Friday, February 28, 2014

pre-order my wee chapbook, bitches!


My forthcoming chapbook, JESTER OF YELLOW DAY, may be pre-order'd for $10 at Dynatox Ministries  www.dynatox.storenvy.com.  Ye story is set in Providence, Rhode Island and was inspir'd by ye gift of a mask given me by Dennis Weiler of the weird fantasy press, Fedogan & Bremer -- www.fedoganandbremer.com.  Ye chapbook is limited to 100 copies, so act soon, my darlinks!


Below, I wear ye mask that inspir'd my wee tale...






Thursday, February 27, 2014

new life


It is strange that my writing come when it will, that I can never predict when I will feel the compelling need to be creative.  The only time I feel really alive is when I am being creative.  I began the year thinking that I was burned out, that I had written too many books in too little time and now it was time to take a rest or risk people getting sick and tired of seeing yet more scribbling from mine pen.  But I have a difficult time saying no to editors who ask for fiction.  These past many months I have written so many wee things for various anthologies and such that I can no longer remember them all.  Of course, I'm too clueless to make a list of stories that have been placed.  So one day I get a surprising email with a contract for a story that I don't remember having written!  In ye past fortnight I have written and sold two wee tales for a couple of anthologies that invited me to contribute.  I relish this creative activity and hope that it continues.  I am now
working with David Barker on the short stories we need to write to replace our novella, "The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal," whut is now to be published as a separate illustrated limited edition hardcover.  Our magnificent artist for the book, Erin Wells, has finsih'd ye jacket painting, and I love it.  The color scheme for the book, I believe, is green and yellow, my two favorite shades, and Erin's gorgeous painting is moody and beautiful.  The wee novel is my attempt to write horror fiction that has strong, cool, powerful women characters, and thus it is rad to have a woman artist illustrating the book as well.

I am now beginning to dream the idea for a Gothic Lovecraftian piece I want to write concerning St. Toad's, inspired on the sonnet by that name from Fungi from Yuggoth.  Whereas most of the new things I have written have been under 2,000 words, I want this new thing to be at least 5,000 or 6,000.  I have in mind something similar to "Inhabitants of Wraithwood," with an extremely atmospheric setting and a number of very strange characters haunting its chambers and crypt.

I am looking forward to The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and World Horror Convention, both being held in Portland, Oregon this year.  This year there will be an actual author's signing session at the film festival, on Saturday night, and that pleases me very much.  Chris from Dark Regions Press will be bringing gobs of copies of the book I wrote with Jeffrey Thomas, ENCOUNTERS WITH ENOCH COFFIN, and I hope to sign many copies.  And then we hope to have THE REVENANT OF REBECCA PASCAL ready to sell at WHC, and both David and I will be there to sign copies.  Hope to see some of y'all at these fun events.

Friday, February 21, 2014

YE NEW ANNOTATED H. P. LOVECRAFT

i AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK i CAN'T TELL YOU!  (oops, left me CAPS on....)  One of my great passions is ye collection of different editions of the weird fiction of H. P. Lovecraft.  Because the core foundation of my life is ye writing of book after book of horror fiction that pays homage to E'ch-Pi-El, I am forever returning to that fiction; & it helps make ye reading of the fiction a more vary'd experience to have those stories in different editions.  My favourite editions are the three superb volumes from Penguin Classics, but I also love to dip into the edition from The Library of America, or the two annotated volumes that were publish'd by Dell.  Soon we will have an amazing series, in several volumes, of THE ILLUSTRATED LOVECRAFT from PS Publishing.  And this year will bring us S. T. Joshi's THE VARIORUM LOVECRAFT in three thick wondrous volumes.  But THE NEW ANNOTATED H. P. LOVECRAFT edited by Leslie S. Klinger is really going to be a special volume.  I must confess, on seeing ye propos'd cover of ye book above, to being wretchedly unhappy.  I have grown so weary of Lovecraft being identify'd with bloody tentacles.  For me, the perfect cover for a Lovecraft tome
is the mug of H. P. Lovecraft.  Great Yuggoth, whut a face!!!  Centipede Press has it exactly right in yet another edition of Lovecraft that will appear this year, pictur'd at ye left, whut will be a part of their The Centipede Press Library of Weird Fiction, edited by S. T. Joshi and including volumes by Hodgson, Poe and Blackwood.  That photo on their Lovecraft volume is my absolute favourite image of Lovecraft, he looks haunted and haunting, every inch a weird fiction legend.  

