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I AM PROVIDENCE
"Just what I'd expect from Nick Mamatas: sharp wit, biting but humane social commentary, and, for the romantics among us, a faceless narrator decomposing at the morgue."
—Matt Ruff, author of Bad Monkeys and Lovecraft Country
"Dark and hilarious. . . I am Providence is that murder-mystery-in-a-writers-convention you didn't even know you wanted, but (like the human skin-bound book which propels the plot) you really must buy."
—Lavie Tidhar, author of Osama and The Violent Century
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For fans of legendary pulp author H. P. Lovecraft, there is nothing bigger than the annual Providence-based convention the Summer Tentacular. Horror writer Colleen Danzig doesn’t know what to expect when she arrives, but is unsettled to find that among the hobnobbing between scholars and literary critics are a group of real freaks: book collectors looking for volumes bound in human skin, and true believers claiming the power to summon the Elder God Cthulhu, one of their idol’s most horrific fictional creations, before the weekend is out.
Colleen’s trip spirals into a nightmare when her roommate for the weekend, an obnoxious novelist known as Panossian, turns up dead, his face neatly removed. What’s more unsettling is that, in the aftermath of the murder, there is little concern among the convention goers. The Summer Tentacular continues uninterrupted, except by a few bumbling police.
Everyone at the convention is a possible suspect, but only Colleen seems to show any interest in solving the murder. So she delves deep into the darkness, where occult truths have been lurking since the beginning of time. A darkness where Panossian is waiting, spending a lot of time thinking about Colleen, narrating a new Lovecraftian tale that could very well spell her doom.
"With sharp writing, Mamatas brings Lovecraft into a uber-modern setting while keeping the old-fashioned dread intact."
— B&N Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog (read the full review)
"Lovecraft’s fiction has been closely examined in recent years, and who better to write a meta novel about the man’s legacy than Nick Mamatas?"
"Mamatas finds new life in the old apocalyptic cliches, and even this late in the zombie craze, he manages to deliver a highly caustic and entertaining end-of-the-world satire. You don’t need to be a San Franciscan to appreciate “The Last Weekend,” but if you know the Bay Area, the jokes are that much funnier."
— SF Gate (read the full review)
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“Meet Vasilis ‘Billy’ Kostopolos: Bay Area Rust Belt refugee, failed sci-fi writer, successful barfly and, since an exceptionally American zombie apocalypse, accomplished ‘driller’ of reanimated corpses. Now that all the sane, well-adjusted human beings are hunted to extinction, he's found his vocation trepanning zombies, peddling his one and only published short story and drinking himself to death—that is, until both his girlfriends turn out to be homicidal revolutionaries, he collides with a gang of Berkeley scientists gone berserker, the long-awaited ‘Big One’ finally strikes San Francisco, and what’s left of local government can no longer hide the awful secret lurking deep in the basement of City Hall. Can Bill unearth the truth about America’s demise and San Francisco’s survival—and will he destroy what little’s left of it in the process? Is he legend, the last man, or just another sucker on the vine? Nick Mamatas’ The Last Weekend takes a high-powered drill to the lurching, groaning conventions of zombie dystopias and conspiracy thrillers, sparing no cliché about tortured artists, alcoholic ‘genius’, noir action heroes, survivalist dogma, or starry-eyed California dreaming. Starting in booze-soaked but very clear-eyed cynicism and ending in gloriously uncozy catastrophe, this tale of a man and his city’s last living days is merciless, uncomfortably perceptive, and bleakly hilarious.”
NEW SHORT FICTION IN MAGAZINES
- “The Burning Stones." Lamplight Magazine, Vol 3., no.1, September 2014.
- "Slice of Life." Gargoyle, #61, 2014.
NEW FICTION IN ANTHOLOGIES
- “The Semi-Finished Basement.” Letters to Lovecraft, ed. Jesse Bullington, Stone Skin Press, 2014.
- “Work, Shoot, Hook, Rip.” Nightmare Carnival, ed. Ellen Datlow, Dark Horse Books, 2014.
- “Der Kommissar’s In Town.” Streets of Shadows, eds. Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, Alliteration Ink, 2014.
- “The Third Plug.” The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales, ed. Rachel Kramer Bussel, Cleis Press, July 2014.
- “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Searchers After Horror, ed. S. T. Joshi, Fedogan & Bremer, 2014.
- “If Graffiti Changed Anything, It Would Be Illegal.” Schemers, ed. Robin D. Laws. Stone Skin Press, 2014.
- “Drive the Warlike Angles Into the Sea!!!” Caledonia Dreamin’, eds. Hal Duncan and Chris Kelso, Eibonvale Press, 2013.
- “Hostage.” Deepest, Darkest Eden, ed. Cody Goodfellow, Miskatonic River Press, 2013.
- “The Drowsy Man Dreams.” In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Stories Inspired By David Lynch. ed. Cameron Pierce, Lazy Fascist Press, 2013.
- “Vermont Muster.” Shades of Blue and Gray, ed. Steve Berman, Prime Books, 2013.
- “Eureka!” Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Steve Berman, Lethe Press, 2013.
- The Battle Royale Slam Book, edited by Nick Mamatas
- "The Outsider and the Other: Why Write Lovecraftian Fiction?" (esssay)
- "Don't Let Harlan Ellison Hear This" (essay)
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THIS VILE TOME collects thirteen blasphemous tales of a certain scribe named Nick Mamatas. Warning: May contain shoggoths, martial arts, weirdness, Nyarlathotep, fish people from Innsmouth, and copious literary references. With an introduction by Orrin Grey and a bevy of disturbing alchemical illustrations by GMB Chomichuk. Side effects may include hallucinations and a steep descent into insanity.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: The Man Who Collected Mamatas (by Orrin Grey)
- Brattleboro Days, Yuggoth Nights
- And Then, And Then, And Then ….
- The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft
- And Other Horrors
- Real People Slash
- Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Nyarlathotep
- Hideous Interview with Brief Man
- Dead Media
- That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable
- On the Occasion of My Retirement
Praise for The Nickronomicon:
"Whether you’re a casual reader of Lovecraftian fiction, or a scholarly dissecting pro, this book is a must-have for your shelf!" — The Horror Fiction Review
LOVE IS THE LAW
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In 1989, punk-rock girl "Golden" Dawn has crafted an outsider's life combining the philosophies of Communism and Aleister Crowley's black magic. One fateful day she finds the dead body of her mentor in both politics and magick shot in the head, seemingly a suicide. But Dawn knows there's more going on than the Long Island cops could ever hope to uncover. In setting out to find the murderer herself, she will encounter dark and twisted truths for which no book, study, or basement show could have prepared her. Award-winning prose author Nick Mamatas crafts a raw, hilarious, original mystery!
Advance praise for Love Is the Law:
"Good Lord—Nick Mamatas' first crime novel makes The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo seem as edgy as Murder, She Wrote. Easily the most original mystery of the year, full of big ideas, serious menace, and raw attitude. As Dawn tells us in the very first line, she's a fucking genius. Well, so is Mamatas." — Duane Swierczynski, author of Fun & Games, X, and Judge Dredd
"Absolutely, perversely brilliant...a fucked-up piece of work."— Warren Ellis, best-selling author of Gun Machine and Crooked Little Vein
"Nick Mamatas has a unique voice--intelligent, anarchic, literate, iconoclastic--and it all comes together in this twisted tale of Punk Rock, Trotskyism and Aleister Crowley. What other writer would tell you that playing hard-to-get is just “Victorian morality and market-based sexual political economy”? This book is for the suburban fifth columnist in us all."— Ken Wishnia, author of 23 Shades of Black