Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

What ever happened to Fay Wray?

20 hours, 6 minutes ago, around lunchtime

Just a quickie this afternoon – for I’m getting ready to (a). meet a friend for brief shenanigans, and (b). then come home and tart myself up for the Rocky Horror Picture Show event tonight.

But I did want to post a reminder that this is your last day to enter Kevin Hearne’s awesome giveaway (re: signed copy of Maplecroft and any book of his, your choice) … so you’d better get on that. Add me on Twitter before midnight, or before I get home from this thing tonight – whichever comes first.

I’ve heard a few complaints from folks who don’t do Twitter, and I HAVE BEEN LISTENING. So after Halloween, I’ll see about giving away one of my own copies – to folks who comment here, or something. I’ll work out the details over the weekend, eh?


Here’s recent progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion – now with a crunchy murder ballad center and Bonus! clandestine cemetery where the stones don’t match the bodies (and were never meant to). As inspired by a (semi)true local legend:

    Project: The Family Plot
    Deadline: January 15, 2015
    New words written: 1595
    Present total word count: 45,718

    Things accomplished in fiction: Everybody’s got a ghost problem – even the dude who has been steadfastly insisting he hasn’t got a ghost problem. Liarpants, he is.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; minor housework; costume prep for tonight; some prep for tomorrow; lunch with husband; a few important emails with nice people.

    Other: It was great when it all began…

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 197,099


Hot patootie, bless my soul!

1 day, 19 hours ago, in the early afternoon

As you may recall, the marvelous Kevin Hearne was my houseguest for a few days, quite recently; and have I mentioned lately that I adore him? Well, for the record, there it is. Again, probably. Because he is highly adorable.

At any rate, this exceptional gentleman may have hypothetically absconded from my home bearing a signed copy of Maplecroftwhich he is now prepared to give away – along with a signed copy of any one of his books that you like.

Basically, all you have to do is follow me on Twitter before the stroke of midnight on October 30th – because we’re spooky like that. A winner will be randomly selected from these new followers, and announced on Halloween.

Again, for the spook-factor.

So click that-there link in the paragraph above for details, or just add me on Twitter for a chance to win. Everybody likes winning things, right? I know I do.

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In other news, tomorrow night there’s a red-hot Rocky Horror Picture Show event here in Chattanooga. What’s got two thumbs, a French maid costume, and tickets to rock out with her frock out? THIS GIRL.

The show starts at 9:00 p.m. at Rhythm ‘N Brews.
Order tickets on line, or get ‘em at the door!

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Halloween is almost upon us, and I, for one, am ready as hell! Got my purple porch lights, my giant spiderweb, my fog machine, my Lady Frankenstein garb, and about 30 pounds of candy plus non-food treats for the kids with allergies.

Yes, I said thirty pounds of goodies.

Last year we went through twenty pounds in ninety minutes – and I’d prefer not to send any of the grown-ups on another Hail Mary run to Walgreen’s while the kids swarm the house like so many sugar-fiending zombies.

My neighborhood does not half-ass Halloween, and the whole city knows it. Parents bring their kids to our district to check out the lights and decorations, and churches/youth groups send their kids here by the bus-load – because every house REALLY gets into the swing of it. No Halloween Scrooges to be found! It’s absolutely one of my favorite things about living here.

Next year, we might have to get off our duffs and throw an official Halloween party. As it is, our front porch is becoming the holiday lint-trap for all our adult friends with no kids but a desire to watch approximately one zillion trick-or-treaters come around; and that makes me happy – except that I have no actual party stuff going on. I suppose we’ll scare up some creepy music, and today I stocked up on booze.

That’s a start, right?

Also, I whipped up some hot butter rum mix – to warm our hands and mellow our moods as we sit on the swing and wait for the tiny ghouls and ghosts to arrive. So this year might not be an Official Halloween Event, but it’s shaping up to be 6-10 friends, some rum, and a perfectly lovely time all the same.

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I was just about to hit “publish” on this post, when my husband called out, “Guess who’s back!” Lo and behold, our old friend Rufus has returned – so you get a canine conclusion to this rambly blog entry. Rufus is a little stinker.

