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Steaming Along

I've realized that I have been remiss here in talking about the FEVRE DREAM comic, which made its debut in April at the C2E2 show in Chicago, and has been steaming along merrily ever since, releasing a new issue every month, dagnabit (sorry, channeling my inner Abner there), unlike certain other comics with which I have been connected.

The comic, of course, is an adaptation of my 1982 historical horror novel about vampires on antebellum Mississippi river steamboats. "Bram Stoker meets Mark Twain," one might say, or even "Huck Finn Meets Dracula." Something like that. The book was pretty well received, anyway. A finalist for the World Fantasy Award in its day. (Lost to Michael Shea's NIFFT THE LEAN. I never win the novel prizes).

The comic is being published by William Christensen and his team at Avatar Press. Script and adaptation by my friend and sometime collaborator Daniel Abraham (one my partners on HUNTER'S RUN, creator of Jonathan Hive in the Wild Cards universe, and author of THE LONG PRICE QUARTET, the best damned fantasy that too few of you have read), who has done a terrific and very faithful translation. Art by Rafa Lopez, pride of Malaga, Spain.

The first four issues should be available right now in any good comics shop, with the fifth issue due out soon. (And if your local comic shop doesn't have them, then it's not a GOOD comics shop, is it?). The miniseries will run to ten issues, so we're almost halfway home. No year-long delays between issues are anticipated. The whole story is done and in the can, penciled, inked, colored, everything.

And I promise you: my vamps suck, but they don't sparkle.


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Aug. 14th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
Fevre Dream
I'm actually half-way through the book right now, and loving it. Not sure why I waited so long to read it.

The comics look great, I'll probably pick them up once I finish the novel.
Aug. 14th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Fevre Dream
Aye, I also read it only few months ago. And well.. I also love(d) it!

I mean.. I'm starting to wonder whether GRRM has ever written anything that isn't great? :)
Aug. 14th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Fevre Dream
You're very kind... but every writers produces his share of gobblers. Me included.
Aug. 15th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Re: Fevre Dream
Gobblers? Never heard that term before, but I like it!

Anyways, just wanted to say that I finished the book today and it was fantastic! I'd say it tops The Vampire Lestat as the best vampire novel I've ever read.

Next up for me: The Armageddon Rag! A rock band named "Nazgul"? Can't believe this one flew under my radar until now.
Aug. 17th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Re: Fevre Dream

That's no gobbler and far from a turkey.

Probably that's the most believable vampire story ever written.

Especially that bit about Mr York reading a book in the dark.

Houston, 1978, nice new Mazda. Conversation about rotary engines in a laundromat... Nah. Couldn't have been you.

Aug. 14th, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
Now we just need an adaptation of The Armageddon Rag. Or a Nazgul tribute album.
Aug. 14th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
That would be very verrrrry cool!
Aug. 14th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
reading material
Well, while I'm waiting on Kong's demise I guess I'll add "The Long Price Quartet" to my wish list. Thanks for the recommendation.
Aug. 14th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
is 'The Long Price Quartet' that good? i'm looking for something to read now but none of the fantasy books i've seen appeal to me, i'm tempted to go back to classic literature :)
Aug. 14th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, it really is that good. Perhaps more deliberately paced than many fantasy novels, the series is very much character driven with well-developed, interesting characters and a unique magic system.
Aug. 14th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I found the first book at Foyles (london) under the title 'A long price', I guess is the same one. Will give it a go and see. Thanks for the comments :)
Aug. 14th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Online ordering too.
You can also order them online up to issue 8. They have different cover options as well. I've got the first 4 and have the next 4 ordered and ready to go. I decided to mix up which covers I got for fun, a few with auxiliary covers and some with the wraparound. Here is the link of anyone is interested.

Also I just have to say that the Long Price Quartet is completely awesome.
Aug. 14th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
The God Damn Fevre Dream
It was indeed a great novel. Quite liked the ending. Everyone should read this sucker. (pardon the pun)
Aug. 14th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Awesome news Mr. Martin! After reading most excellent WILD CARDS comic series I am thrilled to read Fevre Dream. This project has received the most anticipation from me this year, I am happy to see that it is in stores now :)
Aug. 14th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
NOTHING to do with Fevre Dream
(Although I really did like the book...)

George, when are you going to going to start talking football?!?
Aug. 14th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: NOTHING to do with Fevre Dream
Alas, football posts may be scarce to non-existant this year.

