Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Hallowe'en

I'm at that really boring state of being--blocked.  For moft of this year I simply haven't been in the mood to write--and yet I've been more active than I actually realised.  Now I am in the mood to write, I feel the need, & I cannot.  It may just be that I am still getting over a wee cold germ.  Writer's block is a kind of death.  I can usually think like a writer when I need to.  For the past two days I haven't been able to, and I need to, I have two promis'd things that I need to write.  My brain will not work, I sit here before the bleedin' keyboard and write a title or an opening sentence and it's just wrong, boring, uninspired.  It's such a lot of work, being your own boss, being responsible for your entire life.  I am at a wonderful place for a writer--my time is completely mine own, I live in a quiet neighborhood that is perfect for a writer, I have editors always asking me to write for their anthologies.  Life shou'd be pure bliss--& usually it is, but not when I am unable to work.  There is nothing more gratifying than work, than being able to do the job.  I have always needed some kind of employment, to give a foundation to life.  Now I am my own employer, but I am so lacking in discipline.  Bah.  

I've spent this week watching my dvds of Nero Wolfe, a wonderful telly series, and I am now re-reading the Nero Wolfe novels, because they are an unending source of delight.  In an attempt to inspire my morbid muse, I have also been watching my dvd set of Boris Karloff's Thriller, the old tv series from the 1960s that based lots of their episodes on stories from Weird Tales.  One of my favourite episodes was called The Grim Reaper, with a teleplay by Robert Bloch.  I finally wrote a wee sequel to that episode as part of my prose-poem sequence, "Uncommon Places;" & I have recently revised the entire thing as a separate short story called "Monstrous Aftermath," the title story to my forthcoming collection from Hippocampus Press.  

The thing I hate moft in life is bordom--&, honey, I am suffering from it to-night.  If only I could write.  

I will--not to-night, maybe not to-morrow night...but I will return to work, one fabulous creative eve.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Bobby Derie's Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos has at last been publish'd by Hippocampus Press  It is fantastic.  Contents:
1. Sex and Lovecraft
Lovecraft and Love
Views on Sex
Views on Love and Relationships
Views on Eroticism and Pornography
The Shadow of Syphilis
Views on Gender and Homosexuality
Views on Miscegenation
Mr.s H. P. Lovecraft
2. Sex and the Lovecraft Mythos
Precursors and Influences
"The Great God Pan" (1890)
"Novel of the Black Seal" (1895)
"The White People" (1904)
"Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family" (1920)
"The Outsider" (1921)
"The Lurking Fear" (1922)
"The Rats in the Walls" (1923)
"The Unnamable" (1923)
"The Horror at Red Hook" (1925)
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (1926-27)
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1927)
"The Dunwich Horror" (1928)
"The Shadow over Innsmouth" (1931)
"The Dreams in the Witch House" (1932)
"The Thing on the Doorstep" (1933)
"Supernatural Horror in Literature" (1927; revised 1933)
"Poetry and the Gods" (with Anna Helen Crofts) (1920)
"Ashes" (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.) (1924)
"The Loved Dead" (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.) (1924)
"The Last Test" (with Adolphe de Castro) (1927)
"The Curse of Yig" (with Zelia Bishop) (1928)
"The Mound" (with Zelia Bishop) (1929-30)
"Medusa's Coil" (with Zelia Bishop) (1930)
"The Man of Stone" (with Hazel Heald) (1932)
"The Horror in the Burying-Ground" (with Hazel Heald) (1933-35)
Themes and Parallels
Sexual Symbolism in Lovecraft
Weird Sex
The Lure of the Forbidden
Forbidden Knowledge, Personal Transformation
Miscegenation and Mis-generation
The Role of Women
   The Unseen Mothers
   The Wise Woman
   The Anti-Gothic Heroine
   Lovecraft's Slatterns
   Rape in the Lovecraft Mythos
   Searching for Shub-Niggurath
Asexual Aliens
Homosexual Interpretation

3. Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos
New Developments
   Family Trees of the Gods
   Naming the Unnamable
   The Necronomicon as Pornography
   Body Horror
         The Tentacle as Sexual Symbol
   Alien Heats
Lovecraft as a Sexual Character
Gender, Sexuality, and Mythos Writers
Key Works and Authors
   Robert E. Howard
   Clark Ashton Smith
   Robert Bloch
   August Derleth
   Ramsey Campbell
   Richard A Lupoff
   Peter H. Cannon
   Brian McNaughton
   Robert M. Price
   W. H. Pugmire
   Caitlin R. Kiernan
   Edward Lee
   Alan Moore
   Cthulhu Sex Magazine (1998-20070
   Eldritch Blue: Love & Sex in the Cthlhu Mythos (2004)
   Cthulhurotica (2010)
   Whispers in Darkness: Lovecraftian Erotica (2011)
   Other Authors and Works of Note
   Sex and Mythos Poetry
   Mythos Ebook Erotica

4.  Beyond Cthulhurotica
Sex and the Lovecraftian Occult
   Kenneth Grant
   Michael Bertiaux
   Phil Hine
   Donald Tyson
   Aesnath Mason
Sex and the Mythos in Art
Sex and the Mythos in Comics
Sex and the Mythos in Japanese Manga and Animie
Sex and the Mythos Cinema
The Mythos and Rule 34
Works Cited
Suggested Further Reading

As ye can see, this is an exhaustive treatment of the subject, and utterly fascinating.  As a study of Lovecraft's fiction, the book is intelligent and original.  I never thought any book or critic cou'd make me question my firm doubt that Lovecraft was queer, but this book brings up some fascinating ideas, and I was even impress'd with a section by Stan Sargent that takes up almost an entire page -- an idea that I once found absurd concerning Wilbur Whateley as representing HPL's bury'd homosexuality.  I am extremely pleas'd with the section concerning my own Lovecraftian fiction, and I confess that this book has me thinking new thoughts about approaching more sexual motifs and themes in future work.  The book is a fantastic study, by one who not only admires Lovecraft's writing but has study'd the Works with keen foresight and lack of prejudice.  Fucking awesome.  There is but one inexcusable error in the book, on page 171, where we find "Edgar Allen Poe."  Ahem.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lovecraftian Horror

This is the working draft jacket for volume one of THE VARIORUM LOVECRAFT.  I am utterly entranc'd.  It has such delicious mood.  The touch of having E'ch-Pi-El gaze from out a haunted mirror is pure genius; and I love that Lovecraft's notes and etching for At the Mountains of Madness were incorporated, as well as. in ye margins, one of Grandpa's epistles.  Even the photo of ye book's editor is colour-coordinated with the entire tone of the piece.  Magnificent.  Oh, my darlings--how my eyes itch to read these three first volumes (they will be follow'd by a fourth volume of Lovecraft's revisions and collaborations)!!  I was hoping that publication wou'd happen in November, but nigh it has been pushed up to January.
       From ye Hippocampus site at Facebook:  After much consideration, we decided to key the first three volumes to Lovecraft's "tripartite nature" quote.  So, the cover of the first volume embodies the strange and fantastic.  Volume 2 will represent abstract truth and scientific logick, volume 3 the ancient and the permanent.  All will be done in Fergal Fitzpatrick's very atmospheric style, tastefully rendered for this scholarly edition.
"I should describe mine own nature as tripartite, my interests consisting of three parallel and dissociated groups--(a) Love of the strange and the fantastic. (b) Love of the abstract truth and of scietific logic. (c) Love of the ancient and the permanent.  Sundry combinations of these strains will probably account for all my odd tastes and eccentricities."  --H. P. Lovecraft

Do you remember S. T. Joshi's old attitude concerning ye Cthulhu Mythos?
"I still don't know what would possess anyone to write a 'Cthulhu Mythos' story; surely there must be something better to do with one's time--like staring off into space?"  Ah, how delightfully people can change.  S. T. is now ye author of a Mythos novel, and has penned a new tale set in Innsmouth.  & this morning's poft hath brought this first volume of his new Mythos anthology, The Madness of Cthulhu.  The use of "Cthulhu" in ye book's title is because ye publisher, Titan Books, insists on including the name in such anthologies, to ye point where they have changed the original title of Black Wings to Black Wings of Cthulhu.  I regret that the name of Lovecraft's Great Old One is far more famous than HPL's own byline--but I am overjoy'd to see, on this cover, "H. P. Lovecraft" in large letters above ye book's title.  On ye back cover we have this: "Fourteen brand-new stories of the macabre, plus two rare works inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness.  With its terrifying account of a doomed scientific expedition, Lovecraft's masterpiece has influenced many of the finest authors in modern fiction.  Inspired by his dark mythos of cosmic abominations clawing at the edge of our reality, these writers have enthusiastically embrace. . ."  & it ends thus, abruptly, like some Mythos tale in which ye doomed victim writes to ye very end of narrative, and continues writing as he is being dragged to death by whatever monstrous thing hath been evoked.  THE MADNESS OF CTHULHU features new original tales by Heather Graham, Lois S. Gresh, Caitlin R. Kiernan, J. C. Hoch, Melanie Tem, K. M. Tonso, Harry Turtledove, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Michael Shea, John Shirley, William Browning Spencer, Jonathan Thomas, Donald Tyson; plus two long-lost classics of Lovecraftian weirdness by Arthur C, Clarke and Robert Silverberg.  With a Foreword by Jonathan Maberry and an Introduction by S. T. Joshi.

Dang, and I have just started reading A MOUNTAIN WALKED.  How odd, so much Mythos fiction to read, all in books edited by S. T.  And just this moment S. T. has sent me ye proofs for my next book from Hippocampus Press, MONSTROUS AFTERMATH, and I need to go over those and try and catch typos.  Ah, whut a busy writer's life!!