We know who his people are, and will return him shortly. But first? A little play-time with Greyson and some tummy rubs. I mean, since he’s come all this way…

Stand down or show down, baby let’s get this done

2 days, 21 hours ago, around lunchtime

Okay! So I’ve been swamped with house guests/travel/signing/etc. for the last week or two, and things have piled up while my attention was elsewhere. For one thing, I’m way behind on my word metrics; for another, I’ve been skimping on the Maplecroft news.

People are talking! Here are some highlights!

    Maplecroft at Literary Escapism – “The debut novel of Priest’s new Borden Dispatches series is a departure from the post apocalyptic steampunk realm we have come to know her for. Taking off with the infamous Lizzie Borden, Priest creates an amazingly well-written story which takes heavy influence from Lovecraft. Priest captures an eerie reality which Lovecraft fans will adore.”

    Maplecroft At Bookish Dark – “This was an all-around excellent RIP read!”

    Maplecroft at Dab of Darkness – “What I Liked: Everything!; the personal nature of the narration through letters and journals; the main characters know a little and have a vast mystery to sort out; the side romance with a homosexual character; the bioscience built into the story; the excellent use of suspense.”

    Maplecroft at – “The whole setting felt claustrophobic as everything came pressing down. Tense, at times heartbreaking, I really fell in love with the mythology here, the historical twist.”

    Maplecroft at Geek Nerdery – “The cosmic horror is done well and set up nicely, the tension of the various relationships throughout play off nicely, and it definitely was something I was compelled to read in one sitting as the suspense built up. And come on, it’s about Lizzie Borden hunting and killing fish people.”

    Maplecroft at The Paper Rose – [This review is one of my personal aw-shucks favorites, fwiw.] “Cherie Priest clearly understands what it is that made Lovecraft’s initial short stories, despite their execrable writing and subsequent bastardizations, catch hold of people’s imaginations in the first place: the unshakable belief in the accuracy and reliability of our perceptions despite clear evidence to the contrary; the absolute terror at the thought of that sanctity being violated by outside influences we literally cannot conceive of; the universal fear that those forces might not be external at all, but exist in the form of our own unconscious, only metaphorically represented by the depths of the ocean.”

    Maplecroft at the Ferrett’s place – “The fascinating thing about this book is that it is simultaneously predictable and compelling, which is one of the hardest tricks to pull off…”

If any of these very kind readers/reviewers have piqued your interest, well then, allow me to make it that much easier for you to pick up a copy for yourself:

And in OTHER book news, Publishers Weekly has weighed in on Jacaranda! And I, for one, am relieved/delighted/squeeful. Here’s what they had to say:

    This gripping postscript to Priest’s Clockwork Century series (which officially concluded with Fiddlehead) takes readers to the titular Galveston, Tex., haunted hotel, in an alternate 1895 seasoned with ghosts and gears. Father Rios is a former gunslinger cursed with second sight and a dark past. When Sister Eileen contacts him about the dozens who have died in the hotel, he visits ahead of an impending hurricane and soon witnesses the horrors firsthand. The hotel’s guests all have dark secrets, and the violence with which the hotel disposes of them is all the more horrifying as it takes place off-page, leaving only the aftermath for the characters to discover. Priest is hardly covering new ground, but the American steampunk setting gives the classic evil haunted house a nice new coat of paint. Rios is a great protagonist, full of conflicts and doubts, and he drives the tale well. While the story stands on its own, it also provides some melancholy closure for fans of Priest’s earlier books.

Click the awesome cover below to visit Subterranean Press for the pre-order info. Because it’s more fun to click covers, than to click mere links. In my ridiculous opinion, anyway…

Here’s recent progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion – now with a crunchy murder ballad center and Bonus! clandestine cemetery where the stones don’t match the bodies (and were never meant to). As inspired by a (semi)true local legend:

    Project: The Family Plot
    Deadline: January 15, 2015
    New words written: 1717
    Present total word count: 44,123

    Things accomplished in fiction: Found some awesome silver casket hardware; argued with cousin; took a break for lunch.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; house work; laundry; Walgreens.

    Other: I’m starting to think I’m just not quite ready to scare up that third pitch for yet another project … maybe I should run with the two I’ve got, and start sample content for one of those instead. I mean, like I’d already planned. But um…failed to get underway.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 195,504