An Author You’ll Wanna Know (If You Don’t Already): F. Paul Wilson

If you’ve never read author F. Paul Wilson, I hope by sharing his most recent newsletter below, you’ll click on a few links and start paying closer attention to him. In his other life outside of writing, he’s a semi-retired medical doctor in New Jersey. F. Paul Wilson is amazing, prolific, gracious to his fans (including this one) and I love his writing. Even Stephen King, my favorite author of all time in the horror genre, deems himself “President of the Repairman Jack Fan Club,” which is one of F. Paul Wilson’s many series. (I often wish Bruce Willis had starred as Repairman Jack, back in his 30s. It would’ve been perfect casting. It’s who I picture when I read Repairman Jack stories.) Without further adieu, here’s the F. Paul Wilson Newsletter! 

THE REPAIRMAN JACK NOVELS

“Jack’s saga has become the most entertaining and dependable modern horror-thriller series.” (Publishers Weekly)

“One of the most consistently entertaining series in modern fantastic fiction.” (Publishers Weekly)

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I’m on Twitter (@fpaulwilson) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/fpaul.wilson)

NEW!

PANACEA paperback! It’s here! It’s cheap! Get it!

EPHEMERATAThe Odds and Ends of a Writing Life. 120k words of ephemera I’ve written and published (or not) over the decades. Available in ebook only for the time being. (I explain why in the Author’s Note which you can read by clicking “Look Inside” on the Amazon page.)

After a commercial break we’ll get to the usual tedious tidbits, trivialities, and miscellanies since last we met:

BECAUSE YOU ASKED FOR IT: a signed limited edition of PANACEA is on the way. Preorder here: http://tinyurl.com/hc66thw

***BECAUSE YOU ASKED FOR IT – Part Deux: a paper edition of Sex Slaves of the Dragon Tong

FAMILY SECRETS (sequel to DEFINITELY NOT KANSAS) is an ebook at last: http://tinyurl.com/jjlv7gm

FREEBIES!!! (new free story added)

SCENES FROM THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE WORLD

“Demonsong” – Glaeken and Rasalom’s first meeting

“Lipidleggin'” – started off as an SF story, now it’s non-fiction.

OTHER STUFF

****THE ISHER BOOK SHOP IS OPEN: http://www.repairmanjack.com/store/

*****E-BOOK BONANZA!!! GET THEM WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!!
(Oh, wait . . . you never run out of ebooks, do you. Ignore that last part)
Browse a ton o’ titles – some free, many just $3.99: http://tinyurl.com/jjygskx

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1) OCCURRENCES
2) THE LATEST FICTION
3) IN THE PIPELINE
4) PUBLISHING SCHEDULE 2016
5) FOR COLLECTORS
6) “REPAIRMAN JACK” – THE MOVIE
7) WHERE I’LL BE
8) REPAIRMAN JACK STORE
9) FF MOVIE REVIEWS

1) OCCURRENCES

8/1 – ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA, THREE TEQUILA, FLOOR.
Sounds like the Mexican version of Dorothy Parker’s martini poem.

8/4 – Just getting back to speed on the WiP post-Nantucket when 1st-pass page proofs of THE GOD GENE arrive. Ah, well…

8/6 – If you’re not following the Bloom County Facebook page, you’re missing an American humorist and artist at the peak of his powers.

8/8 – RiP Glen Campbell. What a career — from the Wrecking Crew to his own TV show to films, and a zillion hits along the way.

8/13 – With a little help from a good friend, the 1st-pass proofs of THE GOD GENE are done and will be on their way back to the publisher tomorrow.

8/16 – GODZILLA anime. Nice chiaroscuro effects – I don’t usually see that in anime (but I don’t see much anime)   http://tinyurl.com/y7kk8nu3

8/17-20 – at Necronomicon in Providence.  All Lovecraft all the time (except for a little Robert E. Howard)

8/21 – In typical Jersey Shore perversity, the sky stayed nice and clear until just before the eclipse was to begin. Then the clouds rolled in…and stayed until just after the eclipse was done. Sheesh!

