Sunday, January 25, 2015

Elton John - This Train Don't Stop There Anymore

Been having some health "issues" and need to take it easy.  One thing that relaxes me and also delights me is to watch my Elton John live in concert dvds.  This is one of my all-time favourite Elton songs, from his SONGS FROM THE WEST COATS album.  In this charming video, Justin Timberlake portrays ye youthful E. J.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Paula Guran does it again--Ia!!

Paula just sent me ye pdf for this book, & although I am suffering from a stupid accident to my chest (I bruised my ribs, but I don't think any bones are broken--but ye pain is so intense I can barely move & plan to spend moft of ye day in bed), I feel a huge desire to just sit here, bent uncomfortably over me keyboard, and read this new anthology on me laptop screen.  What has me extremely overjoy'd is that I get to appear in a book that includes what I think may be the finest Lovecraftian story ever written--Laird Barron's "Mysterium Tremendum."  It's an extremely lengthy tale, and I applaud Paula for not letting that dissuade her from including it.  (She tells me there are several novellas included in ye book.)

Here's ye Contents:
Introduction, Paula Guran
The Same Deep Waters As You, Brian Hodge
Mysterium Tremendum, Laird Barron
The Transition of Elizabeth Haskings, Caitlin R. Kiernan
Bloom, John Langan
At Home With Azathoth, John Shirley
The Litany of Earth, Ruthanna Emrys
Necrotic Cove, Lois H. Gresh
On Ice, Simon Strantzas
The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward, Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
All My Love, A Fishhook, Helen Marshall
The Doom That Came to Devil Reef, Don Webb
Momma Durtt, Michael Shea
They Smell of Thunder, W. H. Pugmire
The Song of Sighs, Angela Slatter
Fishwife, Carrie Vaughn
In the House of the Hummingbirds, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Who Looks Back?, Kyla Ward
Equoid, Charless Stross
The Boy Who Followed Lovecraft, Marc Laidlaw

Exactly half ye writers are women--how rad is that?!  I've read only a few of these tales, so this will introduce me to gobs of new Lovecraftian weird fiction.

Okay, I just sneezed and the pain in my chest inflamed.  Back to bed for me.

Cthulhu fhtagn

Friday, January 16, 2015

Elton John - Lucy in the sky with diamonds ( Rare Lost Footage TOTP Dece...

Not Dead

O--PS Publishing!!!  Whut Lovecraftian delights ye bequeath unto us!  Not only Black Wings IV and ye three new volumes of ye Lovecraft Illustrated series--nigh, the above tome of historical Mythos fiction!  Ia!  From editor Schweitzer's Introduction:

"Experienced readers of H. P. Lovecraft will immediately recognize the source of this book's title.  It comes from the 'unexplainable couplet' of Abdul Alhazred:
That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.
In reality, Abdul Alhazred was a name H. P. Lovecraft either made up or came across as a child, when he'd just discovered The Arabian Nights and liked to play Arab.  But as an adult, he put the name to more intriguing literary use.  In 'The Nameless City' (1921), he told us that this 'mad poet' dreamed of an incredibly ancient, ruined city in the desert the night before he 'sang' the couplet."

This remarkable anthology is a recording of Mythos events throughout ye world in aeons past, a magnificent idea!  Ye Contents:

Herald of Chaos, by Keith Taylor (Mesopota Egypt, 1200 BC)
What a Girl Needs, by Esther Friesner (mia, second millennium BC)
The Horn of the World's Ending, by John Langdon (Judaea, second century AD)
Monsters in the Mountains at the Edge of the World, by Jay Lake (Central Asia, second century AD)
Come, Follow Me, by Darrell Schweitzer (Palestine, Asia Minor, and Central Asai, late eleventh and mid twelfth centuries AD)
Ophiuchus, by Don Webb (England 1605)
Of Queens and Pawns, by Lois H. Gresh (Russia, late seventeenth century)
Smoking Mirror, by Will Murray (Mexico, 1753)
Incident at Ferney, by S. T. Joshi (France, 1762)
Anno Domini Azothoth, by John R. Fultz (Arizona Territory, 1781)
Slowness, by Don Webb (Massachusetts, USA, early twentieth century.  Italy, early nineteenth century)
The Salamanca Encounter, by Richard A Lupoff (Massachusetts, USA, and Spain, late nineteenth century)
Old Time Entombed, by W. H. Pugmire (Seattle, Washington, USA, 1889)
Nine Drowned Churches, by Harry Turtledove (England, twenty-first century and the Middle Ages)

Ia!!  Cthulhu fhtagn!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

new stuff from PS Publishing!

I love that green colour of ye jacket!  Of all the story titles, I think Darrell's is the coolest--wot a great title!  Here's ye Contents:

"Artifact," Fred Chappell
"Half Lost in Shadow," W. H. Pugmire
"The Rasping Absence," Richard Gavin
"Black Ships Seen South of Heaven," Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Dark Sea Within," Jason V Brock
"Sealed by the Moon," Gary Fry
"Broken Sleep," Cody Goodfellow
"A Prism of Darkness," Darrell Schweitzer
"Night of the Piper," Ann K. Schwader
"We Are Made of Stars," Jonathan Thomas
"Trophy," Melanie Tem
"Contact," John Pelan and Stephen Mark Rainey
"Cult of the Dead," Lois H. Gresh
"Dark Redeemer," Will Murray
"In the Event of Death," Simon Strantzas
"Revival," Stephan Woodworth
"The Wall of Asshur-sin," Donald Tyson
"Fear Lurks Atop Tempest Mount," Charles Lovecraft

I'm very happy to see that someone else has written a story linked to HPL's "The Lurking Fear."  I wrote such a story myself, but very few people seem to have read it.  (It will be reprinted this year in my book from Dark Renaissance Books, Spectres of Lovecraftian Horror.)

Also coming soon from PS Publishing--ye next three volumes in their LOVECRAFT ILLUSTRATED series:

I have written a new essay for The Shadow out of Time volume.  All artwork, by the marvelous Pete Von Sholly, is reproduced in cosmic colour!!!  My hands are hot to hold these titles, aye.