I've had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. Kim Paffenroth on several occasions, starting with a blurb copy of his Stoker-winning GOSPEL OF THE LIVING DEAD. I had nice things to say about that book. As I do about Kim.
Our chairs butted backs for the first time at Horror Realm 2009--my very first convention; and first plane ride... (Oh, and my first time ever on the east coast.) His chair blocked the space between our tables; I always had to excuse myself.
At a table shared with J.L. Bourne, Kim was giving away these little book lights, which smoothly uncurled when he pressed a button. Quite cool, actually. Kim taught me about Guinness as I sipped my very first. He told me that overseas, some beers aren't even carbonated. I had never heard of such a thing. (Honestly, I'm that new to the beer scene. I'm sort of a teetotaler, too. Sort of.)
Anyway: For the past month or so, I've been editing Kim's novel LAST RITES, third in the DYING TO LIVE series; after all, I edited the first two.
But I did not edit this.
Nor did I come up with the cover design. I certainly wish I could take credit.
Kim read a piece of VALLEY at the convention. During his Q&A, I asked him, "So does your Dante faint all the time?"
Guess you'll have to read the book to find out what Kim said. But first, you'll have to wait for it to hit the Permuted press. Look for it in April.
(FYI, the next Market Scoop will be out much sooner than that. On March first, in fact.)