Friday, February 28, 2014
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
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.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
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
The Statement of Randolph Carter
"Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The Picture in the House
Herbert West: Reanimator
The Nameless City
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
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
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!!!