Monday, July 30, 2012

Available from ye HPLHS!


Ye H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society has some of these for sale.  Visit them at www.cthulhulives.org!!  Ia!!


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Joe's the MAN!!!


Yet Another Book Completed


This is basically an example, a testimonial, of how little control I have over my self.  I seriously thought I wou'd stop writing for two years, take a break and then return to creativity refresh'd.  I've written too many books in too wee a time and they are now competing with each other.  So, honey, just stop and rest for a while.  But I cannot.  I am like some creature of chaos, caught within a tempest of vision & creativity, and I can't stop writing.  I have no self-control.  So now I will have two new hardcover collections publish'd in 2013. 

& ye madness will not cease.  Dark Regions Press has asked for another book, and I long to write an entire book of weird fiction inspir'd by the Life & Works of Oscar Wilde.  I've been wanting to return to writing tales set in Gershom, my city of artistic exiles, in which one recurring character, Sebastian Melmoth, is based on Wilde.  So I've promis'd Joe at DRP such a book for late 2014.  Lethe Press, an independent publisher specializing in books of fiction and non-fiction by lesbian and gay writers, has also asked for a collection of queer-up-ye-arse weird fiction, so that is another book I shall begin, slowly, to write.

My immediate task, however, is to begin work on the new book inspir'd by H. P. Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth and the new reading of those sonnets by Paul of Cthulhu.  Just as Will Hart's magnificent reading of Lovecraft's sonnets inspir'd me to write my finest book, Some Unknown Gulf of Night, listening to Paul's readings of the sonnets (which may be purchased as MP3 at www.innsmouthhouse.com)  has planted a deep aesthetic ache within me to write a new book inspir'd by E'ch-Pi-El's poems.  I plan (oh!  my plans!  how they always work out!!) to spend two years on this project, and rather than writing a prose poem or vignette I will write a complete (if wee) tale of around 2,000-3,000 words inspir'd by each sonnet beginning with sonnet IV: "Recognition" --

(The first three sonnets of Fungi from Yuggoth form a  tripartite that tells a connected tale; thus, I will write a weird tale of 6,000 words using as inspiration those first three sonnets.)  Each of the new pieces will first see publication in the Lovecraft eZine, and then, once the entire thing has been completed, I will publish'd all of them collected as one single volume. 

I also need to return to work on a Clark Ashton Smith-inspired tale that I want to write with Jessica Amanda Salmonson.  And S. T. Joshi has just invited me to write for a new Lovecraftian anthology he has in mind.  No rest for ye Wicked!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Great Yuggoth!

 That's one of ye finest, eeriest depictions of Cthulhu I have ever seen!  Gawd, I love it.  Very happy to be in this book with so many of my distinguish'd chums.  My story is a reprint, "The Hands That Reek and Smoke," a tale of Nyarlathotep.  I told Ross that if he edits a third volume I want to write a new original weird tale exclusively for it.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Jeffrey Thomas, Sweet Brother



There are those encounters that so enrich one's life, and no one has more enrich'd mine own than Jeffrey Thomas.  If I remember correctly, we first met when he was chosen to illustrate an early story.  He was then editing his journal, The End, and I began to submit some of my early Lovecraftian tales to it.  He then delighted me by proposing that his Necropolitan Press issue my first American collection of weird fiction, and thus we worked on Tales of Sesqua Valley, for which Jeff supply'd all of ye interior artwork.  As ye above video shews, Jeff has dedicated his life to writing, and produced a remarkable body of work.

 
It was with great pleasure and huge relief that I worked with Jeff as my editor for my forthcoming book from Miskatonic River Press, The Strange Dark One--Tales of Nyarlathotep.  It may be the one of my many books that is free from misprints, because Jeff and I scoured the texts for errors.  His generosity and patience as an editor amazed me, and he went out of his way to make the entire experience so pleasant and professional.  And then he astounded me by creating art pieces for each and every tale, despite his own crowded schedule.  The art montages are phenomenal, as ye can see below.

I've just read the forthcoming book's title story, and I consider "The Strange Dark One" one of my very finest tales of Sesqua Valley.  At 14,000 words it is certainly the lengthiest tale of the valley I have yet penned.  I amazed myself, rather, by basing some of it, and one of its main characters, on incidents from the August Derleth tale, "The Dweller in Darkness," which may be found in Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos.  I also brought in some aspects of Lovecraft's "The Haunter of the Dark," and played with Nyarlathotep's relationship with Sesqua Valley and its first-born Beast, Simon Gregory Williams.  I became utterly lost in the writing of the story, and although I got some things wrong (my understand of, and my description of, the windows from the church in Lovecraft's "The Haunter of the Dark," for instance), I consider "The Strange Dark One" one of my finest weird tales.  I grow anxious for the book to see publication--which is slated for October.

