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.