Hello. It’s been a while. I have been nurturing and writing, sometimes at the same time. The results haven’t been pretty, but the kid sure is.

I have nothing interesting to say right now, which is why I am down on my knees thanking the Flying Spaghetti Monster that my friend, Daryl Gregory, does have something interesting to say. Here it is:

Hi, I’m Daryl Gregory. My third novel, Raising Stony Mayhall, will be out in stores on June 28. The book is my skewed take on the zombie genre, featuring a kid who thinks he’s the last living dead boy in the world. Publisher’s Weekly just gave it a starred review and named it their Pick of the Week — which is nice. You can also read the prologue and the first chapter on my website, at http://www.darylgregory.com/stony/

If you pre-order Stony, I’ like to thank you by sending you a signed bookplate. (Which is just a fancy sticker with my actual, not-scanned, handwritten signature and a nice thank-you message that you can paste into your book.) And if you do so right away, I’ll throw in these lovely Ginsu knives. Okay, that last part’s a lie. Sorry about that.

Just pre-order from anywhere (some possible links below), then, before June 28, send me an email with your mailing address. That’s it. No proof of purchase necessary, though if you send me box tops from your favorite cereal, that’s cool.

I’ll mail you the bookplate, with of course an inscription. Make sure to let me know if you’d like me to mention something specific — like, say, that this a gift for your beloved spouse, ex-girlfriend, or dog. However, I will not participate in gifts for beloved ex-dogs.

Some places to order, in alphabetical order:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Borders
Flights of Fantasy Books (a great
indie bookstore)
Powell’s Books

Feel free to pass this around. Any friend of yours is a friend of mine!

–Daryl

Now, Daryl, being the polite Midwesterner that he is, wanted people to pass this around to people they knew via email. I, of course, having the world’s greatest internet fan base, mostly based in South Korea and my imagination, wanted to spread it to all of you. Why? Because Daryl tells a hell of a good story and you will enjoy this book and want to buy his previous books and enjoy them, too. And because the evil, sleep-deprived part of my brain that sounds like Andy Dick on a Sudefed bender wants Daryl to have to sign and mail eleventy-jillion bookplates. Of course, if Raising Stony Mayhall becomes an eleventy-jillion copy best-seller, Daryl can afford to get himself one of those robo-clone hands I hear they’re growing in China. Totally ethically raised, too.

So, spread the word, people! Pre-order Raising Stony Mayahall and make Daryl Gregory happy! Or suffer, depending on how you look at it.

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