by on Aug.27, 2013

nift the lean2To the delight of many long time readers, Michael is currently having a good time working on a new Nifft the Lean story.

From this we present a small section of verse:


Man for the million million years
He’s shared the earth with demonkind,
Has asked why they, in their ageless lairs,
So lust for his frail soul and mind.

Whatever hands set the clock of stars
Wheeling and wheeling down through time
Also sundered those empires
With barriers both now over-climb.

That men should go down to those sunless moors
Where Horror and Harm breed deathless forms,
Or to the Demon Sea’s littered shores,
Or its depths, where riches breed like worms:

That men do this (as the Privateer
Gildmirth of Sordon did in his pride)
Is no surprise, save that they dare
To sail that shape-tormented tide.

But why are netherworld nets flung here,
And men snagged out of their mortal terms–
Trawled kicking down from life in the air
To immortal drowning in monstrous arms?

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by on Aug.15, 2013

I haven’t read all of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee novels. But of those I’ve enjoyed the one that moved me most was BRIGHT ORANGE FOR THE SHROUD. So slender a book, but each page a well-honed blade.
Boone Waxwell reads like an up-river Mephistopheles. That’s just one of the things that’s so wonderful about MacDonald– he knows how to make monsters. (I use the present tense because like all great writers, he is always with us and still very much alive for me.) Though more prolific than Raymond Chandler he had the same gift of fashioning living, breathing, human gargoyles. And he knew how to give those gargoyles play; he let them run out some line and tear up the scenery; he savored extravagant violence, understanding that monstrosity is a baroque form, requiring resonant and detailed confrontation with evil–sometimes charismatic evil.
Waxwell’s rape kills both its victim and her worthless husband, who dies by her hand (so right that gesture).
But oh, the monsters death when it comes! How more than fitting! How tailored (though large in the bias!) to his crime! It’s among the most fulfilling climaxes in popular fiction.

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LA Area Readings This Weekend!/ Oswalt/ Goodfellow

by on Aug.14, 2013

I’ll be in San Diego at Mysterious Galaxy on Saturday, August 17th (2 p.m.) and also at Dark Delicacies in Burbank on Sunday the 18th (also at 2 p.m.). The incomparable master of triple media: film, print and stand-up, Patton Oswalt, will be introducing my second book of THE EXTRA trilogy: ASSAULT ON SUNRISE from TOR books.  Cody Goodfellow, editor and writer will be there as well.  We hope that the occasion will be like a Light in the vast darkness of the San Fernando Valley.

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Michael Shea at Dark Delicacies in Burbank on August 18, 2013

by on Aug.12, 2013

To all interested readers in Los Angeles! Michael will be also reading at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, Ca.
from ASSAULT ON SUNRISE, the second volume of THE EXTRA trilogy, on August 18th at 2p.m.

You can preorder your signed hardback copy of ASSAULT ON SUNRISE:

Patton Oswalt, Comedian/ Actor/ and Author, will be at the Dark Delicacies reading to introduce the book. Thank you Patton!

Dark Delicacies is located at 3512 W. Magnolia in Burbank, CA.
Tel 1-818-556-6660
Toll Free 1-888-DARKDEL 

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Michael Shea in San Diego on August 17, 2013

by on Aug.08, 2013

Mysterious Galaxy

Michael Shea is coming to San Diego to the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore!

Come and listen to Michael as he reads from his latest novel “Assault on Sunrise.”

Join us on 08/17/2013 at 2:00 pm for this interesting event

The Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore is located in San Diego at 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302,

For more information you can call the bookstore at tel. 858-268-4747

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