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.... Sorry for the short notice on this one, but:

Wayward Coffeehouse has been having a regular "Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author Reading Series" for a while now, and they decided my work was close enough to fit in.

We've had this scheduled for a while, and there were supposed to be one or two other authors scheduled to read that night? And for all I know, there still are, but I've never heard any confirmation about who they might be. I'd been planning on promoting this more when I had the other writers' names to announce, but, well, here we are at the last minute. :)

So come out and see me! I'll most likely be reading "Tuesday Calling" and "The Wedding Present" unless anyone else has any special requests, and probably something else besides, time permitting.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author Reading - Michael Montoure, others TBA
Wayward Coffeehouse

http://www.waywardcoffee.com/
8570 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA 98103

Crypticon.

Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:06 am
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And now for another installment of Short Notice Theater:

Going to be at Crypticon this weekend?

I'm going to be doing a reading on Saturday at 10:30pm in the Olympic Room.

If you like horror, you should really come, and not just for my reading -- the con was a lot of fun last year, and I got to meet a lot of familiar faces from horror movies I know and love. Hope to see your smiling and/or terrified faces as well. Cheers!
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You know, considering how hard [livejournal.com profile] warren_ellis has been banging the print-on-demand drum lately, isn't it interesting that he didn't just put Crooked Little Vein up on Lulu? It came out from a traditional publisher instead, William Morrow. Gosh, why is that, do you think? Do you suppose he wanted, I don't know .... money? Exposure? To have his book carried in bookstores? To have magazines and other media actually review it? To give it some kind of weight and legitimacy, maybe?

I keep thinking to myself, "Maybe I should try all this POD stuff," since the cool kids are doing it, and it's supposed to be impossible to get published these days and no one's reading books anymore any way and and and --

And then I walk into a great big fuckoff bookstore like Barnes & Noble or Borders, and I look around and think, "Hey, wait a minute! Somebody's getting published."

What's my conclusion here? I don't have one.
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Just three short sharp shocks for you this time:

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TALES FROM CRYPTICON

For those of you in Seattle, next weekend (May 23-25) is the CRYPTICON HORROR CONVENTION at the Seattle Airport Doubletree Hotel. I've just been called in at the last minute to do a few panels on Saturday:

The Year in Horror - noon
Horror Films as Modern, Dark Fairy Tales - 9:30PM
We Love Them, We Hate Them, But What Horror Films are the Best? - 10:30PM

You should come by the con and see me. Check out their website at:
http://crypticonseattle.com/

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CASTING THE FIRST STONE

If you frequent coffee shops, bookstores, and other such dens of iniquity here in Seattle, you might also be familiar with one of our more, ahh, *alternative* alternative papers, the SEATTLE SINNER.

If you pick up a copy of the May issue, there's a short review of my anthology, COUNTING FROM TEN, in the Entertainment section.

They don't have the review up on their website (yet?), but their address is:
http://www.theseattlesinner.com/

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HOW THE DOCTOR CHANGED MY LIFE

"The schoolboy whose twin brother vanished in the night. A woman whose house teems with alien refugees. The dad who dies every evening... "

You may remember from my October 2007 update that I have a short story, in an upcoming DOCTOR WHO anthology, entitled "HOW THE DOCTOR CHANGED MY LIFE".

I can now announce the title of my story -- "RELATIVITY." The book now has a release date -- September 2008 -- and is available for pre-order:

http://www.bigfinish.com/26-Doctor-Who-Short-Trips-How-the-Doctor-Changed-my-Life

Smaller.

Oct. 22nd, 2007 12:27 pm
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Halloween is banging down the door, and I've only seen one or two people post the link graphic for my reading, so my theories are a.) It was just too big to be spamming your friends pages with with, b.) I posted it too long before Halloween and now you all need this ever-so-lovingly gentle reminder, c.) Nobody wants to come to Greenwood, or d.) No one loves me any more. Assuming it's a., I therefore have thoughtfully provided you with this new, smaller, practically dainty link graphic to use instead. You're welcome.



The code for this link graphic:
<a href="http://www.bloodletters.com/"><img src="http://www.bloodletters.com/pub/halloween2007small.gif" width="300" height="217" border="0"></a>

I do hope you're going to come -- I've got not one, not two, but three brand new stories for you all this year, and I think they're gonna knock your socks off. So bring some friends, and bring extra socks.

Viral.

Oct. 13th, 2007 07:39 pm
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The code for this link graphic:
<a href="http://www.bloodletters.com/"><img src="http://www.bloodletters.com/pub/halloween2007.gif" width="325" height="488" border="0"></a>
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As you can see from the flyer, we're in a new location this year: the Wayward Coffeehouse in Greenwood is our replacement for the late, lamented Aurafice. It's a really nice space -- it's much bigger, it's laid out better as a performance venue, and they have really rather excellent coffee. The owner is super-excited to have us there, so that's nice, too.

Of course, since it is in a new location, I'm worried people aren't going to show up. (Or at least, that we're not going to do much to fill the space.) Prove me wrong!