I will be on the road for much of the season, and while I will TIVO the Giants and Jets games, I will not be watching them live, so I won't be able to post about them until I'm home.
Aug. 14th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: NOTHING to do with Fevre Dream
Are you watching HBO's Hard Knocks show? All about the Jets and their training camp this season. Good reviews of the first episode.
Aug. 14th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: NOTHING to do with Fevre Dream
Wait... are you talking about football or football?
Aug. 15th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Re: NOTHING to do with Fevre Dream
Obviously you are the road working, but, how much "work" do you get the chance to do? (By "work" I clearly mean the writing/Editing, of Ice and Fire or anything else). Are you busier now than you were in 2000? just curious.
Aug. 14th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Fevre Dream was the first book of yours I read way back in the early 90's and is the reason I first read the Song of Ice and Fire, not usually being drawn to epic fantasy.

Any chance of a sequel when ASoIaF is through? (I would say when ADWD is through but I don't think other posters here would think very kindly of me)
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Aug. 14th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
I don't have a werewolf novel... but try my werewolf novella, "The Skin Trade." You can find it in my collection DREAMSONGS.
Aug. 14th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
hahah, i love you just for that last comment.
Aug. 14th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
What happened to...
The post that came before this one, that the Calendars were sold out? It disappeared!

Now related to this post... How do you balance reading EVERYTHING by your favourite authors and also exposing yourself to other potentially great writing? Most of us can only read so much in a year...

Is it wrong to reread a book? That is time you could be using to expose yourself to James Joyce, Foucault, Yeats or Yann Martel.

Is it better to have a strong understanding of a small selection of literature, or exposure to a broad spectrum.

What is the right answer to any of these questions?

Aug. 15th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: What happened to...
The missing post was deleted.

I do delete posts from time to time. Usually just simple announcements that have served their purpose, or are otherwise outdated. Sales that are no longer in effect, for instance.

As for reading v. rereading, I don't know the answer. Too many books, too little time. Words to live by. Just remember what happened to Burgess Meredith, and take care of your spectacles.
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Aug. 20th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Re: What happened to...
Luckily I am not yet too far removed from youth to require reading glasses... but do drive... or see a movie... That is a different story.

Being only recently declassified as young, Burgess Meredith is a risky reference... but as soon as I read that, I thought of 1 of maybe 3 Twilight Zone episodes I recall ever seeing, and a quick look up on imdb shows my recall is correct!

Aug. 15th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Daniel Abraham's "A Shadow in Summer" is finally nearing the top of my To Be Read pile and I'll get to it soon. If I enjoy it as much as I hope to, then I'll buy the other three volumes in quick succession.

"Fevre Dream" I have yet to read, but that is part of a long term strategy in which I hold off on particularly interesting sounding Novels/Movies/TV shows until I reach a point where I want to have on hand something to read/watch that I will be certain of very much enjoying. In the same way, I have specifically avoided viewing "The Godfather" films. In this way, I'll always have at least a few very high quality works to look forward to.
Aug. 15th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
"Fevre Dream" I read after ASoIaF, and it popped right to the top three of my favourite books list. I now own a battered paperback copy which I've read several times (this during my study years, that is, in times when I have no time and will often be reading the same book on the train from summer holidays back to school as I do on the train from term finals to Christmas holidays...). I've tried to make people around me read it. Alas, people around me are as busy as I and less interested in fantasy. (If it doesn't sparkle. Silly sparkle. Silly people.)

But in any case, let me just drop in a thanks to you, Mr Martin, for this jewel of a book. The gruff character of Abner Marsh caught me from his first introduction, and the setting comes alive off the page. Most of all I love the flow of the language; I can't read this book without skipping back to reread favourite passages here and there, just for the pleasure of them, much like I might read poetry.

("Dying of the Light" had a few passages like those, too. Another wonderful book. Will there be a comic?)

As for the "Fevre" comics, I'll wait for a hardcover omnibus or what's-its-name with all the issues inside. As I said, I'm a big fan of the written word, and I always feel something is missing in comic adaptations, even if they're good. If I like a book enough I'll get the comic "just to have it". That's how I feel this time, too.
Aug. 16th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
RE: Fevre Dream and Owen Teale
Awesome News!, cannot wait till I make my next monthly trip to the big comic store an hours drive away.
Furthermore can you let us know if Owen Teale is cast in Games and perhaps give us some of your famous clues on what role he will be portraying.
Sep. 10th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Are there reference to George Gordon, Lord Byron?
If so, I hope that they realise that anyone who knew him would KNOW he was not English.

~clears throat and manages not to glower~

British, yes. English, no.

Dec. 19th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Fevre Dream
u know how they all talk about the story of the king who will lead them to the underground city of darkness...


Time for a sequel.
Jul. 16th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
My all time favorite book. I have read it a half dozen times and it's about time to read it again. When can we expect the MOVIE??? John Goodman is Abner Marsh. Send him the Book and I'm sure he will agree. Pleeeaaasseee!
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