Archive for October, 2011

STAY GOD is the LitReactor Book Club pick!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by nikkorpon

I’m super stoked to say that Stay God will be the inaugural pick for the LitReactor Book Club, discussion starting 1 November. If you haven’t checked out LitReactor yet, well, why the hell haven’t you? It’s technically an offshoot of The Cult, Chuck Palahniuk’s website, but it’s so much more. Take all of the writer material, mix it with literary analysis, books geeks and comma nerds and you’re starting to get the idea. Basically, it’s a writer’s wet dream (see: Keith Rawson’s interview with Daniel Woodrell.) They’re doing great things over there and they’re just getting started.

Suffice it to say: I’m stoked. Thanks to Pete Goutis and Charles King for the support.

In the meantime, you can pick up a copy of Stay God in print, in Kindle format, or other e-formats.

Aside from that, I’m also wicked excited to finally have the print copy of my new novella, By the Nails of the Warpriest, in my over-caffeinated little hands. Print copies are available here, and e-formats here. They should be available in the UK soon, so says the publisher. Pretty much, once Amazon gets off its ass and does it.

Speaking of e-books and being super excited, have you seen the line-up for Blasted Heath yet? BH is the brainchild of Allan Guthrie and Kyle MacRae and will launch on 1 November with new books from Anthony Neil Smith, Ray Banks, Douglas Lindsay, and debuts by Gary Carson and Brian Pendreigh. Yeah. Exactly. Do yourself a favor and go have a look.

More when I think of it.


By the Nails of the Warpriest out now!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2011 by nikkorpon

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

The novella is available in a bunch of formats, from a bunch of places (print, Kindle and the plethora of formats at Smashwords. If you’d be so kind, please spread the word. I’ll love you forever.