Notes from New Sodom

... rantings, ravings and ramblings of strange fiction writer, THE.... Sodomite Hal Duncan!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Well, Utopiales in Nantes is only days away now, so I thought I'd post my schedule for anyone who wants to pop along. The way it's looking is pretty light for me (hurrah!), with only two proper events, both on the Thursday. (This strikes me as good planning on someone's part, since I'll be arriving the night before, probably tired from travelling, and ready for a quiet settling-in rather than a big night of drunkenness that will make me... um... unpredictable the next day.) Anyhoo, what we have is:

Thursday, October 30 / 1 pm to 2 pm : a panel about science fiction, fantasy and fantastic literature. What are the limits between these 3 kinds of literature?

Thursday, October 30 / 4.30pm to 5.30 pm : me, on my own, blethering to a room of people or chairs or any combination thereof.

Needless to say, I haven't yet prepared anything for the talk. I'm still kind of getting used to this guest malarky and trying things out, and there seem to be different expectations at European cons to those you find in the UK or US. So I thought I'd throw the floor open here for suggestions. If you're likely to be there -- hell, even if yer not likely to be there -- what would you expect/want? A Q&A session at the end is pretty much a given, but what else would picque yer interests? Some big-ass lecture/talk thing, and if so, on what? Readings from the novel(s)? Some mad ranty poetry? All opinions welcome. (Well, all opinions other than "we don't want to hear squat from you, Duncan.")


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be there!

Hmm, I don't know. I usually like the style of your blog, so, more of the same?

You sure there won't be someone to interview you? That's what they usually have had in the previous years.

8:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be Patrick Imbert to interview you. Let Patrick Imbert take care of everything, he's a professional.

5:15 pm  
Blogger Hal Duncan said...

Ahhhh. That's cool. I didn't realise that was the plan. (And wasn't going to assume it; I've made the mistake in the past of thinking there was going to be an interviewer only to find that the audience was expecting a prepared speech what I hadn't prepared at all.) Hurrah!

5:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Duncan. I wanted to leave you a message about a forum who I believe is possibly linking themselves to your novels. The forum is a Anne Rice roleplaying site The "Lestat" there has told the members countless times you are not only chums with an bloodsucker, that YOU helped him write VELLUM.

I find this horrid. Most of your novel has been posted on a livejournal by one of the moderators named "daniel" Here is the journal link..

He has copied sections of your novels in his journal, all posted nov. of last year for the members to read instead of buying the novels.
I'm not sure if your aware of such, or if your concerned with copyright issues or the lies these people claim about you and your novels being connected to anne rice. But I thought you should be aware.

If you wish to contact me about the journal entries I've saved, let me know.

5:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


To add to that persons post I want to enlighten you with some post from this lestat.

This is from his journal.

Riddle [28 May 2007|10:58pm]
"I've emailed Pan Macmillan to prod them to post the answer, and to check if it's OK for me to blog it. I'll let you know when I hear back.


Through a Looking Glass Darkly [30 Apr 2007|05:03pm]
"Mr. Duncan, I want it made public tonight."
"I can't promise you today. Maybe tomorrow."
"Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow.."

Mr. Duncan has just given me his personal assurances that the answer to the Ink Riddle will be provided to my members tonight. And if not tonight, within the next 72 hours.


Could you kindly explain these post? Are you somehow involved with the looking glass forum?

5:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I see you've met my cyberstalkers. You can get me here with any questions.

Sorry about the harassment. Par for the course lately.

Talk to you soon.


5:55 pm  
Blogger Hal Duncan said...

Anonymous: I'm not seeing anything questionable at those links. All I see on that forum is a set of posts discussing Vellum, with the moderator, Daniel/DM, pushing it fairly enthusiastically. Do you have links to specific entries that I should know about?

7:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The members in question went out and bought your books. I being one of them.

7:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a silent member at said forum and also purchased your book at the moderator's recommendation.

11:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am also a member of the forum and I have also bought the book because of the recommendations the moderators made.
Excellent book, by the way.

1:54 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a memeber of this forum and I just want to be honest and tell you that the mods tell us that they helped write the books and it is somehow connected to the looking glass.

I did go out and buy the book, but under false demented lies everyone constantly told. I loved the book, but saw right threw this bullshit.
I dont think you need a vampire roleplaying site to help promote your writings, because your stories deserve so much better than that.

A few of us were told to come here and write that we bought the book, but I wanted to be truthful.


9:00 pm  
Blogger Hal Duncan said...

K.: It doesn't make a whole lot of sense that the mods would be a) spinning tall tales about how they helped write the books, b) distributing pirate copies of said books, then c) telling the people they've supposedly duped to come here and cover for them, which would d) kinda clue those people in to the fact that they have no real connection with myself or my work.

To be honest, if someone wants to go around claiming to have helped write TBoAH, I'll take it about as seriously as I would if they declared themselves Emperor of My Ass. Emperor of My Ass, you say? Oh, really? Dude, it's a claim too nuts to even bother with. And right now I have no evidence anyone is even making that claim, just a couple of unsubstantiated posts on this blog entry.

And if someone wants to email pirate copies of Vellum to members of a forum they're part of in order to stoke discussion, well, they're probably just a drop in the ocean when it comes to illicit copies of a work available as a DRM-free eBook. Besides, when it comes to this sort of copyright issue, I'm more in the Cory Doctorow camp than the Metallica camp, dig? So I'll take people at their word when they say they bought the book, and as for anyone who didn't? Well, I might try and guilt trip them into a Paypal donation via the handy button to your left under "Feed the Madman", but I'm not holding my breath.

10:42 pm  

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