So much news today, it's hard to know where to begin.
No, on second thought, I guess it's not. The biggest news of the day has to be the release of my novel The Slab.
I wrote this one years ago--I'd actually started it before 9/11, inspired in part by the experience of a couple of relatives, including my father, coping with Alzheimer's Disease. Then 9/11 happened, and it twisted in whole new directions, and helped me process both how I felt about the event and its aftermath. The book is set during that aftermath, and it's horror on an epic scale, all set amidst the weirdness of California's Slab City and Salton Sea environs.
Here are some quotes from a few reviews, upon its original publication:
"Mariotte manages both thought-provoking juxtaposition and lizard-brain satisfaction as he plays out the large cast of characters across this hard and relentless landscape. His serial killers are just original enough to catch readers by surprise and he neatly ties together the threads of random magic, post-traumatic stress syndrome, a subtle supernatural invasion and an upper-class attack on a lower class landscape." -- Rick Kleffel at Trashotron.com
"The Slab is one of those books that transports back to a time when you first started to fall in love the genre. It reminds of some of the great horror novels of the '80's. That's not to say the novel feels dated, not by any means. What I'm trying to say, remember those books that had a a roller-coaster fun heart, with a huge cast of characters, that kept you turning each page under the covers long after your parents told you to go to sleep." -- Ginger Nuts of Horror
"This novel is so jam packed with action, morality plays, and diversity, that in lesser hands than Mariotte's it could have easily become confusing. If you have ever read and enjoyed those epic horror novels from the 70's and 80's (think Dan Simmons's work) where you were immersed in a sprawling world of rich characterization, smart plotting, and enough sub-plotting where the horror was deliberately episodic and horrifying, The Slab will be the perfect read for you." -- TT Zuma, Horror World.org
It's been around for a while, but even if you've read it before, you haven't read it like this! WordFire Press is putting out five of my favorite novels in new, uniform editions, in celebration of my 20th year as a novelist. To that end, I've gone through each book and revised and re-edited, so these are truly the author's preferred texts. The Slab is now available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. Here are some links to buy:
Baen Books (free sample here, just click on the cover)
Barnes & Noble
And for some reason, Amazon has the hardcover separate from the other formats, here.
As for the other news? Well, a while back I mentioned that my western novella "Byrd's Luck," from the anthology The Untamed West, was a finalist for the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Now I've learned that it's also nominated for the Peacemaker Award from the Western Fictioneers. The Untamed West was published by Western Fictioneers--it's what they do instead of charging authors dues, so I was proud to contribute to it and to see it lead off the book. I'm doubly proud to have it recognized and honored by the two most prestigious awards in the field of western fiction.
Because it's the first story in the book, you can use the "Look Inside" feature at the book's Amazon page and read the first several chapters of "Byrd's Luck" for free.
Finally--because three's a charm--my Italian publisher, La Corte Editore, launched their Italian translation of my novel Narcos: The Jaguar's Claw in a big way, at the International Salon of Books in Turin, Italy. Just check out these photos from the event!
Of course, if you read English better than Italian, you can pick it up here, via US/UK publisher Titan Books. Incidentally, it's also nominated for an award--the prestigious Scribe Award from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers!