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Burning Up The Road

The Fireman hits bookstores in the U.S. on the 16th of May, and I hit the road to read from it, talk about it, and scribble in it on the same day. Come out and see me! We always have a good time. (And don't worry U.K. folks - I'll see you in June, dates to come shortly)

American tour dates are here:

Monday, May 16th @ 7:00 PM

Writers on a New England Stage – The Music Hall

28 Chestnut St

Portsmouth, NH 03801

For tickets, visit


Tuesday, May 17th @ 6:00 PM (updated - was mistakenly listed for 7!)

Harvard Bookstore event @ The Brattle Theatre

40 Brattle St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

For tickets, visit


Wednesday, May 18th @ 7:00 PM

The Strand

828 Broadway

New York, NY 10003

For more info call 212-473-1452


Thursday, May 19th @ 6:30 PM

Busboys and Poets

235 Carroll St. NW

Washington, DC 20012

For more info call 202-726-0856


Friday, May 20th @ 8:00 PM

Books & Books

265 Aragon Ave

Coral Gables, FL 33134

For more info call 305-444-9044


Saturday, May 21st @ 7:00 PM

Magers & Quinn offsite @ Uptown Church

1219 W 31st St.

Minneapolis, MN 55408

For tickets, visit


Sunday, May 22nd @ 5:00 PM

Prairie Lights Bookstore offsite @ Coralville Library

1401 5th St.

Coralville, IA 52241

For more info, please call 319-337-2681 


Monday, May 23rd @ 7:00 PM (not at 6 as earlier reported)

In Conversation with George R. R. Martin @ The Jean Cocteau Cinema  

418 Montezuma Ave

Santa Fe, NM 87

For tickets, visit


Tuesday, May 24th @ 7:00 PM

Changing Hands Bookstore

300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85013

For more info call 480-730-0205


Wednesday, May 25th @ 7:00 PM

Vromans Bookstore

695 E Colorado Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91101

For more info call # 626-449-5320


Thursday, May 26th @ 7:30 PM

Mysterious Galaxy

5943 Balboa Ave #100

San Diego, CA 92111

For tickets, please call 858-268-4747


Friday, May 27th @ 7:00 PM

Copperfield’s Books

140 Kentucky St.

Petaluma, CA 94952

For more info call 707-823-8991


Saturday, May 28th @ 2:00 PM


1005 W Burnside St.

Portland, OR 97209

For more info call 503-228-4651


Wednesday, June 1st @ 7:00 PM


1741 South Willow St.

Manchester, NH 03103

For more info call 603-668-5557


Thursday, June 16th @ 7:00 PM


235 Daniel Webster Hwy

Nashua, NH 03060

For more info call 603-888-0533


Tuesday, June 21st @ 6:00 PM


430 Gorham Rd

South Portland, ME 04106

For more info call 205-909-3549

UPDATED May 4, 2016:

And here's the UK tour info, in sweet, handsome banner form:



Dutch Dates

I'm pleased to confirm that I'll be attending this year's Dutch Comic Con with my buddy Chris Ryall (who edited Locke & Key and writes the Dirk Gently comic, among other titles).

The convention takes place the weekend of March 26th and 27th. Check back on this post now and then: when I have my day-to-day schedule, I'll fill it in here. I'll also update this post with other events I'll be doing in the area. I know there are a couple things lined up - a bookstore and a reading, I think? When I have the details, I'll pass them along, right here.

Update, 24 March:

Current Schedule

Sat, March 26, 11 - 12 AM - Horror & Weird Fiction Panel

Sun, March 27, 12:15 - 1:15 PM - Writing Action Scenes

Check the Comic Con program for panel locations.


Travels & Releases

Lots going on this season.

For starters: this fall sees the release of the inaugural edition of Houghton-Mifflin's Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. I still have trouble believing they asked me to be the guest editor on the thing, but they did, and I'm terrifically honored. Series Editor John Joseph Adams read a gazillion stories, winnowed them down to the best 100, and from those I selected my 20 favorite. I hope very much that you enjoy it... and if you love great writing, ingenious concepts, and vivid, relatable characters, I think you will, whether you are a genre fan, or just curious. Check it out.

In October, Audible will unleash their audio dramatization of Locke & Key, featuring voice work by Tatiana Maslanay of Orphan Black, in the part of female Dodge, and performances by the likes of Haley Joel Osment, Kate Mulgrew, and something like 50 other actors. Here's hoping its sweet music to your ears.

IDW Publishing is preparing the release of their absolutely enormous, absolutely staggering limited edition of NOS4A2 and WRAITH, joined together between two covers for the first time, crammed in alongside a mountain of extras. Charlie Wilson iii illustrated the shit out of the novel, with a whole series of stunning new color plates and spot illustrations, and IDW pulled out all the stops to make the book itself a thing of glory. I don't know how much I'm allowed to show off just yet, but get an eyeful of the slipcase:

This monster signed edition is available for pre-order through your friends at Subterranean Press.

Could there possibly more? There's more.

Exactly one decade ago this October, my first book was published, a collection of my stories titled 20th Century Ghosts. It was passed over by all the big mainstream publishers Stateside, but a small UK house, PS Publishing, decided to take a chance on it, and it was really the start of everything for me. Now PS is preparing a 10th Anniversary Edition, signed and with all new art by the astounding Vincent Chong (who illustrated the original). Visit their website to find out how to order.

Finally, I appear to be doing a few appearances this fall, I guess to promote some of this stuff, or maybe just to get out of my office for a few days, I'm not sure which. I'm finishing up the fifth draft of THE FIREMAN right now and God knows it'll be nice to see some actual human beings.

First up I'll be at the Halloween Book Festival in North Andover on October 3rd, alongside frightmiesters like Paul Tremblay (his new book A Head Full of Ghosts is supposed to be awesome), Christopher Golden (ditto Tin Men), Kelly Link (wow, I hope you bought her new collection), and others. All the details are here.

Then I'll be making my way to the U.K. to yap about the next novel, The Fireman (out next May), goof off with the Gollancz crew, and help launch PS Publishing's 10th Anniversary release of Ghosts.

You can find me first in Manchester:

And then in London:

... followed by a stop at Forbidden Planet, a jaunt to Bristol, and a skip over to Birmingham.


Winding up, finally, in Nottingham for British FantasyCon, where I'll be honored in the style to which I am accustomed:

Note: I'll only be at FantasyCon for opening night and perhaps a scrap of Saturday morning. Then I'm off.

It's very hard to imagine people won't be thoroughly sick of me by then, but if I return from the UK uncooked, you'll be able to find me at Brookline Booksmith on November 14th, at 7PM.

That's where I'll be doing an interview with Ben Blacker for the Nerdist Writer's Panel. (There was a plan to do the interview in September, but it fell apart and had to be rescheduled) This is a ticketed event; the proceeds are going to support 826 Boston. If you already bought a ticket, it's still good. We'll try to make it worth your while!

Then, in December...

... oh fuck December. In December I'm taking a nap.

So this fall, Audible will be releasing an adaptation of the entire LOCKE & KEY series as an audioplay with an enormous cast, headed up by Tatiana Maslanay as the voice of Dodge in his female incarnation. It's a bold, exciting project, and I'm grateful to the Audible folks for taking such a big leap on our comic. For a limited time, the price of this audioplay is... free, if you g'wan over and pre-order.

So, like, why are you still reading this? Go. Go!