Sunday, July 28, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
This is fantastic. People sometimes act as if S. T. wants to "own" Lovecraft the way that Derleth pretended to own HPL. And that is nonsense. No one else has done more, through his various scholarly anthologies, as editor of LOVECRAFT STUDIES and LOVECRAFT ANNUAL, to promote further study of Lovecraft's Life & Works than S. T. Joshi. There is still so much more to discover, to contemplate, to ascertain. New perspectives give new life to Lovecraft's brilliant fiction. Although S. T.'s texts are close to definitive, there is yet more work to be done--we don't yet have perfect Lovecraft texts. Lovecraft's fiction, major and "minor" tales, contain depths of genius, brilliance of imagination. Not a day goes by when I don't return to a Lovecraft tale or poem, when I don't browse through his publish'd letters (I have just to-day begun a new re-reading of the Lovecraft/Wandrei correspondence).
And there is no end to Lovecraft's influence on we who pen Lovecraftian weird fiction. My productivity has slow'd down, for a number of reasons; & yet my brain overflows with ideas for future stories, with themes for future collections of fiction & poetry. As one of the rabid literary heirs, I know that the Old Gent From Providence will continue to inspire book after new book for as long as I am able to function as a writer. That Is Not Dead indeed.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This 1966 film reminds me very much of Lovecraft's "The Horror in the Museum." One of these days I really need to write my own "creature in ye museum" story. A sudden inspiration has me writing a wee, very prose-poemy tale that I am calling "Pale Unsatisfied," combining ye influences of "The Outsider," Yeats and Keats.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
The revised 2nd edition of THE ANCIENT TRACK will be publish'd next month by Hippocampus Press! 604 pages! From ye HP site:
"The publication in 2001 of The Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works of H. P. Lovecraft, was a landmark. For the first time, all of Lovecraft's 500 or more poems--including hundreds of Christmas greetings, untitled poems, fragments, and poems embedded in his published and unpublished letters--were gathered in accurate texts, with critical commentary and full bibliography.
"Since that time, a dozen or more poems or poetic fragments have been discovered by scholars and researchers, and this new edition prints these along with several other works of interest. Poems that Lovecraft revised for various authors are included, along with (where extant) the original poems that served as the basis for the revisions. The original versions of poems by Ovid, Horace, and other classical poets that Lovecraft translated are provided. And the commentary and bibliography have been thoroughly overhauled.
"It can well be said that this second edition of The Ancient Track is the definitive collection of Lovecraft's entire poetic output. It has been edited by S. T. Joshi, a leading authority on Lovecraft and the editor of Lovecraft's collected fiction, revisions, essays, and letters.
"The remarkable cover painting, The Sphinx and the Milky Way, was completed in 1946 by Charles E. Burchfiled (1893-1967). Lovecraft admired Burchfield's work and spoke enthusiastically about it in his letters. Reproduced by permission from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation."
This is so well-timed for me, as I am working on poems of mine own to be read at NecronomiCon Providence 2013, one of which I will also be submitting to Jason Brock for his new anthology.
I am also re-reading my copy of ye Arkham House book, Poems in Prose, by Clark Ashton Smith, as I hope to do a video review of the book to-morrow evening. I am in a very heavy Klarkash-Ton mood, whut I hope will infiltrate my imagination & result in some worthwhile new writing of mine own. I have decided that the story I have been trying to write, which I wanted to set in Providence, shou'd nigh be set in Sesqua Valley. With this new tale, I am inventing two new characters, a wild and sensual couple who delight in sexual magick and high mischief. They are based on my sweet chums, Sunni and Jason Brock. I think, if I can get into ye writing of it, it will be a fun wee tale to work on. I am spending Saturday with Sunni and Jason and S. T., as we converge upon my isolated sweet sister, Jessica Amanda Salmonson.
|with my sweet darlings, Sunni & Jason|
I am enthus'd about this Penguin edition of CAS for a number of reasons. I know that the book will bring Smith to the attention of hundreds of new readers; but I am also hoping that the book will result in a wave of serious critical reviews concerning Clark Ashton Smith as an American poet of merit. Smith's prose-poems are simply among the finest in that form in all of Literature, and my 1964 Arkham House edition of Poems in Prose is one of my moft cherish'd editions in my collection of Arkham House books. (Indeed, I am reading ye book againe, in preparation of doing a YouTube vlog concerning it.) The prose-poems will eventually see a new publication within a book being edited by Scott Connors for Centipede Press. Scott discuss'd ye book is a video he did with S. T. Joshi; & although I have previously posted that video here, I think I shall post it again nigh.
Clark Ashton Smith!! And because Penguin felt that many of their customers are unfamiliar with Smith, they have requested an Introduction of length, and thus S. T.'s intro & related matter comes to about 6,000 words. The book is schedule for publication next year. My moist palms ache to hold it.
THE DARK EIDOLON AND OTHER FANTASIES.
The short stories, prose poems, & poetry of Clark Ashton Smith. Edited, annotated, and with an Introduction by S. T. Joshi. Penguin Modern Classics 2014.
I have a feeling that I will be pofting more and more CAS-related blogs here. If you're not a Smith fan, I beg your patience. Reading the ingenious works of Clark Ashton Smith is like imbibing of a rare and heady elixir--and I have grown intoxicated.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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