Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fantastic!!


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

H P Lovecraft's 'The Outsider' - read by Roddy McDowell





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.


writing again






Saturday, July 20, 2013

Uploaded videos (playlist)



I think I accidentally have just posted ALL of my 555 videos here.  oy.......

Friday, July 12, 2013

More on H. P. Lovecraft & August William Derleth



I will record a video commentary on August Derleth's "The Shadow in the Attic" after I have a wee nap.   Been very tired of late, and wonder if it is related to my deteriorating health.  It ain't the heat, as was the case last week, for our weather these past few days has been deliciously cool.  The Derleth story is yet another of his "posthumous collaborations" "with" HPL--stories that were completely written by Derleth long after Lovecraft's death.  The earliest of these stories are actually quite good, and my favourite of them--"The Survivor"--is one of the finest Lovecraftian weird tales that I have ever read, following closely the extended outline for the story that was found among Lovecraft's papers.  But the story I am reading now, "The Shadow in the Attic," is boring, lifeless, except for some rather unexpected erotica (the narrator finds himself accompany'd in bed by a unknown woman, and he fondles her naked breast--certainly not something Lovecraft wou'd have ever placed within a work of fiction!  I doubt I will be able to say much about the story in my vlog, but it may pick up as I continue to read it; or I may, after having my wee nap, become alerted to notable aspect that I cannot now appreciate because of the mental dullness that plagues my sleepy brain
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I find myself inexpressibly weary, tired to ye bone, & thus will not be doing another video to-night.  This has come over me suddenly.  I don't mind it, one expects such things when one is antique.  I have finish'd reading Derleth's "The Shadow in the Attic," & it is a very queer tale all told, with an erotic element that is utterly un-Lovecraftian--but I enjoy'd that aspect of it.  Indeed, there are elements in the story that are very close to ye themes & motifs that I love to use (too often, I fear) in my own weird fiction.  Ye tale left me curiously unsatisfy'd--to ye point where I felt an ache to rewrite "The Shadow in the Attic" and give it a Pugmire twist.  Perhaps this can be one of the tales for my forthcoming collection of tales inspir'd by ye weird fiction of August Derleth.  I am being a little active.  Yesterday I completely rewrote ye just-publish'd story, "The Quickening of Ursula Sphinx," as I am nigh unhappy with the version that has been publish'd in STRANGE VERSUS LOVECRAFT and wanted to improve the story and then use it in the book I am writing with David Barker.  This new story, inspir'd by Derleth's tale, will also be for that book.  So, I wish ye all a good evening, & I will return to-morrow, refresh'd & able to speak coherently about the Derleth story and my ideas concerning it, & my plot to rewrite it in mine own fashion.  Shalom.
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ye Antient Track


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

Clark Ashton Smith fervor!


My magnificent amigo, S. T. Joshi, as moft of ye know, has used his magick powers to convince Penguin Modern Classics to publish an annotated edition of Clark Ashton Smith!!  I am extremely excited about this book and have posted three separate discussions concerning it at Amazon.  (The link for the discussions is so lengthy that I'll mess-up trying to type the thing here; to find the discussions, just Google "Clark Ashton Smith in Penguin Classics," and then you'll get a link to ye Amazon Discussions).  Of course, Amazon is invested with impotent troll freaks, those negative goons who have no life & thus spend their sorry days opposing those who have actually accomplished things in life; and the Amazon discussions have been infiltrated by an extremely freakish anti-Joshi troll (he is the same freakish loser who try'd to have my Wikipedia page deleted, but because he is an impotent troll freak of no significance, he fail'd utterly); happily, however, at Amazon one can vote "no" on comments that are troll-tainted, and when enough no votes are accumulated, the ignorant comments become hidden; & thus it is with the comments on my CAS discussions.  I cannot comprehend the mentality of troll freaks, especially they who negatively critique books they have never held.
On one of my discussions I have posted the entire original Contents for the Penguin book; but at ye last minute, Penguin decided that they wanted to include the lengthy and brilliant poem, "The Hashish-Eater," and that will mean that one or two of the stories planned for the volume will now be dropped so as to provide room for the poem.
          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.

Other excellent news concerning ye Penguin Modern Classics edition of CAS is that its cover illustration will be ye image to ye left, an illustration by 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.

Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen (Studio)

HAPPY 4TH!!!!!




wearing my Dead Kennedys "Nazi Punx Fuck Off" arm-band--but in ye good olde daze....

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

a wee update



How curious.  There is a copy of ENCOUNTERS WITH ENOCH COFFIN for sale on eBay, for $249.99.  It says that it is a hardcover edition.  But the hardcover edition of the book has not yet been publish'd!!!!!  Oh, my long-delay'd book.  The trade hardcover will be available this month--at last.  I am still uncertain about the deluxe hardcover edition.  How on earth can a non-existent book be selling on eBay?  If they actually have a copy of the book, it will be the trade paperback, which is indeed out and selling at Amazon for $15,87, and on Kindle for $3.99.

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