Friday, May 22, 2015

COLLECTED FICTION: A VARIORUM EDITION


S. T. has just pofted a new blog, in which he states:
"I am delighted to say that work on Lovecraft's Collected Fiction: A Variorum Edition is now all but complete. Derrick Hussey, the publisher of Hippocampus Press, has been incredibly diligent and meticulous in going over all the texts (as well as my own textual notes) and has saved me from countless errors. It appears that my own records of textual variants were not at all as accurate or coherent as they should have been (but remember that I started doing this work as a callow eighteen-year-old freshman in 1976!). But now the work is done, and all that remains is to look over the final proofs before sending them to the printer. Derrick vows that this will be done on or before June 1, which means that the three-volume edition should be ready by mid-July. I am a but mortified that we first announced the edition as appearing in late 2014--but the long delay is well worth it, trust me!"

The three volumes may be ordered at www.hippocampuspress.com/h.p-lovecraft/fiction/variorum-lovecraft ... ye three hardcover volumes will be $180.00 but are now being offer'd for $162.00. Ye three volumes come to a total of 1600 pages and will not be sold separately. Pre-orders have been coming in so abundantly that ye initial print run of 500 copies has now been expanded to a total of 750 copies. Once these sets are sold out, they will command enormous inflated prices on ye Internet. 

[Volume 1:]
In this first volume, Lovecraft's earliest stories are printed in chronological order by date of writing. Included are such early triumphs as "Dagon" and "The Outsider," along with the many tales Lovecraft wrote under the inspiration of Lord Dunsany. The celebrated "Herbert West--Reanimator" and "The Rats in the Walls" show Lovecraft experimenting with longer narratives--a tendency that will culminate in the novelettes and novels of his final decade of writing.

[Volume 2:]
In this second volume, the tales that Lovecraft wrote immediately after returning to his native Providence, R. I., from two years of "exile" in New York are presented. The landmark tale "The Call of Cthulhu" was only the tip of the iceberg of a flood of stories he wrote in 1926-27, which include the two short novels The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. "The Colour out of Space" is a pioneering tale that initiates Lovecraft's distinct melding of horror and science fiction, while "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Whisperer in Darkness" are rich novellas simultaneously evoking terrors from outer space and the brooding darkness of the New England backwoods.

[Volume 3:]
In this final volume, the tales of Lovecraft's final years are presented. The Antarctic novella At the Mountains of Madness is perhaps Lovecraft's most finished work, a superb fusion of weirdness and science fiction that he referred to as "cosmicism." "The Shadow over Innsmouth" is a chilling evocation of the terrors inherent in a lonely New England backwater, while "The Thing on the Doorstep" and "The Haunter of the Dark" feature physical horrors with cosmic implications. "The Shadow out of Time" is the culmination of Lovecraft's portrayal of the vast vistas of space and time--his signature contribution to literature.


On a T-Shirt at Last!

Just got this way cool new t-shirt from Ye H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society. This image of H. P. L. by Virgil Finlay is my absolute favourite. It has been oft reprinted, on such books as Lovecraft's Collected Essays (Hippocampus Press) and Selected Letters (Arkham House). Ye greatest Lovecraftian t-shirts may be found at HPLHS and I urge ye to check yem out at www.cthulhulives.org -- and while there, check out ye amazing series of Lovecraft radio dramas as well.

Life goes on here, but with too many distractions. The world seems always to be clutching me away from writing, and it's getting me down, sweet chums, cos I really want to find that peace of mind that makes writing possible, to find that artistic zone that requires complete silence and solitude in order to exist. In order to remove myself more completely from ye World, I have deactivated my Facebook account. I spend less and less time on Internet social sites. My perfect form of existence is to spend all of my time in my wonderful home, in this house that my parents had built when I was five years old, and in which I will nigh spend ye rest of my life. I sit in my mother's recliner, put up ye foot-rest, and spend hours at a time reading. It's wonderful. Then, if I feel inspir'd, I do a bit of writing. I try and write some wee thing every day, or work on something. It's a lovely way to end one's life, this Literary existence.

So saying, I leave ye nigh and return to my book....

Ye Innsmouth Look Gets A Gresh Facelift!!!


One very exciting anthology is getting ready to creep from out ye mists of an antique sea-port and crawl into your dreams--INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES, edited by Lois H. Gresh for PS Publishing. Ye Contents:
Introduction, by Lois H. Gresh
Windows Underwater, by John Shirley
Cold Blood, by Lavie Tidhar
Fear Sun, by Laird Barron
Thicker Than Water, by Paul Kane
Strange Currents, by Tim Lebbon
Mourning People, by Nancy Kilpatrick
The Barnacle Daughter, by Richard Gavin 
Between the Pilings, by Steve Rasnic Tem
The Imps of Innsmouth, by W. H. Pugmire
The Open Mouth of Charbdis, by John Langan
Water's Edge, by Tim Waggoner
Dark Waters, by William F. Nolan
A Girl's Life, by Lisa Morton
The Sea Witch, by James Moore
Brood, by Jason V Brock
Gone to Doggerland, by Jonathan Thomas
The Secret of the Hammer and the Feature, by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
Baubles, by Nancy Holder
The Waves Beckon, by Donald Tyson
The Cats of River Street (1925), by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Some Kind of Mistake, by S. T. Joshi

From ye Introduction:
This is the book of my dreams. I've always been fond of Innsmouth. Directly over my desk, a painting of Innsmouth hangs on an old hook left by former inhabitants of my house. I spend most of my life at this desk, so Innsmouth is always with me. There's something very appealing about the tottering village and its shambling denizens, the cults, the dreariness, the turbulance of the sea, and Devil Reef.
When I proposed this anthology to Pete Crowther at PS Publishing, I told him that I wanted to produce a book brimming with extraordinary Innsmouth stories. I wanted to produce a book that I would never grow tired of reading, a book that I would read every now and then for the rest of my life. I think that I succeeded.
I requested stories from all the top writers in the weird genre. I desperately wanted Ramsey Campbell, but alas, Pete had Ramsey squirreled away writing a trilogy of Lovecraftian novels, so Ramsey was a bit tanked out to pen a short Innsmouth tale. Almost everyone else is in this book--all the writers of weird fiction that readers go ape over. Given my obsession with Innsmouth, I was sorely tempted to add a story, but in the end, decided it would be poor form to write a story for an anthology of which I'm editor.
In short, this book is killer. Every story supplies a knock-out punch.
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed editing it. If you like tales about Innsmouth, you're in for a real treat."

I can add only that I hope Lois will write her Innsmouth story--perhaps for some future volume of S. T.'s BLACK WINGS series!




Lois with ye blogger and S. T. Joshi, Esq.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Collings Notes: Barker and Pugmire, IN THE GULFS OF DREAM AND OTHE...

Collings Notes: Barker and Pugmire, IN THE GULFS OF DREAM AND OTHE...: In the Gulfs of Dream and Other Lovecraftian Tales David Barker and W.H. Pugmire Dark Renaissance Books, June/July 2015 Trade paper...