Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

Unclean Spirits Special Promotion

by Daniel Abraham

$3.99. Seriously, $3.99. But only for a few more week...

So if you’re wondering what I think about the strange new genre we’re all calling Urban Fantasy, your friends and mine at Pocket are saying the first one is, if not strictly free, at least seriously discounted.

Seriously, there’s a special offer on between now and November 14th that lets you pick up the ebook version of Unclean Spirits (and actually a metric assload of other fine titles) for $3.99.  Take a look.

And if you’d like to take a look at some of MLN’s short fiction, you’ve got some options too.  The most recent is the newly minted “The Difference Between a Puzzle and a Mystery” in the Down These Strange Streets anthology.  My personal favorite — Hurt Me — just came out in a couple of places.  The new mass market paperback of Songs of Love and Death and also The Year’s Best Dark fantasy & Horror 2011.

All of which makes it a great lead-up to the fourth — and IMHO best — of the Black Sun’s Daughter.  Killing Rites will be coming out in about a month.

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  1. So chomping at the bit for Killing Rites. Been spreading the word about this deal, as I try to get everyone (especially those that like Urban) to try out this series. Thanks for putting out such great reading material. New stuff from you always makes my week.

    • I’ve got to say, I’m pretty happy with the way Killing Rites came out. Things got a little dark in Vicious Grace — I knew they would — so I’m interested to see what folks make of the next one. I’ve also got the go-ahead for the fifth book — Graveyard Child. I haven’t heard from the new editor, now that Jen Heddle’s left Pocket. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk with him at some point and get a feel for his vision for the series.

  2. A question to Daniel, about Wild Cards:

    (I don’t know where else to ask this, so I’ll just comment on the latest entry; sorry.)

    When you wrote THE HARD CALL in (at least partially) Croyd’s voice, did you… sorta “study” the early stories? Y’know, like method actors sometimes study some specific people to really get into their role… Or did the task make you look at Zelazny’s body of work in general from a more analytical, technical point of view?

    I’m asking because I’ve been recently re-reading THE SLEEPER and ASHES TO ASHES and just… Wow. It must have been at least slightly intimidating to write about The Sleeper… Croyd is probably a character who is pretty easy to write okay, but a real bitch to get “right”. Right? The layers of irony and mythology sowed between the mundane and the casual… Not un-tough to pull off at all, I’d wager.

    So I guess what I’m asking is if you tried to (sorta) channel Zelazny’s voice a bit, Stanislavsky-style, or did you, on the contrary, deliberately and conciously try to steer clear of that path? Mind you, I haven’t read the comic yet… But what kind of special preparation, if any, did you do…? To ready yourself for THE HARD CALL and the tricksterly doings of Croyd Crenson?

    (And yes, I too, am opposed to fan-fic. That’s NOT where I was going with this.)

    Best wishes,


    • I already had a pretty clear idea of what Croyd sounded like in my head. But keep in mind, I’ve been reading these books since I was in high school.

      Also, there have been a lot of takes on Croyd since Zelazny made him. If the Wild Cards universe has a Superman or Batman, it’s Croyd. He’s been there since the start, he’s been on all sides, and a *lot* of people had their own takes on him. No matter what I did, my version wasn’t going to be a wider spread than, ferinstance, the one between Adam West and Christian Bale.

  3. I’m so glad to hear that you got the go-ahead for Graveyard’s Child. I just finished an ARC of Killing Rites, and I think my head might have exploded if there were no more books after that. I just glutted myself on all four installments back-to-back. This is a series that screams for a concrete resolution when we get to the last book (whenever that may be.) Please promise me that whenever you stop, it won’t be a cliffhanger!

    • I won’t end it on a cliffhanger. I’ve had a series ending in mind since I pitched the first book. How many books I get to take to reach it is always in the lap of the gods of commerce, but asking folks to invest their time and emotional lives in these characters and then leaving them hanging seems like a party foul.

      I’ve got a meeting planned with my new editor, Adam Wilson, over at Pocket, and I think that between us we can work out a plan for the series that’ll do right by Jayne and the gang.

      (But secretly, I’m delighted that you glutted yourself on the first four and still want to read more of them.)

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