update: you should come with me now
YSCWMN is now in galleys, ready to be pimped up for concourse d’elegance day, which will be sometime at the beginning of October. It’s a strange bit of work, short fiction wrapped in shorter fictions, developing all the usual themes, for instance grimness, grimness and grimness. I wouldn’t call it a collection if I could think of a name for something with dimension-&-a-half between a collection and a novel. I mean: it’s a book. So we have some readings and bookshop events arranged–including a conversation at Housmans in London with Lara Pawson, shortlisted for this year’s Gordon Burn Prize for her extraordinary anti-memoir This Is The Place To Be–who in her other career interviewed weirder & more interesting people than me. Readings will include an evening at Warwick U, an institution which kindly adopted me a year or so ago, with perhaps a visit from a known Tsar of the Weird. Meanwhile I’m looking forward to the cover draft, and cover copy that will feature quotes from real writers Will Eaves, Olivia Laing and Rob Macfarlane, endorsements so persuasive that I would buy the book myself if I didn’t already know what was in it. Updates here, at Comma Press & on Twitter, @mjohnharrison, @commapress.
Looking forward to this!!
Thanks, onecarriage. Hope you enjoy.
Yes, looking forward. & back: I’ve just reread some of the Old Stuff ( TCOTH, last read 20 years ago). A wonderful experience then as now. Like gazing at something transparent that you can’t see through. Thanks again, sir.
Thanks Ibrahim. Hope you get as much out of the new stuff.
From what i’ve seen here, i suppose i will. The older book came at a time when i really needed something to hit me over the head with the suggestion that there are fantasies not worth escaping into, not sure if YSCWMN can top that particular timing, but i’m sure it will offer plenty that only upon rereading years later i will notice for the first time…
Excellent news. Really looking forward to this. Reread all the Viriconium books last year. Planning to reread the Kefahuchi trilogy as one long novel (as was suggested by someone, somewhere…) at some point. I think there’s only Things That Can Never Happen that I haven’t read yet.