Sarah grew on Long Island and went to college in Maine. She studied both fiction writing and environmental toxicology and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and floppy eared rabbit. It's a busy household and sadly, the plants are often fatally thirsty.
They dust me off every Halloween. Come out and see what I’ve been up to. And if you’ve got a druther, shoot me an e-mail. I’ll read on request. Also reading are John Langan and Veronica Schanoes. Details here: http://www.penparentis.org/calendar/
Pen Parentis is an organization with monthly readings by parents, for parents.
I’ll be speaking and signing at the above this Saturday, October 3, 1-7:30pm, in North Andover, Mass. It’s at the ACT Theater Company in North Andover, Mass ( 1632 Osgood St). The event is free! More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/985235271526859/
So many writers will be there! (Joe Hill*Kelly Link*Brian Keene*Christopher Golden*Paul Tremblay*Caitlin Kittredge*Thomas Sniegoski*John Langan*Dana Cameron*Rio Youers*Toni L.P
Along with Ellen Datlow, JT Petty, John Langan, Laird Barron, and Grady Hendrix, I’ll be speaking (reading or presenting– I haven’t decided) at The Strand from 7-8pm. I hope you can attend.
…Because “Black Friday’ wasn’t creepy enough.
My newest story “Black Monday” dropped today in the anthology “The End Is Now” edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey. It’s a Kindle Exclusive for 90 days, and after that it’ll go wide. Audio book should be available in the next week. The story is the second of a trilogy, about cyborgs!
Thanks. -Sarah Langan
Link soup to the books:
Folks, I’ve got a new story out in another John Joseph Adams anthology: THE END IS NIGH. It’s the first of three interconnected anthologies about the apocalypse, and my story, “Love Perverts” is the first of three interconnected stories. My version of apocalypse is asteroid, of course. It’ll give you a whiff of the YA series I’m working on. I recommend it. The antho is getting strong reviews so far, and includes work by name guys like Tananarive Due, Hugh Howey (also the co-editor!), Scott Si
A digression, as Holden Cauffield’s teacher would say. But it’s all part of a whole. This stuff makes its way into my fiction, too. And onto it:
As I learn more about the public school system in New York, I’m increasingly troubled by it. My major issues are these:
1) Gifted and Talented testing is set-up by the parents of individual children. What this means is that teachers can’t recommend children for entrance into the city’s top schools. The ki
I’m reading with Clay McLeod Chapman (www.claymcleodchapman.com) at KGB Bar (http://kgbbar.com/) on Sunday, October 27, from 7-9pm. I have no idea what to read, so give me a hand and let me know– should it be from a published novel or short story? Name your favorite. Should it be from the novel-in–progress– The Clinic? Let me know. Whichever gets the most votes, I read.
Hope you’re all good!
Sincerely, Sarah Langan
Back when I was in school, which happens to be 1996-1998, genre was verboten. Once, in a master class, a teacher asked us to write a few lines about a misunderstood writer. More than half the class picked Virginia Woolf. I picked Stephen King, and the teacher laughed at me. Somehow I survived, because, let’s face it, getting an MFA is a lot better than a chemical weapon assault.
Anyway, I’ve been serving as a thesis evaluator and advisor over the last month to Columbia MFAs, and been
Hope you’re all good. I’ll be reading from my fourth novel, THE CLINIC, at KGB Bar on June 19th, at 7pm. Double bill– fellow author Lawrence Connolly will be reading as well. Location is 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.). It’s been about two years since I’ve made an appearance, and I’m delighted to debut the Clinic at my favorite reading space in NYC. I hope very much that you attend.
Yours sincerely, Sarah Langan
I've been gorging on young adult novels this summer, researching a pet project. I never read YA as a kid, and had no idea how fantastic and thriving a genre it is. Many of the books listed below are darker than mainstream adult fiction, and they're all a heckofa lot smarter.
Hunger Games (Suzanne Collings)
Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling-- except for those fifty million people, who knew?)
Feed (M. T. Anderson)
Scott Westerfield's Uglies, Pretties, and Specials series
I learned today that 10-20 hours before an earthquake, cell phones, radio, and television reception are all intermittently interrupted. Also, one of the guys who tried to kill Rasputin was dressed as a girl by his mother until his early teens. Can you say, "Sleepaway Camp"?
I know as a writer I'm supposed to blog about writing, but sometimes life on the outside is interesting, too. The above titled article in this month's Atlantic Monthly reminded me, despite its anecdotal, painfully weepy human-interest title, of why the Atlantic is so good. It gives an excellent analysis of the health care system, and I now feel informed enough to have a real opinion, and not be like that weird old guy on my block with the t-shirt that reads, "Single Payer System!" whos
James Rollins and Bram Stoker-award winning newcomer Sarah Langan's The BLOOD GOSPEL Series, Books I-III, to Lyssa Keusch at William Morrow, in a major deal, for publication in 2011, 2012, 2013, by Russell Galen at Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency (NA).
