Thursday, May 30, 2013

OH MY LUNATIC GAWD!!!!!!!!



Hippocampus Press has just announc'd this spectacular novel available for pre-order.  The book is schedul'd for an August release (just in time for NecronimiCon!!), but if ye pre-order nigh ye gets a bonus chapbook!  Sweet!!!!  Go to www.hippocampuspress.com for more info and to pre-order.  Being one of ye few brave souls to whom S. T. loan'd his MS of ye novel, I can attest to its magnificent brilliance--and honey I ain't joking, the novel is amazing!!!!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

GETTING READY FOR AUGUST!!!!!!!


Encounters with Enoch Coffin continues to be delay'd in regards to ye deluxe and trade hardcover editions.  Chris is doing all that he can, but is dealing with backlog from printer or binder, personal turmoil within Dark Regions Press, and more.  This is a very frustrating experience for me and Jeff, as authors--we want the book out and into your hot hands.  But, working with specialty houses and small presses, one gets used to this kind of thing.  I cannot imagine the work involved in having one's own publishing house, no matter how small, and I admire anyone who can accomplish it and retain sanity.  We've seen houses that once seemed so sturdy, like Arkahm House and Night Shade Books, suffer and come close to extinction.

But I love writing for the small houses, the independent publishers.  I love being a creature of ye Underground, and I have no desire to be publish'd by commercial houses.  If a book of mine reaches 500 readers, I am satisfy'd--if it reaches 1,000 readers, I am astonish'd.  I will remain faithful to the small independent houses.

Bohemians has just now been printed, and Larry will begin to ship copies next week.  Jeffrey Thomas and I have promised Arcane Wisdom Press first look at the Enoch Coffin novel we will begin to write later this year (I"ll be meeting Jeff for the first time in August at NecronomiCon Providence 2013.)  Unlike the first Enoch Coffin book, Jeff and I plan on writing a novel that isn't too heavily Lovecraftian--we want to experiment with doing something completely unique and our own.  I've try'd and try'd to write novels on my own, and have never succeeded.  Hopefully, with Jeff's able assistance, I can at last become a novelist.

The publishing house that was going to publish the book I am currently writing with David Barker is no more, and thus I have no idea to whom we will market the book.  David has written several individual tales for the collection, and we are presently working together on a novella set in Arkham.  I will then write some few shorter pieces for the book.

I am so looking forward to meeting some of you (many of you, I hope) in Providence this August!  I plan on being on lots of panels and doing one or two readings.  I also ache to explore the city, but that will be difficult because walking for me is rather painful.  Still, the lure of ye lanes in Providence will prove an irresistible lure.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New issue of FUNGI coming this summer!