So, THE NEW ANNOTATED H. P. LOVECRAFT has what is for me a very unimaginative cover.  However, I have just learned that the cover will probably be embossed,  and that perhaps will be amusing.  I cannot expect others to share my aesthetic concerns, and perhaps such a cover will catch ye attention of ye projected readership~~& that is exactly whut a cover should do.  Still -- still, Lovecraft is SO MUCH MORE than tentacular horror, & Grandpa's fiction is not so suffus'd with these ropy horrors as some clueless reviewers insist.  Here is what editor Leslie S. Klinger has to say about ye book, whut is scheduled for publication at ye end of this year:

A reader asked for more information about my next book, coming from Liveright in October.  In a perfect world, I would have liked to annotate all of Lovecraft's stories, numbering about 85.  However, this would have made the work almost 2,000 pages and put it into a different price category.  As a result, we decided to limit the collection to 22 stories, the key stories in what might be referred to as Lovecraft's "Arkham Cycle."  I was sorry to omit "The Shunned House," "The Outsider," "Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,"  but what remains is the core of the Cthulhu material.  Here's the Table of Contents:

Introduction by Alan Moore
Foreword
Editor's Note

Selected Fiction
Dagon
The Statement of Randolph Carter
"Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Nyarlathotep
The Picture in the House
Herbert West: Reanimator
The Nameless City
The Hound
The Festival
The Unnamable
The Call of Cthulhu
The Silver Key
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Colour Out of Space
The Dunwich Horror
The Whisperer in Darkness
At the Mountains of Madness
The Shadow over Innsmouth
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Thing on the Doorstep
The Shadow out of Time
The Haunter of the Dark

Additional Material
Appendix 1: Chronological Table
Appendix 2: Faculty of Miskatonic University
Appendix 3: History of the Necronomicon
Appendix 4: Genealogy of the Elder Races
Appendix 5: The Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft (a table)
Appendix 6: The 'Revisions" of H. P. Lovecraft (a table)
Appendix 7: H. P. Lovecraft in Popular Culture
Bibliography (selected)

There are over 900 notes and hundreds of photographs, drawings, maps, and illustrations.  It's still almost 380,000 words (that is, I've added about 90,000 words to the original text), but there's so much to say!

I have pre-order'd ye volume at Amazon.com, where it is offer'd at ye discount price of $29.37.  The book will feature 280 colour illustrations!!!  It's going to be a magnificent, beautiful, awesome edition of H. P. Lovecraft, and my hot hands ache to hold it.  Of course, it really SHOULD have included at least "The Outsider," -- and, my ghod Eliot!!, no "Pickman's Model," that story with which I am so obsess'd!!!  Alas, alas.  But 'tis foolishness to wail over what the book will not be, when whut it will be is so fantastic!!!



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

got a new hobby, so I do.......


New from Hippocampus Press





Contents of ye Book:
Introduction
Letters to Elizabeth Toldridge from 1928 to1937
Letters to Anne Tillery Renshaw
Appendix
   Poems by Elizabeth Toldridge
      Expectancy
      I Know a Forest Dark and Deep
      Locusts and Wild Honey
      Poe
      H. P. Lovecraft
      Mist
      Ephemera
      Midnight Sky
      Divinity
   Toldridge's Poetry Manuscripts at JHL
   Contents of Winnings (ms. New York Public Library)
   Letters by Elizabeth Toldrige
   Unpublished parts of Well-Bred Speech as written by H. P. Lovecraft
Glossary of Frequently Mentioned Names
Bibliography
Index

As always, the book has an easy to read typeface and pleasant, professional design.  One hopes that the one thick volume of the correspondents of H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith will see its hardcover publication this year.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ye writing flows for nigh.......


I'm getting invited to a lot of anthologies of late, to ye point where I am nigh overwhelm'd with projects and must begin to say "no" to editors seeking stories.  I've just completed and submitted ye final polish to "The Imps of Innsmouth," for an anthology that will hopefully be publish'd by PS Publishing.  And I am nigh to begin tentative work on "The Harpies of Carcosa," for a King in Yellowish anthology.  David Barker and I are beginning to work on four or five new shorter tales for Spectres of Lovecraftian Horror, whut will nigh be publish'd next year.  The new stories will fill ye gap left by the removal of "The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal," whut will nigh be publish'd on its own as an illustrated limited edition chapbook.  Work on an Enoch Coffin novel with Jeffrey Thomas has been delay'd as we both have too many other things going on, and Jeff has a full-time job -- something I wish I had.

I'll be attending the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon in April, although walking is painful and I like to sit a lot.  My publisher Dark Regions Press will have a table there, and I plan on spending a lot of time sitting there trying to persuade innocents to purchase one of the many copies of Encounters with Enoch Coffin that will be for sale there.

