Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Is that a great title, or what?

Zombie CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead is not crime fiction. It's not even fiction, in fact, though a guide to surviving and investigating a zombie attack is not quite non-fiction either, despite extensive contributions from scientists, law-enforcement personnel, academics and other serious folks.

Author Jonathan Maberry, also a novelist and multiple winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, loves zombies and takes them seriously as entertainment, as metaphor and as guides to the zeitgeist. And he'll be the guest of honor at Noir at the Bar V in November, reading from his novel Patient Zero.

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In the meantime, I am pleased to announce that two of my favorite non-zombies will be in Philadelphia for a special international Noir at the Bar in October. So drop everything and high-tail it to Fergie's Pub on Sansom Street at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, to hear and meet John McFetridge, author of Dirty Sweet and Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, and Declan Burke, he of The Big O and Eightball Boogie.

What's the big deal about these guys? One has virtually invented a major city as a setting for crime fiction, and the other is author of one of the two or three funniest crime novels ever written. Come meet them, celebrate their new U.S. book releases, and hobnob with them before their appearances at Bouchercon 2008.

© Peter Rozovsky 2008

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10 Comments:

Blogger adrian mckinty said...

Now that I think about it, that's more of an overgrown goatee on McFetridge and Dec's cigarillo is only hiding his clean shaven shame.

September 24, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I, in fact, do not consider myself bearded. Rather, I am between shaves.

September 24, 2008  
Blogger petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

I seem to have gotten to know them well enough through your posts, Peter, and if I lived nearby, would definitely have dropped by to meet them. Have a great time after the signings at a pub in Philly?

September 24, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Having the event at a pub in Philly ought to save travel time. Still, the celebration might be tempered by the reality of having to leave early for Bouchercon in Baltimore the next day, so we'll see what happens. Consult this space for details.

September 24, 2008  
Blogger John McFetridge said...

You know, I'd shave every day if I had a chin.

September 24, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Nah, shaving's a pain. And you could have chin-augmentation surgery.

September 24, 2008  
Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

You know, read a certain way, it sounds like John created Toronto.

If that's true are you sure he's not a zombie? Or is he just really old? ;)

September 25, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

John is no older than I am, I think. In fact, he may be a year younger.

That bit of semantic and syntactic ambiguity about John's creative powers was intentional. You've heard of readers for whom fiction and movies invented New York, say, giving them clear mental pictures of the city before they'd ever been there. The same is the case for the American West. I think John has a real chance to do that for Toronto. I've been there many times, but I feel I know the city a lot better after reading his novels.

September 25, 2008  
Blogger Hardbarned said...

That chin augmentation surgery worked well for Bruce Campbell, and he's good at fighting zombies apparently. Thanks for the recommendation Peter. The book looks interesting. Wish I were new Philly. Would love to have a pint with you and McFet.

March 05, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I wonder what a good chinoplasty costs these days? John was just passing through Philadelphia for that event, but I may hoist a pint with him in Toronto next week.

March 05, 2009  

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