When I was younger, I loved mail. I’d send out cereal boxtops and enter contests to ensure a constant stream of overstuffed, padded envelopes. I’d receive all kinds of goodness: a Tony the Tiger baseball, a Kool-Aid cup (Oh Yeeaahhh!), and even X-Men Figurines. It was like celebrating mini Christmases all year long, and I loved it.
These days, mail isn’t quite as thrilling. Bills? Booo, hisss! Junk mail? Yawn. Every once in a while, however, I still get to celebrate a mini-Christmas moment. Today was one of those days.
First, in an unassuming envelope, I found a signed bookplate from none other than Joe Hill. It was part of a promotion for the sale of his paperback, HORNS. Word of advice: if you haven’t read this novel yet, don’t wait any longer. You’re doing yourself a disservice.
Second, I found the contributor’s copy of my chapbook, UPROOTED. Mr. Aaron Polson did an amazing job with the cover art. I find myself glancing at the book every now and then to make sure it’s real. If you’re interested in obtaining a copy, I’m told there are only three or four left, so order soon. It contains three of my short stories and is both signed and numbered.
Now go check your mail! If you’re lucky, a mini-Christmas surprise might even jump out and scream, “Oh Yeeaahhh!”