Monday, November 22, 2010

OH BOY!

How I love ye Fungi from Yuggoth -- and, Great Yuggoth, how it hath inspir'd me!  The writing of my new book has been a magical experience.  I have never -- nevah nevah evah! -- felt this inspir'd or had a work spill so easily from that warped realm called me brain.  I am now at 25,200 words as I work, unexpectedly, on the vignette inspir'd by Sonnet XXXVII--"The Elder Pharos."

I say "unexpectedly" because I have just been invited to write a wee weird tale for an anthology that will be publish'd by a House that I have ached to write for since the early 1970's, & to be invited to finally pen a Lovecraftian weird tale for them has me so excited I have trouble sleeping.  I'm so far along with SOME UNKNOWN GULF OF NIGHT that I thought I could now cease work on it for a while and plunge into the writing of this new 5,000 word weird tale, "This Weave of Dreaming." -- in which I will have aspects of "Nyarlathotep" and "Medusa's Coil," although the tale will not to be sequel or any such thing to anything Lovecraft wrote.  But then in to-day's post there arriv'd a new disc of Will Hart's reading of ye Fungi from Yuggoth in an MP4 File that actually shews the text (in Lovecraft's handwriting!) as the audio reads each sonnet.  And Will's readings are so wonderful that it put me into the mood to not stop work on Gulf, so to-night I have begun segment XXVII.  I will work on both the new book and the story for this fabulous editor who has invited me to write for a book I cannot yet discuss as much as I want to proclaim it to ye Woild, and I hope to have a nice polish of the new story finish'd by end of month.

I've entered a delicious era in my life as a Lovecraftian author.  The circumstances are not wonderful -- I had to move in with mom because she has grown too crippled and eccentric to live alone -- but it, and another aspect that is the awesome miracle of my life, has made it possible for me to write full time.  It's flipping awesome!  And I've reached this phase of, I guess I have to call it "professionalism," where I am now able to do the projects that I have in mind, instead of merely dream about them.  I told myself I want to write a prose-poem/vignette sequence of 35,000/40,000 words inspir'd by Fungi from Yuggoth and have it mostly completed in two months' time.  Now, three years ago, if you had told me I'd be able to accomplish such a feat, I would have laughed my ass off.  But now I think it's actually going to happen.  Writing has become much easier now that I am doing everything on Microsoft Word, including rough drafts which I then print out and read from as I type ye polish drafts.  Indeed, it is now impossible for me to work on a rough draft with pen and pad, as I always used to do.  I need to do it all on keyboard.

Okay, must put Mother to bed, turn up the heat (it's been snowing all day) and return to work.  Hope y'all who celebrate Thanksgiving have a nice day.  We order'd ye Holiday Turkey meal from Safeway, and my prayer is that all the snow is gone when I go to pick the food up on Wednesday cos I have never driven in snow & the idea of doing so has me fairly terrify'd!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Almoft Half-way There

My sequence of prose-poems, vignettes & short-shorts, Some Unknown Gulf of Night, has reached 18,200 words.  I am working, to-night, on segment XX, whut is based on the sonnet "Night-Gaunts" in Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth sequence.  Up until now I was feeling very inspir'd & ye writing came so easily; but now I feel a need to shift things a bit and go a different direction imaginatively.  The next few sonnets of Lovecraft's sequence, "Night-Gaunts," "Nyarlathotep," and "Azathoth" touch on aspects that have become central to ye Cthulhu Mythos,  I want my sequences inspir'd by them to echo that.  My idea now is to shift ye scene to the dreamlands and explore the dark beauty of that realm.  This shift hath slow'd me down, as I really need to study Lovecraft and think deeply about where my sequence is headed.  The reason I am here writing on my blog to-night is because I am stunk in ye writing of Gulf and don't know how to advance, so I've come for a bit of distraction.

I have many things I want yet to do with this work.  I am especially hopeful to use some segments so as to remember my wonderful week in Providence, Rhode Island, and I want to set one sequence in the Fleur-de-Lys Building at 7 Thomas Street.  My friends and I were actually allow'd inside the building for a wee tour, & thus I was able to roam the huge lower room (pictured above, where I pose reading from S. T.'s Penguin Classics edition, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, reading from the book's title story, in which the building wherein I am dwelling is featured) -- so I need to set a segment of my sequence inside that wondrous place.

The writing of this new work has been so satisfying artistically.  Best of all, it has return'd me to H. P. Lovecraft, my ever-Muse.  It gives me such happiness to know that I will be able to continue to delve into the Works of HPL & find therein never-ending inspiration.  Now that I am at segment XX, I am close to half-way completed with ye writing of this wee chapbook, which I hope will be around 40,000 words.  This feels really weird, to be so far along -- I've been kind of hypnotized while working on this thing, & Time has been a thing of naught.  My plan was to have the book completed before we head off for MythosCon in January -- but I am so far along & it's only ye 11th of Novembyr!  How wonderful it is, to get so lost within one's work that it flows & flows.  Of course, it is work, & there have been times when things would not express yemselves; but moftly it has come easily & swiftly.  I shall be very surpris'd if I cannot deliver ye polish to my publisher at end of year.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fantastic new art for THE TANGLED MUSE

The magnificent Swiss artist, Gwabryel, who has done so many wonderful works for Centipede Press, has delivered five new pieces of black & white art for the much-delay'd new edition of The Tangled Muse, art that will take the place of the works that had to be removed from the book.  Shewn here is his piece for my prose poem sequence, "In Memoriam: Oscar Wilde," whut will see it's first publication in the Centipede Press omnibus -- now scheduled for a late January release.  I am so thrill'd with this new artwork!  I love his style, & feel it compliments the eeriness of my prose. 

Happily, Gwabryel will also be working on new artwork, including a colour cover, for my forthcoming collection from Hippocampus Press, Uncommon Places.  I spent yesterday with S. T. Joshi, & he is hopeful that my new Hippocampus book can be publish'd late next year, perhaps in time for WFC -- but isn't dead certain, as Hippocampus Press has so many titles that must come forth before mine own.

S. T. shew'd me the pre-publication copy of his periodical, Weird Fiction Review, that is forthcoming from Centipede Press, & it looks amazing!  He also had lots and lots of news concerning his meeting with publishers at WFC and the future looks great for S. T.'s future as an editor of Mythos anthologies, &c &c!  He is also ready to begin serious work on his biographical novel concerning H. P. Lovecraft!

Some Unknown Gulf of Night continues slowly but steadily, & I now have up to 7,000 words.  I've not had time to work on it for a few days, but I hope to make up for that by writing 2,000 or 3,000 words today!  It is proving an exciting and satisfying experiment in writing prose poems and vignettes inspir'd by Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth yet retaining my own perverse & peculiar stamp.  I hope to have ye majority of the thing completed before heading off for MythosCon.