Ye Eldritch Queen has not been too busy in ye writing department of late, but I am hoping that will soon change.  There are a number of books I want to write, I just can't find ye steam needed to really get to work.    I'm getting restless about seeing my new books out and in ye hands of my anxious readers, who have been waiting so patiently.  I may have a new book out next year, but am uncertain.  I need to write around 40,000 or 50,000 words of new fiction for the book I am writing with my buddy, David Barker.
The publication of my two new limited edition hardcovers is imminent.  I am very pleas'd with both books and think they will entertain my readers and perhaps bring me new readers.  It feels good to have a new collection of Sesqua Valley stories out.  The book came as a surprise.  I was expecting Encounters with Enoch Coffin to be publish'd late last year, & I was suddenly fill'd with a keen desire to write a book that wou'd be publish'd in 2013--because of 13 being part of that date.  Thirteen is a special number to me.  Larry Roberts had been wanting me to write a new collection for Arcane Wisdom Press, & it suddenly occurred to me to write a new collection that consisted entirely of new Sesqua Valley tales.  I wrote the new stories in a matter of three months last summer, & then I added the novelette "The Strange Dark One" to the book because I wanted that story to see a hardcover publication, & it fits in extremely well with the theme of bohemian artists in the new book.       But once my beloved readers have devour'd the two new books, they need not wait for a year or more for another generous slice of Sesqua Valley.  Because Pierre Comtois, editor of Fungi magazine, is preparing a new issue to appear in time for NecronimiCon Providence 2013 this August.  And for this new issue, Pierre sent me a request:  he wanted me to write him a new original Sesqua Valley novelette of 11,000 words; and he wanted each individual segment or chapter of the novelette to have its own title.  This immediately made me think of the two works that were H. P. Lovecraft's first professional sales, to the journal Home Brew: "Herbert West--Reanimator" and "The Lurking Fear."  I have a curious fondness for "The Lurking Fear," and the audacious fanboy idea came to me that I could write my own Sesqua Valley "version" of Lovecraft's tale.  And I cou'd give each separate "chapter" of the work one of the titles that Lovecraft used for his segments in the things he penned for Home Brew.  And so I got to work, inventing a "Tempest Hill" in the valley on which was situated ye dreaded and shunned Martense mansion.  My sweets, never have I had more fun writing a weird tale.  I became totally absorbed in a kind of sense of play that one can experience when writing a story that is Lovecraftian to its core, drenched in the oeuvre of ye Providence seer.
Thus came about "A Presence of the Past," dedicated to ye memory of our beloved Adam Niswander.  Compos'd in five segments, each chapter has its own title, as was requested by mine editor/publisher.  Thus:
I. "The Shadow on the Chimney"
II. "A Passer in the Storm."
III. "The Horror in the Eyes"
IV. "The Scream of the Dead"
V. "From the Dark"
And there is a character named Arthur Monroe, whom I have mention'd in other Sesqua tales as well and may use as a character in this new collaborative book I am doing with David.  

I hope this finds ye well, my darlings.  I am finally settling down and really getting used to this new life, here in the home where I grew up with my parents and sisters.  Happily, I am not living alone.  Besides the five cats that I have adopted (people know that I'm a softy & keep bringing me stray cats--but five is enough already...), I have a gnarly gay punk lad, Ghostboy, who haunts my basement and is a sweet companion--moft of ye time.


Friday, May 10, 2013

More HPLFF Memories

ye gang sing me "Happy Birthday"
with Niels S Hobbs, Esq.

With Mike Davis of ye Lovecraft eZine and Niels Hobbs who is organizing NecronomiCon Providence 2013.  Mike does a live Lovecraftian Google Hang-out most Sundays.  His eZine is fantastic, and is he.  Niels has really dedicated himself to making the Providence convention an amazing experience, and I predict that it will be ye greatest gathering of Lovecraftians ever.  I knew I would be able to relate to Niels when I saw the photo below from his youthful punk days.  I like yem rad children!


With Andrew Migliore, who began the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival almoft twenty years ago.  When I'm in my ghoulish makeup I like to try and act creepy and spooky; but I was so amazed & delighted with my cosmic Cthulhu birthday cake that I'm almoft glowing with joy.  What wonderful chums I have!


With Mike Davis, who holds ye framed copy of my t-shirt image that Sam and Nick presented me with.  The bench we're sitting on has become the place where I am usually found at the film festival.

Another shot with the might Joe Pulver and Mike Davis.  Sweetest chums a queen ever had!

And now it's just a wee wait until we do it all again in Providence!  It has been such a dream, to be able to attend a Lovecraft convention in Providence, Rhode Island.  It's going to be fantastic.  One special delight will be to see again that sweet man, Laird Barron.  Here he is, below, posing with Cody Goodfellow at WFC.  I hope to see many of ye in PROVIDENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!



Ye Antique Queen meets ye Green Fairy



I just recorded a wee vlog on YouTube about drinking an absinthe cocktail on my birthday, in memory of Oscar Wilde; but for some reason I'm not being allow'd to share ye video with ye here, so here's Ye Damned instead.  If eventually I am able to post ye video, I will.  I have posted it on me Facebook profile, & perhaps ye will be able to view it there.  Of course, an American absinthe cocktail ain't ye real thang, I know...

