Hello Permuted Friends!
Jason has a proxy, and has exercised it much here in China.
I'm on page 60 of a new novel, and am really, really excited about it. I've honestly never been so psyched to work on something in my life. This is a project unlike anything I've ever tackled before, and can't wait to see how it all turns out. Imagine an international horror novel that wanders from the poorest provinces of China to the insanely turbulent city of Beijing, the ancient untouched lands of Sichuan, in the desolate wastes of the Taklamakhan Desert, and finally in the tropics of Malaysia. And there are demons. A King Solomon allegory. Doppelgangers. Insane violence. Prose more in the vein of McCarthy and dialogue like a short story by Flannery O'Connor, along with my own typical themes of paranoia, political unrest, and end times. I'm incredibly thrilled to work on it.
In other news, I am getting married to my lovely girlfriend Megan in October! She's an art dealer and painter from Inner Mongolia, and is absolutely wonderful. She's been very supportive of my work and my career as a teacher, and we will be moving to Malaysia in the early part of 2012 (we hope, but who knows in these dark times...).
I will also be attending ZomBCon in late October. The 21st through 23rd, if memory serves me correctly. Hope anyone in the Seattle area at that time can make it out, talk horror, meet the big stars at the Con, and possibly have many beers together!
I hope you can pick up a copy of 1123, my newest novel from Permuted. It's...pretty scary, I think. Hopefully even a bit thought-provoking.
Anyway, world, China has been great, but it's time to spend some time in the States and then begin the next chapter of my life and writing in gorgeous, isolated Malaysia! Keep in touch, and let me know what you think of 1123 (or ESTE, for that matter)!
-Jason S. Hornsby