For the next two weeks, in partnership with BitLit Media, my publisher and I are launching an experiment. If you own a physical copy of my first novel, HEART-SHAPED BOX – in hardcover or in paperback – you can now get a free copy of the eBook, which you can read using the software of your choice (iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and all the rest). I am awfully goddamn excited about this.

Getting your book is easy and weirdly fun. The instructions, and a dedicated HEART-SHAPED BOX page, are here. But I will repeat them for your convenience:

"1. Download the BitLit app (Android or iPhone).

2. Use the app to snap a photo of your print copy of Heart-Shaped Box.

3. Write your name on the copyright page. Use the app to snap a photo of it.

From there, we’ll send you an email with your coupon code to get the eBook edition of Heart-Shaped Box for FREE from HarperCollins.”

This offer is available only to US customers (for now).

Simple, right? Although this requires very little effort, the BitLit software is normally even more frictionless and delightful. That last step (the coupon code) is something my publisher did, I think so they can more closely track the results of the experiment. Normally, after BitLit confirms your book, they’ll set up an instant download. Cool, right? If our experiment works out, I’m sure we’ll move in that direction in the future.

And I hope our experiment does work out. I very badly want this to be a roaring success.

You may or may not know that for the last few months there has been an intense, sometimes nasty debate about what eBooks should cost and (maybe more importantly) who should get to set the price. Millions of dollars ride on the outcome, and the enormous corporations involved have been throwing sharp elbows. It’s a Big Deal.

For myself, I know – and believe we can still have – a thriving, healthy literary ecosystem, with big publishers and little ones, big bookstore chains and cozy indies, the convenience of online shopping and the pleasures of visiting your local brick-and-mortar place. And the BitLit software feels like technology in the service of supporting the whole ecosystem, instead of undercutting any one part of it. If you can go to your local indie, and get the eBook free for your Kindle (or iPad or Nook or whatever) when you buy the hardcover, you don’t have to choose between the big guy and the little guy, or between paper and digital. It doesn’t have to be a zero sum game where someone’s win is someone else’s loss.

So, yeah, I hope you’ll take us up on our offer. If you own a physical copy of HEART-SHAPED BOX and live in the U.S. go get your free eBook. If you haven’t bought a copy of HEART-SHAPED BOX in paperback, I hope you’ll consider it. I’d like the results of this experiment to blow HarperCollins out of their socks. If this works big, maybe we can expand to other territories and other books. It isn’t entirely up to me, and I love my publisher and want them to be happy, so no promises, ‘kay? But if you do make use of the BitLit system over the next couple weeks to get your free copy, know that I’m tremendously grateful.

And I apologize deeply to everyone who follows me on Twitter because I’m about to spend the next two weeks relentlessly flogging the shit out this deal. Hope you don’t get too tired hearing about it.


"Through technology, we’re becoming more known to everyone but ourselves."

- Joy Williams, The Paris Review #209.
Photo Set



Who is in the Tavern? has launched on Kickstarter

It’s a set of cards that D&D game masters and storytellers in general can use to fill a scene with NPCs and random characters to interact with. Each card has a unique character (illustrated by me), and includes tavern stats and personality traits to help build stories.

A lot of the characters will be created using ideas from backers, meaning that you can have your character illustrated by me and it will appear on the cards if you back the project at Bartender and Proprietor levels!

Please check out the Kickstarter and back if you can/want! These guys are just a taste of the fun and wacky characters I’ve been working on! Click the link!

Night-time reblog!

My 11-year-old would love these.

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Did this work? Let’s hope. The full UK trailer, for your viewing pleas-ah.

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Great UK trailer for HORNS. Maybe a teeeeeeny bit  spoiler-y, but a hell of a good preview all the same.

(Here’s a link if, for whatever reason, you can’t view the reel on my Tumblr)

UPDATE: Huh. I can watch the trailer on my Tumblr dashboard, but am just seeing a weird white cube on the actual Tumblr page. Follow the link to check it out, I guess.

UPDATE II: Wow. Not one single thing about this post works. The trailer is unviewable. The link goes nowhere. Anyone else would just delete the post and try again. But me, I’d rather preserve it here for posterity as a case study in “FAIL.”

UPDATE III: I seem to have now posted the video correctly. You can watch it above. No, this post isn’t going anywhere. Let’s keep it right here.


In just a few days I’ll be doing a Google Hangout for the Pixel Project to support their campaign to stop violence against women. I’m flattered and pleased to have been asked to be a part of their fall “Read for Pixels" program. We’ll be giving away some cool stuff, as well, including a 75-word original short story on a postcard, cos J.K. Rowling did that once and I always thought it was cool. Maybe I’ll write something about those Krazy Kristmasland Kidz.

Take a wander over to the Pixel Project homepage, why don’t you, and learn how you can be a positive force for change.

And I’ll see you over in my Google Hangout on September 5th, at 8PM EST.


A little light reading from 1899


A little light reading from 1899

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Mr. Gabriel Rodriguez’s cover for Jason Ciaramella’s forthcoming adaptation of “By The Silver Waters of Lake Champlain,” which will be in IDW’s SHADOW SHOW.


The waves wash in, warm and salty, leaving your eyebrows white and the edge of your cheekbone. Your ear aches. You are lonely. On the underside of a satin leaf, hot with shade, a scorpion sleeps. And one Sunday I will be shot brushing my teeth. I am a native of this island.
—Frank O’Hara, from “Pearl Harbor”


The waves wash in, warm and salty,
leaving your eyebrows white and
the edge of your cheekbone. Your ear
aches. You are lonely. On the
underside of a satin leaf, hot
with shade, a scorpion sleeps. And
one Sunday I will be shot brushing
my teeth. I am a native of this island.

Frank O’Hara, from “Pearl Harbor”

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This stunning installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper in commemoration of the centennial of Britain’s involvement in World War I. Entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, each flower represents a British or Colonial military fatality.

This staggering installation is a work in progress, with the ceramic pippies being planted by volunteers in the dry moat that surrounds the Tower of London. The planting process began a few weeks ago and will continue throughout the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11, 2014.

Visit the Historic Royal Palaces website to learn more about this moving project. You can also follow the progress of the volunteer planters by following the #TowerPoppies on Twitter.

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