Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My SFContario Schedule

I'm going to be at SFContario this weekend: a very cool little Toronto convention, located right in the downtown core at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street (here's a link)..And I've got a schedule of panels and whatnot. 
Here's the gist of it:

Ballroom BC          Sat. 12:00 PM                               You Can Kill Zombies, But You Can’t Kill The Zombie Craze.      
A little over forty years ago, George A. Romero changed the nature of zombies with his low-budget breakthrough film, Night of the Living Dead. Since then zombies have shuffled into the mainstream. There are now countless zombie movies being
Gardenview          Sat.  1:00 PM                                Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy
What makes them distinctive, and why might readers of one be hesitant to cross over to another? Writers of these genres discuss the differences and what you can do to attract readers from other genres.
Gardenview          Sat.  4:00 PM                                Politics And Horror                   
It can be argued that there is horror in all politics, but is there politics in all horror? Horror, like many genres, works best when it works on more than one level. Our panelists discuss the political foundations of horror books and movies.
Gardenview          Sat.  5:00 PM                                Scary, not Slimy                     
Are intense descriptions of bloody death and torture really necessary to scare the bejeebers out of your audience? Join our discussion on how to terrify without all the gory details.

And I'm reading Sunday morning, right after Madeline Ashby, at 10:30 a.m., in whichever room it is that they're doing the readings.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Playlist for Eutopia

All the kids seem to be doing this lately: putting together a list of the music that helped inspire their new books, sort of a mix tape for readers, a bit of an aural window into the writer for the curious. Stephen King did it here for Doctor Sleep; Joe Hill did it here for NOS4A2. In that spirit, I thought I'd offer up this one, for my 2011 novel Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism.

Because music played a tremendous role in the writing and the re-writing, and also keeping poor, exceptional farm-boy Jason Thistledown and brilliant, beaten-but-not-defeated surgeon Andrew Waggoner, alive enough in my mind to consider a sequel.

There is a sequel coming. Right now, we're calling it Volk, and it follows the characters and creatures that showed up in 1911 Idaho to 1931 Europe, and we're aiming for 2015.  Can't say too much more than that now.

But I can say this: Here's the playlist for Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism--starting with the music accompanying the book trailer:

...and moving on to these:

Theme from Jurrasic Park by John Williams
Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
Ellis Island by Thomas Newman (from the Angels in America Soundtrack)
The Lyre of Orpheus by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
God's Away on Business by Tom Waits
Christian Zeal and Activity by  John Adams
Son by The National
The Pines of the Appian Way, by Resphighi (from the Pines of Rome)
God Shuffled His Feet by the Crash Test Dummies
Look To The Rainbow by Astrud Gilberto
Down To The River To Pray by Allison Krauss
O Death by Ralph Stanley
You Can't Unring A Bell by Tom Waits