Our relationship has reached its apex with our collaborating on an entire book of original Lovecraftian fiction, Encounters with Enoch Coffin, to be publish'd by Dark Regions Press.  For this book, Jeff concentrated on setting tales in the "real" New England, and I set most of mine in "Lovecraft Country."  (I did set one tale in Providence, and another wee tale in Sesqua Valley.)  The stories that Jeff wrote for this book are among the very best tales he has ever conjured, so absolutely strange and wonderful.  With this book, Jeff and I wanted to create our own sinister Lovecraftian artist, our own Richard Upton Pickman.  Seldom have I felt as inspir'd as I did when writing my novelettes concerning Enoch Coffin.  Jeff and I plan to write a novel concerning the artist at some future date.

Jeff has enriched my life so much, and I am enternally grateful.  Love ya, my brother!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Busy Little B


So my friend Aaron asked me to supply him a blurb for a book he has edited, Songs of the Satyrs, and sent me some of ye book's contents.  It's an anthology of fantastic fiction that delves into the creatures of Greek mythology.  Well, shucks, I love Greek myth and as I read over the stories I told myself, "I don't want to write a blurb--I wanna be in the book!"  So I wrote ye editor a wee vignette, "To Dance Among Your Puppets," & it shall be included as ye introductory piece to the book's Lovecraftian section.  The book will be publish'd in September.

Having a rather busy week-end.  I will be meeting S. T. Joshi and ye gang for Thai food on Saturday, & then we are coming back to my pad to record a video on YouTube in which S. T. can promote Black Wings II and the other 30 or so books he has coming out.  I love doing vlogs with S. T., especially when I decide to look absolutely derang'd sitting side by side with such a tastefully sedate dresser.


Anyway, the new video is happening on Saturday ye 21st.  And then on Sunday, ye 22, I am taking part in another form of video madness, a Google Hang-Out, where I will gather on-line with Mike Davis of the Lovecraft eZine and a horde of other Lovecraftians so as to discuss my Lovecraftian weird fiction.  Fun!  Here's a link to ye eZine for more details:
http://www.lovecraftzine.com

I have so many planned projects that I hesitate to name them all.  I am writing the final novelette, entitled "Mestizo of R'lyeh," for the new book, Bohemians of Sesqua Valley.  The book will be publish'd next year by Arcane Wisdom Press, and the fantastic Swiss artist, Gwabryel (who illustrated my newest book, Uncommon Places) hath been commissioned to illustrate the collection.  Here is Gwabryel's illustration for my prose-poem sequence, "In Memoriam: Oscar Wilde":

Oh--speaking of Wilde:  Dark Regions Press has just asked me to write them a new book for 2014.  I have decided to write an entire book inspir'd by the Life & Works of Oscar Wilde.  For this tome I shall finally concentrate on penning some new tales set in Gershom, my city of exiles, where one of my main recurring characters, Sebastian Melmoth, is modeled on Wilde.

I'm doing all of that, and I still have time to worship Barbra Streisand.  It's a wonderful life.


Shalom!

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Reading by MorganScorpion

I have nigh completed & revis'd ye new Sesqua Valley novelette concerning Shub-Niggurath and ye Black Goat of ye Woods with a Thousand Young.  The piece is entitled "This Splendor of the Goat" and comes to 10,535 words.  I have certainly become lost in ye writing of this new book -- unexpectedly.  I love when that happens.  I had truly convinc'd myself that I was too tired to work on a new book, that I am having too many books publish'd in too wee a time, & it was time to retire from writing for two or three years.  I had to take care of my health.  I have had too many scares, last year, with this boring congestive heart failure and its tedious symptoms.  It was time I just totally relax'd & face the fact that I am an old man with a bad heart.  My wild days are over.

And then I just recently went to a hardcore punk rock show and spent three hours getting knock'd around in the mosh pit.  Pugmire, whut ye hell are you doing?  Actually, droppind dead in a mosh pit during an ecstatic time at a punk gig wou'd be a great way to go!  But I digress.

