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Kaaron Warren

Kaaron Warren (kaaronwarren) now has a blog. Friend it, bookmark it, whatever.

Kaaron is the author of the The Grinding House, a collection of dark fantasy slash horror, which is entirely worth reading. It even has little afterward story notes that I convinced suggested Kaaron to go with, because, really, I love those little personal touches in a collection. It saddens me when they're not there. Below is the cover, but the colours look better in the flesh, I reckon:



You know, I just came across an interview I did with Kaaron last year. It really surprises me when I come across anything from the Snapshot. Fuck that was a lot of insanity. Anyone checked to see how things turned out?

It's kinda strange to see it, a year later. Makes me think of doing another one.

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For about five seconds.

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catsparx
Oct. 15th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Ah! I didn't realise the afternotes thing was engineered by you. personally I think the afternotes are one of the coolest things about Kaaron's collection -- they're as well written as the stories themselves and deeply fascinating.
benpeek
Oct. 15th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
well, i bought 'em up, and so i'm taking credit :)

i love afternotes, tho. i think that should be mandatory in a collection. a number of themt hat i have bought this year haven't had any--very disappointing.
kaaronwarren
Oct. 15th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)
Full credit to you indeed, Ben.

I love afterwords (hate beforewords, though. Gives too much
away too soon) and I'm glad these ones worked.

Thanks for the niceness about the book and cover, too.

kaaronwarren
Oct. 15th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
And you pushed me to write the novella, too. I think you
said, "It shows a writer is willing to take a risk,"
and I thought, "Hey, I wanna be a risk taking writer."
benpeek
Oct. 15th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
i say some shit, don't i? ;)

anyhow, i do like seeing novellas in collections. they're hard to sell, but they show a writer branching out, doing different things, taking a risk if they are primarily known for short things. also, since it's going to be a bit, brand new peice in a collection, people will focus on it. but i do love 'em.
kaaronwarren
Oct. 15th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you talk shit alright. This was good shit, though. I would have put the novella in, anyway, but at least this way I knew at least one person would read it!
catsparx
Oct. 15th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
it depends. I've certainly read anthologies where the notey stuff by authors was a pain in the arse and a detraction from the stories themselves. has to be done right I reckon.
benpeek
Oct. 15th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
the only places i've not cared for the notes is when authors put them in, and they're not the author. like in the avram davidson treasury. i don't really care what all the semi famous think of this or that--though i tolerate it because i know it'll help sell the book, and davidson deserved a bigger audience.

otherwise, i've never been against it. a couple of times i've skipped them, and they've been boring, but i'd rather have 'em than not.
girliejones
Oct. 16th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
what about when the author writes: "i've written 465 stories and been published here, there and everywhere and won 45 awards"?

Okay admittedly in the case above that's impressive but the rest of the time I'm like, "So? I still thought your story was shit, dude".
benpeek
Oct. 16th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
i'm not sure what you mean there. so what if they write it? it's boring :)
girliejones
Oct. 16th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
it's boring and it doesn't tell you anything and those are most often the blurbs at the end of stories in anthols
benpeek
Oct. 16th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
those are author bios, dear :)

what we're talking about is sort of the notes that authors put after stories in collections. they were in kaaron's book and simon brown's TROY, for example.
girliejones
Oct. 16th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
yeah i know
paulhaines
Oct. 17th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
shit. that's what I've been doing. trying to build up this rep that I'm more than I'm not, and even less than I am, so that maybe someone will be fooled by all that and option a whole bunch of my stories for film. Cos that's likely to happen, right?
girliejones
Oct. 17th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
i dunno dude, I really don't. You'd be surprised the crackpots I have to deal with who wanna be big name writers.
chrisbarnes
Oct. 15th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, I like a well-written afternote myself. Not forenotes, though; I've read the occasional antho/collection where notes (bios and/or story notes) appear before each story, and that's irritating. Let the story come first without explanation or interruption, I say.
benpeek
Oct. 15th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
yeah, i'm not a fan of the forward note. i tend to just read them after.
paulhaines
Oct. 17th, 2006 05:36 am (UTC)
snap with the afterwords on short story collections, mr peek. I love 'em, and am always disappointed not to find them in the book.

forewords? what do these do exactly?
benpeek
Oct. 17th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
i think they're rather like introductions to books: they tell you what you're about to read.
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