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What a Scream

I know I’ve been sort of a non-presence here on the blog the last month or two, but I think as September rolls along, I might have a bit more to post.

Two items of note:


• Spike TV hosts a show, the annual Scream Awards (the Screamies?), to honor the best in horror, science fiction, fantasy, and geek-culture-at-large, and it turns out I’m nominated in the Best Comic Book Writer category. Oh hell yes I hope you’ll go over and vote for me. But look, I ain’t kidding myself I’m going to win. I’m not just up against five pretty talented guys… I’m up against five of the very best comic writers of the current century, guys who are working at the very peak of the craft, and who have been at that peak for several years: Brian Vaughan, Grant Morrison, Brian Bendis, Mark Millar, Geoff Johns. I’m tempted to try and come up with a couple catty lines to cut down my competition, but the truth is I love reading all these guys, and I’m blissed out to find myself listed among them. It’s an overused line, but in this case it’s very true and nothing else will do: it is a tremendous honor to be nominated. Getting on that list is my prize.


• The highlight of my trip to Comic Con was the chance to meet Ray Bradbury and shake his hand and pass a word. He’s a wonderful gentleman and one of the great imaginations of our time – a lot of the culture that productions like the Scream Awards celebrate can be traced back to the fevered, bounding imagination of a big-hearted, small town kid named Ray from Waukegan, Illinois.

PS Publishing and Subterreanean Press recently teamed up to do a limited of The Martian Chronicles, featuring the definitive edition of the novel, not one but two screenplay adaptations of the book, and a slew of outtakes… Mars stories that for one reason or another never made it into the final novel. I was asked if I would write an introduction for these “other Mars stories” and I did – with great pleasure (many of these “unseen” Mars stories are as startling and memorable as the ones in the original book). Sub Press just posted my intro on their Chronicles page. It’s a quick read, so if you like Ray, and you’re looking to kill five minutes, here’s the link. (It’s at the bottom of the page – scroll down to find it.)

Hope everyone is well. More soon.

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11 Responses to What a Scream

  1. Betsy Boo says:

    Be sure to come back and let us know if you won a “Screamie” (I like that alot!).

    This is probably gonna sound awful but I’m always a little taken aback when I think about Ray Bradbury still being around. He’s so great that you sometimes think of him in terms of being one of the great masters of literature, like Dickens. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to meet him. He was a big part of my reading life as a youngster…was one of the first authors who made me realize how magical & thought provoking stories could be.

  2. New fan, and wannabe writer, just read 20th Century Ghosts, enjoyed it so much I voted for you for your Scream Award even though I haven’t read Locke & Key yet, which I plan to eventually. But anyway a vote’s a vote. Good luck.

  3. Brian E. says:

    I also was at the Comic Con Ray Bradbury panel…it was a treat to be part of it (and I didn’t know what to make of the fact that the entire place wasn’t packed). To listen to him and the joy he still maintains towards the stars, etc. (the footage of him talking about the moon landing way back when was a trip!) was very refreshing…

    Good luck on the “screamies!”

  4. Nerak says:

    I voted! Good Luck!

  5. Mark&Mary-mostly Mark says:

    Good luck. You and The world Famous G( who I agree about Marvel) deserve the recognition for the resulf of some hard work.

  6. Barry Wood says:

    Often, I enjoy the introduction of a book as much as the book itself. Great job, Joe.

  7. Harley Golightly says:

    I haven’t heard of the other nominees, probably because I read very few comics. I probably wouldn’t have started to read them at all if it weren’t for this blog. I read mostly novels. I know of Ray Bradbury’s work. I used to shelve his books all the time when I worked at the civic library. However, I didn’t read them because I was mostly interested in horror novels.

  8. Buzz-Kill Chris says:

    You are correct that you are going up against some of the best writers in the comic book industry. Although I have not had a chance to check out Vaughan? new series, he did thorough impress me with his “Y: The Last Man”. Grant Morrison is, naturally, brilliant and keeps the spirit of the classic superheroes alive. And how could we not forget the legendary Mark Millar. “Old Man Logan” very much reminded me of an “Unforgiven” version of Wolverine, which is pretty kick ass. (<— yes, I just did that cheesy joke)

    Joe– you are one of my all-time favorite writers, but I cannot promise you that my vote went for “Locke & Key” on this one.

  9. Buzz-Kill Chris says:

    And seriously, WHAT THE HELL, the French film “Martyrs” was only nominated once throughout the whole thing… which is, byfar, the scariest film of the decade. I would encourage everyone to also cast votes for “Let the Right One In” as frequent as you can. Great novel/Great film!

  10. Grasshopper says:

    One vote for Joe here!

  11. Monte Schulz says:

    Joe Hill, glad to meet you at the Comic-Con, and get you a copy of my book (fabulous cover, huh?). Both you and Ray showed up at nearly the same time. I told the Fantagraphics people that I knew Ray, but I don’t think they believed me until he showed up at my signing that afternoon. He just contributed a nice marketing blurb for my book. He’s a good guy. And, again, I really enjoyed “Heart Shaped Box.”


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