It’s a hard truth, and one to which many of us have trouble reconciling ourselves: there are only so many hours in a day—twenty-four, to be precise—and when you spend twelve of them just getting to, through, and from your day job, as I do, plus at least a couple of them sleeping, that doesn’t leave much time for living your life, let alone blogging. So the bad news is, I’m writing a series of posts on Richard Matheson for Tor.com, which will make it even harder to find time for BOF. The good news is…I’m writing a series of posts on Richard Matheson for Tor.com!
Seriously, Tor.com (see link at right) is an excellent outlet for this series, “Richard Matheson—Storyteller,” to which other writers may be contributing as well; today’s I Am Legend article has already garnered TEN TIMES as many views as the average BOF post. Tor being his primary trade publisher, there would seem to be no better place to spread the word about Matheson in general, which I’m always happy to do even without a book to promote, and Richard Matheson on Screen in particular. Not to mention the fact that they have a very spiffy-looking site, and you couldn’t ask for a nicer person to work with than my Tor.com editor (if that is the correct term).
In my introductory post, I refer to Richard’s “long and fruitful relationship with Tor,” where my old friend Greg Cox has been his editor for almost two decades, but the description could apply just as well to me. I promoted Tor titles as a publicist for St. Martin’s Press, which distributed their books before acquiring the company, and over the years they have hired me to write press releases, jacket copy, and even reading guides, including one for Matheson’s own Somewhere in Time. As avid BOF readers know, I also did some editorial work with Elleston Trevor for them.
In order to provide loyal BOF fans with as much content as possible, I’ll run a “Tor.com Alert” here every time I post a new article over there. Meanwhile, I’ll do my best to continue coming up with new content on the home front, or at least “new” content derived from articles written for the former Scifipedia site, and from reviews written for the fabled Bradley Video Library catalog. Rest assured, I won’t abandon you, and I’ll make sure this site is worth every penny you pay for the dubious honor of reading it, but for now, do check out the two posts that kick off the series.