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.

1 comment:

  1. I can not wait to get my aws on yer new tome, Hopfrog!! ! I wish you all the best w/ it! !!

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