Monday, March 31, 2014

S. T. Joshi's SEARCHERS AFTER HORROR


S. T. has mention'd this book in many of our vlogs together, and I think he is especially excited about it.  As he points out, despite the book's title being taken from a Lovecraft tale, the anthology is not Lovecraftian in nature, although there are some few Lovecraftian tales in it.  The theme of the book is "the Weird Place," those pockets of eerie that haunt our globe, seldom found but never forgotten once stumbled upon.  There will be two hardcover editions, the regular trade edition for $30.00, and the deluxe signed edition for $110.

Contents

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

With jacket art by Richard Corben and interior illustrations by Rodger Gerberding.

There will hopefully (although we are not certain) be copies of the book at this year's H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon, happening in Portland, OR. on April 11-13.  Many of the book's authors will be at this year's World Horror Convention, taking place in Portland, OR. May 8-11, and at that convention will be held an official book launch, where all of ye authors attending will behave in a manner fitting of weird writers...

But why wait, my darlings, when ye can pre-order it at www.fedoganandbremer.com RIGHT NOW!!



My own story is a new Sesqua Valley story, keeping with ye theme of the Weird Place.  Searching after horror is a common theme in my Sesqua tales, either with sad innocents coming to the valley on their own, in search of wonders or links to ye Outside, or with characters such as Simon Gregory Williams, who is always going on journeys around ye globe, searching for those queer pockets of ye earth that are haunted by horror.  I consider "An Element of Nightmare" one of the finest Sesqua tales I have yet written.


Lovecraft and a World in Transition by S. T. Joshi : Hippocampus Press, specializes in classic horror and science fiction

Lovecraft and a World in Transition by S. T. Joshi : Hippocampus Press, specializes in classic horror and science fiction
Signed by S. T. Joshi
Limited Hardcover Edition: 500 copies only
645 pages
ISBN 978-1-61498-079-7
June 2014
[order now to save 10% and reserve a signed copy!]

For the past thirty-five years, S. T. Joshi has been one of the leading authorities on H. P. Lovecraft.  As Lovecraft's editor and biographer, Joshi has revolutionized our understanding of the dreamer from Providence.  This enormous volume, which contains all of the critical essays that Joshi has written since 1979, is a treasure-house of scholarship that exhibits Joshi's all-encompassing knowledge of Lovecraft the man, writer, and thinker.

Joshi has focused on a holistic understanding of Lovecraft, integrating his thought and life into the study of his work.  Lovecraft, the atheist and materialist, infused his worldview into each tale, essay, and poem.  Joshi has studied the interrelations between Lovecraft's life and work in such papers as "Autobiography in Lovecraft" and "Lovecraft and the Munsey Magazines."  Joshi's analysis of Lovecraft's philosophical thought comes forth in such major essays as "Lovecraft's Alien Civilizations: A Political Interpretation" and "H. P. Lovecraft: The Fiction in Materialism."

 Joshi has also devoted much attention to neglected aspects of Lovecraft's work, and this book contains illuminating discussions of Lovecraft's poetry, essays, and letters.  Joshi's landmark study "Textual Problems in Lovecraft" laid the groundwork for his corrected editions of Lovecraft's tales.  A final section of the book studies Lovecraft's legacy and influence, including a lengthy essay on the Cthulhu Mythos and, as a capstone, a transcript of Joshi's keynote address at the NecronomiCon convention of 2013.

This mammoth volume features nearly four decades of scholarship on one of the towering writers of the twentieth century, written by one of his most insightful interpreters.

Contents:

Introduction

I. Biographical Studies
Lovecraft and Weird Tales
Further Notes on Lovecraft and Music
Lovecraft's Library
Lovecraft's Revisions: How Much of Them Did He Write?
Lovecraft and His Wife
Lovecraft and the Films of His Day
The Rationale of Lovecraft's Pseudonyms
Lovecraft and the Munsey Magazines
Barbarism vs. Civilization: Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft in Their Correspondence

II. Philosophical Studies
The Political and Economic Thought of H. P. Lovecraft
"Reality" and Knowledge: Some Notes on Lovecraft's Aesthetics
In Defense of Dagon and Lovecraft's Philosophy
Lovecraft's Alien Civilisations: A Political Interpretation
Lovecraft and a World in Transition
Lovecraft and the "Big Issue"
H. P. Lovecraft: The Fiction of Materialism
Lovecraft and Religion
Time, Space, and Natural Law: Science and Pseudo-Science in Lovecraft