S. T. will be driving me up to Portland again, in May, for World Horror Convention.  I think I have already register'd but am not certain it went through--it was months ago.  If I haven't actually purchas'd a membership I shall simply sit in ye lobby and meet people and sign books there.  Joe at Dark Renaissance Books hopes to have the first edition of The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal there for sale at his dealer's table, and my co-author on ye book, David Barker, will be at the convention, so we can both sign copies.  S. T. has to leave early on Saturday--I think he has rehearsals for his choral group that night--so that will give me an excuse to leave ye con early, as two days of con life is about as much as I can take these days before getting bored and restless and bitchy.

After that I am probably finish'd going to cons.  My health is simply not too good.  I have a check-up consultation with my two heart doctors on ye 24th--they want me to come in "for a talk," whut hopefully doesn't mean bad news.  I have no death wish, and I wou'd love to live another ten or twenty years if I'm able to spend those years writing many many books; but I feel that I have accomplish'd what I set out to do as an author--to secure myself a wee reputation as a writer of Lovecraftian weird fiction--so I feel no great compulsion to carry on living.

Shalom, my darlings.

Monday, February 17, 2014

OH BOY!!!


SEARCHERS AFTER HORROR, edited by S. T. for Fedogan & Bremer, is at ye printers!!!  I don't know if the publisher will have a table in ye dealer's room at The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon in April, but it wou'd be swell to see the book selling there.  Dennis will have a table at this year's World Horror Convention.  The book is not a Lovecraftian anthology, despite takingits title from Lovecraft's story, "The Picture in the House."  Ye Contents be:

Introduction, S. T. Joshi
"The Girl Between the Slats," by Michael Aronovitz
"Miranda's Tree," by Hannes Bok
"The Shadow of Heaven," by Jason V Brock
"At Lorn Hall," by Ramsey Campbell
"The Reeds," by Gary Fry
"The Patter of Tiny Feet," by Richard Gavin
"Willie the Protector," by Lois H. Gresh
"The Sculptures in the House," by John D. Haefele
"Blind Fish," by Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Flesh and Bone," by Nancy Kilpatrick
"Exit Through the Gift Shop," by Nick Mamatas
"An Element of Nightmare," by W. H. Pugmire
"Dark Equinox," by Ann K. Schwader
"Going to Ground," by Darrell Schweitzer
"At Home with Azathoth," by John Shirley
"Et in Arcadia Ego," by Brian Stapleford
"The Beautiful Fog, Ascending," by Simon Strantzas
"Iced In," by Melanie Tem
"Crawldaddies," by Steve Rasnic Tem
"Three Dreams of Ys," by Jonathan Thomas
"Ice Fishing," by Donald Tyson.

I didn't read the pdf file when it was sent for proofing as I wanted to read it as a book.  Fedongan & Bremer are dedicated to publishing quality hardcover editions.  Can't wait!!!  I consider my own tale one of my finest stories of Sesqua Valley. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

RPG nocą: Przeczytane... Cthulhu i inna groza

RPG nocą: Przeczytane... Cthulhu i inna groza: W ciągu ostatnich miesięcy pojawiło się na rynku kilka nowych lovecraftowskich antologii. Dwie z nich już zdołałem dorwać w swoje macki: E...

ENCOUNTERS WITH ENOCH COFFIN has prov'd my moft popular book, and it is certainly one of my finest.  I'm lucky if my newer books get more than one review on Amazon~~ENOCH has seven thus far.  And now we have been review'd in Polish!  If ye haven't read ye book, my publisher will be bringing about 40 copies to ye H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon, and I will be spending gobs of time sitting with him at his table in ye dealer's room and signing copies.  If you catch me in a really good mood, I may even bequeath unto ye my secret kiss..................................




Mazeltov!!


CONGRATULATIONS to Mary and S. T. on their Valentine's Day ENGAGEMENT!!!



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pieta of Innsmouth



I have been brooding all day about this new tale I am preparing to write, "The Imps of Innsmouth."  I want to mention the waterfall in the middle of Innsmouth, where the Manuxet River runs through the city, which I can easily visualize, having witnessed the exact same kind of waterfalls running through the downtown section of Spokane, Washington:

I am bringing in the church of St. Toad's--from Lovecraft's sonnet--to Innsmouth; and therein my main character will find an eldritch pieta.  The woman holding ye dead thing will have ye Innsmouth look, but the creature that she holds, smallish in size, will be utterly inhuman in outline, like some stunted inhuman gnome.  I want to suggest that Innsmouth has a secondary race of non-human creatures, something suggestive of Machen's little people, denizens of the mud.  St. Toad's, exterior and interior, will be Gothic and sinister in ye extreme.



The idea for the story is still nebulous.  I want my main character to be a woman who is haunted by mystic memories arous'd by what she discovers in St. Toad's, and how a circular emblem on the tower of the edifice matches in design a medallion of white jade that she wears attached to a silver necklace.

