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February 19th, 2010

Wolves in the Night

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Saw the remake of THE WOLFMAN tonight. Great visuals, and Rick Baker's makeup was spectacular, as always (I much prefer the traditional 'wolfman' look of the old Universal classics, which Baker updates here, to the hydraulic-snout werewolves of AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE HOWLING, THE WOLFEN, etc). Overall, though, I'd give the movie a C, maybe a C+. Anthony Hopkins kind of phones in it, and Benicio del Toro is no Lon Chaney, Jr.

Speaking of things that go bump in the night, a new producer has been attached to my own werewolf movie-in-development, "The Skin Trade," according to CNN:
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0587869.htm

Meanwhile, March creeps ever closer, and with it the HBO decision about whether or not to greenlight the GAME OF THRONES series. I am pretty much out of the loop on this, so there's nothing I can do to impact it either way... but as much as I have tried to adopt a "que sera, sera" attitude, I'm growing increasingly anxious. All sorts of rumors swirling around the internet, both good and bad. And of course Hollywood has broken my heart before. Ask me politely and I'll show you my DOORWAYS scars...

Last but not least, there's Meereen. Can I just drop a hydrogen bomb on the damn place?

Sigh. Well, tomorrow is another day. At least when I'm in Westeros, I forget all about what may or may not be happening at HBO.

Some Pretty Pictures

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My books are published all over the world, in many different languages. Sometimes my foreign publishers just re-use the cover art from my American and/or British editions. Sometimes they slap on something vaguely appropriate (or not) from the Big Box o' Bad Fantasy Art down in their cellars. But sometimes they commission brand new cover art, often from artists in their own countries. (And that's certainly my preference, whenever I get a vote).

The quality varies, of course, just as it does with American and British covers. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good, sometimes downright hideous... but every once in a while, we get something spectacular. And I've been very pleased with some of the covers I've seen recently, so I thought I would share them with those of you who enjoy pretty figures.

First, from Estonia, a wonderful new FEVRE DREAM cover. Varrak, my Estonian publisher, really pulled out all the stops on this. I love the look of a classic antebellum steamboat, and the artist here actually got it right and gave me a sidewheeler, not a sternwheeler.



Meanwhile, in France, my French publishers are repackaging and reissuing all the books in A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE in new one-volumed editions (previously the French translations have been divided into three or four parts), with stunning new covers by Marc Simonetti. Here a couple of them: his takes on the Wall and Tyrion in King's Landing.





You can check out almost every cover that I've ever had on "Cover Art" page of my website (click on second shield on the bottom, black and green, House Fell)... though admittedly I'm a little behind on updating the gallery.

Just A Reminder...

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... for all you New Mexicans, and anyone passing through.

Tomorrow (that is, Saturday, February 20) is the SUICIDE KINGS signing at Barnes & Noble in Albuquerque. It's at the Coronado Center B&N, starting at 1:30 pm, and lasting... well, until we've scrawled in all the books you have for us.

In attendance, besides myself, will be SUICIDE KINGS contributors Melinda (Double Helix) Snodgrass, Victor (Radical) Milan, Daniel (Bugsy) Abraham, Ian (Rustbelt) Tregillis, and Caroline (Bubbles) Spector. (The elusive S.L. Farrell will miss this one too. He's a hard man to pin down).



Also on hand, all the way from Colorado, will be wild carder Carrie Vaughn, who will be signing copies of her new Kitty Norville novel, KITTY'S HOUSE OF HORRORS.



Carrie will be glad to sign her stories in INSIDE STRAIGHT and BUSTED FLUSH too, as will John Jos. (Carnifex) Miller, also expected to be on hand. And for Wild Card completists, there's a chance we might also glimpse Gail (Peregrine) Gerstner Miller, Laura (Lamia) Mixon, and maybe even Ty (Tinkerbill) Franck.

So be there or be square.

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