Thursday, May 10, 2007

Details of the Apocalypse






In answer to various questions (and also just because I feel like talking about it) I'm going to hit some of the details about my forthcoming novel Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse. It's not going to hit shelves until until June 2008. Man ... I don't know about you, but that seems like a long-ass time to me. The plan is to put out the book in delicious trade paperback, a format which seems to work like gang busters for a number of authors ... the amazing colossal Charlie Huston for example. I'm high on the idea.


When I started writing the book, I had no idea there would be a renaissance of apocalypse novels. It was just something I felt like writing. No publisher had asked for it. I didn't even know if it would sell. I wanted to write it. That was good enough. I don't think I can adequately describe the cold, leaden feeling in my gut when -- two-thirds of the way through Go-Go, my buddy Anthony Neil Smith called and said, "Hey, Cormac McCarthy's next novel is post-apocalyptic too." Uh. I mean, come on! How could I compete with THAT!? Fortunately, Cormac's book was serious, whereas Go-Go is satirical as hell. Now, it seems there's a new post-apocalypse book out ever forty minutes or so. It was not my intention to leap aboard the bandwagon, but here I am.

When all is said and done, I can't worry about how Go-Go will fit in with this new wave of Armageddon literature. I simply have to hope I've written something that stands out in some way.

The next book? Something with werewolves and the ghost of a long dead Alchemist. Don't get any ideas, McCarthy.

7 comments:

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

I'm gonna greet the apocalypse with a smile, just like Jack Van Impe.

Only without the shellacked hair.

Lori G. Armstrong said...

So, what are your plans for the GO GO Tour? You've got a year to plan, my friend. You should stun us with your creativity because Cormac? Well, he's an old man - his idea of fun and hip would be Maalox shooters. Here's your chance to one up him.

Congrats.

Now, tell me a little more about his werewolf book...

Victor Gischler said...

Lori,

The werewolf is actually the love interest in the novel.

VG

Lori G. Armstrong said...

Dude, you writin' romance now?

Anonymous said...

Work at a bookstore. Reading an advance copy of it now and love it. Really really love it!

Anonymous said...

GGG of the A is the greatest novel ever written! I especially liked your treatment of Ted Turner.

H Brown

Tony said...

I love the Go-go Girls book. Any chance it will ever be an audiobook? Or even better, dramatized?
I would totally buy it again if it were.
It is now in my top two books, tied with Ringworld by Larry Niven.
I love post-apocalypse stuff, and nothing I have read even compares to Go-go Girls.
Please drop me a note if it happens at shrug@cox.net
Thank you!