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  • Question: I've seen a few rumors online (albeit poorly cited ones) that mention a second short story collection from you. Is there any truth to this? If so, when can we expect it? I loved 20th Century Ghosts, and have been really excited to read more of your short stories. - itsonlycody
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    There won’t be a second collection for another couple years. Though I am hoping to clear most of 2015 to work on short stories and novellas. We’ll see how it goes.

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  • Question: Do you have any memories of being on set of the film, Creepshow? How was it seeing your Dad in the film? - jikorijo
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    I remember everything about it and even wrote about it (sort of), in a short story called “Bobby Conroy Comes Back From The Dead.” I remember being especially impressed with Tom Savini’s leather jacket.

    I thought my Dad was wonderful and I wanted Jody Verrill to have better luck.

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  • Question: Why don't you like the omnibus format? - kingofhavingagoodtime
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    Heavy books make my wrist ache.

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  • Question: What would you consider to be the best series/novel you have done so far? - candyrotten
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    Boy, I have no idea. I’m just relieved they seem to have mostly gone over well. I do think my best short story is probably “Pop Art.” It’s been all downhill since then.

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  • Question: Dear Joe! I just pre-ordered the Wraith hardcover. I haven't read the novel yet, and while I know you said the two are independent stories, but out of curiosity, which would you personally recommend one read first? - watercolorstain
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    No, they really truly can be read in any order. It does no harm to NOS4A2 to read WRAITH first. It does no harm to WRAITH to read NOS4A2 first. Both stories contain some of the same characters and settings, but I was careful to avoid putting anything in one that could spoil the other.

    I have no preference.

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A reader had a strong reaction to my last post - the one with the image of the library and the reminder to think about other possibilities before going online for a lazy browse. I got in touch with her and said:

Ah, but I’m not critiquing your Internet habits - I’m critiquing my own. I made that my home screen, so when I throw on my browser, that’s the first thing I see. Just trying to make sure I balance my compulsive tendencies to surf the web with some other stuff I want to do. For me, anyway, it’s a constant fight not to wind up in front of the computer in my underwear for 9 hours, eating hot wing pretzels and looking at listicles on Buzzfeed.

Her reply was thoughtful and articulate and worth a read:

I hope you know that I ranted about the message, not your decision to share it! I get it’s an individual thing. (I need to be reminded of the message too and have spent days hours on my laptop with only a cheetos-encrusted keyboard to show for it)

It’s when it gets reblogged and shared with dozens of people agreeing with it that causes me concern that the message makes people, who need the online world to cope and interact, feel really bad about themselves. Like they are ‘wrong’ for preferring to be online. Because I’ve met people online, who can’t talk to someone face-to-face, but online they’re able to be smart, clever people, who can share their ideas and opinions without any fear. Or people who physically can’t get around and ‘take that walk’, so online is their way to see the world. (I have my own personal story too, but I won’t bore you with that.)

I wrote my opinion because I know I have a few of those sorts following me and I wanted them to know that they have people who understand that the message doesn’t have to apply to them.

Your post just happened to be one of many that I’ve seen around social networking sites this week with this sort of message. Sorry!

I wouldn’t argue with a word. One of the great potentials of the Internet is its unique power to help people forge connections, friendships, social circles, and families, united by affection, shared passions, and like ideas. That’s a healthy thing and people are right to seek it out.

But for myself, sometimes I’m just online too much. Too much Twitter, too much surfing, too much time reading trivial crap I won’t remember ten minutes later. So I posted my little library image to remind me of some of the other stuff I care about. No criticism of others meant at all.

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For Chris Ryall ‘s upcoming Zombies Vs Robots #ZvR ongoing series, Issue #1 cover  finished colors. From IDW Publishing in 2015

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A dorky reminder for a guy who seems to need one now and then.

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The most important 12 seconds of film in the history of the western.

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WRAITH is out in hardcover on July 30th. The book expands on and explores the world of NOS4A2, telling the story of three convicts and a pair of prison guards who run afoul of Charlie Manx, and find themselves fighting for their lives across the fever-dream landscape of Christmasland.

It is not necessary to have read NOS4A2 to enjoy or understand WRAITH, and vice versa. The novel tells one story; the comic tells another. That said, I think fans of one will find a lot to like in the other.

I’ll be doing a signing at the Framingham, MA, Barnes & Noble on August 6th, at 7 PM, to support the book. C’mon by and let me deface your comics! I’m sure there’ll be copies of LOCKE & KEY, HEART-SHAPED BOX, HORNS, and NOS4A2 on hand as well.

I’ll also be in Piccadilliy - that’s right, the United Kingdom - on August 13th, at 6PM, for the Gollancz festival. Sarah Pinborough will be doing an interview with me and I assume I’ll be scribbling my name on books. I imagine this will be my only UK stop of the year. Hope you’ll drop in for it.