8/24 – I’m guessing that my “Sex Slaves of the Dragon Tong” will not be a big seller in Beijing.  http://tinyurl.com/y7ygudvd

8/25 – Alcohol Again Tied to Lower Death Risk — but don’t forget the J-curve.   http://tinyurl.com/y766ljtn

8/26 – Best horror flick title this year: “Eat Locals.”

8/29 – Goodbye, Columbus? You know, I’m as fed up as the next guy with these grandstanding PC clowns, but for some reason, this doesn’t bother me. Ay-tall. I’ve always thought Columbus Day stupid (except when it netted me a day off from school). He didn’t “discover” a damn thing, and he landed in the Bahamas thinking he was in India or China or wherever. AND he was sent by the royal a-holes who started the Spanish Inquisition. So Goodbye, Columbus. http://tinyurl.com/ya9cyzja

8/30 – now THIS is scary!  http://tinyurl.com/yckkyo3v

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2) THE LATEST FICTION:

EPHEMERATA has bits of fiction in it, but is mostly non-fiction. Over 100 short pieces of this and that.

PANACEA is my latest novel – about a hunt for the legendary cure-all. No, it’s not Repairman Jack, but if you liked the Jack novels, you’ll like this. There’s a little bit of Jack in Rick Hayden (I couldn’t help it) and Panacea fits into the Secret History. I mean, what’s not to like? Now in paperback

FAMILY SECRETS, the 2nd Nocturnia novel (sequel to DEFINITELY NOT KANSAS), is available in a signed, limited edition from http://tinyurl.com/l4jw8o3 and in ebook form: http://tinyurl.com/jjlv7gm

DEFINITELY NOT KANSAS
ebook: Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/odcge7x
Nook: http://tinyurl.com/myvoolr
Trade paperback: http://tinyurl.com/nmavxma (NB: purchase of the tpb nets you a free copy of the ebook)
SIGNED COPIES: http://tinyurl.com/kvzrpk9
the signed limited collector’s edition of DEFINITELY NOT KANSAS is just about sold out – http://tinyurl.com/l4p4zfr

THE HOGBEN CHRONICLES – I coedited this collection of Henry Kuttner’s wonderful stories about a mutant hillbilly family – first time together in the same volume. SIGNED by Neil Gaiman (who did the intro) and yrs trly.http://tinyurl.com/nf2kmgs
HOGBEN EBOOK – finally THE HOGBEN CHRONICLES (wonderful stories by Henry Kuttner, illos and all) is available as a Kindle ebook for $2.99: http://tinyurl.com/lg936xo

Fix” – a novella-length Repairman Jack mashup with Codename Chandler:

Wayward Pines was the #1 scripted show on TV in 2015. Have you read “The Widow Lindley,” my Wayward Pines story?

FEAR CITY
The paperback here
In case you missed the book trailer: http://tinyurl.com/n8dsxzk

A stand-alone edition of “Infernal Night” co-starring Jack (written with Heather Graham) http://tinyurl.com/k8yuush

The Dead World” – my Burroughs pastiche set in Pellucidar with a fabulous Bradley W. Schenck cover – is available as a single.

“The Compendium of Srem” ebook: http://tinyurl.com/pqvxn2b

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3) IN THE PIPELINE

THE SILENT ONES – the 3rd and final Nocturnia novel in limited signed 1st edition

PANACEA – a signed limited edition. Preorder here: http://tinyurl.com/hc66thw

THE GOD GENE – December 2017

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4) PUBLISHING SCHEDULE – 2017

FAMILY SECRETS – the 2nd Nocturnia novel in paperback

a signed limited edition of PANACEA

THE SILENT ONES – the 3rd and final Nocturnia novel in limited signed 1st edition

THE GOD GENE (sequel to PANACEA) in December

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5) FOR COLLECTORS:

FAMILY SECRETS at http://tinyurl.com/q3joxts

DEFINITELY NOT KANSAS at http://www.gauntletpress.com/

THE HOGBEN CHRONICLES (editor) http://tinyurl.com/nf2kmgs

The Borderlands Press ADVERSARY CYCLE:
THE KEEP, THE TOUCH, RAKOSHI (formerly THE TOMB), REBORN, REPRISAL, and NIGHTWORLD are all available in signed limited editions. This is a unique and beautiful set, and will be even more so when inserted into the über slipcase with its wraparound art. Check out the spine art at: http://www.borderlandspress.com/adversary.html

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6) “REPAIRMAN JACK” – THE MOVIE . . . wait – THE TV SHOW . . . wait . . .

