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.