Monday, October 5, 2015

Inspir'd by Art

Inspiration comes from a variety of places--but one of my great joys as a writer is when I am inspir'd by art. This has just happen'd, with ye illustration above by Dave Felton. Whut is novel about this case of inspiration is that ye art is an illustration from--my own writing. Dave's remarkable illustration, which incorporates a Beardsley "feel" (highly appropriate!), depicts segment two from Some Unknown Gulf of Night. Ye narrator of ye segment looks into a store window and sees a queer mannequin, its head covered by a piece of yellow silk, surrounded by other store mannequins. Dave has depicted ye mannequins in an eerie way, as they resemble a clutch of provocatively posed mummies. When I saw this wonderful piece of art, I knew an immediate inspiration for a new wee thing inspir'd by it. I am going to write it with whut will be, for me, an unusual setting: for it will be one of ye new stories in my forthcoming collection of stories inspir'd by the weird fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, and I will be setting ye tale in my CASian locality, Khroyd'hon. And there will be evocative mummies.

I am writing this new book in collaboration with another huge Smith fan, Henry J. Vester III--we will each be writing our own separate stories (and hopefully poems) in ye Clark Ashton Smith tradition. I have actually started writing one of ye stories for ye book, a tale call'd "Lady Agatha Passes By". Unfortunately, I am an extremely undisciplined writer, and often have to wait for the "mood" of creativity to fall upon me. At the moment I'm feeling a dearth of inspiration and artistic energy. Gawd, I hate this--I want to write--now!! I don't want to have to wait until my mind clears up and I am suddenly "in the mood".

It helps, however, to have finally finish'd and sold some new things. It feels very good to have completed my next book for Centipede Press, and to have sold a story to a major forthcoming Lovecraftian anthology to be publish'd by PS Publishing. But I am hoping to become very active for ye remainder of ye year, if possible, so that I can then look back on 2015 as a year of intense creativity and productivity. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Now that I have completed work on my 2nd volume of weird fiction for Centipede Press, I am suddenly in ye mood to begin work immediately on one long-delay'd project--a book of prose & poetry all of which is inspir'd by ye Works of Clark Ashton Smith. Instead of writing the book entirely by myself, I will be writing 40,000/50,000 words of it, and ye remainder will be the work of my sweet chum, Henry J. Vester III. I now have ye crazy idea that I want to spend the rest of this year writing my portion of the book--surely I can write 50,000 words of fiction in three months' time. One beautiful aspect of this project is that, to help me along with inspiration, I get to now drown myself in ye rereading of Smith's fiction. I am beginning this by reading CAS in his Arkham House editions. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

new Centipede Press book completed

It took me forever, but I have finally finish'd writing the final new story for my forthcoming book from Centipede Press. The story is call'd "Pickman's Lazarus", and comes to 4,660 words. Yes, I did hesitate before writing yet another story inspir'd by "Pickman's Model"; but I know that when an idea becomes so firmly planted inside my skull, it is useless to resist, & ye idea will plague me mentally until I exorcise it from my brain by writing it in fictional form. The story is in two parts: the first is set in ye past, and is told in third-person; ye second part is set in modern time, and told in first-person narrative. I sent it to the book's editor, S. T. Joshi, this morning, and he called it an "excellent story", so that pleases me and makes me feel that I ain't tediously draining my Pickmanesque inspiration.

I have no idea when Jerad will bring ye book out, but I suspect it will be some time in 2018. Here is ye entire Contents:


by W. H. Pugmire ~~ Centipede Press
"Underneath an Arkham Moon" (in collaboration with Jessica Amanda Salmonson)
"These Black Winged Ones"
"Gathered Dust"
"An Ecstasy of Fear"
"Let Us Wash This Thing"
"Letters from an Old Gent"
"The Imps of Innsmouth"
"Smooth Artifact of Bone"
"Some Unknown Gulf of Night"
"An Identity in Dream"
"Hempen Rope"
"Chamber of Dreams"
"Unhallowed Places"
"House of Legend"
"A Shadow of Your Own Design"
"To See Beyond"
"A Quest of Dream"
"Pickman's Lazarus"

I am also hoping to persuade S. T. to write some kind of introduction, perhaps entitled "Some Words from ye Editor" or some such. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

not going after all

Ghostboy will be journeying to California on ye week-end of the HPL film festival, and so I will need to stay home and take care of our six kitties and one doggie. But that's okay; indeed, I really wasn't in the mood to go to Portland, but felt I shou'd. Now that I know I won't be going, I feel a kind of relief. I'm just not in ye social mood of late.

The one social "need" I feel is to hang out with other queens, to check out the Seattle drag culture; but going to bars really bores me, as I don't drink or drug; and I have a feeling our local scene, at least on ye hill, is pervaded by crack. No thanx. So I get my drag fix by watching videos on YouTube. Here's my new favourite.