Memory Monday – Dial “H” for Horror!

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Dial H


“Gee, I have this magical super-powerful gadget that makes me a super-hero! I wonder what else it can do…?”

And this is why you should never, ever give magic powers to teenagers.

(From DC Comics Presents #44, April 1982. Story by Bob Rozakis & E. Nelson Bridwell. Art by Irv Novick & Frank McLaughlin.)

This Week in Rejection!: Fiction Network

May 1990 pegs this letter at the end of my freshman year of college. It was the first time I became aware that a potential market for my work could just evaporate overnight.

I honestly don’t remember anything about Fiction Network. No idea what I sent to them or why. No idea if I ever saw or read a copy. I do, however, find it disheartening that a publication boasting the successful alumni enumerated in the following letter couldn’t stay afloat for more than a baker’s dozen issues.

If there’s a lesson here for aspiring authors, I suppose it’s this: Sometimes you don’t even get rejected. Sometimes they die before they can reject you. You may find that dispiriting or heartwarming, depending on your outlook on life. 🙂


Fiction Network letters



I confess to being a bit perplexed by the last item on the checklist. If I’m getting this letter, then that’s my response to my submission, right? That last item makes it sound like they sent this letter to people who may not have even submitted anything. Weird…


[Insert French Pun Here]

My knowledge of French is…let’s be charitable and say “minimal.” (For values of “minimal” equaling “zilch.”) But I think I’m about to learn a little. ‘Cause French publisher Lattes has just snapped up the rights to all three books in the I Hunt Killersseries!

Am I psyched? Oui! (And that, my friends, is the extent of my French…)

Thanks to my agent, Kathy Anderson, and to the folks at Little, Brown who made this happen, especially Amy Habayeb!

(If you’re curious about Lattes, here’s a link to their YA imprint, MSK. Looks appropriately moody, wouldn’t you say?)

Archvillain in Paperback!

Hey, it’s June 1, 2011, which means that it’s Official Archvillain-in-Paperback Day!Archvillain

(What, you don’t have this momentous occasion on your calendar? I say thee: Buy a new calendar! One with all the important holidays on it!)

For those of you who like to forgo the hardcover experience and wait for the paperback (and don’t worry — I love you just the same), today’s the day! I’m putting the finishing touches on the third book in the series today, and I gotta say: You really do want to be in on the ground floor for this one.

You can snag the book from all the usual suspects:

And a new edition means…author comp copies! Yes, I have a stack of paperbacks sitting not far from me. I will be giving away signed copies in a contest…soon!

Wednesday Warren – You’re a Whole Different Person When You’re Scared

Warren Zevon was, at various times in his life, an alcoholic, a drug addict, and a wife-beater. He was also a musical genius and a guy with a penchant for the darkly comic side of life.

So imagine what would happen if he teamed up with Hunter S. Thompson.

No, no, wait — you don’t have to imagine. Just listen to their collaboration, “You’re a Whole Different Person When You’re Scared,” from the album My Ride’s Here: