By the Nails of the Warpriest out now!
As per usual, I’m slacking on updates. But that’s not a reflection on how excited I am about this novella. This one’s been a long time coming, written on an airplane to and from AWP then festering in a desk drawer for several dark months. WAPRIEST is shorter than OLD GHOSTS or STAY GOD, but I think it’s the best thing I’ve written so far. The world of The Thief is real to me in a way that the other worlds aren’t, which is odd because the other two were set in Baltimore.
Regardless, I’m incredibly proud of this little book, not just because of the story, but because of everyone involved. The excellent Boden Steiner has done amazing covers for OLD GHOSTS, SPEEDLOADER and Patti Abbott‘s forthcoming short story collection, and outdid himself with the WARPRIEST cover. Caleb Ross and Tim Hall wielded their editorial machetes and helped to make the story as lean and mean as possible. Ben Whitmer (author of PIKE) and Ray Banks (author of a rack of books you need to read, like now, but the most recent being GUN and BEAST OF BURDEN) were kind enough to lend their words to the cover. If I say I’m really proud of this again, I might puke. You get the idea. Instead, I’ll let them speak:
“By the Nails of the Warpriest is the kind of book that’ll tear your heart out and leave you howling in the wilderness, and I mean that in the best possible way. It’s an eerie and wonderful novella.” -Ben Whitmer
“Nik Korpon’s By the Nail of the Warpriest is dystopia with a capital D, and reads like some bastard hardboiled sci-fi lyric you can’t shake from your head. Don’t be fooled by the low page count, either. This is a novella that feels like a novel in the best possible way – it’s dense, atmospheric and literary. In short, you’d be batshit to miss out on this.” -Ray Banks