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There’s a lot going on in November. First up is the World Fantasy Convention, in (okay, near) Washington, DC, Nov. 6–9. Writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I will be there, along with several hundred of the other best writers in the business.

Then I’m back in Arizona, but books start coming out that I’ve contributed to (with Marcy, in most cases). November 17 is the big day—that’s when the anthology Out of Tune is released. Edited by Jonathan Maberry, it collects original dark fantasy tales based on classic folk ballads. Our “John Barleycorn Must Die” is based on the “John Barleycorn” ballad, of which there are several variants.

The same day, an e-book box set called Sensational Six comes out. This is an amazing collection of six stories/novellas/short novels by 7 fantastic authors, and—at least for a limited time—it can be yours for only 99 cents! With work by Gini Koch, Jordan Summers, Caris Roane, Sasha White, and Vivi Anna in it, along with fantasy novella “A Soul in the Hand” by Marcy and me, it’s a must-have for every fan of fantasy and the paranormal. Marcy has a special page on her website devoted to it, with story descriptions and author links, and as soon as the buy links are live they’ll be there, too. Check it out here. And keep an eye on the blog tour, here!

A week later, Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse comes out in hardcover. Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, this anthology is packed with all-new stories about everybody’s favorite residents of Bon Temps. RT Book Reviews said, “This wildly entertaining anthology features well-known authors delving into the lives of existing characters found in Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels…Crisp storytelling, sharp dialogue and great pacing are highlights of what, for Sookie fans, will be an anthology to die for.” My (solo) story in this one is “Taproot,” and it’s focused on Andy Bellefleur.

There’s one more huge announcement to come, but it’s for a book that’ll have a December publication date, so we’ll hold off just a little longer on that one.

And there’s one belated announcement: The Fade to Black hardcover, collecting the comic book miniseries I did a few years ago with the incredibly talented, British Fantasy Award winning artist Daniele Serra, is on sale now. There’s a new foreword by me, a new introduction by the fantastic Jonathan Maberry, and the whole story is contained in one volume, the way it was meant to be. It’s available from most book retailers, but if you buy it directly from the publisher you can get a special limited edition copy signed by Dani and me!

Thanks for reading!


Jeffrey J. Mariotte

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