Wednesday, December 29, 2010


The amazing illustration is by Matthew Jaffe, for the jacket of Laird Barron's magnificent second collection, Occultation.  Matthew will also be illustrating the forthcoming Centipede omnibus, Masters of the Weird Tale--Arthur Machen, and some of his illustrations for that may be found, reproduced in color, in the 2010-2011 Centipede Press catalog.  They are stunning.  Thus it is with the greatest of pleasure, with pure joy, that I can announce that Matthew has agreed to illustrate Some Unknown Gulf of Night, providing cover and interior work.  His style will be perfect for the book.  I was fortunate enough to meet Matthew at thus year's H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival -- it was kind of funny, cos when he initially came up and introduced himself, his name sounded familiar but I couldn't place it.  Then he came again and told me who he was and I perked up, being already such a fan of his artwork.  It was on seeing the Machen work that I sighed, "Oh, how wonderful to have him illustrate a book of my own," and so it is dreamy indeed that he said "yes" to illustrating the new book forthcoming from Arcane Wisdom Press.  That book is going to be special.  I also asked an extremely fine Lovecraft scholar, J. D. Worthington, if he would write an Introduction to the book, and he wrote what is probably the finest Introduction to any of my books, a piece that is kind and knowledgeable and perfect!  The book will probably see publication late spring/early summer of 2011.