“Still Life with Falling Man”

March 2nd, 2017 Comments off

Again, it’s been a while, but now I’ve got actual news.  I have a new novelette in the current issue of Interzone (issue 269). It’s called “Still Life with Falling Man,” and ordering instructions can be found here.

I remember scouring my local, Seattle-area bookstores way back in the nineties, looking for back issues of Interzone (oftentimes hoping for a new Greg Egan story), so I’m pretty excited to see my name up there on that cover… It’s like time travel. It’s like becoming a new part of my own personal history.

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“Things to Live For” Coming Soon!

September 23rd, 2014 4 comments

Yes, I’m awful at keeping this site updated. I’ve been buried neck-deep in writing and hush-hush secret projects, and I haven’t really had anything big to announce or talk about.  And, as always, I figured silence was preferable to idle chitchat (see my flash story “Not the Destination” – that’s as close to a mission statement as I’m likely to get).

But now I’ve actually got something cool to share!

My story, “Things to Live For,” is just a couple of weeks days away from publication. It’s appearing in Pulp Literature #4.  Pulp Literature is a great cross-genre magazine, and I suggest you check it out, support their mission, and, of course, read my story.  (There’ll be both physical and e-book editions.)

“Things to Live For” is a bit of a departure for me. It’s a surprisingly up-beat story, and the editors at Pulp Literature recently called it “charming.”  So … new territory all around.

It starts like this:

I was taking a piss and I fell over. (…)

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Technical Difficulties

December 1st, 2013 Comments off

Well, crap. I recently discovered that the email address listed on this site was down, and I’m not sure for how long. So, if anyone was trying to contact me and couldn’t get through, my apologies. My webmaster offered to commit ritual hara-kari, but I decided to show some mercy. Stuff happens.

Anyway, the email address is back up and working: author @ troublebox.com

And you can always reach me on twitter: @rgropp

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Bram Stoker Award Finalist!

March 1st, 2013 2 comments

Quick Update:

Bad Glass has made the Bram Stoker Award Final Ballot!  Really, I couldn’t be more chuffed.  I might even end up going to the convention/ceremony in New Orleans; I’m still working out the details.

A win still seems unlikely, but it’s nice to be recognized by an organization I’ve respected for such a long, long time.

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More Honors

February 1st, 2013 Comments off

I’ve been quiet lately, locked alone in my office trying to create weird worlds and lots and lots of words.  In the meantime, Bad Glass has managed to pick up a couple more honors.

First, it made the preliminary ballot for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards (first novel category).  In order to become an official nominee, however, it needs to survive a vote from the HWA membership, narrowing that list from 10 to 5.  We’ll see what happens; I’m not sure how many HWA members have had a chance to read the book.

Second, Bad Glass appears on the Locus 2012 Recommended Reading List (again, first novel category).  A very cool honor.  Locus actually published an interesting analysis/review of the book back in their December issue, and it’s worth a read.  It’s pretty cool to see a reviewer delve deeply into what I was trying to do.

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Library Journal’s Best of 2012

November 27th, 2012 Comments off

Bad Glass made Library Journal’s year-end list!  Best Books 2012: Science Fiction/Fantasy.

“Straddling the border between sf and horror, this outstanding dark fantasy debut recalls the speculative fiction of Samuel Delany and Mark Danielewski.”

Quite an honor, considering the company and the books it beat out.

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What Caitlín R. Kiernan Really Said

October 11th, 2012 Comments off

For people thinking about buying Bad Glass – Amazon | BN.com | Powell’s – here’s what Caitlín R. Kiernan, one of my all-time favorite writers, had to say about it:

“An impressive and promising debut. A breath of fresh air in the stale literature of apocalypse. A chilling, surreal, terrible, beautiful book.”

(An edited version of this quote appears on the final cover, but it changes around the “terrible, beautiful book” part, which I love dearly.)

So, listen to Caitlín, buy Bad Glass.  (And while you’re at it, buy The Drowning Girl: A Memoir.  It’s a wonderful, wonderful book.)

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“Not the Destination” Available Online

October 10th, 2012 2 comments

My short, short, short story, “Not the Destination,” is now available on the Daily Science Fiction website.  Go check it out.

“Not the Destination,” Coming in 2 Days.

October 1st, 2012 2 comments

I have a (tiny) story coming out from Daily Science Fiction in 2 days. If you want to get it the moment it comes out, sign up now! The story goes out to subscribers, via email, on October 3rd.  It will also go up on their webpage after a week (I’ll link to it here), but you should really support Jonathan & Michele by signing up for their e-mail digest.

They gave me my first professional sale — last year’s “Filling Up the Void” — and for that they’ll always be awesome.

As for the story itself, I’m not kidding when I say it’s tiny.  It’s called “Not the Destination,” and it’s 102 words long.

Yet More Interviews. AND FREE BOOKS!

September 28th, 2012 Comments off

First of all, Buy my book: Amazon | BN.com | Powell’s

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ve got a couple more interviews to report, and each of these have actual, honest-to-god giveaways at the end!  Follow the links and you’ll have a chance to win A FREE COPY OF BAD GLASS, courtesy my wonderful publisher, Del Rey.

Here’s my Interview/Giveaway at The Qwillery.

“I’ve always been a fan of apocalyptic and “weird city” fiction (books like The Stand, or Swan Song, or Viriconium, or Gormenghast), but those things always seemed like such a huge undertaking to me – the world-building, the large cast of characters, the delicate mood. I think, when I sat down to write Bad Glass, I just felt like it was time for me to stop fooling around and start working on something I’d genuinely love. Even if it was big and scary and intimidating.”

And here’s my Interview/Giveaway at My Bookish Ways.

“For some reason, I’m affected by weird body horror. If I looked down and saw a pulsing growth sticking out of my abdomen, maybe moving around with a mind of its own, that would probably freak me the hell out …”

Also, I got a very positive review from Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves today.  Pretty cool.  Thanks, Jenn!

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