… and I seem to have missed it. Seemed to, being the operative word. While all the other writers with blogs were busily tallying up their year-that-was post, I was in fact not absent at all – just quietly sitting back, playing Skyrim to wall-eyed distraction and breaking it up with a little ego surfing.
After which, I can report that Skyrim is slightly less addictive than cigarettes, slot machines and internet smut combined. And that the clock shifted from 2011 to 2012 with some very fine bits of news.
A number of people said some very kind things in year-end sum-ups, concerning the novel. Paul Goat Allen over at Barnes and Noble was kind enough to tag it as his number one horror read for 2011, right here. Nick Cato at Antibacterial Pope said pretty much the same thing, right here. And Alex Good, who reviewed the book for The National Post, listed it high up in his top four reads of the year, putting me in the company of Julian Barnes, Clark Blaise and David Hickey.
Earlier in the season, the audiobook version of Eutopia went live over at Audible.com. I have listened to a bunch of Oliver Wyman’s sublime reading, and can report that he improves the thing considerably. For a little while, it was the Number Two best-seller in horror on the site. It has slipped since then, but it’s still nestled in among the Stephen King adaptations and Robert McCammon readings. I have yet to find a listener who likes it (the audible.com clientel have discerning ears) but there is time.
And finally – today, I am able to make it known that Ellen Datlow, who once bought a story from me for The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, came a-knocking to buy my story “Looker” for The Best Horror of The Year Number Four. It is there a couple stories away from an excellent story by my pal Leah Bobet, and other fine writers of grim tidings. Here’s the table of contents.