Saturday, July 18, 2015
I wonder why the images, particularly the lettering, of these pictures of books &c that I download are usually so blurry. Monstrous Aftermath has been publish'd, & is already available from various persons on Amazon. I just wrote a wee Amazon review that said the book is a work of genius, but of course one is not allow;d to review one's own book there, so ye review will be cancelled. I really like the back cover blurb, written for ye book by its editor, S. T. Joshi. The book is, in large part, my celebration of Lovecraft's weird poetry. The title of the book's first story, for example, references the lines from "Night-Gaunts":
And down the nether pits to that foul lake
Where the puffed shoggoths splash in doubtful sleep.
And there is, in "The Thing on the Doorstep," the eldritch cry concerning a pit of shoggoths. Lovecraft's poetry continues to inspire me, to ye point where I am trying to compose a new sonnet sequence entitled Sonnets of an Eldritch Bent for my next book from Centipede Press. Of course, new editions of Lovecraft's poems are something I cannot resist, & thus I have used the last of my PayPal funds for
available soon from PS Publishing, and featuring interior illustrations by Pete Von Sholly!
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Work on new fiction goes very slowly; but the hot summer weather, which rather drains me of energy, has cooled deliciously, and I have been working on the final two new original tales for my forthcoming collection from Centipede Press, An Ecstasy of Fear and Others. After those two tales are completed, I begin work on the new stories for my books with Jeffrey Thomas (of Enoch Coffin tales) and Henry J. Vester III (an entire book of works inspir'd by Clark Ashton Smith). To ensure total concentration of the completion of these new books, I am refusing all incoming invitations to submit new tales to anthologies. I need to keep my mind uncluttered and focus on the creation of my new books.
I find that I am utterly obsess'd with the new attention given to Pluto.
Also to be publish'd by Hippocampus Press next month is ye revised/expanded edition of S. T.'s examination of modern Mythos fiction, now with an updated title that points to Joshi's realization that ye Mythos is not dead & still dreaming.
"In this new edition, extensively revised and expanded, Joshi continues to explore the myriad ways in which writers of all different sorts have elaborated upon the themes, conceptions, and imagery found in Lovecraft's writing. This edition includes several new chapters on Mythos novels and tales written over the past two decades. Caitlin R. Kiernan has emerged as a leading author of Lovecraftian fiction, fusing her own distinctive idiom with Lovecraft's central motifs to produce work of scintillating vibrancy. Jonathan Thomas, in stories like 'Tempting Providence' and the novel The Color over Occam (2011), has also done outstanding work, as have such diverse writers as Donald Tyson, Ann K. Schwader, Cody Goodfellow, W. H. Pugmire, and many others. Anthologists such as Paula Guran, Stephen Jones, and Joshi himself have enticed some of the best writers of contemporary weird fiction to write original tales employing the Lovecraft idiom, with spectacular results."
II. The Lovecraft Mythos: Emergence
III. The Lovecraft Mythos: Expansion
IV. Contemporaries: Peers
V. Contemporaries: Scions
VI. The Derleth Mythos
VIII. The Scholarly Revolution
357 pages, with cover art by Jason C. Eckhardt.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Above is ye link for S. T.'s blog, ye newest entry of which he had pofted to-day. Lots of news, and the ever-humble scholar has words of praise for some of his earlier books, moving him to wonder, "...whether I was a better critic in the late 1980s and 1990s than I am now". I cannot say--I know only that his books from those decades are books that I return to constantly, for edification and entertainment. Those who wou'd enjoy visiting with S. T. will be able to meet him in Providence next month, at the NecronomiCon Providence 2015 convention (where Hippocampus Press will debut S. T.'s Variorum edition of Lovecraft's Complete Fiction, and ye new revised/expanded edition of The Rise, Fall, and Rise of the Cthulhu Mythos (note ye book's updated title). S. T. will also be attending this year's World Fantasy Award in Saratoga Springs, New York, November 5-8.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I have absolutely no clue why ye audio on my current videos is so low. It's best to use headphones when watching. I'll try to figure the problem out on YouTube, but will probably make things worse.....
Contents of ye fabulous second audio disc:
music by Harold Farnese:
Mirage (1932), piano
Mirage (1932), piano and soprano Maria Jette
The Elder Pharos (1932), piano
The Elder Pharos (1932), piano and soprano Maria Jette
Elegy for H. P. Lovecraft (1937), piano
music by Alfred Galpin:
Lament for H. P. Lovecraft (1937), piano
music by Jonathan Adams:
The Ancient Track (2010), choral
Sunset (2010), piano and choral
music by Paul Dice:
The Festival (1987), piano
The Will of Erich Zann (1988), instrumental and vocal
music by Del Merritt:
a Celtic band rendition of ye "Drinking Song" from H. P. Lovecraft's "The Tomb"