We launched it.
It was a good night last night at No One Writes To The Colonel, when we launched The ‘Geisters, Joey Comeau’s Bible camp horror novel The Summer Is Ended And We Are Not Yet Saved, and Peter Darbyshire’s Bible everything thriller The Mona Lisa Sacrifice. People showed up (the first sign of a good launch) bought books (the second sign) and mojitos (the first and only sign of a good launch as far as a bar owner’s concerned). That caps the first week-and-a-bit of The ‘Geisters life in the world. And overall, it’s been a pretty good week.
Haven’t seen a lot of reviews yet, but the ones I have seen hold promise. Cory Doctorow was very happy with his review copy, and said so at Boing Boing:
“…With his new novel, The ‘Geisters, Nickle manages to capture another of horror’s delicious thrills: spookiness. From the first page, The ‘Geisters exudes a hindbrain-teasing sense of lurking menace, the haunted-house creak of an impending apparition. It’s a spectacular feeling, and Nickle tightrope-walks it for 300 too-short pages, building to a climax that’s spooky, creepy and scary besides — and all the moreso because of that long journey on the verge of fear.”
Quill and Quire’s Ian Daffern was more measured, but I’ll call his review as landing on the positive side of the line. He wasn’t sure that all the flashbacks were good for the book’s pacing, but dug the premise and the payoff in “climactic scenes that are genuinely transgressive and deliver the right degree of skin-crawling revulsion.”
There’s been a bit of a blog tour going on too. Last week, I stopped byShelf Awareness’ Book Brahmin to talk at some length about my reading habits (link here). And just yesterday, John Scalzi was kind enough to let me rattle on about The ‘Geisters in The Big Idea section of his blog Whatever, right here.
We’ll see what else summer brings as it transpires. Right now, I’m gearing up for another book launch, of my partner Madeline Ashby’s second novel iD. That’ll be taking place at Bakka Phoenix Books July 6 at 3 p.m.
We two are in the strange but rather nice circumstance of having our novel releases sync up for two years running now. Last year, it was my big fat Russian novel Rasputin’s Bastards, and her sleek and sexy robot novel vN. This year, it’s The ‘Geisters and iD. We’ll have to see about next year…