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April ACLU Fundraiser: Four Minutes

Thus far, the stories I’ve published in my series of ACLU fundraisers have been previously-written pieces that I’ve polished up before sending them out into the world.

This month, the story is brand-new. I finished it about a week ago.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS STORY GO TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION!Four Minutes cover

The place: The suburbs.

The time: Tomorrow, maybe.

The situation: Ray is just trying to get by in the newer, greater America. With a wife and a new baby, he can’t afford to get mixed up in politics or the fight for civil liberties. But as the world shrinks and darkens around him, Ray finds that the safe harbor he’s crafted for himself and his family may not be big enough or strong enough to stand.

And then one night, there’s a knock at the door. Now there’s nowhere to hide, and soon Ray will have to make the hardest decision of his life.

With cold, relentless precision, Barry Lyga explores a future that is too close for comfort in what might be his darkest, most disturbing work to date.

“Four Minutes” may, indeed, be the most brutal thing I’ve ever written. And that’s saying something.

Give this story a chance. Buy it. Read it. Spread the word. Let’s put some more cash in the ACLU’s pocket.

You can find “Four Minutes” here:

BANG: Get It Signed on Pub Day!

Bang coverIf you’re going to be in the area of one of my tour stops for Bang, then I’ll be happy to sign your book for you. Sadly, though, I can’t be everywhere, which means I can’t sign every book.

However, some very cool folks at some great indie bookstores around the country are making it possible for you to get a signed copy of Bang on publication day!

It’s simple: All you do is go to the store (or go to their online store) and preorder a copy of Bang from them. When you get your copy on April 18, it will be signed by yours truly! Easy, right?

One caveat: You must place your preorder by Friday, April 14!

Here are the stores currently offering signed books to preorder customers:

(You can read an excerpt of Bang on EW.com!)

Preamble Ramble

I’m neither a lawyer nor a Constitutional scholar, but I’m going to talk a little bit about the Constitution today anyway. It doesn’t seem to stop anyone else.

Recently, the Trump Administration unveiled its first budget, to the outraged horror of the masses. Included are massive cuts to just about everything that doesn’t involve fuel or gunpowder or both. The justifications for these cuts1 generally comes down to “We can’t ask the American people to foot the bill for X any longer.” It’s a very, very cynical ploy because as far as I can tell, no one has actually asked for PBS and Meals on Wheels (for example) to go away. But to hear the Administration’s drones tell the story, apparently this was Very, Very Necessary. [Read more…]



  1. A misnomer, really, as some of these are “cuts” the same way a screwdriver to the carotid is a “cut.”

Interview: Professional Book Nerds Podcast

I am a guest on this week’s episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Topics of conversation include: Bang, when and why I do research, my awesome Wonder Woman idea, pizza, and more!

You can subscribe or download the episode in your favorite podcast player or listen to the embedded episode here.

Interview: Insecure Writers Support Group

Over at the IWSG, I can be seen blathering answers to questions ranging from my most prized comic book to my top piece of advice for writers. And I say stuff like this:

When I get to the end of the story and feel a sense of satisfaction, I know it’s done. It’s baked. Time to take it out of the oven and put it on a serving platter.

And this:

I just write what interests me and then cross my fingers and hope that it will interest others as well!

Go check out the entire interview!