Graham Joyce's death last week was a huge loss, but at least he's left us with one last confounding masterpiece. The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, out now in the U.S., is a weird, semi-autobiographical novel in which the fantasy elements are mostly at the margins. And yet, it's a strangely haunting ghost story.
Graham Joyce was a monumental writer in the fantasy genre. His humane, intense writing was like a masterclass in how to put story first, and he knew how to write people, with all our blind spots and our hopeful mistakes. He died today of lymphatic cancer, and it's a huge loss to fantasy literature.
This year's World Fantasy Award finalists are an especially strong list, including N.K. Jemisin, Graham Joyce, G. Willow Wilson, Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kij Johnson. Seriously excited to see who wins this one.
What if a girl really vanished for 20 years — and then reappeared, looking no older than she did when she left? What if she said she'd been taken to a fantastical land, akin to fairyland, where time passed much more slowly? How would people react in real life?
Id Software has hired acclaimed novelist Graham Joyce to "contribute to the storyline" for Doom 4. Does this mean a plot? Characterization? Just as long as there's no genetic-evil-sensing tongue, like in the movie. [ZDnet]