The photo is me at one of my favourite burying grounds, St. John's Churchyard in Providence, a place haunted by Poe and Lovecraft when they lived. I held a picnic there last year, on ye first day of NecronomiCon. To-day I am going to try again to begin writing a story for S. T.'s forthcoming anthology, Gothic Lovecraft. I have the story all imagined in my mind, but the three times I have try'd to begin writing it didn't work. The opening sentence, originally, was something like, "I awakened to soft sunlight and removed the pennies from my eyelids." Now I am debating whether to have the thing told in first or third person. I prefer what I consider the "personal touch" of first person narrative. I want this new story to combine the influence of Poe and Lovecraft. I want to have mimes. I see them dragging a cart of bones along the road of some antient town, pulling ye cart to some distant tower or abbey or some such thing. There, they will assemble the bones as a kind of throne for the story's narrator, Madame Death. Or some such thing.
Let's see if I can make any real progress on the story before ye end of day.