I am delighted that James Rollins selected me as a writing partner, and expect to learn a lot from him. He's not just talented, but a good egg, and I can't wait to get started.
From Booklist-- the most recent Audrey's Door Review:
"Langan’s The Keeper (2006) garnered a Bram Stoker Award nomination, and its sequel, The Missing (2007), favorable comparisons of her to horror fiction’s most established authors. Now she offers an even better, finely crafted character study of an obsessive-compulsive woman’s battle with ghosts and personal demons in a haunted New York apartment building. When budding architect
Ted Kennedy died today. I've got little to say about that, but I'm nonetheless interrupting my usual self-promotional blog to ask: why do people call it a battle with cancer? Does that mean everybody who dies from it is weaker than those who survived? Another point won for the infantilizing society of the denial of death, brought to you by i-tunes, BMW, and Rachel Zoe.
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I've got a few things to report. First, my daughter was born two weeks ago, and I'll be spending some time getting to know her this summer, so these newsletters will be less frequent until Audrey's Door is released in stores on October 1. Around then, you'll find a new and improved website, some contests, a super-awesome trailer, an amazon.com spotlight review of A
*I've got a reading this Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30-8:30pm in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Hope you can make it. It's with my good friend, playwright Maggie Cino, at Perch Cafe (The Perch Cafe, 356 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 718-788-2830, http://www.theperchcafe.com/) I've never been to Perch, so don't blame me if it smells. I'll be reading a chapter from my third novel, AUDREY'S DOOR, due out October, 2009. You can pre-order it f
Thanks for staying tuned, and if you're new to this newsletter, thanks for joining. I've got a few announcements:
1) The Shirley Jackson Awards is now raffling a host of items from its website, including things like Neil Gaiman's signed keyboard, and a short story critique from yours truly. Each ticket costs $1. For more info, go here. It works like this: buy as many raffle tickets for the particular item(s) you want, and
My friends and fellow writers M M DeVoe and Arlaina Tibensky started an organization for writers with children called Pen Parentis, and it had its first reading Tuesday night at The Libertine by Todd English bar, inside the Gildhall Hotel in downtown New York. Readers were Jennifer Epstein and Leigh Newman, who both engaged the crowd. It's a much needed organization, as for some reason, being a mom and a writer often translates into being a mom who doesn't write, and the point of the group is f
Hi. Just a quick update: the anthology edited by Vince Liaguno, UNSPEAKABLE HORROR: SHADOWS FROM THE CLOSET is now available. Buy it here. I've got a story in it called "The Agathas" that takes place in Croatia, where my husband and I took our honeymoon in August. Other contributing authors include Lee Thomas, Liz Morton, Maria Alexander, and Scott Nicholson.
In other news, my short story "Afterlife" received a nomination for best short story, 2008, from Dark Scr
*The Brooklyn Aces at Floyd Bennett Field. For when you need your hockey fix.
*John Patrick Shanley's movie "Doubt." I avoid movies that explicitly confront Catholicism, because so often they're scribed by non-Catholic priest bashers who have no idea what they're talking about. But Shanley's movie is smart, and strikes a cord. Tony Kushner moderated the Q&A with Shanley after the film showed when I saw it, and he asked, "Do you belive in God?" Shanley looked
I'm happy to report that Terrence Rafferty wrote a piece in today's New York Times' Book Review entitled "Shelley's Daughters." The Missing gets a positive review, as well as my MUSE partner, Alexandra Sokoloff, for her novel The Price, and Elizabeth Hand for Generation Loss, which won the 2007 SJA Award, on whose panel I was a juror. It's a great article, so if you're interested, check it out.
I ran across a pretty good op-ed in the New York Times. It's biased to the left, but holds water nonetheless. It makes the case that before television voters looked for competence in their leaders. Now, they seek identification-- a mirror. Justification that we should trust them, because, like Bush looking into the eyes of Putin, we apparently see their souls.
Suddenly, politicians talk folksy, assume everybody's IQ is slightly below average, and roll up their sleeves like their ide
I forgot to mention a few things in my last newsletter:
The Missing was nominated for an International Horror Guild Award in the category of novel for 2007.
Jul 20, 11 am, Burlington, Massachusetts: I'll be at the ReaderCon 19 Conference on Imaginative Literature to help present the Shirley Jackson Award. In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the
I'm delighted to be a guest at the above convention, and plan to stalk George Romero repeatedly and often.
I'm on the writer's panel this Sunday at 3:30pm in the Imperial Ballroom. The convention is located at: Crowne Plaza Meadowlands, 2 Harmon Plaza, Secaucus, NJ; 201-348-6900). Post panel I'll be signing and selling books. Should be much fun, so if you're in the area, come on down.
Also of note: a podcast of my chapbook, "The Lost" is live at dreadcentral.