So, my Muse was reawakened, big-time, with the announcement of NecronomiCon Providence 2013, to take place next summer in Providence, Rhode Island.  And I knew, I became suddenly obsess'd with the idea, that I had to write a new book of really up-ye-arse Lovecraftian tales in celebration of this new convention.  I mean, this has been such a dream of mine, for years -- an H. P. Lovecraft convention held in Providence!  

The new book, Bohemians of Sesqua Valley, will consist mostly of Sesqua Valley novelettes, plus a couple of beginning and ending prose-poems.    The middle section of the book is a peace called "Unhallowed Places," and it is a new sequence of prose-poems and vignettes that will serve as the book's "poetic interlude."  Some of this new sequence is made up of wee things that have originally appear'd in the Lovecraft eZine; I have revis'd them & placed them into "Unhallowed Places," and then written new pieces set in Providence.

The Contents of the book, then, is, thus far:
"In Memoriam: Robert Nelson" (364 words)
"One Card Unturned" (co-written with Maryanne K. Snyder; 9,000)
"An Ecstasy of Fear" (11,585 words)
"Unhallowed Places" (7,845 words)
"This Splendor of the Goat" ( 10,535 words)

I will now concentrate on the final new novelette, whut I hope will be 15,000-20,000 words.  I want to base one of its characters on Aubrey Beardsley and thus pay homage to him.  Too, I want this final thing to concern only outsiders of the valley, its artistic human bohemians, and thus it will not feature ye shadow children or Simon Gregory Williams.  And then I want to conclude the book with a closing prose-poem in praise of Lovecraft's Providence.

The book will be publish'd next summer by Larry Robert's Arcane Wisdom Press, first as an illustrated limited edition hardcover, I think.  Gwabryel, the wondrous Swiss artist who illustrated my newest book from Hippocampus Press, Uncommon Places, has express'd interest in working on art for this newer book.  

One of the vignettes that has been incorporated into "Unhallowed Places" has been read, brilliantly, by MorganScorpion.  I adore her delicious voice.  Her reading of my sequel to H. P. Lovecraft's "The Hound" was one of the happiest experiences of my life.  Here is her reading.
  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Oy, I'm Verklempt!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MshofOKETFw&feature=em-uploademail

This should be ye link to the new Ask Lovecraft video, in which Mr. Lovecraft responds to my question concerning his state of mind in writing "The Hound."  S. T. and others have declared that E'ch-Pi-El penned the story in jest, as a form of self-parody.  I utterly disagree.  Mr. Lovecraft ends his video response to me with a recitation from "The Hound," -- dead brilliant!


What A Sweet Lovecraftian Era We Stagger Through!


I became an obsess'd H. P. Lovecraft fanboy in the early '70s, shortly after ye death of August Derleth, at which time things began to blossom and to bloom.  Augie was no longer around to claim that he "owned" the Cthulhu Mythos, so more and more people began to write Mythos fiction.  Fervid new scholarship was rearing its anti-Derlethian dome, headed by Dirk Mosig.  de Camp publish'd his curious biography of E'ch-Pi-El.  I began to pen my poor wee early tales and created Sesqua Valley.  It was a delicious time.  But it cannot compare to now -- this wealthy era.  I just got ye copy of Black Wings II that I order'd from PS Publishing, and it is already (I've read the first five tales) one of ye most amazing Lovecraftian anthologies I have ever read.  Amazing!  "Houndwife," Caitlin R. Kiernan's riff on Lovecraft's "The Hound," is especially riveting, amazing, like nothing I have ever read, and Lovecraftian to its core.  Reading the book has such a curious, almoft a chemical, effect on me: it instills within me an even more potent ache to write Lovecraftian weird fiction, to become, more cementedly (I don't think that's a real word but I don't care), a part of the ghoulish pack of modern Mythos writers.  As if I needed more encouragement!  Great Yuggoth!  I didn't write a tale for this second volume in S. T.'s series because it was hinted that the publisher wanted new names for the book; but Jessica Amanda Salmonson and I have sold a story to Black Wings III, so that's way wonderful.
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Ye reader of this new audio rendition of Grandpa's sonnet cycle is Paul Maclean (aka Paul of Cthulhu), ye creator of the excellent site,   www.yog-sothoth.com.  This amazing audio of his reading may be purchas'd at Innsmouth House, a remarkable shop linked to the yog-sothoth site that has a number of really amazing items available for purchase.  I am, of course, utterly entranc'd by Lovecraft's sonnet cycle, and readings of the cycle are a passion for me as well.  (And there are many such readings available at YouTube.)  It was listening to Will Hart's splendid reading of all of the sonnets that inspir'd me to write my finest book, Some Unknown Gulf of Night -- & nigh, listening to Paul's enchanting readings of ye Fungi has entranc'd me yet again & fill'd me with an craving to write yet another book of wee works inspir'd by Lovecraft's Fungi fromYuggoth.  That book will be called Monstrous Aftermath, and I shall begin work on it shortly.  My plan, as of now, is to try and write a wee short-short or very short tale, from 2,000 to 3,000 words (and not exceeding 3,000) inspir'd by each sonnet -- except for the first three, which I will combine in an opening tale of greater length, perhaps 6,000 or 8,000 words.  I will take my time in writing these individual short things, and then each of them will see their first publication in the Lovecraft eZine (and if ye haven't yet check'd out Mike Davis's Lovecraft eZine -- honey, whut are ye waiting for???).  www.lovecraftzine.com  

