Scenes from the UNSEAMING reading in New Paltz

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Circumstances conspired so that I ended up giving an unplanned-for preview reading of my forthcoming story collection Unseaming at Inquiring Minds bookstore in New Paltz, NY, a couple weeks ago. It ended up being a cozy gathering of friends, which was fine and dandy. Unseaming comes out officially in October, though I had a few copies on hand specially printed for the reading (and the store kept a few copies of those on hand to sell, along with copies of just about all my other available books.) I read my stories “An Invitation via Email” and “Monster” in their entirety, as well as the opening section of “Her Acres of Pastoral Playground.” Anita took photos, as did my buddy Shveta Thakrar. Laird Barron wrote a few kind words about it on his own blog. The silly giddy captions here, though, are all me:
 

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Here I am mugging for Anita’s camera beside the spread of my books that the employees at Inquiring Minds set up. Kacey Ezell made that shirt for me back in ’09, when I was up for the Nebula Award and had just released the 10th anniversary issue of Mythic Delirium. It says “Nebula-nominated, Neil Gaiman-publishing supergeek.” And don’t you forget it.



Laird Barron came out to the reading, which made lots of sense as his significant other Jessica Maciag helped organize it, and as he wrote the introduction to the book! Anita caught us catching up before the reading. What you can't see is what Jessica pointed out, that we're wearing the exact same brand and color of shoes. Horror fashion faux pas?

Laird Barron came out to the reading, which made lots of sense as his significant other Jessica Maciag helped organize it, and as he wrote the introduction to the book! Anita caught us catching up before the reading. What you can’t see is what Jessica pointed out, that we’re wearing the exact same brand and color of shoes. Horror fashion faux pas?

Shveta captured the evidence that horror writer John Langan came out to my reading too. No pressure there, nope.

Shveta captured the evidence that horror writer John Langan came out to my reading too. No pressure there, nope.

Anita and Nicole Kornher-Stace (whose idea it was to hold the reading in the first place) listen tolerantly while I try to answer, animatedly, one of a barage of questions from a dude in the back row whose name I never did get. Photo by Shveta.

Anita and Nicole Kornher-Stace (whose idea it was to hold the reading in the first place) listen tolerantly while I try to answer, animatedly, one of a barrage of questions from a dude in the back row whose name I never did get. Photo by Shveta.

Dinner after the reading, taken with my iPhone. From left to right, John Langan, who is watching this video on Anita's phone; Nicole, Shveta, Laird, Jessica, my buddy Tim Dorsey from undergrad days at Virginia Tech(!); and Anita, expressing her opinion of my camera skills.

Dinner after the reading, taken with my iPhone. From left to right, John Langan, who is watching this video on Anita’s phone; Nicole, Shveta, Laird, Jessica, my buddy Tim Dorsey from undergrad days at Virginia Tech(!); and Anita, expressing her opinion of my camera skills.


 
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