[Historical note: Years ago I sold film/TV rights to THE TOMB to Beacon Films. The idea has been to title the film “Repairman Jack” and turn our guy into a franchise character. The project has spent 20 years in development hell, chewing up 6 or 7 writers who’ve churned out reams of scripts.

We’re looking toward TV now. Can’t say any more because I don’t know any more.

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7) WHERE I’LL BE AT (yeah, I rite good)

Thrillerfest – July 12-15 – NYC

Necronomicon – Providence, RI – August 17-20

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival – October 6-8 – Portland, OR – Guest of Honor

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8) REPAIRMAN JACK STORE

It has stuff with a neato-cool RJ logo on everything from T-shirts to caps to coffee cups to a wonderful poster by Susan Lee. (Even thongs!)

For you SF nuts and fans of my LaNague Federation series, Susan and Lisa have added a new line at the Repairman Jack store: the LaNague Federation logo on front and “KYFHO” on the back. [For those unfamiliar with the term, I invented the acronym way back when for AN ENEMY OF THE STATE and now it pops up everywhere. Google it if you can’t guess the meaning.]

And now, by popular demand from you gun nuts and fans of Abe Grossman, ISHER SPORTS SHOP shirts and stuff are available. A design by the inimitable Susan Lee with a clever logo created by members of the website’s Forum. Check it out. http://www.cafepress.com/repairmanjack/

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9) FF MOVIE REVIEWS

The FF Rating system is gauged by use of the FF button in increments of 10% of running time. If I FF through a tenth of the film (i.e., 9 minutes of a 90-min film), its FF Rating is 1. Thus, the lower the FF Rating, the higher my level of engagement. (Note, I didn’t say the better the film. Crap can – and often does – engage me.) FF = 5 is the threshold of unwatchable.

Bail Factor: If you turn off a film at the halfway point, that’s an automatic 5. If you bail after only a quarter or so, that’s an automatic 7.5. Then you add how much FFing you did before shutdown.

Why should you care what I think of a film? Beats me.

Movie plot summaries abound on the web, so you don’t need me for that.

NB: I’ve now collected all my FF reviews (I was shocked at the hundreds of reviews I’ve done) in one spot: http://fpaul.wordpress.com/about/

Only 1 movie this month. Been watching HINTERLAND, a very dark police show from Wales. I’m on season 3 now.  The episodes run 90 minutes, so it’s like watching a theatrical film each time. I’ve been watching one episode a night and I’m wondering: Is there a cop on a drama (not a comedy) dumber than DCI Mathias?  He consistently acts on impulse (instead, say, waiting for backup), blundering into bad situations and making them worse. Makes you wonder how he made DCI in the first place. Yes, I know he’s fictional, and I know it’s the writers’ doing to add complications — and running time — to the show, but it’s hard to respect a character when you repeatedly find yourself saying, “Aw, no…he’s not really gonna…yes, he is. He’s doing it again!” I’m staying with it because the rest of the cast is well drawn and for the evolving backstory of high-level corruption.

GIFTED
An intriguing film about how to treat the truly gifted among us. Little McKenna Grace does a star turn as the 7-year-old math genius. Her grandmother wants her to realize her full potential via tutors and the uncle who’s raising her doesn’t want her to grow up isolated like her mother (who committed suicide). A great cast but you will fall for McKenna Grace like you fell for little Dakota Fanning.
FF=0

Well, that’s it for now. I’ve taken up enough of your time. More next month. Back to work.

F. Paul Wilson

fpw@repairmanjack.com

http://www.repairmanjack.com

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Madrid Comic Book Convention: Tapas, Tourism & Travails

One of my earliest adventures in comics was the Madrid Comic Book Convention in November of 2002. This trip cemented many comics industry friendships, and I cherish them to this day. My friend Mike Kennedy just posted a Facebook video about Botin, the World’s Oldest Restaurant, which was the first restaurant we tried in Madrid, triggering this trip down memory lane. The first thing that struck me about Botin was the prosciutto, sitting out in the open, and the liberal number of flies alighting on the marbled hunk of meat. I ordered prosciutto-free entrees.

Comics legends, bestselling authors and me at Botin Restaurant in Madrid. L-R: Dave Dorman, me, (can't recall his name), Mike Kennedy, Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J.  Anderson, Chris Warner, Randy Stradley, Randy's former wife, Joyce Chin and Art Adams

Comics legends, bestselling authors and me at Botin, The World’s Oldest Restaurant, in Madrid. L-R: Dave Dorman, me, Ramon Bachs, Mike Kennedy, Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson, Chris Warner, Randy Stradley, Randy’s wife at the time, Joyce Chin, and Art Adams. For the paranormal fans among me, note the orb over Randy Stradley’s face.

At this first gathering, we sat across from Joyce Chin and Art Adams, and they were both fascinating to talk with; these were the days before either of us had children. I remember admiring Joyce’s passion for dog rescues and the work she did with dogs. Post-kids, our conversations today would take a much different turn: “How do you arrange the stuff crammed beneath your SDCC booth tables to accommodate a sleeping kid?”

Along with Dark Horse Comic‘s Chris Warner and Randy Stradley, writer Mike Kennedy (now publisher of Magnetic Press), artist Ramon Bachs, and NY Times bestselling authors Kevin J.  Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, we embarked on a five-day odyssey of comics autograph sessions where the crowds rushed the tables and orderly lines were not even a possibility, tapas meals together at 10:30 p.m. were the norm (yes, it IS actually possible to tire of garlic potato salad after three nights in a row), we experienced the world’s best hot chocolate (like hot chocolate pudding poured into a mug), squid ink pasta (I’m not a fan, Kevin J. Anderson ended up eating mine) and Rebecca Moesta introduced me to mango yogurt shakes at the one vegetarian restaurant we hit (I am still hooked). In the hotel lobby one night before going out for tapas, one of our handler Miguel’s friends brought in a platter of thinly sliced horse meat appetizers, which was a delicacy there, but I just couldn’t do the whole when-in-Rome thing. I love my horses too much.

Joyce and I hit the Museo del Prado and followed it up with a lunch at the Hard Rock in Madrid (do yourself a favor and do NOT order the spaghetti there–it was out of a can). Since I’m a morning person, the whole noon siesta and up-all-night culture was an adjustment. I could handle it better today than I did back then. The one thing that stays with me was how beautifully the buildings were lit at night. I’m hard-pressed to describe it, but it’s something you have to see at least once in your life. This was the pre-iPhone era, so few pictures remain of that trip; this one from Mike Kennedy’s archives is such a treasure to all of us.

Immediately following the Botin lunch, I was the naive tourist flinging my purse about like I hadn’t a care in the world–it was promptly pick-pocketed in the town square. Miguel took me to the local police station, but after sitting with the unwashed masses for 30 minutes and feeling more endangered than safe, I begged off. It was fruitless. My wallet was long gone. I spent the next hour on the phone canceling all credit cards. Lesson learned.

On Facebook right now, we’re all posting, reminiscing, and wishing we were back at Botin, reliving that moment.

H.G. Wells, how’s that time machine coming along, anyhow?

Dave Dorman Interviews Alien & Predator

That time I wrote the Alien, Predator, Dave Dorman interview for Newsarama…

The famed ALIENS TRIBES cover by Dave Dorman

The famed ALIENS TRIBES cover by Dave Dorman

Denise Dorman's Blog

Dear Friends,

I wrote this parody piece a while back, prior to AVP2 coming out with the “new” Predalien character, if you catch my drift. Dave did a “very similar” creature design as a work-for-hire project for 20th Century Fox years ago, and it became a little controversial when he noted online that the Predalien design in AVP2 was virtually identical to the one he created, and then he proceeded to post both of them for the fans to compare.  I’ve updated the interview a little, but here it is:

Dave Dorman Interviews Alien & Predator

Back Story: Renowned illustrator Dave Dorman, Alien and Predator are old friends, dating back more than 15 years ago to the days when Dorman was painting Alien v. Predator pieces to please the Dark Horse fans…today the threesome reunites for a pre-San Diego Comic-Con interview.

