‘Nick Mamatas is the author of Move Under Ground, Under My Roof, and several other novels. But his latest, I Am Providence, looks like a breakout book.
Set at a horror convention, where a grisly murder leads to the discovery of an unspeakable horror in the pages of ancient book bound in human skin, I am Providence is narrated by a faceless corpse in a morgue.
Here’s a longer, official description…
Israeli author of award-winning speculative fiction (Osama, The Bookman, Camera Obscura) Lavie Tidhar says that “I am Providence is Dark and hilarious… that murder-mystery-in-a-writers-convention you didn’t even know you wanted.”
Publishers Weekly calls the novel: “A heartfelt homage to Lovecraft lore, [which] perfectly captures the antics of conventioneers.”
I Am Providence was published by Night Shade Books on August 9, 2016. It is 243 pages; priced at $16.99 in trade paperback, and $15.99 for the digital version.
The cover art is by Magdalena Pagowksa.’
You had me and my $15.99 at “narrated by a corpse without a face”…
But, I’m also intrigued by the way Mamatas structured the book (see TOC page below). Each Chapter is named after a story by H. P. Lovecraft. Very cool.
All that’s left now … is to dig in. To whet your appetite, here is Page 1 of Chapter 1: The Whisperer in Darkness:
See you at the convention…
Nick Mamatas is an US horror, science fiction and fantasy author and editor for the Haikasoru line of translated Japanese science fiction novels for Viz Media. His fiction has been nominated for several awards including the Bram Stoker Awards. His editing work has received a Bram Stoker Award and nominatioms for both the World Fantasy and Hugo Awards. Mamatas funded his early writing career by producing term papers for college students. This work gained him some notoriety when he described the experience in an essay for Drexel University’s online magazine The Smart Set. (Wiki)
You can learn more about Nick and his work here: