Friday, September 18, 2009

WEIRD INHABITANTS OF SESQUA VALLEY

Weird Inhabitants of Sesqua Valley, my newest book from Terradan Works (www.terradanworks.com) has just been publish'd. Working with Terri of this new publishing house was a joyous and fulfilling experience -- her enthusiasm for the book instill'd within me a desire to make it one of the best books I have yet written, one that is totally Lovecraftian up ye arse. I had such fun writing it, and it is fill'd with new secrets, mysteries, and revelations concerning that haunted vale, the Sesqua Valley.
Ye Contents:--
"Some Distant Baying Sound" (6,060 words)
"Totem Pole" (1,568 words)
"Swamp Rising" (2,758 words)
"An Image in Chalk" (3,016 words)
"The Million-Shadowed One" (3,327 words)
"And Drink the Moon" (1,633 words)
"An Eidolon of Nothing" (6,732 words)
"One Last Theft" (9,745 words)
"Visions of William Davis Manly" (6,141 words)
"Into the Depths of Dreams and Madness" (2,897 words)

With this book I have experimented with placing plots into ye past. For example, "Some Distant Baying Sound" is a direct sequel to H. P. Lovecraft's "The Hound." Thus, it is set in the time-frame of Grandpa's original story. The writing of it came about from a wonderful thread, "Who Killed St. John?," at my favourite site, Thomas Ligotti Online (www.ligotti.net). This wonderful thread got me thinking about HPL's original story and ye various interpretations of its mysterious daemonic beast. Because I love having strange, strong women characters in my weird fiction, I turned Lovecraft's original narrator (unnamed in ye original story) into a woman. Having surviv'd Lovecraft's narrative, she journeys from England to the Sesqua Valley, so as to seek wisdom from the beast of Sesqua Valley, Simon Gregory Williams, who has committed to memory each and every translation of the Necronomicon. The entire story has been beautifully read in three parts at Thomas Ligotti Online by the delicious MorganScorpion, and may be listen'd to there.

The final tale, "Into the Depths of Dreams and Madness," concerns Lovecraft's Richard Upton Pickman, who journeys to the Sesqua Valley and there meets a curious doom. "One Last Theft," the longest tale in the book, is a tale of Nyarlathotep and a direct sequel to "An Eidolon of Nothing," from The Fungal Stain and Other Dreams, and depicts once more a character with whom I am fascinated, Noughtia, a creature conjur'd forth from inferior salts.

Jeffrey Thomas has written a charming introduction and supplied a wonderful cover illustration. I wrote the book within a concentrated time-frame, and thus the entire book has a smooth narrative flow in my latest style. My style, of course, is very queer and non-modern, and some people do not care for it. I could never appeal to a wide commercial market with such a style, but that is fine, as I like being a part of the Lovecraft underground, where I may be as ghoulish as I please. For fans of the Cthulhu Mythos, I think this book will prove strange and enjoyable -- that is my profound and nameless dream.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I am fairly new to the Internet World, and there are many mysteries that remain an enigma unto me; thus this blogspot will be kept simple. I am creating it for those who follow my fiction and so as to post news pertaining to the world of Lovecraftian horror and Cthulhu Mythos. Because I am busy with the process of writing my next two books, I will be trying to keep this a once-a-week thing; however, I have found that I quite enjoy blogging, because it reminds me of the personal fanzine type of writing that I have been doing for thirty years -- informal, personal, weird, humorous, bitchy, &c &c.

News about my books:
This past October, Mythos Books finally -- after a five-year wait -- publish'd Sesqua Valley & Other Haunts as an attractive trade paperback. The original Delirium hardcover is now a rare out-of-print volume that is selling online for $250+ -- and it was too expensive when first publish'd as a limited edition hardcover selling for $50. A lot of people who wanted it were unable to afford it. The new pb edition is availble at amazon.con for really inexpensive prices; and this delights me, because it seems to be my most popular book (I have some qualms about its contents because many of the stories are early works and the writing isn't too polished or well-proofed in some instances).
I am currently working on a new title for Mythos Books, a revised/expanded edition of Dreams of Lovecraftian Horror. All of the original stories have been revised, some quite thoroughly, and three stories ("Gates Closed by Darkness," "The Thing in the Glen" and "A Piece of Stone") have been dropped from the book. Older stories not included in the first edition, such as "An Image in Chalk" and "Your Kiss of Corruption," have been added, and I am at present working on a sequence of some 25,000 words, "Uncommon Places," which is a sequence of prose-poems and vignettes (frightfully arty and diseased) based on entries from H. P. Lovecraft's Commonplace Book. I also have one new Nyarlathotep tale ("Some Bacchante from Irem") and a new story set in Gershom, the city of exiles ("She Who Sees the Dawn"). Stanley C. Sargent, who skillfully illustrated the first edition, has graciously agreed to supply new drawings for these additional tales.
My editor, S. T. Joshi, and I have completed work on my forthcoming hardcover omnibus from Centipede Press, to be entitl'd Inhabitants of Wraithwood: Collected Weird Fiction of W. H. Pugmire, which will be published, probably, in 2012. The book includes almost 100,000 words of fiction, most of which has been revised (some, as in the case of "The Woven Offspring," shockingly deviant from ye original version), and several new pieces, such as "The Tangled Muse" (set in the strange city of exiles, Gershom) and a prose-poem sequence in honor of Oscar Wilde, Esq., will be included. Also (!!!), serving as central portfolio will be the series of eight art-poems that I collaborated on with Madame Talbot, that delicious Mistress of Death. Her artwork is magnificent, and she beautifully illustrated my eight prose-poems for a series of "cartoons" that we did for The Rocket (Seattle rock music tabloid) back in ye grunge days.
That's ye news for now. I shall return next week with a look at S. T. Joshi's new book, The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos -- if, as I hope it will, I've receiv'd my copy by then!
yrs in yog-sothoth,
wilum hopfrog pugmire, esq.