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.


Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

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

Only without the shellacked hair.

Anonymous 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.


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

Victor Gischler said...


The werewolf is actually the love interest in the novel.


Anonymous 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
Thank you!