Monday, April 20, 2015

Ce est fantastique!

I am overjoy'd to finally have had one of my wee tales translated into French! I have had, for many a strange aeon, a love affair with French literature--although I cannot read or speak ye language, and it has always been a wish to see my work translated for a French journal or anthology. What is especially wondrous about seeing this wee story thus translated is that it contains one of my sonnets--and so I now have a sonnet of mine own composition translated in ye language of Baudelaire!!!!!  Oh, honey--this is exquisite. My deep thanx to Adam Joffrain for publishing ye tale in his new journal, Nightgaunt, and for his translation. 



Friday, April 17, 2015

YE MAMMOTH BOOK OF CTHULHU: NEW LOVECRAFTIAN FICTION

I am very pleas'd to have sold a story to Paula Guran for her upcoming anthology, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF CTHULHU: NEW LOVECRAFTIAN FICTION, to be publish'd by Constable-Robinson in April 2016. Ye Contents:

"A Clutch", by Laird Barron
"I Believe That We Will Win", by Nadia Bulkin
"The Sea Inside", by Amanda Downum
"Those Who Watch", by Ruthanna Emrys
"Deep Eden", by Richard Gavin
"In the Sacred Cave", by Lois H. Gresh
"In Syllables of Elder Seas", by Lisa L. Hannett
"It's All the Same Road in the End", by Brian Hodge
"The Peddler's Tale, or, Isobel's Revenge", by Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Outside the House, Watching for the Crows", by John Langan
"Falcon-and-Sparrows", by Yoon He Lee
"In the Ruins of Mohenjo-Daro", by Usman T. Malik
"The Cthulhu Navy Wife", by Sandra McDonald
"Caro in Camo", by Helen Marshall
"Legacy of Salt", by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
"Backbite", by Norman Partiridge
"A Shadow of Thine Own Design", by W. H. Pugmire
"Variations on Lovecraftian Themes", by Veronica Schonoes
"An Open Letter to Mr. Edgar Allan Poe, from a Fervent Admirer", by Michael Shea
"Just Beyond the Trailer Park", by John Shirley
"Alexandra Lost", by Simon Strantzas
"Umbilicus", by Damien Angelica Walters
"The Future Eats Everything", by Don Webb
"I Do Not Count the Hours", Michael Wehunt
"I Dress My Lover in Yellow", by A. C. Wise.

Ye slew of Lovecraftian anthologies continues apace: I've just had stories publish'd in Black Wings IV and The Fall of Cthulhu--& just yesterday I was invited to write a new wee yarn for yet another such anthology. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Tolkien Influence


One of ye downsides of old age and poor health is that I haven't ye requir'd stamina needed for public events, & thus have become almoft entirely reclusive. Even going to movies or plays is near-impossible because I either begin to fall asleep or suffer from discomfort, legs cramps and back pain. (I kinda think that these pains may be partially psychosomatic.) So I don't go see films, ever, and thus have missed ye big-screen experience of new things. I discover'd The Lord of the Rings films after deciding to buy the first film on dvd. I fell in love with it and bought the other films. Last month I decided to take a chance and watched the first of The Hobbit films on Xfinity. I liked it, and so I ordered the second Hobbit film on dvd. Before it arriv'd in ye mail I went ahead and watched the third Hobbit film on Xfinity. Didn't care too much for the third one, but when THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG arrived I really liked it. I've been itching to watch AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY again, so to-day I ordered ye special five disc dvd set--to get the full experience.

To-night I dug out my annotated edition of THE HOBBIT so to begin rereading it. My new interest in it is related to my work as a writer. This past many months I've been feeling a keen ache to really progress as a writer--to try and go in some new direction. At first I thought this meant getting away from writing Lovecraftian fiction--but the need to be Lovecraftian increases always, and the idea of writing work that is non-Lovecraftian no longer appeals to me. I gotta be me.  This new growing fascination with THE HOBBIT has instill'd within me a wonder, a pondering, if I can in some way do, in a very wee way, ye "epic" thing. I have my own Middle Earth in my creation of the Sesqua Valley, a region of supernatural wonder that I could explore more intimately, more intensely, in new ways. I have made oblique references to so many aspects of the valley, to the mysterious twin-peaked mountain and its lake, &c. So my brain is boiling with fictive possibilities, and perhaps I can create some longish new things that will make up the new fiction in my forthcoming second collection from Centipede Press.

David Barker and I have completed our proofing of ye galley proofs for our new book, and the trade paperback edition will be publish'd within ye fortnight by Dark Renaissance Books so that it may make its debut at CthulhuCon (to be held in Portland, Oregon April 25-26). The fabulous Erin Wells has created a magnificent cover illustration for ye book, whut I share with ye below. I'm quite pleas'd with ye contents of the book and think it will please Lovecraft fans who may purchase it.

Okay, darlings. I'm off to dreamland.  Shalom.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Barbra Streisand 1962 Garry Moore Show


oy, I'm missing YE WALKING DEAD cos I can't stop watching Streisand videos on YouTube.....