III. Thematic and Textual Studies
Autobiography in Lovecraft
Lovecraft's Other Planets
Textual Problems in Lovecraft
The Structure of Lovecraft's Longer Narratives
The Dream World and the Real World in Lovecraft
Topical References in Lovecraft
Humor and Satire in Lovecraft
A Guide to the Lovecraft Fiction Manuscripts at the John Hay Library

IV. Studies of Individual Works
Who Wrote "The Mound"?
On "The Book"
On "Polaris"
On "The Tree on the Hill"
Lovecraft and the Regnum Congo
The Sources for "From Beyond"
On "The Descendant"
What Happens in "Arthur Jermyn"
"The Tree" and Ancient History
Lovecraft and Dunsany's Chronicles of Rodriguez
Some Sources for "The Mound" and At the Mountains of Madness
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Excised Passages from "The Thing on the Doorstep"

V. On Lovecraft's Essays, Poetry, and Letters
"History of the Necronomicon"
"Supernatural Horror in Literature"
Two Spurious Lovecraft Poems
A Look at Lovecraft's Letters
Lovecraft's Fantastic Poetry
Lovecraft, Regner Lodbrog, and Olaus Wormius
Lovecraft's Essays

VI. On Lovecraft's Literary Influence
The Development of Lovecraft Studies: 1971-1982
R. H. Barlow and the Recognition of H. P. Lovecraft
A Literary Tutelage: Robert Bloch and H. P. Lovecraft
Passing the Torch: H. P. Lovecraft and Fritz Leiber
Lovecraft at Last
The Cthulhu Mythos
The Recognition of H. P. Lovecraft, 1937-2013

Sources
Index

pre-order price: $58.50  (regular price: $65.00)
LOVECRAFT AND A WORLD IN TRANSITION will initially be published in a limited hardcover edition, featuring Smyth-sewn signatures and illustrated dust wrappers, with each copy individually shrink-wrapped.  All Hippocampus Press limited editions are printed on 60# white offset paper, acid free and elemental chlorine free.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Y'know, when I began writing, it was just for the small press horror journals.  I loved it, there was a real sense of family with editors, publishers, other writers.  I never even considered ye possibility that I wou'd have a book of my own publish'd.  Now I've lost track of how many books I've publish'd.  Ten?  The new one, The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal, will be ready soon, and we will have a special trade pb edition out in time
for World Horror Convention in April in Portland, OR.  Both David Barker and I will be there to sign copies.  I'll be staying Thursday and Friday only, cos my ride home, S. T. Joshi, has to leave Saturday so as to be home in time to sing with his choir.  But two days of a big convention is usually plenty of convention for me, anti-social freak that I be.

I was working on a wee novel, In the Gulfs of Dream, but last night I got really tired of it, and I realized that I was trying to turn a novelette idea into a novel.  I am going to finish the story at 10,000 words and then hand it over to David so that he can expand and revise it to novelette length, and then it will be one of our new stories for next year's book, Spectres of Lovecraftian Horror.  I've also started working with S. T. on my second book for Centipede Press--a book that is many years away since Jerad has so much to publish beforehand, and I need time to write some kickass new stuff.

Had a great time with S. T. Joshi and ye gang last night -- with one exception.  We did some vlogs on YouTube.  The first vlog had me and S. T. shewing his new edition of Clark Ashton Smith from Penguin
Classics.  It's such a fabulous, historic book!!  S. T., during the recording of ye video, did a reading of the poem that CAS wrote in memory of H. P. Lovecraft -- and S. T. got so emotional at ye end of the reading he began to weep softly, if was fucking incredible and moving.  But, just as we were finishing ye video, I lost Internet Connection.  I couldn't figure out how to let YouTube save what we had recorded and so ye video was lost forever.  S. T. was discouraged and said we'd try again on April 11, the day when he drives us to Portland for the Lovecraft Film Festival.  However, this morning he sent an email saying that he doesn't want to wait that long and he'll be coming over this week-end and we'll try to record the video a second time.  This time I'm gonna wear extra tough waterproof mascara, just in case we gets emotional.........

Friday, March 7, 2014