Happy new year! It’s 2015, the Patriots are the champs and it can’t keep snowing forever – OR CAN IT? Well, if it does, try and stretch your provisions until September, because that’s when I’ll have some new reading material for you. Here’s the scoop:

I’ve collaborated with my friend Mark Jude Poirier, author of the splendid novel Goats and screenwriter of the also quite wonderful Hateship Loveship, on a graphic novel called Intro to Alien Invasion. It’s a science-fiction adventure, brought to life by the amazing illustrator Nancy Ahn.

Here’s the jacket copy:

“Stacey, a brilliant, overachieving astrobiology major at Fenton College, had planned on just another lonely Spring Break on campus. But when a hurricane batters the small college town, downing power lines and knocking out cell phone reception, Stacey and her friends are stranded with no way to communicate with the outside world at the worst possible moment: in the midst of an alien invasion.

As space insects begin to burrow into students and staff, transforming them into slobbering, babbling monsters, a conglomeration of misfits must band together to prevent the infestation from spreading. Meanwhile, Stacey’s long-stifled romantic feelings for her friend Charlotte begin to surface, while the professor she had admired and respected becomes the students’ worst enemy.”

Interested? Here’s Simon & Schuster’s page for the book. Check back for updates – I’m sure we’ll be doing some giveaways, contests, etc.

In the meantime, I have a new story, “The Curator,” in the latest issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and a new essay in Sari Botton’s anthology Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York. Looking forward a bit, another story of mine, “Confederate Wall,” will be appearing in issue 19 of Subtropics this spring.

Cheers,
Owen