So, lots and lots of writing to do.  I am on fire, burning with the ache, the burning need, to write more and more tales of Lovecraftian supernatural horror.  I actually had myself convinc'd that I was gonna take a wee break:  I have written so many books of late, & am having so many books publish'd.  Surely I shou'd slow down and ease up on production.  Who the hell can afford to buy all of my books?  They will be competing with each other for readers, an insane predicament.  Just chill out and stop writing for a year or two.  I actually thought I cou'd do that.  But I cannot -- indeed, ye opposite is true.  H. P. Lovecraft's genius has me by ye balls, & I must produce, again & again, until that sweet moment when extinction will stop mine pen.  Until then, ye books will swell in number.
Selah.

OH!!!  In his latest ASK LOVECRAFT video on YouTube, H. P. Lovecraft answers my question concerning his writing of "The Hound."  I've try'd to post the video here, but am having difficulty doing so.  Perhaps later I shall be able to do so.  It's quite delightful & I am utterly verklempt!

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

If You Can Help, Please Do So!




My t-shirt, above, is a stained glass window depiction of Joseph Smith's first vision.  I celebrate being a gay Latter-day Saint.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Writing Lovecraftian Weird Fiction


I love that image of a scene from "The Haunter of the Dark," which remains, to me, one of Lovecraft's perfect evocations of what has come to be known as Lovecraftian horror -- hoary age-old Gothic horror and infinite ageless Cosmic horror.  The writing of the story is particularly fine, and every time I return to it I am seduced by the witchery of that prose and the story it relates.  It's one of the peculiar things about being such an obsess'd H. P. Lovecraft fanboy -- when a story particularly charms me, I need to weave aspects of it into my own fiction.  Perhaps the Lovecraft story that has most inspired this act of borrowing in my own work is "Pickman's Model."  Often such borrowings merely reveal how poorly one has read Lovecraft's work, because you get things wrong.  I've written time and again about the haunted aura of the house where Wilbur Whateley was raised, not remembering that the house was completely and utterly destroyed in "The Dunwich Horror."  I've brought in aspects of "The Haunter of the Dark" to various things I've written, most recently in my novelette, "The Strange Dark One," whut will see it's first publication in my newest book this October; but I think, in that tale, I got some aspects of the darkened windows of the church incorrect. 

I keep returning to "The Haunter of the Dark," and am at this moment listening to a fascinating and rather eccentric reading of it by a British gent, from a download available at the Lovecraft eZine.  Such are the aches and passions aroused by this new encounter with the tale that I tremble -- aye, that's the word that best describes it -- with a desire to write my own "definitive" sequel to Lovecraft's tale.  It must be a Gothic Lovecraftian novelette set in Providence.  Thus do I listen to this audio rendition of the story with keen attention, the kind of intention that is a part of my writing process, a picking up of eldritch "signals" from Lovecraft's story that will inspire the ideas, the mood, the language of my own story.  Part of the ache to write this thing is knowing that I myself will haunt Providence again, next year, when NecronomiCon Providence 2013 takes place.  I must have the novelette written, perhaps even published, by then.  Perhaps I will write it near the end of this year and submit it to Ross Lockhart as an original story to The Book of Cthulhu III, should he desire to edit such a book.  This has become a total addiction, and feels like a very fan fiction aspect of my writing; but I really love it, getting all tangled into one of Lovecraft's tales and then writing my own "take" on it.

I now have 5,000 words of ye new Sesqua Valley novelette, a tale that is concern'd with Shub-Niggurath and ye Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young.  The story has taken on a life of its own and it evolving into something quite different from what I originally thought it would be.  I love it when that happens.