Chris and George on San Francisco’s FCCFreeRadio!

The pirate radio show featuring Abandoned Places is now available in podcast format from the FCCFree Radio website! Chris joined Lily Cat live in the studio, and George joined in via phone. Hear Chris read selections from the anthology as well as his own fiction, and hear George talk about his upcoming projects. Two hours of auditory hallucinations courtesy of FCCFree Radio in San Francisco. Thanks to Lily Cat for having us aboard!

Listen now on the radio website.

Reading and signing events next weekend!

If you’re in the SF Bay Area, please join us for two launch events this weekend.

If you’re already coming to FOGcon, Reading from Abandoned Places takes place in the Santa Rosa room at 8 PM on Saturday, March 10th. Cath Schaff-Stump, Karl Dandenell and Chris Cornell will be there to read from their stories in the anthology.

We will also have a public reading and signing with the same authors at the Book Passage Store in San Francisco. Refreshments and prizes will be provided! You can preorder copies of the anthology from our wonderful affiliate store, Book Passage, and they will also be available at the event.

FOGcon: Sat. 3/10 @ 8 PM, Santa Rosa room.

Book Passage: Mon. 3/12 @ 6 PM, One Ferry Plaza, San Francisco

Maria Haskins: “A Strange Heart, Set in Feldspar”

Author Maria Haskins shares the story behind her story, “A Strange Heart, Set in Feldspar,” from Abandoned Places:

“I grew up in northern Sweden and I still go back to visit family pretty much every year in the summer. This story was partly inspired by a visit to a small, abandoned mine in Varuträsk outside Skellefteå. It’s sort of a tourist attraction now, and it’s not as big or as devious as the mine in my story, but it’s out in the woods in an area you wouldn’t really expect a mine to be located. That part of northern Sweden is sparsely populated and there are lots of small, forgotten places you can find yourself where you feel as though you’re a million miles from the rest of the world. It’s also a story about the complex emotions of parenthood, and that’s something I’ve realized crops up in many of my stories: any parent can tell you there are times when no matter how much you love your kids, you just need a break from them needing you so much. So that percolates in the story too. Amazingly for me, this was a story when I came up with a pretty good title even before I had the story. Usually, I have a lot of trouble thinking up good titles, but this one came to me when I first started thinking about the mine as a setting for the story, and I loved the title so much that it fuelled my imagination for what happens. Not a common occurrence for me, though I wish it were!”

Abandoned Places hits stores on 03/09 and is available for preorder more or less everywhere.

Cath Schaff-Stump: “Mark Twain’s Daughter”

Cath Schaff-Stump‘s contribution to Abandoned Places first appeared in Paper Golem’s Cucurbital 3. Here she shares her motivation for writing the story and the intent behind it:

“‘Up go the trolley cars for Mark Twain’s daughter. Down go the trolley cars for Mark Twain’s daughter.’ These lines haunted me when I first heard them in a documentary about Mark Twain. They were said by his daughter Susy Clemens who died of spinal meningitis, alone, in the family’s gigantic home in Hartford, Connecticut. Borrowing heavily from documented biographical information, I imagined Susy’s fever dream might have been something like this.

Abandoned Places is coming on March 9, 2018 to bookstores everywhere. Check our preorder links for more information.

Lara Kristin Herndon: “The Money Book”

Author Lara Kristin Herndon shares her thoughts on Abandoned Places:

Photo by Eric Kvatek
“Edmund Burke distinguished the sublime from the beautiful by saying that the first comes from pleasure, the second from pain. The thrill and intrigue of abandoned places belongs to the latter category: the pain resides in our knowledge — buried just under the surface as we go about our lives — that the works of man won’t last, that we will die and all our legacy crumble or be put to uses far from what we intended. In this story I wanted to bank the fires of the sublime under something beautiful: a late-life domestic scene between two women who have meant everything to each other. But the pain is still there — it’s just cozy, tender pain.”

Friday, March 9th is the magical release date. Preorder wherever books are sold.

Steve Kopka: “Making Friends”

Author Steve Kopka shares the inspiration for his story in the upcoming anthology, Abandoned Places.

“I had lunch with a friend on a beautiful warm fall day. She was eight months pregnant and had just moved into a new neighborhood. She was excited. Her new home was in a much different area of the city—mostly houses, mostly families. There was even a community garden down the block. Everything in her life was about to change: she was recently married, had just purchased her first house, and was about to become a mother. As I drove away from this lovely lunch, smiling in the crisp sunlight, I thought about my friend’s new neighborhood and its community garden and my fiction-brain slowly rotated that pleasant scene until a sliver of darkness appeared. Apologies to my friend, her neighbors, and their community garden.”

Abandoned Places drops on Friday, March 9th and is available from a variety of fine retailers.

Abandoned Places – Table of Contents

Getting ready for Abandoned Places? Here’s the Table of Contents to whet your appetite.

Bo Balder: “Cardinal Skin”

Ray Bradbury: “There Will Come Soft Rains”

Lauren C. Teffeau: “Glitch”

Steve Kopka: “Making Friends”

Maria Haskins: “A Strange Heart, Set in Feldspar”

Chris Cornell: “Deleted Scenes”

Ransom Noble: “Two Tails”

Karl Dandenell: “The Astrologer of the Fifth Floor”

Cath Schaff-Stump: “Mark Twain’s Daughter”

Edgar Allen Poe: “The Oval Portrait”

Shannon Ryan: “Episode 14”

Chris Bauer: “Nothing Save His Anger”

Miranda Suri: “The Last Light”

M. R. James: “The Treasure of Abbot Thomas”

Anna Yeatts: “The Stories We Tell to Sleep at Night”

Chia Lynn Evers: “A Jangle of Bells and Voices”

Doug Engstrom: “The Lost”

Lara Kristin Herndon: “The Money Book”

George R. Galuschak: “Fishing Village of the Damned”

BethAnn Ferrero: “The Inheritance”

Dashiell Hammett: “The Parthian Shot”

Retail links for Abandoned Places

We are pleased to announce that Abandoned Places is available for preorder in both e-book and trade paperback formats from many, many online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Below is a list of live links, though far from comprehensive:

Direct from Book Passage, the host of our reading on 3/12 (Support local businesses!)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble (or order from your local store!)

Kobo

Indiebound

Indigo

If you come across other links, let us know!

Abandoned Places

So word is finally out. You can check out information about our first release, the Abandoned Places anthology, in our official press release. We can’t wait to share it with the world in March.

Order information will be posted here within the next few weeks, so be sure to check back in. Meanwhile, we’ll be sharing background stories and additional information right here, and also in our forthcoming newsletter. Why not head over and sign up to receive our email newsletter?

Files are off to the printer later this week. No pressure.