The Clarion West 2022 fundraiser auction is open…

The Clarion West Writers Workshop 2022 After Dark Gala & Auction is open for business. You can register here and help Clarion raise money by donating or bidding on various prize packages, including a Meet & Greet featuring myself and Kelley Eskridge:

Bidding is open through Friday, October 21, at 9 PM Pacific. The virtual Gala will be livestreamed on YouTube starting at 7 PM Pacific, and will feature a reading by Daniel Abraham, co-author of The Expanse series. Hope to see you there!

Publishers Weekly reviews The Destroyer of Worlds

We’re still four months away from publication, but Publishers Weekly has an advance review of The Destroyer of Worlds, and it’s a rave:

Ruff’s sequel to 2016’s Lovecraft Country delivers another virtuoso blend of horror, action, and humor… Ruff makes the most of his inventive concept and his care in crafting memorable characters means that the fates of even minor cast members make an impact. Fans will find this a worthy sequel.

RIP James Turner

Yesterday I received the sad news that Dr. James Turner, the founding director of Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center, has died.

I had the good fortune to be Professor Turner’s student when I was at Cornell in the 1980s. He was a warm, wise, and engaging teacher who changed the way I thought about the world, and our classroom discussions would, a quarter century later, help inform the writing of Lovecraft Country.

Over the years, I’ve met other former students of Dr. Turner—like Victor LaValle, the author of The Ballad of Black Tom—and they all had the same impression I did. Everyone has a list of of teachers and mentors who made a real difference in their life, and if you were lucky enough to know James Turner, he was on that list. My sadness at his passing is tempered by the knowledge that this is a man who truly made good use of his time on earth.

Godspeed, Professor Turner. Thanks for the lessons.

Discussing J.C. on the Fear of God podcast, plus Seeking the Extraordinary with Michael Nathanson

My friends Reed Lackey and Nathan Rouse have been doing a John Carpenter retrospective on the Fear of God podcast, and they invited me on to discuss Escape From New York, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. We also talked a little about my forthcoming Lovecraft Country novel, The Destroyer of Worlds. Links are below:

Part 1: Intro, a few words about The Destroyer of Worlds, J.C.’s top ten films, Escape From New York, and The Thing.

Part 2: More about The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, and rating the films on the FoG meter.

If you enjoy the podcast, you should know that Reed and Nathan now have a Patreon with bonus content, which you can subscribe to here.

Also: back in May, I recorded an interview with Michael Nathanson for the Seeking the Extraordinary podcast, in which we talked about my writing career and how it only took me thirty-five years to become an overnight success. Because The Destroyer of Worlds hadn’t been officially announced yet, I had to be coy on the “What’s next for you?” question, but it was a really fun conversation. You can listen to it here.

The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country will be published on February 21, 2023

I’ve spent the past two weeks reviewing the copyedits for The Destroyer of Worlds—always an exciting part of the process, since copyediting is typically the last chance to make changes to the manuscript before production of the advance review copies that get sent to book critics.

While I was busy double- and triple-checking that I hadn’t missed any truly embarrassing errors, my editor, Jennifer Brehl, confirmed that we now have a publication date: the novel will be available in print, ebook, and audiobook on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

Preorders are appreciated; I’ve started putting links on the Destroyer of Worlds main page, and will add more as they become available. And of course you can also preorder the book through your local indie bookstore.

So far I don’t have any news about foreign language translations of the novel, but my overseas fans can order the American print edition through Book Depository.

The Destroyer of Worlds: we have a cover

I am very pleased to be able to share the cover for my next novel, The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country, which will be published early next year. The artist is Jarrod Taylor, who also did the covers for 88 Names and Lovecraft Country. As you can see, the cover features the same distressed/old book look that was used on the previous volume, which will look even cooler on the finished novel.