Category Archives: Writing

A picture is worth all my words

 

I’ve received a lot of compliments for the cover of my new book, Has the World Ended Yet?, which I’ve graciously accepted even though I had nothing to do with it. The beautiful cover was all the doing of artist Michel Vrana, working on what my editor, Paul Vermeersch, had told him about the book.

Writers actually have very little control over their covers – the art is usually ran past us for approval but that’s more of a courtesy than a requirement. Publishers know what covers sell, after all – except for when they don’t. It’s a tricky business to be in sometimes.

While I’ve heard many horror stories from writers about their covers, I’ve been lucky enough – blessed even! – to always have covers I have absolutely loved. The artists don’t always get the credit they deserve, so I thought I’d give them a shoutout here because book art is the best art of all!

Michel Vrana, who designed Has the World Ended Yet?

 

Erik Mohr, who designs my Cross books

 

Ingrid Paulson, who designed the original cover for my first book, Please

If you need a cover for your new book, now you know where to start!

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“An off-kilter, phantasmagorical treat”

I’m delighted to see my new book, Has the World Ended Yet?, included in Corey Redekop’s list of books that he done got through in 2017. Some mighty fine company there – I’ve added some new books to my own reading list!

If you like my work, I think you’ll love Corey’s books. I’d suggest starting with Husk, a darkly comic zombie novel. That one is still messing with my head….

94 must-read books from 2017 and also mine

I’m thrilled my new book, Has the World Ended Yet?, is included in the CBC’s list of 95 must-read books from 2017 as recommended by readers. Thanks, readers!

Winners have been selected and abducted by aliens

Thanks to everyone who entered the Goodreads giveaway for Has the World Ended Yet?, my new book. Nearly 1,300 people entered – amazing! The 10 winner should be receiving the book shortly and taken into the shining light. The rest of us will be abandoned on the earth to meet our miserable fate. Happy New Year!

Two days until the end!

Just a reminder that it’s only two days until the end of the world… er, two days until the end of the Goodreads book giveaway for my new book – Has the World Ended Yet? Enter now if it’s the last thing you ever do!

It’s that time of year again

My latest newsletter is out just in time for the end! The end of the year? The end of the world? We’ll find out soon one way or another!

Anyway, you can subscribe it to it here. Check out the archive to see what you’ve been missing. Make your own newsletter! It’s really that easy.

Win a copy of Has the World Ended Yet? for free!

My publisher Wolsak & Wynn is holding a Goodreads book giveaway for Has The World Ended Yet?, my new book. You could win one of 10 free copies. Hell, you could win all 10 free copies if you know how to game the system. I’m not sure what you would do with 10 copies – start a very niche bookstore?

Anyway, enter to win and all that. And leave a review if you’ve already read the book and liked it! Authors like things like good reviews because it shows us people aren’t just buying our books to prop up their wobbly Ikea furniture. Although I’m down with that, too. As long as you buy it. Or win it for free.

“A zany new romp through a multi-tiered Apocalypse”

I’ll go along with any review of my book that says “in the tradition of writers such as Neil Gaiman.” Thanks, Vancouver Sun!

It’s going to be a heroic weekend!

Nice end to a long week: Came home to find my contributor copy of The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly waiting in the mail. Reading time!

Beautiful Books: Has the World Ended Yet?

My new book, Has the World Ended Yet?, is a damn fine work of design. Read how it got that way with this All Lit Up piece from Michel Vrana, the designer.

Peter Darbyshire’s short story collection Has the World Ended Yet? was my third cover for the Buckrider imprint. I was given a PDF of the manuscript, and my art direction from publisher Noelle Allen was “Paul had the idea of the cover being influenced by Weird Tales and having that fun, pulp feel.” (Paul being Senior Editor Paul Vermeersch).

With evocative story titles like “The Calling of Cthulhu,” “The Deity Salesmen Always Ring Twice,” and “You Shall Know Us by Our Vengeance,” as well as the eponymous “Has the World Ended Yet?,” I felt confident in putting together an appropriate apocalyptic pulpy cover.