January 21st, 2007


Mapping the Beast: The Best of Leviathan & Album Zutique

'The Dreaming City' will be reprinted in November in Mapping the Beast: The Best of Leviathan & Album Zutique. It is edited by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer and most of the table of contents is listed on Jeff's blog. It sounds pretty cool:

Mapping the Beast collects the best fiction from the anthology series Leviathan and its sister publication Album Zutique. From the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, Leviathan provided confrontational, sometimes controversial surreal short stories, and helped chart the limits of fantasy fiction. Contributors to Mapping the Beast include Edgar Award winner Jeffrey Ford, Crawford Award winner K.J. Bishop, NEA Fellow Brian Evenson, Philip K. Dick Award winner Stepan Chapman, World Fantasy Award winner Zoran Zivkovic, and many others. Editor and founder Jeff VanderMeer provides an indepth introduction and story notes to a collection sure to appeal to readers and academics alike.

In addition to that, Jacob McMurray of Payseur & Schmidt will do the cover design and interior layout, so it ought to look real pretty.
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Black Sheep, the Movie.

I have been keeping secrets.

It is true that Black Sheep has been taking its time to be released. I haven't discussed it. Contractual obligations, you know? But everyone involved, from the publisher, the director, and the distributors, have been keen to stagger both the film and book, so that they are released close to each other. Film? I hear you say. Well, yes. Film. I sold the rights to the book ages ago but honestly didn't expect anything to come out of it. Who would make a dystopian film based upon race? I just took the cash and laughed and figured that my so called dark, intense little future would never make it to the screen.

I was, of course, wrong.

Black Sheep, the movie. Coming in August.

I haven't had much to do with the film, but I'm told, through various second hand channels, that it's remarkably faithful to my book. Cold, bleak, racist filled dystopia, one email said. People will love it, or people will hate it. No middle ground, another added. So very dark. Fucking intense. You get the picture. I suppose that's good, but I haven't seen it, and probably won't. The actors are new, mostly, but if you've watched any new Zealand television, I'm sure they'll be familiar to you (yeah, the director and production company at from New Zealand). In case you're wonder, Black Sheep will be going to the printer within the next week or so, or so Sean Wallace (oldcharliebrown) tells me. He's keen to get in early and cash in as the hype builds. Goes to bed dreaming of bags of Hollywood cash and Hollywood producers taking him out for lunch, he tells me. I suppose we've all got to dream a little. Me, i'm hoping people just buy the book.

Do the click. The trailer is a cold, nasty thing. Thanks to Hannah Wolf Bowen buymeaclue for the heads up.