Sunday, June 17, 2018

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Literature


I recorded for about five minutes, but only one and one-half minutes actually appear'd on YouTube. I haven't tried recording anything because I hate the appearance of my rotting teeth--the few that I still retain. But whut ye hell. It wou'd cost a fortune to have dental work done, so I just stay home and don't shew myself to ye world. But I'm going to ye Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland this October, so I figure I might as well get used to people seeing my decrepitude. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Far Between - Wilum, part 1



Remembering ye past, thankful for old friends, & delighting in ye present...

Friday, April 6, 2018

new BLACK WINGS VI hardcover!!


Yes, my ducks, ye newest volume of S. T.'s wonderful series, Black Wings, has just been publish'd in hardcover by PS Publishing in England. It contains my story, "To Move Beneath Autumnal Oaks," whut I originally penned for an anthology called Autumn Cthulhu, from which it was rejected. This is an instance in which rejection is a step up, because instead of appearing in that paperback volume the story will now see hardcover publication, and those hardcover editions from PS Publishing are beautiful. Also exciting for me is that this is one of ye few times when a Sesqua Valley story has appear'd in a hardcover volume. Yeehaw! To order ye volume, go to www.pspublishing.co.uk



Of course, this new story will be included in ye paperback edition of the book when that is publish'd by Titan Books, and that will certainly be available in ye States. And I am thrill'd to learn that S. T. has decided to include "To Move Beneath Autumnal Oaks" in his forthcoming paperback anthology, The Best of Black Wings!!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ye Eldritch Bitch Is Back....


Yes, my sweethearts--I pose as Lovecraft Scholar yet again, with an essay just publish'd in The Curse of Yig and Selected Ghastly Ghostwritings, just publish'd by PS Publishing www.pspublishing.co.uk in jolly ole England. This is a delightsome series edited & illustrated by Pete Von Sholly. Ye contents for this new volume:
Introduction, by S. T. Joshi;
The Curse of Yig, by H. P. Lovecraft (with Zealia Bishop);
Medusa's Coil, by H. P. Lovecraft (with Zealia Bishop);
The Horror in the Museum, by H. P. Lovecraft (with Hazel Heald);
Out of the Aeons, by H. P. Lovecraft (with Hazel Heald);
The Diary of Alonzo Typer, by H. P. Lovecraft (with William Lumley);
The Shadows out of Madness of the Horrors in the Texts, by Pete Von Sholly;
Smother'd by Night-Gaunts, by W. H. Pugmire;
Did Lovecraft Write Lovecraft Pastiches?, by Robert M. Price;
The book uses S. T. Joshi's definitive texts, and there are numerous fantastic full-colour illustrations by Pete. 
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After a long spell of not writing fiction, I am trying to find my way into ye composition of two new tales. One is to be a traditional Cthulhu Mythos tale, and I want it to be securely in that tradition. The other is the kind of story I swore to myself I wou'd never write--one in which H. P. Lovecraft is portray'd as character. I have protested to ye editor that I do not write such stories, but he is insistent that I do so nigh. So I have to decide the time in HPL's life that I want to paint, and then invent some fantastic plot through which he staggers. I am not hopeful that anything good will come from my efforts.

I hope all be well with y'all.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

au revoir Stan Sargent

Nightmare from Crete

Stand within a ring of standing stones,
Tremble as you touch the hungry air,
Answer that which haunts a Cretan lair,
Night-usurper of King Minos' throne!
Language from a dim forgotten age
Eagerly develops on your tongue;
Yowl an antient name forever sung,
Stimulate a nameless heritage.

Appetites that ravage ev'ry nerve,
Rabid as a lust you cannot quench,
Greedily devour your soul, and hence,
Esoteric blasphemy you serve.
Netherworld of Darkness spiraling,
Titan Qom-maq is your Ever King!

I wrote ye above poem in tribute to my friend and fellow-author, Stanley C. Sargent. It was publish'd in my 2003 hardcover collection, Sesqua Valley & Other Haunts (pb reprint from Mythos Books, 2008). For my 1999 collection from Mythos Books, Dreams of Lovecraftian Horror, Stan wrote an Introduction and supplied cover/interior artwork. That book was dedicated to "Stanley C. Sargent, Esquire, my brother in prose". Now, to-day, ye Ides of March, is a sad day for me, because not only is it the date of H. P. Lovecraft's death, it is ye date on which my beloved Todd died in my arms. But to-day it is especially poignant, because my buddy Stan died on ye sixth of this month. I don't know the cause of death. 

I was able to meet Stan when some convention I attended took place in his home town of San Francisco and we shared a hotel room. Then we shared rooms again when he attended the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. He was dubious about my drag-queen lifestyle (indeed, when he drew my portrait for Dreams of Lovecraftian Horror it pleased him to portray me far more masculine than I then dressed, wanting to make me look butch rather than fem). 

He was a good friend, although we became distant because of silly nonsense in these past few years. I shall always cherish his memory and return to enjoy his wonderful short stories. Peace unto his Shade.




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

plotting a new wee tale


I'm beginning work on a new Mythos tales, and I wanted in it to pay tribute to one of my favourite character actors, Reggie Nalder (pictur'd above from a role in Boris Karloff's THRILLER. So I am playing with ye idea of basing one of my characters on Nalder's "performance aura" as I have seen it in Thriller and one or two films. 

It feels like I haven't worked on a piece of fiction for a long long time; so I am looking forward to penning this--although first I need to go to Office Depot and get a new large keyboard to attack to this laptop. I cannot compose on a small laptop keyboard because I feel all cramped and have to bend over too much. 

I've look'd though those of my old notebooks that I cou'd find, fo stoy ideas jotted down and such, but have found nothing to use fo this new project--so I am going to spend ye rest of the night rereading passages from Lovecraft and dreaming dark weird dreams.

My r key is sticking on this laptop keyboard--very annoying.

Shalom.