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Chart / September

So my little-known existentialist dystopian post-apocalyptic climate fiction road novel By the Feet of Men has been out in the world for all to buy and read and review for a month now. Sales have been above expectations according to the publisher, which is fine, but how does Grant Price feel, is more the burning question. ‘Twas a difficult couple of weeks after it came out. You work for three years on a project and you complete it and the anticlimactic abyss stares back at you. I had virtually no desire to write, and I was a little demotivated by how quickly the novel had its week in the sun and then disappeared from all charts forevermore. But such is life. I managed to get over the dip just as autumn turned its piercing gaze onto Berlin. I’ve also started working on a fourth novel. Eco-fiction. My bread and butter. We’ll see how that goes over the coming months.

Roundup: As stated at the beginning of September, I wrote a piece about flashbacks for Mary Robinette Kowal, which kept popping up on strange websites all over the Internet. Over at The Qwillery, I answered some questions about why I bother writing, how I bother writing and who I bother while writing. What about reviews? Well, Mr Joseph D’Lacey, author of MEAT who counts Stephen King among his fans, decided that my book was worth a read, which is great. Another author, Terry Tyler, said it was “inventive and well-researched”, which vindicates my hours of watching YouTube videos about trucks, while YET ANOTHER AUTHOR, Dennis Stephan (who just had Und in mir ein Ozean published), made me laugh by describing the story as “a futuristic Western where post-apocalyptic cowboys ride their vehicles searching for a reason to live on”. In non-novel news, Allegory Ridge published an essay I wrote about Oman called, fittingly, The Solitude of Oman, on its lovely Marie Kondo-esque website. Happy about that.

Fill my autummy:

  1. Four Tet - Anna Painting

  2. Rival Consoles - Memory Arc

  3. Tonnovelle - Four Force

  4. Susumu Yokota - Kodomotachi

  5. Biosphere - Chukhung

  6. Windy & Carl - Undercurrent

  7. Trentemøller - Foggy Figures

  8. Thurston Moore - 8 Spring Street

hit the lights

hit the lights

Photos of By the Feet of Men launch party

The launch party for By the Feet of Men went pretty well. The bar was so full its owners took promo photos to advertise the place on social media. Avec grand plaisir.

The three artists who played were the highlight. Poor quality photos below.

Me and Henning Clausen from  Redscale .

Me and Henning Clausen from Redscale.

Shemakessounds  playing a blinder.

Shemakessounds playing a blinder.

A reading of  By the Feet of Men  by the singer of  this band .

A reading of By the Feet of Men by the singer of this band.

Scholar X  livening up the apocalypse.

Scholar X livening up the apocalypse.

Outside was cooler than inside at It’s a Bar.

Outside was cooler than inside at It’s a Bar.

Chart / July

The big news this month: I finished the second draft of Mekong Lights before Heat Wave Number II turned me into a puddle. I now have that cast-adrift feeling that I get every time I finish a draft, like everything is possible but the energy required to boot up Word and turn a blank page into a new story is simply not there. It is, though; I’ll just have to dig deep to find it.

I wrote a little piece about climate guilt for We Don’t Have Time, which was published on Medium and received a nice boost from the platform when they decided to spotlight it. In terms of reviews, Tony Jones at Horror DNA offered a kickass one, calling By the Feet of Men “a thoughtful and inventive addition to the environmental apocalyptic genre”, which is cool, as well as a request from Diamond at Biblioculus to turn the story into a trilogy. Probably need to sell some copies first.

Not a lot of music this month, which I attribute to spending too much time working:

  1. Freddie Gibbs/Madlib - Situations

  2. ROSALÍA - Aute Cuture

  3. Janelle Monáe - Django Jane

  4. Whitney - Giving Up

  5. Caroline Polachek - Door

  6. Sakanaction - 新宝島

  7. Four Tet - Dreamer

  8. Ride - Future Love

  9. Fatima/Floating Points - Mind

And a shout-out to the album Caligula by LINGUA IGNOTA, which is fucking terrifying from start to finish.

pins.

pins.

Chart / June

Busy month. So busy I didn’t have time to make my little music chart. I managed to plough through 100 pages of the manuscript, so the second draft should be finished by the end of July. I unexpectedly received a glowing review (9/10!) for By the Feet of Men from Starburst Magazine, a useful appraisal from Foreword Reviews for their July/August print magazine, and a detailed critique from Literary Portals that has maybe my favourite quote in any review so far (“it was just too brutal and depressing for me, with a too realistic portrayal of humanity at its worst, eerily believable and entirely too possible in the not so distant future”). Also, as I said in my last post, I wrote a guest article on author Kate Vane’s website about the power of fiction to change the discourse on the climate emergency for the better. And I wrote a piece about refugees living in Germany for Lemon Theory Magazine.

There should be more baller content that is en voie d’èlaboration. We’ll see.

Music for the hot times:

  1. Jai Paul - Str8 Outta Mumbai

  2. Scholar X - Reality

  3. Apparat - CARONTE

  4. Denzel Curry - AUTOMATIC

  5. Floating Points - LesAlpx

  6. Hatchie - Unwanted Guest

  7. Riot City - The Hunter

  8. Diamond Head - Coffin Train

  9. Patrice Bäumel - North

  10. Billie Eilish - i love you

  11. Celer - Rains Lit By Neon

the future of big coal.

the future of big coal.