Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wow, okay. That's a llllooooonnngggg fuckin' time between updates. (And amusingly enough, over a year later, I am still working on "What You See When The Lights Are Out"! Which happens, though I've tried really hard to make it not happen, these last few years.

Perhaps you wonder what is going on with me. Or not. Well, for those who are interested:

1. Experimental Film is finally on its way! Here's the pre-order page, at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Experimental-Film-Gemma-Files/dp/1771483490); the release date is currently November 17, 2015. I can tell you for a fact that we're already through the first round of edits and that I just signed off on the line-edits, so we are very close indeed to being done with this process. I've been kind of amazed by the buzz surrounding the book thus far, given it's been pumped at Tor.com (http://www.tor.com/2015/08/19/five-canadian-books-to-look-for-in-fall-2015/) and SF Signal (http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/07/radar-burning-midnight-will-mcintoshthe-bazaar-bad-dreams-stephen-kingexperimental-film-gemma-files/). In the second case, Stephen King's name was cited alongside my own, which impressed this shit out of my Dad: life goal achieved.

2. I am once more teaching a course on writing what you fear--cunningly entitled "Write What You Fear"--over at LitReactor, starting October 13. If this interests you and you have the money/time, please sign up! Last year's session was a lot of fun, and lead to at least one of my students getting published, which was very much the point of the exercise. The deets are here (https://litreactor.com/classes/write-what-you-fear).

3. I was interviewed over at the Lovecraft eZine Talk Show, and the result is up here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gTaO262Yrs). I shared the stage with filmmaker Len LoBiondo, Mike Davis, Joe Pulver and the usual merry crew of Lovecraftian-minded regulars. I talk about my writing, about film, and how the two intersect.

4. I was also interviewed by Derek Newman-Stille for Speculating Canada on Trent Radio, almost a year earlier (http://speculatingcanada.ca/2014/09/26/speculating-canada-on-trent-radio-episode-18-an-interview-with-gemma-files/), when I was in the throes of my obsession with The Walking Dead. BTW: If you're interested in the 100,000+ words' worth of fanfic that resulted from said obsession, you can find it here (http://archiveofourown.org/series/168656).

5. In anticipation of my upcoming appearance at Word on the Street Saskatoon, meanwhile, I was interviewed here, by Ann Foster, for CFCR's Radio Book Club (http://radiobookclub.podbean.com/e/radio-book-club-esisode-64-gemma-files/). This was an interesting interview for a couple of reasons, one of them being that I'm pretty sure Ann isn't a huge horror/Weird Western person, which spurred her to ask me a few questions I haven't heard in a while; it was pleasant and useful! Plus, I sound a lot better than I did "on the YouTube."

So now we are caught up, basically. I'm hoping to keep updating on a slightly more regular basis, from now on, but I know I've said that before.;) At any rate, good to have all this in one place.