories from NOCTURNES—"The Erlking," "Mr. Pettinger's Demon," "Mr. Gray's Folly," "The Ritual of the Bones," and "Nocturne," last month, and you can still listen to them online for the next week or two, here. That link works in Ireland, the UK and the US; I hope it's worldwide, but I'm not certain.
That's really quite a lot, isn't it? Should you wish to communicate with me directly, you'll find me on Twitter @JConnollyBooks, and Minion Clair posts the latest news to Facebook here.

Thanks, as always, for your support. Sorry about that naked maths business, but sharing it with all of you is cheaper than therapy.

John

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