Behold! Another writer writing about himself …
Michael Libling’s short fiction—also known as “my short fiction”—has appeared in a bunch of swell places, including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, and the recent anthology Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead. My novella, HOLLYWOOD NORTH (F&SF Dec. 2014), was nominated for a 2015 World Fantasy Award, and, by popular demand, has been expanded into a novel. The novel version, HOLLYWOOD NORTH: A SIX-REELER, is forthcoming from ChiZine Publications at some not-too-distant future date. The story, incidentally, is set in my hometown of Trenton, Ontario or, as my protagonist describes it, that “aberrant speck of chronic self-deception on the north shore of Lake Ontario.”
All trivia, all the time
Among my day jobs, I’ve been a talk radio host (specializing in trivia), newspaper columnist (more trivia), and ad agency creative director (all trivia, all the time). While it may appear that I write only SF, horror, and fantasy, I should also point out that I have completed a highly entertaining mainstream novel, Life in Henk. I figured it was time I stopped freaking out my wife, Pat, and three daughters with all that horror stuff. Then again, I’ve also put to bed a quirky mystery/thriller novel, Cori’s Killer, so I guess my redemption isn’t quite complete. (With said redemption in mind, I will make no mention of my failed porn novel, The Mammary Recordings—a literal and figurative quickie from the 70s that I reference in slightly greater detail here.)
Breakfast, snacks, and the nonstop pursuit glamor
I live in Montreal. (Quebec, not Michigan.) My office is a mess. Most days, I eat either oatmeal and walnuts or toast and peanut butter for breakfast and a muffin mid-morning. If you haven’t nodded off yet and want to know more about my glamorous life and lifestyle, along with some of what goes on inside my head, I suggest you check out my essay Genrealities and my FAQed page.
Feel free to browse. Stay as long as you like. I’ll put on some coffee. Man, I could go for a croissant with strawberry jam about now. Hey! Get your feet off my coffee table.