Un Extranjero en una Tierra Familiar

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2018 by nikkorpon

La última semana, asistí un espectáculo del podcast Radio Ambulante, en vivo. Estaba un tiempo muy chévere. Los historias estuvieron cómicos, interesantes, humanos, y—por la última—increíble atrevido. (La titula fue “Fucking Machines” y degeneró a partir de eso.) Pero a pesar de las vainas asquerosas (en serio, no fue tantísimo repugnante), estuvo una historia muy humana y muy conmovedora sobre el amor e los papás.

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Un Podcast en Vivo

Estaba sorprendido al principio porque el anfitrión, Daniel Alarcón, comenzó hablar en ingles. Había esperado que todo del espectáculo sería en español. Al principio, estaba un poquito decepcionado porque he querido practicar mi español. Al otro mano, como vos podés ver, nunca me seré confundido por un nativo hispanohablante. Ojalá que un güero y no pinche gringo, pero esto es un otro blog post. En el final, las historias ser en ingles me dejé relajar y disfrutarlas (excepto Fucking Machines, cual fue aun más divertido en español).

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El Señor Daniel Alarcón

No obstante, que me disfruté más fue la diversidad de las caras. Claro, la mayoridad estuvo latinxs porque es un podcast en español, pero cuando miré sobre la muchedumbre, había muchos rostros blancos. La mayoría fue el otro medio, el parejo de unx latinx, pero había unos solos gringos, como yo.

Preocupo mucho sobre apropiación cultural, porque, como un güero, me siento raro a veces, compartir artículos sobre asuntos latinos. Me lo comparto porque la cultura, la historia, los libros, las películas y series, el ambiente—me interesa todo de los aspectos de Centro/Sud América y España. De hecho, trataba inmigrar a España en mis veintes, hasta conocí mi mujer futura. Pero por eso, comparto y hablo más fuerte (o, intento, al menos) porque creo que son asuntos importantes e interesantes. Tal vez este sentimiento es porque me pienso demasiado sobre optics, como, en un aspecto cierto, estoy pasando de una linea.Ojalá que no parece así. O porque estos son días cuando todo es polémico, y no quiero contribuir con esto. No sé. Lo hago porque es importante a mi mostrar asuntos que necesitan atención.

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Compre Este Libro Ahora

Bueno. En final, quiero recomendar un libro, porque quiero llamar atención a los escritores que lo merecen. Leía Su Cuerpo Y Otras Fiestas have dos semanas y sigo pensando en ello. Como Enriquez, Carmen Maria Machado es un escritor quien mezclar el horror, el mágico, y la humanidad en maneras inesperadas y muy padre. Como siempre, perdón por mi errores gramáticas.

Chin chin.
Nik

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Un Lugar Desconocido [Algo Nuevo]

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2018 by nikkorpon

Quiero tratar algo nuevo aquí. Yo sé que casi nadie leerá esto, pero es bien conmigo. Nunca uso este sitio mucho, y es mejor usarlo para mi diversión que no usarlo en absoluto.

[Y, antes de voy más, me doy cuenta que cometeré muchísimos errores, pero…meh. No me importa un culo. Soy gringo. Todavía estoy aprendiendo y necesito la práctica.]

Además, estoy colocando cuentos por una colección nuevo (más noticias venir pronto) y me daba cuenta ciertas temas recurrente, temas como dislocación, las versiones diferentes de familia, un sentimiento que no encajas. Un de las temas especial—dislocación—me informaba el titulo de la colección. Y pienso que es una tema muy relevante a mi. Me he sentido mucho en mi vida. Demasiado punk por los jocks, pero demasiado jock por los punks. Una espíritu pintor pero sin el talento. (No estoy seguro que es dislocación, sino una falta de talento, pero…)

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Es una tema que yo vi mucho en una colección padrísima me leía reciente, Las Cosas que Perdimos en el Fuego, por Mariana Esquivel. (Leía en ingles porque no tengo el vocabulario leer en español. Y gracias a Chris Irvin por la recomendación.) Me encanto la manera en que Esquivel empieza sus cuentos, con un golpe en el primer frase pero entonces la deje hundirnos en un ambiente muy común, muy familiar, pero al mismo tiempo bien irreal. Y en los irrealidad, ella encuentra esos espacios bien escalofriante e humano porque muchos de los personajes no encaja en su mundo. Estoy pensando específicamente en el cuento sobre el hijo que vive debajo del rio o el muchacho desaparecido/muerto, el muchacho de la adicta. No recuerdo el titulo. Me afectaba mucho cuando lo leía, tal vez por el irrealidad o la dislocación.

Pero, dicho esto, no estoy seguro que es un sentimiento malo, porque me da inspiración para escribir.

Chin chin.

Old Ghosts Haunt Again

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2018 by nikkorpon

Maybe I’ll try this whole website thing again.

I’m beyond stoked to share the new cover (and synopsis) of Old Ghosts.

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After barely escaping Boston with his life, Beto has settled in Baltimore and now leads a quiet life, working construction and carving a tiny existence for him and his wife, Luz, whose family was driven from Mexico by warring cartels. What they really want is a child, but they are unable because of Beto’s accident with a piece of rebar. At least, that’s what he tells Luz. But when a pair of old childhood friends come into town unannounced and threaten to tear apart Beto’s life by exposing his criminal past, Beto learns that not all family is blood, and no amount of blood can save all family.

Haven’t I already seen this?” you’re probably asking. Well, yeah, but also no.

Revisiting old work is weird. I’ve been doing that a lot recently, both with Old Ghosts and a collection of short stories I’ll have coming out sometime next year (did I mention I have two books coming out with Down & Out next year? Probably not, because I can’t remember anything, but huge shout-outs to Eric, Lance, and the rest of the team). It’s interesting to read through seven years of stories and see your preoccupations pop up here and there, through different stages of your life. I wrote Old Ghosts in an apartment in Butcher’s Hill, East Baltimore, just my girlfriend and I and our cats. Writing this post eight years later, we’ve been in a couple different houses and have two kids. Our oldest just started second grade yesterday, which is insane but a whole different post.

Anyway. When Eric approached me about reissuing Old Ghosts after the former publisher went dark, I jumped at the chance. I’ve always loved the story and hoped more people would be able to read it. But I’ve also written a metric shit-ton of stories and books since then and was stoked to have the opportunity to look at it with a good amount of distance, to make it better. Names changed. Relationships changed. The context of characters changed. The stakes changed. But through it all, it was fascinating to see how heavy an influence  Velvet authors like Stephen Graham Jones, Craig Clevenger, and (especially) the-ghost-that-was-once-Will Christopher Baer had on the writing. Ditto with how my voice (or what I think was my voice) was developing back then into what it is now, to see the threads of that early voice that have remained to this day. Maybe it’s not an early voice but a different sort of voice, different from the one I use with  thrillers and sci-fi. Maybe that’s also another post.

Also, aside from me being in a much different place from 2009, the world is a much different place, and I wanted the novella to explore that a bit more. (Don’t worry: it’s not a straight-up commie pinko book. I already learned that lesson.) It helps that the story already lended itself well to exploring these things—identity, outrunning personal history, the notion of home, etc.—things that will also pop up again and again in the collection (but again, that’s another post).

At any rate, I can’t wait for people to read it. Hope y’all dig it. More info soon, like the official launch date and pre-order info.

The Rebellion’s Last Traitor is out!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2018 by nikkorpon

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…a couple months ago.

This blog is woefully behind, but I figure if anyone’s curious what I’m thinking about, they’ll look on my Facebook or Twitter. Still, I should at least have something about the book on here.

I’m very proud of this book and very grateful to my agent and all the fantastic people at Angry Robot for having faith in it. I’ve been pretty happy at the response and I’m looking forward even more to seeing the second book, QUEEN OF THE STRUGGLE, on bookshelves this spring.