POV: We see the famed Eisner Award-winning  illustrator…

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What’s Your Favorite Fourth of July Meme?

I spotted this on Facebook and had to share – the Fourth of July Lynda Carter Wonder Woman meme floating around was really great, but this one is–to quote the cray-cray Charlie SheenWINNING!”

I love how this image makes me feel.

I love how creeped out this image makes me feel.

My friend & client, comic book creator and Colorado resident Mike Baron saw me post this and commented, “Come on out – I’ll take you up there.” I’m taking Mike up on this someday – it’s on my bucket list, since I’ve only seen it from afar (As a young teen, I kept glancing at The Stanley Hotel looming in the background as I was sitting in Estes Park, CO reading THE SHINING, having no idea it was Stephen King’s inspiration for the book I was reading, and thinking to myself that it matched the story perfectly.)

My friend Phil Burnett secured this autograph for me at San Diego Comic-Con in 2003, before I was married to Dave Dorman. You know how you have that running list in the back of your mind of items you’d grab in the event of a house fire? Yeah. This is one of mine – the autograph of actor Joseph Turkel (who was also in another favorite film of mine, Blade Runner.)

This is on my Top10 List of items I'd grab in a house fire.

My house fire future rescue.

And here’s an XCU of the personalized autograph:

One of my favorites in my autograph collection. (My other favorite is Frank Darabont's autograph in  my copy of The Green Mile, where it says, "To Denise, who worships me like a God.")

One of my favorites in my autograph collection. (My other favorite autograph is Frank Darabont’s in my copy of The Green Mile, where he signed it as                                                      “To Denise, who worships me like a God.”)

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury

We Illinoisans derive some pride in knowing Ray Bradbury’s classic tales were influenced and informed by his environs growing up in Waukegan, Illinois. One of the first books that lit my fire for wanting to write fiction was Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

Today Ray Bradbury would have been 94, and I encourage those of you reading this to pick up his stories again. Really read them. No, really. Read them in the context of what’s happening in the world around you today. Like C.S. Lewis’ stories The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters, Bradbury’s legacy is his relevance, which withstands the test of time.

I was fortunate enough to cross paths with Ray Bradbury at San Diego Comic-Con for many years. In this photo, he was still bipedal, walking with his walker in 2001. He was always dressed to the nines, a sweet, pleasant smile planted on his face, always animated with the fans.

Ray Bradbury and Denise McDonald Dorman, San Diego Comic-Con 2001

Ray Bradbury and Denise McDonald Dorman,      San Diego Comic-Con 2001

By the following #SDCC, he was in a wheelchair with a blanket over his lap, but still smiling and very engaged with his fans. He was positively lovely. One of our foremost pop culture expert friends is John Hitchcock, an author in his own right and owner of Parts Unknown Comic Book Shop in Greensboro, NC. I recall him telling me one of his favorite moments in geekdom was witnessing history unfold in a small room San Diego Comic-Con panel Ray did with Forrest J. Ackerman around that time. Miraculously, before that panel, the two had never met before.

When people ask me, “What is so great about Comic-Con, anyhow?” I think not of the crowds, the money we lose exhibiting there, or the sheer exhaustion of the five-day show. I think of improbable, magical moments like this one: Me, a small-town girl from Illinois farmlands, touching greatness for one brief moment in time.

Happy Father’s Day!

I think our son Jack is the luckiest little boy in the world, because he has Dave Dorman as his father. And that makes me the luckiest co-parent in the world. While Dave is a quiet and gentle soul, he is firm-but-patient with Jack, and the best dad a child could have. Dave is responsible for Jack’s exposure to football, art, animation, science fiction, horror, fantasy, famed artists, writers and cool people — truly unlike any childhood I’ve ever known. Someday maybe Jack will realize his growing up years weren’t “normal,” and here’s hoping that moment won’t occur on Freud’s couch.

This photo was taken at PensaCon in Pensacola, FL this past February 2014 by my photographer friend Fred Turnbow, and I think it says so much. It’s a stolen moment when they are both unaware the camera is on them, but you can just feel the love and tenderness Dave bestows on Jack.

Dave & Jack Dorman, Pensacon, February 2014

Dave & Jack Dorman, Pensacon, February 2014