Help me promote the event -- put the link graphic above on your LiveJournal or blog, post about it to message boards, RSVP for it on Facebook, and if you want to print up any of the flyers to distribute them yourself, let me know, and I will totally hook you up with a PDF.

Above all, please bring your friends, your co-workers, your mom. (Okay, maybe not your mom.)

Besides the new short piece I mentioned, I've also finished a much longer brand-new piece that I'm really pleased with, and I'm going to see if I can't knock out something else new in time for the reading, as well. Of course, if there's any of my older stories you're dying to hear again, just let me know in the comments, and I'll see what I can do.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Boom.

Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:49 pm
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There's something so insanely gratifying about sitting down and writing a whole little story in one go, even one this short. Even more gratifying is the fact that it's an idea I came up with just last night around 2:00am when I couldn't sleep, and I've written it all out already. (I nearly got up and wrote it last night, but I was so wobbly when I tried, I just scribbled the idea down on a scrap of paper and went back to bed.)

This'll be my opening piece for my Halloween reading this year, I think. The Official Announcement and relevant details of which will come later, but for now, save the date: Wednesday, October 31st, 7pm-9pm.
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Looks like I can talk about this now:

"[T]hough the competition was aimed at finding just one winner, the judges were so impressed with the quality of many entries they've decided to extend the prize.

'We had an incredibly strong shortlist of the best 25 entries,' explains Guerrier. '[...] we felt our shortlist was of such quality that it deserved a whole book of its own.'

This special anthology, deftly titled How The Doctor Changed My Life, will be published in late 2008. The 24 runners up are:

Violet Addison; Steven Alexander; Mike Amberry; Arnold T Blumberg; Anna Bratton; John Callaghan; Dann Chinn; Stephen Dunn; Richard Goff; Peter Hallbright; Tim Lambert; JR Loflin; Nick May; James C McFetridge; Simon Moore; Michael Montoure; LM Myles; Einar Olgeirsson; Bernard O'Toole; Andrew K Purvis; Michael Rees; Mark Smith; Chris Wing; Caleb Woodbridge."

bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/news/cult/news/drwho/2007/06/19/46091.shtml

Pseudopod.

Nov. 1st, 2006 08:27 am
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Yesterday I said I had An Announcment -- one I made at my reading last night to much applause.

Pseudopod is the "world’s first horror podcast magazine," posting a new short story every two weeks in audio MP3 format. I've had several friends suggest I submit a story to them, and so I finally did. They accept "reprints", as it were, so I sent them the title story from Counting From Ten.

They liked it, they bought it, and it went up on their site just before Halloween.

They did a pretty good job, I think. The reader really captured the voice of Tommy -- I'm pretty damn happy with it, and it's getting some really good comments.

You should download it. Give it a listen.

Download (36m:58s)
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Oh, thank God. I don't think I ever mentioned, but I lost my laptop a little while ago -- I was carrying it around in the car with me, and one day I noticed I didn't have it anymore, so, either someone stole it out of my car or I managed to leave it behind in a coffeeshop somewhere. So, yeah.

It was an insanely cheap used laptop, so I wasn't too worried about losing it, but I was upset about losing the beginnings of a new novel I had on the hard drive. I couldn't find a backup disk (yes, I still use 3.5" disks), so I figured I'd lost it along with the laptop.

Sometimes when I've lost my only copy of something I've written, I can just shrug my shoulders, sigh, and rewrite the damn thing. Sometimes I can't. I knew that trying to recreate these first few scenes would be like trying to catch lightning in a bottle twice in a row. There was no way I was going to capture these characters again, their particular witty, prickly, vibrantly verbal love/hate relationship.

This morning, while looking for something I wanted to bring to my reading tonight, I was looking on some disks that were near the computer -- and lo and behold, there it was, tucked away behind a cryptic and innocuous filename.

Good to meet you again, Sheldon Crane, and Aidan Crane. I've missed you both terribly.

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So, yeah, in other news -- be there tonight, won't you? I have An Announcement to make.

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It's almost time for my annual Horror Fiction Reading on Tuesday, October 31st.

I'll be reading a few of my short stories, including at least one brand new piece and something from my anthology, Counting from Ten. (I'll also have copies with me, if you'd like to buy one afterward. And you would.)

As always, the Reading will be at the Aurafice, an Internet coffee shop, on 616 East Pine Street, between Belmont and Boylston on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. It will be from 8:00pm until 10:00pm.

If you're not familiar with my original fiction, please check out my personal website at: http://bloodletters.com/

If you come, I promise I'll only keep you a little while, lead you through some very dark places, lead you safely back out, and send you on your way.

But if you don't, then all your friends will prove false, you and your true love will never meet, and you'll never achieve your heart's desire.

So come support your local arts. And please consider posting this link image in your LiveJournal, or to your website or weblog -- I rely almost entirely on your word-of-mouth to advertise this event. Thanks!

