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STORIES and story

(UPDATED 6/14)

Next Tuesday, Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio are out with STORIES: All-New Tales, a collection of genre-fuzzing fictions from an eclectic mix of great writers. I consider myself fortunate to have a story of my own in there, “The Devil on the Staircase” (my current favorite thing to do at readings).

On the same day STORIES is released, Tuesday the 15th, Neil Gaiman and Al will be in New York City, at Columbia University, to talk about the imagination and the increasingly scuffed line between genre and mainstream fiction. Several contributors will be on stage with him, including Kurt Andersen, Jeffrey Ford, Walter Mosley, Lawrence Block, Kat Howard, and yours truly; ace editor Ellen Datlow will also be a part of the panel.* Here are the gory details:

Horace Mann Auditorium

Teachers College

Columbia University

7:00 PM

Hope to see you there.

In other news, as of this morning, Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2, edited by William Schafer, is up for preorder here. I’ve got a story in that one, too, “Wolverton Station,” which is about a corporate hatchet-man who climbs onto a train in London and finds himself carried away into the sort of country that lies at the heart of the darkest sort of fairy tales. Dark Fantasy 2 is set to feature cover art by Dave McKean, and will be out in January 2011.

* ace editor Ellen Datlow will be in attendance, but not actually on the panel; my bad.

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34 Responses to STORIES and story

  1. Buzzy says:

    I absolutely LOVE Walter Mosely! Damn… no one ever comes to Arizona.

  2. Vicki says:

    I didn’t know they let REGULAR people, like me, into Columbia University. When I lived in New York, they had more security around the campus than anywhere I’d ever seen.
    I just assumed they were being picky about who they’ll let enter the place. It’s in one of the worst neighborhoods in NYC. The cabbie wouldn’t even take me through Harlem to get to the S. Bronx.
    He said ‘I don’t go through Harlem.’ And refused to do it.

    Robin Cook went to Columbia University for the first part of his medical training. He talked about working at Bellvue for part of his training.

    I’ll get that book, Stories, though. The title, Devil On the Staircase, sounds interesting.

  3. Tikhonov says:

    Well, it’s hard to get to Columbia University from Russia, but I’ll order the book. In this world good story collections are not very frequent:)

  4. nils says:

    wolverton station sounds AMAZING;D
    on the first view, a bit like crouch end, but i dont think so

  5. Vicki says:

    It better be amazing for that price. The only time I spent more on a book was when I went to NKU. Books for classes were a ridiculous price, even the used ones. Couldn’t get out of there in under $300.
    You’d have to take out a student loan just to afford the books.
    I just don’t have that much money. I should be ashamed to say so, but unfortunately I’ve never felt that way.
    My former boyfriend’s dad was embarrassed to be around me. He said I remind him of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
    But I think like the spiel Robin Williams did about rich people when they go out to dinner and ask ‘Should I have the red wine or white w/ this fish?’
    He goes The fish is dead asshole. It’s not gonna reach up from the plate and say ‘I think you should have the red wine.’
    I laughed my ass off when he changed his voice for the fish statement.
    The point is I don’t think enough about how I’m supposed to act in particular situations. One of my co-workers said she likes that about me, but I find it a constant struggle.

    I’m going to buy the book anyway, I just have to ask someone to help me. My brother came back for 10 days (he was in Iraq), and he’s going to Afghanistan. I’ll ask him, b/c combat pay is extremely high.’

    What does a ‘trade’ book mean? I figure it’s something special, like the book they had at PS Publishing.
    Heck, the Limited edition was even more. I was happy with the Trade edition after seeing the Limited one.

  6. This_Girl says:

    ***shakes fist **** Why? Why must I be so broke? Good thing about literature….is not an item that you HAVE to buy as soon as they come out. (well, I mean of course I WANT to…) And, no one really ever ruins it ahead of time like a movie. My pleasure can wait as it must.

    Thank you for sharing the news!!!

  7. Betsy Boo says:

    Happy, happy, Joe, Joe! Not sure I can afford the SP book right now but maybe someday soon. I have to jump on the Ellison book while there are still copies available. I can afford STORIES though, and have been looking forward to reading “The Devil on the Staircase” forever. Thanks Joe for the fix…and don’t forget the new L&K will be out soon too!

  8. phil17larry33 says:

    Subtrranean Press is so good the newsletter is fun to read. I asked Bill Schafer to send me an expensive book to read for free, and if he was a good person he would do so. He replied ” Alas I am a bad person.” I like Bill Schafer and Sub Press is awesome. The Stories book I am sure is very good. Niel Gaiman is badass.

  9. Ellen Datlow says:

    Hi Joe,
    I’m afraid I won’t be on the panel…that was a misunderstanding –but I DO hope to be in the audience. The publicist is saving a seat for me :-)

  10. Some call me Tim says:


    You kids doing any signing of the book that us non-New York-ers could order via a local store?

    Just curious!

  11. M&M+1-mostly mark says:

    Tim-i was wondering the same thing. good show. lol

  12. cbig_1 says:

    I’ve had Stories on pre-order for what seems like forever, and now the waiting begins for the SP book.
    Joe, you’re killing my bank account. But it’s a good death…lol

  13. TxM@ says:

    I too have it pre-ordered. Neil’s site has a countdown to release clock. “The waiting is the hardest part….”

  14. Betsy Boo says:

    And speaking of L&K, when is the new one coming out? I thought it was this month, but I can’t find any info on the IDW website.

  15. A. R. Braun says:

    Man, that sounds like a good one! I’ll have to pick up that book!

  16. phil17larry33 says:

    Betsy go to Gabriel’s website and you will see a little of the future works for L&K including the cover art for the hardback of Crown of Shadows. Gabriel is one hell of an artist.

  17. Vicki says:

    I’m only working part-time now, and Capt. B. switched my duties to something unimpressive. Desk work.
    I’ll be helping in the Communications Center, which means giving additional advice to 911 Operators when they need it. You have to have an EMT-B to be a 911 operator now, but EMT-P is two levels beyond
    EMT-B. Unless they really do away w/ EMT-I, in which case it will be one level away.
    Based on some of the people they’ve employed for 911 operator positions in this area, they need the extra help.

    My brother, Tom, wouldn’t loan me the money even though he once gave my other brother, Andy, over $3,000-and didn’t even get it back.
    You could afford to lose $20 faster than $3 damn thousand, but I never refuse to pay back money. It hangs over my head, I don’t feel good about myself unless I pay my debts, so I know I’d pay him back.
    Andy’s a piece of work. That’s all that can be said about him.
    I might just use my own $20 and pay the whole price.

  18. Robin Pullen says:

    Is the Wolverton Station mentioned the one in Norfolk, UK, if so that’s just around the corner from me!

  19. Dear Joe, I’m now re-reading Heart-Shaped Box for the second time, and I thought to do a review for my blog (I’d been running out of topics and thought it was about time to review something).

    You can read it here:

    Let me know what you think.

    Alex B Broadway

  20. M&M+1-mostly mark says:

    if anyone hears of joe signing some copies of STORIES..please let the rest of us know.

  21. Vicki says:

    After reading the book, The Store, I think Bentley Little should have one of his stories in a book like Stories. It was the creepiest tale I’ve ever read, like something from the Twilight Zone.
    I was actually moved to an emotional response at the ending of his book.
    I usually can tell myself it’s just a story and quickly rid myself of the feelings some stories generate, but it took way longer to do that w/ this one.
    If I were the main character of that story, I wouldn’t even *want* to live w/ myself after finding out I’d been tricked into doing something that terrible.
    I think Bentley Little is the most underrated author in the business.

  22. phil17larry33 says:

    I’m going to google Bently Little now. Thanks.


    There is a production photo of The Walking Dead show on the Internet now and I must say probably the best looking zombie I’ve ever seen.

  23. grasking says:

    BM is the best looking zombie I’ve ever seen.

  24. sari says:

    Hey, that’s great, Joe! I love the cover!

    Buzzy – no one comes to Arizona in the summer. I don’t understand why! (ha ha). :-)

  25. Michelle says:

    I’m excited about the book and I enjoy Joe’s posts, but I have to be honest…I’m likely to come back just to see what else Vicki has to say. Her post was a happy little detour :)

  26. Greg Miller says:

    Congratulations, Joe! And good luck tomorrow night at the Columbia University event. I’ll pick up my copy at the good ol’ Monroeville Mall Barnes & Noble tomorrow afternoon.

  27. Betsy Boo says:

    Picked up a copy of this yesterday…I can’t believe Mr. Gaiman and Mr. Sarrantonio got such a fantastic group of authors to contribute to this anthology! As soon as I finish LITTLE BEE, I’m gonna dig right in!

  28. phil17larry33 says:

    Have any of you guys read Angles in my Hair? I was wondering because I read the first 6,7 pages on Amazon and it looks very good. It’s true story about a person who believes she can actually see angels.

  29. phil17larry33 says:

    Angels in my Hair. Sorry.

  30. diane oman says:

    Hi Joe
    I just finished reading the heart shaped box and really loved the story !! i was wondering if you ever send your autograph to someone who appreciates your work. i left my address if you should so desire to do so. 2155D HOLLOW RD , CATAWISSA PA 17820. keep on writing !!!!
    Diane ;0)

  31. Randall Flagg says:

    Just received the book and I’m enjoying every bit. I’m saving Joe’s story for dessert.

  32. ParkerNC says:

    Just picked up my copy. Getting ready to dig in. Love the nice design of the story, Joe. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.


  33. Joe, your story was GAWJUSS, man. Beautiful.

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