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New Monsters

Finishing a vampire short story for Christopher Golden’s new anthology. Was on a monster panel at NECON over the weekend. My peers thought the “next new monster” would spring from bio-engineering and GMO foods, a new twist on Cronenberg’s “body horror”. And maybe so. Chuck Wendig and Craig Davidson are already doing some neat stuff in that direction.

But I think we’re also going to see new fictional monsters stemming from the overwhelmingly increasing tribalism that the human race seems content to wallow in. Left vs Right. Coke vs Pepsi. Ravens vs Giants. Progressives vs Conservatives. FOX vs MSNBC. Muslims vs Jews. Marvel vs. DC. Shout at each other until everything comes to a screeching halt. Build walls around your individual fiefdoms and refuse to consider the other side’s views. Let xenophobia and tribalism turn society into a mirror image of the Mad Max movies. New monsters spring forth as a result.  

OPERATION ICE BAT - On Sale Now

OPERATION ICE BAT is a new benefit anthology edited by me. It’s available for $2.99 on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

It contains a new story by me called “The Guardian of Tsalal”. It also contains stories by Christopher Golden, J.F. Gonzalez, Kelli Owen, Robert Swartwood, James A. Moore, Mary SanGiovanni, Geoff Cooper, Robert Ford, Mandy DeGeit, Nate Southard, and many, many more.

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A Slight Return

I’m back from NECON, which, along with CONvergence and BizarroCon, remains my favorite annual convention. Had a great time. Sold books. Got a new trophy. Participated in the official roast of my dear friend Nick Kaufmann. Had a song played for me during a concert by Kasey Lansdale. But mostly, just hung out with good friends. An excellent time. But when I got home last night, there was a hug waiting for me from my 6-year old, which was even better. Next weekend, I’m appearing at the Poe Museum in Virginia. I’m looking forward to that, and to the hug that will be waiting when I get home from that, as well. 

Chilling with my girls @marysangiovanni and @KaseyLansdaleView more Brian Keene on WhoSay

Chilling with my girls @marysangiovanni and @KaseyLansdale

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Both Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft have stood in this exact spot.View more Brian Keene on WhoSay

Both Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft have stood in this exact spot.

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The garden from The Shunned HouseView more Brian Keene on WhoSay

The garden from The Shunned House

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The house that inspired HP Lovecraft’s “The Shunned House”.View more Brian Keene on WhoSay

The house that inspired HP Lovecraft’s “The Shunned House”.

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I’m in front of the house where HP Lovecraft wrote “The Call of Cthulhu”.View more Brian Keene on WhoSay

I’m in front of the house where HP Lovecraft wrote “The Call of Cthulhu”.

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Road Sounds

I’m back on the road again today. Expect silence here until next week, as Twitter is my preferred social media of choice when travelling. I can’t believe I just typed that sentence. Jesus…

Anyway, road music. I’ve got a lot of driving to do over the next five days. What will I be listening to? Music-wise, the new Body Count album, Manslaughter, is the best thing I’ve heard this year — hardcore, unapologetic, brash, witty, and absolutely infectious. Somebody should tie Kanye West down in a chair and make him listen to “Pop Bubble” until his head explodes. Rap-wise, I’m also digging the new Michael Withers. Metal-wise, I’ve been on a big Yob and Witch Mountain kick. Podcast-wise, I’ll probably go with my usual listens — Welcome to Night Vale, Liberty Conspiracy, Dread Media, Infowars, Spektormodule, etc. I could use a few new podcast suggestions. Recommend anything related to horror media, writing, the paranormal, conspiracies, or Libertarian-ism.   

Precursors

Talked with a writer friend yesterday. We’ve both noticed that sales are down across the board and cross genre. Digital. Paperback. Hardcover. Comics. Our unofficial polling data suggests it’s this way for our peers, as well. Friends in the music and movie business tell me they’re seeing it, too. Entertainment sales are always a barometer of a country’s overall financial health. Last time I saw sales like this, it was a few months before the Bush-era recession. Something wicked this way comes…