Godspeed, friends.
NK

Signed Copies of STAY GOD, SWEET ANGEL

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2014 by nikkorpon

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There’s been some interest in signed copies of STAY GOD, SWEET ANGEL (two people asking counts as ‘some interest,’ yeah?) so I thought I’d put it out there. I’ve got eight signed copies for sale, just $25 including shipping, and I’ve got some extra goodies I’ll throw in.

Also, I have the last two copies of BY THE NAILS OF THE WARPRIEST on my shelf, so the first two people who buy a signed SGSA, I’ll throw in a WARPRIEST as well.

If you’d like one, drop me a line at nkorpon [at] gmail and we can set up some Paypal action.

Godspeed, friends.
Nik

It Happened One Night… (STAY GOD, SWEET ANGEL is alive!)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2014 by nikkorpon

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(Saturday night, to be specific.)

I got an email from my publisher, Perfect Edge Books, letting me know that STAY GOD, SWEET ANGEL is officially published! A little anticlimactic, it being on Amazon for a few weeks now, but pretty damn cool, nonetheless.

Big thanks to Phil Jourdan for giving this book a second life, and to Pela Via for whipping it into shape.

In honor of the release, I’m going to do a Goodreads giveaway, because it kind of seems silly not to.

EDIT: The Goodreads giveaway is live.

 

Godspeed, friends.
Nik

STAY GOD, SWEET ANGEL Synopsis

Damon lives a content life, playing video games and dealing drugs from his second-hand store while his girlfriend, Mary, drops constant hints about marriage. If only he could tell her his name isn’t really Damon. If only he could tell her who he really is. But after he witnesses a friend’s murder, a scarlet woman glides into his life, offering the solution to all of his problems. His carefully constructed existence soon shatters like crystal teardrops and he must determine which ghosts won’t stay buried – and which ones are trying to kill him – if he wants to learn why Mary has disappeared.

Hooray for Exhibit A!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2014 by nikkorpon

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Yeah, this is a little late, but there was a flurry of activity on social media last week and I didn’t get around to posting it on here.

That said:

I am super, super stoked to now be a part of Exhibit A‘s posse of literary thugs. Bryon Quertermous, the head honcho at EA, acquired my novel FAIT AVE (synopsis below). My super-agent Brooks Sherman and I had a phone conference with the EA team–Bryon, North American Sales Manager (and fellow Baltimoron) Mike Underwood and Publicity Manager (and fellow GAA-er) Caroline Lambe–and we’re incredibly excited to be working with them. As I’ve said in other places on the interwebs, I think Exhibit A is at the forefront of the new publishing model. What that model entails, I’ve no idea, but they’re going to do some exciting things.

I’m also honored to be alongside writers I love reading, such as Rob Hart, Patti Abbott, Matthew Funk and Dan O’Shea.

While I’m waiting on edits and such, I’m outlining the sequel to FAIT AVE and trying to get this new novel into shape to send over to Brooks. There’s a TV pilot waiting to be edited as well, which is yet another story that has to do with thieves. Not sure what the thread between all of those is. Maybe I’ll talk about it on here later. Hopefully I’ll get around to updating this old thing too.

Anyway. Got some more cool news coming this week. More when it drops.

Here’s the synopsis for FAIT AVE.

Godspeed, friends.

FAIT AVE

A literary noir novel that crosses the moral journey of Breaking Bad with the neighborhood intrigues of Tana French’s Faithful Place.

Elroy is a morally-upright thief who is struggling to move his family away from the city, out to where all the corners are cul-de-sacs. This requires him to spend a lot of time away from home, straining his relationship with his precocious son Elijah and precariously-sober wife Denise. One night, he discovers a hidden cache of jewelry behind his basement wall and thinks he’s finally gotten a bit of a break. But when that jewelry hurls him into the middle of a turf war between a local kingpin and a crooked cop who just happens to be Elroy’s godbrother, Elroy is forced to choose between his family and his honor.