So there’s this bookstore in Red Lodge, Montana. It’s name is, aptly enough, Red Lodge Books. Lemme tell ya about them. See this guy I met, he liked Things Wrong With Me, worked there. And we talked. He’s a pretty cool guy, so that’s good. Always nice to find new cool people to talk to. Well this guy mentioned he worked for a bookstore.
Well I’m a whore so I pointed him at my books. You know how it is. He offered to show them to his boss and maybe they could carry them or something. So I, quite happily, mailed them a book or two all nice and signed and hoped that even if they didn’t carry them they would like them. Running a bookstore is not easy. There’re less and less people buying books all the time. Thin margins and the like. So not wanting to carry more books makes an amount of sense to me. I certainly wouldn’t have taken it personally.
Turns out they liked the books. Further turned out they wanted to stock them. So yes, if you go to Red Lodge, stop by the bookstore and buy a book. Mine, someone else’s, I don’t care. But supporting local, non-chain bookstores is an awesome thing to do. And the place looks pretty spiffy.
Anyway, Halloween is coming in a few weeks and like most stores Red Lodge Books has a Halloween display. Lemme show it to you:
See that? Front and center? Yah, that’s my horror short story collection. I only ever wrote horror in short story form and don’t do it now but I did and I’m proud of the stores in that volume. And these cats dig it. They dig what I did enough to put some unknown fucker front and center, surrounded by things like World War Z. And I can’t appreciate that enough. So thanks, guys.
And the rest of you, quite seriously, support a non-chain bookstore if you can. And if you’re anywhere near Red Lodge go in, buy a book and tell them that they’re awesome.