Monday, April 29, 2013

Professional Publishers Can Be Weird

Isn't this the most fucked-up cover for a Lovecraft book ye have ever seen?  I mean, you would think that Penguin Books wou'd have a bit more class.  And then they put the secondary title of the book above the first portion of the title.  This is one of six hardcover volumes for which del Toro is listed as "Series Editor," but it's all so fake.  The titles in the series, for the most part, are reprints of earlier Penguin books, in this case the 2001 edition of Joshi's The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories.  del Toro has been hired to write new forewords or introductions to these; and that's cool, because his Foreword to Joshi's Penguin edition of Machen was brilliant.  This Lovecraft Penguin edition is my single favorite edition of Lovecraft's weird tales (I have three copies of the paperback), so I am overjoy'd to see it will be issued in hardcover.  But what the hell is up with the artwork?  Why couldn't they have used an image of H. P. Lovecraft?  Bah!

Chris, of Dark Regions Press, has handed production duties for Encounters with Enoch Coffin to his way cool father, Joe.  This will result in ye deluxe and trade hardcover editions being delay'd for at least another fortnight.  My apologies to all who ordered the hardcover editions and who have been so wonderfully patient   The hardcover editions are going to be extremely wonderful and handsome, so your patience will be well-rewarded.  Of course, for those who cannot afford the expensive hardcover editions of the book, the trade paperback is available at Amazon.  I'm a big fan of print-on-demand, I think it's a wonderful practice.  It allows publishers to experiment with volume (not sure about how popular a book may be? then be cautious about initial numbers of first copies), and it allows a book to exist forever, so long as there are readers interested in purchasing it.  For a writer such as myself, for whom there is no possibility of a commercial audience, print-on-demand is the perfect solution.

Ye Penguin hardcover edition above is one of two editions of Lovecraft's fiction that I have on pre-order at Amazon ~~ ye other, at left, is another new series forthcoming from Centipede Press and edited by S. T. Joshi.  This series is called Library of Weird Fiction and will include volumes by Blackwood, Poe, Hodgson and others.  Unlike Centipede's Masters of the Weird Tale series, these new books will be kept affordable.  The pre-order price for this Lovecraft edition is offer'd at a discount of about twenty bucks at Amazon.  Like the hardcover Penguin edition, it is slated for release this September.  You may be asking, "Wilum, how many editions of Lovecraft do you need?"  To which I reply, "As many as are out there!"  I'm a Lovecraft junky, an obsess'd H. P. Lovecraft fanboy.  Not a week goes by when I am not delving into the text of a Lovecraft tale or poem.  Thus it helps keep things diverse to have those tales and poems in a multitude of editions.  Each single edition has its own peculiar charm.  Just to-day I was browsing through the Arkham House edition, Miscellaneous Writings, a wonderful Joshi-edited volume that is fill'd with rare items and delightful illustrations, reproductions of art and epistles by Lovecraft, &c &c &c.  I return to Lovecraft again and again, because I love his fiction  and because my full-time "employment" now is the writing of Lovecraftian weird fiction collections for small press publishers.  To open a brand new edition of Lovecraft's Works for the first time gives me a thrill of eldritch ecstasy.  I cannot have too many editions.

I love this life--being able to write my wee Lovecraftian tales full-time.  I am exactly where I want to be as a writer, with a wee yet loyal readership who seem to really enjoy my books.  In a world where there are so many pathetic morons and trolls who spend their empty lives being negative and nasty, it's nice to know that my own books have brought a bit of happiness to this sad sad world.  Selah.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Queer Punk Geezer gets a New Coiffure

Of course, when it comes to looking rad, I cannot compete with my ENOCH COFFIN co-author, JEFFREY THOMAS! :

Punk Rock Disaster!!!

Maybe this is a sigh from Gawd that I'm too antique for this kind of behavior.  Been growing my hair out--very difficult when most of it has fallen out--as I wanted to have purple/pinkish hair when I go to ye H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con.  So I bleached out my hair, then used the shower hose to wash ye bleach out.

