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Long-awaited update—it's just been so busy here...

The good news is that it's been busy here. I'm just about done with the second Witch Season book—take a look at the amazing cover to the first one, Witch Season: Summer, here on the site. The first book comes out in July, 2004, and then they're quarterly after that.

I'm also working on a new Charmed novel called Survival of the Fittest, which will be out sometime in 2004. And some other stuff, about which more later.

The Witch Season books tell the story of Kerry Profitt, a young woman caught up in the centuries-long hunt for a witch named Season Howe. It's got chills, it's got romance, it's got humor... fans of Buffy and Angel should particularly like it. More details will follow over the next few months, as well as some excerpts.

Reviews are in on original horror/suspense novel The Slab, and people seem to like it.

Comics Buyer's Guide says, "You know something is wrong and you keep turning those pages until the big reveal. You even get some clues as to the nature of that very wrong something. I put most of it together before the reveal, but Mariotte still had a few surprises, an exciting climax, and a satisfying ending for me. THE SLAB is a solidly entertaining novel."

Joe Nassise, president of the Horror Writers' Association, says, "Mariotte draws us deep into the character's thoughts and motivations, making them real individuals. He deals well with how people felt in the weeks following the tragedies in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., adding a troubling sense of realism to the tale. The Slab is 90% suspense thriller and 10% horror novel and my only complaint with it was the fact that it took so long to reveal the horror at the tale's heart. A good, solid read."

And says, "Jeff Mariotte stakes out his own territory in 'THE SLAB', a prime piece of guns-a-blazing horror that surprises with a quirky mixture of subtlety and two-fisted terror. Set in the Imperial Valley near the Salton Sea, Mariotte creates a miasmic aura of escalating violence and ugliness. His characters kick in with clarity, and he maneuvers them across the bleak landscape with skill. So far, you have a nicely sculpted 1980's style horror novel. But then Mariotte plays his trump card by placing the novel shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. It's a surprisingly effective gambit, giving the novel unexpected shadings and depths. Better yet, Mariotte never overplays this hand. 'THE SLAB' is just as fun as you hope it will be, and farmore resonant than you'd expect."

You can make up your own mind by reading a portion of it online or in a printable PDF. Of course, you won't see the brilliant illustrations by Tommy Lee Edwards, but you can see them here.

Only one signing coming up in the near future:

  • Dec. 5, Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego, CA; 858-268-4747

The first of the new books, Angel: Solitary Man, is probably out by the time you read this. Star Trek: The Lost Era—Deny Thy Father comes out soon.

In comics news, CSI: Miami—Smoking Gun, and the first two issues of the monthly 3-part CVO: Artifact miniseries, about vampires working for the CIA, areout now. Next up, The Shield: Spotlight, based on the FX TV series. Keep checking back here for more details!


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