December 9, 2017 by Laird

This has been a quiet year on the publishing front. I wrote one story, “Swift to Chase,” dealt with a pretty savage sequence of problems concerning Athena, and finally managed to stabilize and get going on the current novel.

Phil Gelatt’s THEY REMAIN debuted at the Portland HPL Film Festival (very proud to have him adapt –30–) and I went to Necon, which was a terrific experience.

Athena is hobbling around, but in high spirits, and I’m on the homestretch of the book, which is dead center crime, albeit leaking darkness and horror all over the place.

And that’s 2017 for me in broad strokes. I’m glad for the good parts, but I’m also glad I don’t have to do it again.

10 thoughts on “2017

  1. Hoping 2018 is a bit more tolerable for you and creatively rewarding, as well. Some years are definitely better than others, both on the life front and the writing front. Hang in there. We’ll look for great things!

  2. Jonathan Sprague says:

    2017 was a difficult year for many — especially with the tiny handed Molestor-in-Chief in Office. I’ve not seen your film but wit the notable exception of “Get Out,” I did not find the 2017 horror films particularly impressive. Well, what does not kill us makes us blah, blah, blah. Fortune willing, let’s hope for a much improved 2018. Peace.

  3. This has been an excellent year for finding new and impressive authors, Laird Barron being one of my favorite new discoveries. I’ve been catching up on your past writings and looking forward with anticipation to devouring more horrific and suspenseful ones in future years. Thank you for making my fiction consumption such a pleasant meal.

  4. Jason says:

    Mr Barron, wishing you a merry Yuletide, and a fulfilling and prosperous new year. Thanks for writing some of my all time favourite stories.

  5. Jake Dambach says:

    Hello, I am a huge fan of your work Mr. Barron and just wanted to say hello and let you know I’ll be picking up Blood Standard very soon after I’m done reading Last Days. 2017 was a rough year for everyone it seems, hopefully 2018 is better. Do you plan to write more short story collections (I love your collections, especially The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All) or focus more on novels?

  6. Laird says:

    Jake, thank you. I’m working on both novels and stories. Will have news about the stories as it comes in. I’d say we’re two or three years from another collection–but the Magic 8 Ball can be cryptic in that regard.

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