Going to try and keep the story to 3,000 words.  I want to use it so as to conjure the sinister aura of shadowed Innsmouth, the pull of the tides in one's blood-stream, the hoary unearthly age of the abandoned buildings on one's haunted eyes.  It must evoke the nature of Innsmouth that keeps outsiders from visiting it.  We shall see how I succeed.

Monday, February 10, 2014

new story brewing in me brain..................





It's a shame that Lovecraft never wrote the story that he outlin'd in his letter to Kleiner of 27 Decr., 1719.  It wou'd have been, had he actually penned it, the one story in his oeuvre in which a woman was the main character, although one feels that, as Lovecraft spells out ye plot to Kleiner, the story's narrator wou'd have been male.  Lovecraft writes:

"The whole affair is one of vast singularity and mystery, and in my hands the tale would have become a horror story with a very different sort of climax.  I should have had the lady display odd flashes of knowledge of the immemorial past, coupled with a certain mingled horror and contempt of old age.  I should have had her shew, on the occasion of a trip through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a curious fear when confronted with a particular inscription on an Egyptian stone.  Then I should have had a friend of yours from Paris--let us call him M. Duval--meet her, and start back in fright--never quite daring to explain his fear, but afterward muttering to you that she queerly resembled a miniature which his great-great grandfather had worn in a locket, and which was connected with a peculiar family legend not pleasant to describe.  And then I should have had you notice one morning before your mirror, that you were aging alarmingly and inexplicably--that your face, a few months before that of a youth, was now as that of a man of forty.  You spoke to her of this, and her laugh sent a chill down your spine--and you noticed that she seemed younger than when you had first known her.  Then your friend from Paris noticed the change in you and her--and would often become very thoughtful.  He sent to his ancestral chateau in Vancluse for some documents--relating to some family financial arrangement, he told you, when one day you surprised him in the midst of the yellowed papers.  And then you began to suspect that he was in the habit of following you and the lady--you even feared he would try to trace her to her home.  One day the lady disappeared, and shortly afterward your friend returned to France."

This outline by Lovecraft continues for another full page.  It may be found in the Arkham House volume, SELECTED LETTERS I, or in the Hippocampus Press volume (still available) H. P. LOVECRAFT: THE LETTERS TO REINHARDT KLEINER.



Saturday, February 1, 2014

New E'ch-Pi-El series from PS Publishing!


PS Publishing [www.pspublishing.co.uk] will bring out ye first of several wee volumes of Illustrated Lovecraft next month.  The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath will be a jacketed hardcover of 160, with jacket and interior art by Pete Von Sholly, and with a new Introduction to ye novella by S. T. Joshi.  The text will be that of S. T. Joshi's Corrected Text as has appear'd in ye current Arkham House and Penguin Classics editions.  Many volumes are planned for the series, but whether or not they will include Lovecraft's entire oeuvre remains to be seen.  One of the great joys of my life is to see Lovecraft's weird fiction illustrated, and although I was not at first too keen on Von Sholly's style, I'm becoming a fan (although I really don't care for his jacket illustration for S. T.'s The Assault of Chaos, finding it too "busy" and too cartoonish).  This first volume in ye series in available for pre-order.  Both Pete and S. T. were awarded ye
World Fantasy Award last year--appropriately, a bust of Lovecraft fashion'd by Gahan Wilson.  I have long wanted to have a series of small editions, or even single editions, of Lovecraft's tales, as I am forever returning to these stories, for inspiration and pure enjoyment, and love to have them in a variety of different editions.  So--really looking forward to this series.

I am doing ye preparatory work on a new Sesqua Valley novelette, that I will be collaborating on with my buddy David Barker (our co-author'd novella, The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal, will be my next book, to be publish'd in a few months by Dark Renaissance Books as limited edition illustrated hardcover).  I plan on setting the story in 1933 and referencing the 1925 world-wide epidemic of dreams & madness caused by ye rising of R'lyeh.  It's difficult to express the poignant peace of mind I experience whenever I return to Sesqua Valley creatively, or really whenever I return to the realm of Lovecraftian phantasy and horror as an artist.  It is a keen emotional experience, intensely felt.  It is fraught with as much fear as it is with ecstasy--because you always fear that the final results can in no way measure to what ye want to accomplish as an artist.  You do what ye can, and hope that is will stand as an authentic and original tribute to the genius of H. P. Lovecraft.  You wish, above all else, that the new thing will please other Lovecraftians, those souls for whom you write, whom you want to delight and satisfy.It is the work of writing that gives me the deepest pleasure, getting lost in that activity of writing, becoming lost in the tides of expression and vision.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....
for ye forthcoming edition of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," with illustrations by Pete Von Sholly