Price misquotes the last line of Wilde's poem -- it shou'd be "a frightened girl..."  Still, quite wonderful.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Back to Work


I am finally feeling fairly rested and trying to get back to work on the new book that I am writing with my buddy David Barker, with whom I spent a charming afternoon this past Sunday.  We are working on a book that will have single stories by each of us, but the thing we are working on together is going to be a lengthy novella concerning Arkham horrors.

I also have a friend's novel to read so that I can interview him concerning it.  And I am writing a prologue to a wonderful story that one dear friend is expanded.  And many other things going on.  S. T. Joshi has completed editing his forthcoming anthology, Searchers After Horror, to be publish'd by Fedogan & Bremer, and for which I penned a new wee Sesqua Valley story; as soon as he gives the go-ahead, I will list its contents.  The book is going to be a sensational anthology.

I am still exhausted from so much social life, something that this eccentric recluse is not used to.  I prefer to stay home, where life is quiet and feels calm, reading and writing.  I shall have to rest well so as to prepare for the busy busy schedule of NecronomiCon Providence 2013 this August.  Gawd, how enrich'd life is when one is an obsess'd Lovecraftian!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ye Antique Queen has a New T-shirt!

One of ye sweetest birthday moments of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival was being presented with ye official (there is no other that has my kiss of queenly approval) Wilum Pugmire t-shirt!  I was stunned and am so proud of this wonderful created by Sam and Nick.  The shirt may be purchas'd on ye SKURVY INK site, www.skurvyink.com
--and it is FABULOUS!!!!!!
  with Mike Davis of ye Lovecraft eZine, Sam McCanna of Skurvy Ink (who created ye shirt with Nick ye Hat Gucker) and ye Notorious bEAST, Joe Pulver.

with Lena Griffin and that amazing writer Cody Goodfellow


with Mike Davis of ye Lovecraft eZine, who did one hell of a great job capturing this year's HPLFF in photos and on video!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Too Exhausted To Blog--but here's some photos of my week-end...


My fantastic birthday cake from the folks at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival!!!  I was amazed!!!!!



with Joe Pulver and Mike Davis at the Lovecraft Film Festival.  Mike did a running hour by hour commentary of the whole thing on the Lovecraft eZine site.


I read a new piece that I had penned exclusively for the Festival.  I've destroyed the doc and this print-out was the thing's only existence.  As I read each page, each page was crumbled into a ball and tossed into ye audience.  I like to keep it fun!

Look for more memories and some videos in a few days.  For now, I am in need of rest.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WHAT A MAGNIFICENT ARTIST!!



I think of myself, as a writer, as a Lovecraftian.  Such terms as "professional," "fan fiction," "underground" -- they are things I throw around when describing my work; when I want to be playfully haughty I describe my books as "Lovecraftian fan fiction superbly penned by a semi-professional."  But the key word is Lovecraftian.  First and foremost, I am one of ye Lovecraft community of artists and fans who create works that are inspir'd by and pay homage to the genius of H. P. Lovecraft.  When I am surrounded by hundreds of Lovecraft fans, I am utterly in my element; & that's why I'll be in Eldritch heaven to-morrow when my sweet chum Greg drives me to Portland for the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con.

When I began writing, I never envision'd a time when I work work exclusively on creating my own collections.  A book of my own?  A sweet dream--but dream only.  I figured that I wou'd always be a writer for the small press horror journals.  But nigh moft of those journals are a thing of ye past.  And I have become addicted to creating books of weird fiction, books that I create as a unite of connected stories.  The last book that I wrote has just been publish'd--and although I have yet to get my copies, my publisher, Larry Roberts, has posted about the book at his Miskatonic Books, where the book may be order'd.  www.miskatonicbooks.wordpress.com 

This is my first time seeing some of Gwabryel's artwork.  I asked that he illustrate the book because his magnificent style seems to match in mood and aesthetics my own work.  He has outdone himself with this book.  My mind is blown.  It is one of the pure ecstasies of being publish'd, to see your work beautifully brought to life by an illustrator.  Oh--the ecstasy buzzing in my blood!