VISCERA Book Tour

It gives me great splatter and squish to announce the Viscera book tour!

Gather your entrails, my hearties, and join me at one of the following locations to greet the coming of the weirdest, bloodiest story this side of the November election.

Thursday, October 6th at 7pm — Pittsfield, MA — Methuselah Bar & Lounge — GUTS AND GLITTER: The Viscera Book Launch and Costume Party

Saturday, October 15th, all day — Saratoga, NY — Barnes & Noble

Friday, October 21st at 7pm — New Paltz, NY — Inquiring Minds Bookstore

Thursday, October 27th at 5:30pm — Lenox, MA — The Bookstore

Friday, October 28th at 7pm — Easthampton, MA — White Square Books

Saturday, November 19th, all day — Kingston, NY — Barnes & Noble

Sunday, November 20th — Jamaica Plain, MA — Tres Gatos

Saturday, November 26th — New York, NY — Bluestockings

Saturday, December 3rd — Bethlehem, PA — The Moravian Bookstore

Saturday, December 10th — The Shoppes at Buckland Hills — Barnes & Noble

Saturday, December 17th — Colonie, NY — Barnes & Noble

 

Praise for Viscera:

“A dystopian fantasy of earthquakes, killing fields, drug addiction, and routine eviscerations that is also profoundly humane and laugh-out-loud funny. It sounds impossible, I know, but Gabriel Squailia has done it.” —Camille DeAngelis, author of Bones and All

“The most delicious kind of nightmare, Viscera is gorgeous, theatrical, and weird as hell.” —Phoebe North, author of Starglass

“With prose that is both lovely and grisly, Squailia’s sophomore effort leads the reader through an ambitious and gritty fantasy world filled with cannibals, blood-thirsty rulers, and animated dead. Fans of fantasy with finely textured worlds will enjoy this book, provided they have strong stomachs.” —Booklist

Up Next

I've sold my next book, VISCERA, to Talos Press, where I'm excited to be working with a phenomenal (and familiar) team to crank out something brand-new.

After DEAD BOYS was done, I spent a few months watching my behavior at the desk and decided I could use a good kick in the ass before I squandered years trying to give myself permission to finish another book. So I sent a bunch of ideas to my editor, Cory Allyn, who naturally picked the least developed of the bunch. We're off and away, making it up as we go along, and so far I'm having a tremendous time.

I'll keep mum about the book itself, since works in progress are constantly changing. It's not a sequel to my first novel, nor is it set in the Land of the Dead, but fans of the macabre should find a lot to chew on among its steaming entrails.

THE END (OF YOU)

I like watching people watching endings.

When it was announced that HBO's Game of Thrones would get to the end of GRRM's story before the books did, my geek friends convulsed. It wasn't so much that they believed someone had made a bad creative decision. It was more personal than that. They'd been robbed of something important to them, something long-promised. They'd expected to witness that ending on their own time, in their preferred medium. They'd imagined that ending, imagined themselves reading it with grim satisfaction at some point in the future, when they'd first met the Starks and their wolf cubs.

The TV ending wouldn't just prefigure the ending in the books.

By virtue of existing, it would diminish it.

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IN PRAISE OF DELAYS

I'm just getting back to the office after riding the publication roller-coaster, which was far more fun than I'd convinced myself it would be. (I was trying to prepare myself for people being mean on the internet, but you have to be a much bigger deal before you get that, so hurrah for obscurity.) The book release spawned a bunch of interviews, articles, and guest blogs, and I'll round those up at the bottom of this post. First, though, I'd like to give a shout-out to this unanticipated break in my creative flow, because no one ever thanks those things.

You'll notice that I said 'unanticipated,' which is absurd, because my editor told me when the book was coming out quite a while ago, and it was pretty obvious there would be stuff to do. But planning-things-me is an optimistic fella, and according to the schedule of deadlines he assigned me for the year, he actually thought I'd be writing through the book release.

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Dead Boys: LIVE!

My friends, it's time to float down to the underworld! Dead Boys comes out from Talos Press on March 3, which means it's high time to announce the Northeast tour dates. Because we have those.

This has always been a theatrical novel, and we've staged most of it here in the Berkshires back in 2012. As part of the Word x Word Festival's year-round programming, we put eleven freaking chapters on stage, one month at a time. I started the serial by myself, then built up to a full cast of local luminaries, plus costumes and props, before I realized we were essentially putting on a one-act play every month and knocked it off.

Anyone who can't make the tour dates, but is interested in checking out the performance angle, should keep an ear on Audible! I just recorded the Dead Boys audiobook in Boston, which feels like a one-man radio-play version of those early performances. I'll let you know when it drops!

Anyhoo: EVENTS. Books will be on hand at all of these, and I'll sign anything. Bring me cheese. I'll sign your cheese.

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WHAT IT FEELS LIKE

Lately I've been hearing the question, "So what does it feel it like to be a published author?"

To which I reply, with an excess of volume, "I'LL LET YOU KNOW IN A MONTH!"

This is because I'm a jerk. Also because I'm nervous and OH MY GOD WHAT IF YOU JUST JINXED ME. (Seriously, I keep having dreams where my editor calls the whole thing off. Tomato, tomahto.)

But there is an Actual Answer to this question, and that is:

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WORLDBUILDERS HO!

I finished my first novel in the summer of 2010, then lay down in a sweaty heap and considered my options. I'd scoured all of my favorite contemporary novelists' online bios and acknowledgements pages for information, then made a long list of literary agents. At the top of that list was Matthew Bialer, Patrick Rothfuss' agent. (I'm guessing you've heard of Mr. Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind &c., but if not, get reading.)

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WHY IS A TURNTABLE LIKE A WRITING-DESK?

My friend Katy Kania asked, "What's the weirdest way you've found a connection between DJing and writing?"

Innnn-teresting, he said, sipping coffee from his coffee-snifter.

Okay. So when I started spinning back in aught-three, I was aiming for the underground. My intention was to make the world's best bedroom mixtapes. I planned to do weird things with retro pop music, but I loathed contemporary mainstream radio. I had zero intention of being a dance-floor DJ, or compromising with anybody, ever.

Then I played for a crowd for the first time, and things started shifting around in my brain. While it caused me immense psychic pain to buy my first Sean Paul single, I quickly learned that my technical skills were adrenaline-based, and that playing music that made people happy made me happy.

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