HTML code:

<a href="http://www.bloodletters.com/"><img src="http://bloodletters.com/pub/montoure-2006.gif" border="0" width="400" height="547"></a>

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Talebones.

Jul. 13th, 2006 08:48 am
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Talebones is, as the website says, "a semi-pro magazine featuring science fiction and dark fantasy from established and up-and-coming writers." They've been around since 1995. I've never managed to sell them a single story -- but they've given me some of the most detailed and encouraging rejections I've ever received. The editors, Patrick and Honna Swenson, are really neat people, very friendly and outgoing, some of the best people you could hope to meet if you're a new writer.

Unfortunately, the reason I bring this up is that, for financial reasons, they may not be able to keep the magazine going. They're making a last minute push for subscriptions and sales of the current issue. I just bought an issue -- seven bucks, not too bad. Hell, I spent nearly that on a mocha and a muffin yesterday.

If you've got the scratch, help 'em out. Thanks.

Numbers.

Nov. 3rd, 2005 06:42 pm
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1185. Yesterday, nothing. So far, 2272. Slow start, but it's something.

....

Nov. 2nd, 2005 01:17 am
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1,087.

*psssst*

Oct. 31st, 2005 01:34 pm
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(Last minute reminder: I'm reading tonight! Don't forget! Be there!)
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I'll be reading a few of my short stories, including at least one brand new piece and probably something from my anthology, Counting from Ten. (I'll also have copies with me, if you'd like to buy one afterward. Those of you who haven't bought one yet, remember, I know who you are, I know where you live. Cheers.)

As always, the Reading will be at the Aurafice, an Internet coffee shop, on 616 East Pine Street, between Belmont and Boylston on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. It's on Halloween itself this year, and will be from 8:00pm until 10:0pm.

If you're not familiar with my fiction, please check out my personal website at: http://bloodletters.com/

If you're planning on being there, then please consider posting this image in your LiveJournal, or to your website or weblog. I look forward to seeing you all. Thanks!

(HTML code: <img src="http://static.flickr.com/31/55273936_81c2da5761_o.gif" width="325" height="502" /> )

Reading.

Oct. 18th, 2004 12:37 pm
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There's that chill in the air again, that sharp wind through leafless trees that makes you pull your coat tighter. The days are growing shorter and the dead are closer every day.

It's almost time.

Come to my seventh annual Horror Fiction Reading on Saturday, October 30th.

I'll be reading a few of my short stories, including at least one brand new piece and something from my anthology, Counting from Ten. (I'll also have copies with me, if you'd like to buy one afterward.)

As always, the Reading will be at the Aurafice, an Internet coffee shop, on 616 East Pine Street, between Belmont and Boylston on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. It will be from 7:00pm until 8:30pm. (Early enough, I hope, for everyone to come to the reading and still be able to go out and enjoy the rest of your Halloween weekend.)

If you're not familiar with my fiction, please check out my personal website at: http://bloodletters.com/

If you're planning on being there, then please consider posting this link image in your LiveJournal, or to your website or weblog. I look forward to seeing you all. Thanks!

Here's the code for it:

<a href="http://www.bloodletters.com/"><img src="http://bloodletters.com/pub/montoure-oct2004.gif" border="0" width="300" height="300"></a>

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So today I'm screwing around with writing myself a new story submission tool, and updating my market list, with the eventual goal of sending at least something off to an editor tonight, and I look at my submission log and I notice --

The last time I got off my ass and sent a story out was exactly one year ago today.

Or, put another way: I suck. Heh.

Seriously.

Apr. 2nd, 2004 12:10 am
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.... there is a book. No, really.

Top marks to [livejournal.com profile] cirocco, who wrote:

I think the smart money is on this being a double-inverse-reverse prank. That is, the book has been in the works for a while, but you delayed posting about it until the 1st, knowing that you are a legendary trickster and would not be believed, only to actually produce the books at Norwescon. Ergo the real joke is that this is no joke. Am I right or am I right?


Dead-on. Either having known me for an appallingly long time has given her profound insights into my twisty little thought processes, or perhaps she's simply just as devious as I am to begin with. Your call.

[livejournal.com profile] kickaha also gets high marks for thinking to track down the publishing company listed on the cover graphic -- a new local small press that [livejournal.com profile] helix90 is involved with -- but he loses at least five points for somehow missing this page. Heh.

So, anyway, yeah. Object lesson here being, you can't trust anything I do on April Fool's Day; you can't even trust me to lie. Gotcha.

$14.95, trade paperback, 160 pages. Seriously, tell all your friends, won't you?

Published.

Apr. 1st, 2004 11:00 am
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Okay, I've been trying to keep this under wraps until I was sure it was going to happen, but today seems like a good day to make the announcement:

I have a book of short stories coming out very shortly. Here's the cover.

I should have copies available for purchase at Norwescon, and you'll be able to order it directly from the publisher on-line soon, as well. I'll post ordering information when I have it. Cover price is $14.95, trade paperback, 160 pages. Tell all your friends, won't you?

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