I can’t say I read a lot of Nick Mamatas, but what I have read, I’ve certainly enjoyed.
Nick’s most recent work is dissimilar from anything I’ve read before. Set at the fictional, annual Summer Tentacular—“Providence’s premiere literary conference about pulp-writer, racist, and weirdo Howard Philips Lovecraft”—the book is an inside look at the craziness such an event would give rise to.
The attendees at said conference seem to be based on a combination of real writers and an amalgamation of the writers and fans who frequent such a happening.
The story is told from two separate points of view: that of first-time attendee and recently published Lovecraftian writer, Colleen Danzig; and the other, her roommate, a writer know as Panossian who spends most of the book in the morgue, lying on a slab.