Wednesday, September 19, 2018

ye new novel



Actually, ye young witch is riding a moth on ye cover, not a butterfly....
I recorded nine minutes of video yak, but for some reason YouTube uploaded a mere four minutes--very frustrating when they do that. This is a fantasy novel of 188 pages, with opening chapters set in Arkham and Sesqua Valley, but with ye bulk of ye narrative set in our vision of H. P. Lovecraft's dreamlands. I may be order'd for $20 at Hippocampus Press htpp://www.hippocampuspress.com. Ye novel is quite outlandish and Lovecraftian, and I am extremely pleas'd to have penned it with my clever co-author. For those who are attending ye H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon in Portland, OR next month, I'll be doing a reading from the novel there. 
beast witches to all,
--hopfrog, esq.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Isn't that a wonderful book cover? Ye cover design for my newest book is by Daniel V. Sauer, and I am extremely pleas'd with it. This is my third book written in collaboration with David Barker--ye others being The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream and Other Lovecraftian Tales. Some few portions of the novel take place in Arkham and Sesqua Valley, but ye majority of the work is set in H. P. Lovecraft's dreamlands, a place of infinite fictive possibilities. We're hoping that ye book will be available at The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon in Portland, Oregon this October; and if so I shall certainly do a reading from ye book. The novel is now available from Hippocampus Press www.hippocampuspress.com for $20. Paperback, 188 pages. 

No other news, my ducks. Hope all is well with y'all.
--hopfrog

Friday, July 20, 2018

It's Theatah, Darling--Drama Drama Drama


Oh yes, my ducks, I was once certain that my future wou'd be in drama, perhaps as a playwright but moft assuredly as an actor. Indeed, as a high school student I was determined, after graduation, to become "the next Boris Karloff" and make my living in horror cinema. (I had, after all, won Best Actor Award, pictur'd above, in 1970.) It wasn't until I played in a few professional productions, after high school, that I discover'd, to my dismay, that I was a wretched actor, that I slurred dialogue and was a bit of a ham. Thus I set aside my acting awards (I had won two, but lost one, a golden medal, when I attach'd it by safety-pin to my punk rock boots and it flew off during a slam-dance session), and took up ye Pen of Weird Fiction. I feel, however, that my tales are pregnant with drama, although I tend to avoid scenes of violence. 

I am still uncertain when my next two books will see publication, but I am hoping it happens this year. We lost our original illustrator for my forthcoming Hippocampus title, a weird novel set in Lovecraft's dreamlands, written with David Barker. My publisher assures me that he will find some equally fabulous illustrator, but this may delay publication. So, be patient, my sweets, ye tomes will tumble toward ya in time.  


Hope all be well with y'all.
--hopfrog

Sunday, July 15, 2018

still yakking

tarnish'd

Ghoulie

Pictur'd above are my two chums, Ghoulie Shea and Bho Bloch. I knew them moftly through correspondence, although Vernon and I began to engage in lengthy 'phone conversations. It was Bloch who introduced me to Vernon by supplying me with his address. Shea became a very important friend, a living link to my great obsession, H. P. Lovecraft. I often sit and dwell on memories of Vernon, always regretting that he is gone and feeling fortunate to have known him in his last years. I've been thinking about him, moftly, because I've been rereading some old Necronomicon Press booklets, and recently dipped into Vernon's In Search of Lovecraft. 


Vernon had two or three tales publish'd in professional volumes, and edited two fictional anthologies of his own. His short story "The Haunter of the Graveyard" remains one of my favourite Cthulhu Mythos stories, and so enchanted me that I actually wrote a sequel to it,"Gathered Dust", whut became the title story of one of my books publish'd by Dark Regions Press. (The story will be reprinted this year in my new hardcover collection from Centipede Press.)

So here's to J.Vernon Shea--devoted Lovecraftian, cherish'd chum.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Ligotti vinyl!

ye foto is a bit blurr'd, perhaps because I was quivering with excitement: a new audio reading of Thomas Ligotti on Cadbra Records! cadabrarecords.com It is my humble opinion that Ligotti is the greatest weird writer of all time. I don't have that personal/aesthetic connection with him that I have with H. P. Lovecraft; but I will not hesitate to say I think Ligotti the better writer of ye two. His work is damn near flawless. Cadabra release vinyl-only products, so this reading won't be available in any other format, to ye best of my knowledge. The record comes with a wondrous large pofter featuring the artwork of Jason Barnett. The reading by Jon Padgett is fabulous, and Barnett's musical score is creepy-cool. I am always struck with how "alive" an audio reading makes a literary text, far more than "hearing" the text in my mind as I read silently. 


I now have so many Cadabra pofters on me walls that I'm running out of space; but I think this one will look good on ye inside of ye front door, just below the peep-hole. I usually keep the front door partially open, so I will be able to turn my head and gaze at the pofter as I am stall'd in my writing in ye dining room. Of course, one of the nice side-effects of listening to an audio reading is that it makes me want to return to ye text in book form, to sit quietly in my armchair and become lost inside a book. Ahhhh....