Put in ye colours outta space and let yem set, and then went to run a bath so as to soak mine antient limbs and wash ye excess Manic Panic from my hair.  But I had forgotten to switch the shower off to bath mode, so as I was leaning over ye tub the shower exploded into rushing water, hit my scalp, and purple/red hair dye was splatter'd ALL OVER ye bathroom.  oy...

Some punx ain't as uncouth in ye art of being rad.  My friend Connie does it with style:

hard to believe I've been a rude punk lad for over thirty years ~~ I feel antique indeed...
wearing my Dead Kennedy's "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" armband.  Morons who didn't notice the red "no" line through it yelled at me for being a skinhead bigot...

Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Oy, I'm Having a Babs Moment...

Yves Montand was amazing in some of his French films that I have seen, but he didn't come to life in this film.  I always wished they had cast Louis Jourdan instead.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Being Publish'd is Such Ecstasy

I order'd my new book on Amazon, as that's the only way I know I'll get a copy quickly.  I am rather upset that three of the interior illustrations--the frontispiece, and the drawings for my opening and closing stories--are missing!  Hopefully this glitch will not be repeated in ye hardcover editions, or I will be one angry drag queen.  That magnificent cover painting by Santiago Caruso looks so amazingly spectacular in published form, a stunning cover by a genius artist!  The hardcover is scheduled for release on ye 30th--the exact same day that Arcane Wisdom Press is planning on bringing out Bohemians of Ssequa Valley.  Life can be so chaotic....

I will be getting the signature sheets for Bohemians of Sesqua Valley this week, and I like to get those out of my life real fast (I have a cat that likes to eat paper, and I have nightmares about getting up in ye morning to finally sign my sheets and find them namelessly gnawed), and then that book will go to ye printers.  Should be out in a few weeks.  Then (everything comes at once, in such a heady rush) it's off to Portland for The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con, where I plan on being as active as possible despite the pain that walking brings to my rotten left foot.  All of this stuff is reawakening my Muse, I can feel that old Lovecraftian thrill come back to life, that especial thrill that ushers in periods of non-stop writing.  At least I hope that's what I'm beginning to experience.  My brain boils with ideas for future books.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ENOCH COFFIN trade pb at Amazon this week!

Although ye hardcover editions of Encounters with Enoch Coffin won't be ready until month's end, Dark Regions Press hopes to get ye unsign'd, limitless trade paperback edition available at Amazon by the end of this week or beginning of next.  For those of ye who cannot afford an expensive limited edition hardcover, the trade pb has all of the stories and all of the interior illustrations.  I'm very very happy to know that an affordable edition of the book will be available so quickly.

Ye booke is now also available at Amazon UK and Amazon France.  There is something very appealing to me to know that my books are selling in the land of Baudelaire.  I have order'd a copy of the book from Amazon here in ye States, as that is usually the fastest way for me to get my own hot hands onto a copy--publishers send them everywhere else first, so it seems.  My copy has shipped, and Amazon is here in Seattle, so hopefully I will get my copy to-morrow and be able to shew it on a new YouTube vlog, which I will then post here.  It is very queer for a trade pb edition to be publish'd before the fancy expensive limited hardcover edition.  I don't mind, because I like having an affordable copy available to those who don't have ye funds for an expensive hardcover; but I hope that those who have order'd the hardcover don't feel ripped-off that their edition isn't the first available, as is traditionally ye case.  

Monday, April 8, 2013

now it's time to say goodbye

As a kid of the 1950's, Disney's Micky Mouse Club was vital to my happiness.  It was thrilling and wonderful early television.  And among ye Mouskateers, Annette Funicello was my favorite.  She was pretty and cool and I loved her singing voice.  I was captivated as a child by her role in the Disney film, Babes in Toyland.  Even though she portrayed a victim in that film, Annette always exuded a sense of inner-strength to me.  May she rest in peace.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

I Wanna Be Lazy--(...but ye proof copy is here...)

This is before I discovered punk rock--mid to late-1970s, when I actually had HAIR!!!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Coming THIS MONTH from Arcane Wisdom Press!

Even though writing is difficult at ye moment. I am getting deliriously excited about my next two books, both scheduled to be publish'd this month.  Fans of Sesqua Valley will hopefully find much to amuse themselves in the book coming from Arcane Wisdom Press, Bohemians of Sesqua Valley.  With each new Sesqua Valley book, I try to further explore the Mythos of my haunted supernatural valley and they who dwell within it.  With this new book I shew a shockingly new side of ye persona of Simon Gregory Williams, the beast of Sesqua Valley.

I'm also getting way excited about this year's H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and Cthulhu Con, as there are gonna be gobs of writers there!  Yippee!  I'll be doing a reading from one of my new books, & if I have ye energy I'll be on a panel or two.

Be there or be non-euclidean!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Memories of a Queer Childhood

I would open the lock of the fence behind which the machine lurked, during my duties as morning janitor, and I would pretend that I was a mad scientist in some fantastic film.  I would push the secret upper button, and the machine would come to life.  I was a child, obsessed with horror and science fiction films, certain that my future was to be a horror film actor.  I stood there, as the machine came to life, its lights flashing and blinking, its wheels turning, the lethal rabbit ears alive with their electric fire ("Don't get close to that, it will electrocute you," Doc Jones warned me once).  The recorded sounds were on high volume, and the entire experience of standing so close to this amazing creation was -- transporting. 

Doc Jones had me get into my robot costume and pose beside the machine for a publicity photo.  I felt like I had entered an amazing Wonderland, being able to work for this gentleman, in his magnificent museum.  I grew up with parents who scolded me for loving monsters.  My father, once in a rage, made me place all of my issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland into the basement fireplace and set the match to them.  When I met Walter Jones, I encountered a grown-up who collected the magazine!  It blew my mind and delighted my soul.

My main job became to dress up wearing monster masks and a cloak and walk inside or just outside the museum.  Then Doc Jones had the museum's name put on the cloak, and I discovered that wearing greasepaint was a lot more comfortable than wearing hot rubber masks, and much more effective.  I became the vampire of the Seattle Center.

.Doesn't seem too surprising, eh, that when I lost interest in being a horror actor I turned to becoming a horror writer.  Working at the museum was a dream come true for a kid who was always mocked for being weird.  Now, as I stagger through middle age, I know that I can be as weird as I wanna be.  Hallelujah!

I miss yem days.  The museum wasn't the same when it moved from the third floor of the Center House to the lower floor.  But I still loved working there.  Count Pugsly had become a part of my soul.  When I put on that cape, that wig and hat, those plastic fangs -- I changed.  I loved to be that creature, to act that role with all of my dramatic talent, such as it was, to try and convince people of Pugsly's "reality."  I often succeeded.  I miss that.  I miss the way I would walk along the Seattle Center grounds and my vampire's cloak became one with the movement of my limbs.

I miss my old friend Olaf, the petrified giant viking.
 I would stand before his coffin and study him, and I believed in him as much as I believed in Pugsly.  He seemed so real.  I would study his teeth, his fingers nails.  But when I once asked Doc Jones if Olaf was real -- he just smiled and didn't answer.

Ah -- those childhood days -- that dreamy era -- that awesome occupation.  It was my first job, and it molded me as few things did in my youth.  I loved Walter Jones, and pay tribute to his memory.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eldritch Erections

I find this image extremely Lovecraftian--kind of a blending of the rising of R'lyeh with ye farmstead in "The Colour out of Space."  Indeed, I may have a scene in a new story that I am writing (a story that also blends "Ye Call of Cthulhu" with "Ye Colour out of Space") that I am planning on submitting to S. T. for Black Wings IV.  My tale with also have a Ligottian theme of puppets, in slight proportion.  I loved the film from which ye above still is taken, The Monolith Monsters, ever since I first saw it in a wee local cinema house when I was but a wee lad.  I've not seen the film for many decades, but I remember the infant me being slightly traumatized by the character of a young girl whose arm is infected by ye cosmic debris and turns black with infection.

I think--I think I am finally finding my way back into creativity.  I hope so.  It is the only thing that can give meaning to my absurd existence.