My eldritch darlings:--
I've just completed a new prose-poem sequence, "In Remembrance: Edgar A. Poe," whut I am submitting to Jerad at Centipede Press for a way cool
book he will publish late this year, THE MAN THAT WAS USED UP: A CELEBRATION OF EDGAR ALLAN POE. The book includes a number of fantastic essays on Poe by
Baudelaire, D. H. Lawrence, Arthur Symons, W. H. Auden, Edmund Wilson, George Bernard Shaw & many others. It will include wondrous art portfolios (some in
colour) by Authur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson, Harry Clark, Fritz Eichenberg and Artists from CREEPY Magazine. My own piece is a very queer & decadent
prose-poem sequence that weaves together a series of vignettes, each inspir'd by aspects of Poe's poetry & prose. Now I work full-steam ahead on
completing ye new paperback collection, WEIRD INHABITANTS OF SESQUA VALLEY.
I have just completed reading S. T. Joshi's magnificent THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS, and I have found it inspirational and instructive. It has
me extremely happy to be a full-time professional Mythos writer and utterly dedicated to writing as much Mythos fiction as I can before I wither away --
fiction that expresses mine own perverted soul and yet pays authentic tribute to H. P. LOVECRAFT.
I live is Seattle, but wish I lived in Providence, Rhode Island. My moft beloved experience was being taken on a walking tour of Lovecraftian sites with S. T.
and standing before #10 Barnes Street. I had all three Penguin Classics editions of S. T.'s edited Lovecraft fiction, plus ye wee pb reprint of HPL's
The Fungi from Yuggoth & Other Poems. We had just come from standing before the mansion on Prospect where, in
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward young Charles is said to have spent his youth. One chap standing next to S. T. and I
asked about editions of the novel, and I handed S. T. my edition of The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories,
which S. T. flipped through, explaining that this Penguin Classics book contained the Corrected Text and Annotations. Then we proceeded to #10 Barnes Street,
and S. T. began to chant as mantra all of the classic works that Lovecraft penned there -- & then he proclaimed "This should be an American Historical
Site!" Ah -- Providence, the city of mine dreams!
Her Goddess Barbra Streisand, Boy George (poor sod), Annie Lennox, Elton John, old school punk rock, Nirvana (favourite band of all time), Bluegrass
Favorite TV Shows:
My favourite telly show of all time was Boris Karloff's THRILLER -- how I wish it wou'd come out on DVD. Perhaps my favourite episode was
"Pigeons from Hell," based on the Robert E. Howard short story. Magnificent. Robert Bloch wrote several screenplays, my two favourites being
"The Hungry Glass" and "The Grim Reaper."
The Collected Works of William Shakespeare in many many editions, biographies of Shakespeare and books of literary criticism that examine his works. The book
that has me absolutely entranc'd at ye moment is S. T. Joshi's THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS. It has me aching to write more & more
Mythos fiction, book after book after book of the stuff. YOG-SOTHOTH!!!
"When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers." -- Oscar Wilde (1954-1900)
"I never can be tied to raw, new things." -- H. P. Lovecraft (1980-1937)
"Be absolute for death: either death or life
Shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus with life:
If I do lose thee I do lose a thing
That none but fools would keep..." --William Shakespeare (who was not Marlowe, Oxford or Her Majesty ye Queen)
"We work in the dark -- we do what we can -- we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of
art." --Henry James (1843-1916)
H. P. LOVECRAFT MINI FILM FESTIVAL IN SEATTLE!
Beginning March 20th, at the Grand Illusion Cinema. Saturday night is the "gala" opening party thang, so I've been told. For more info go to ye
Lurker Films website.
Any photographs of New England or Boy George or Barbra Streisand. I also LOVE photos of H. P. Lovecraft when he LOOKS like a macabre weird writer -- such as on
ye cover of LORD OF A VISIBLE WORLD -- AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN LETTERS. Great Yuggoth -- now THAT is ye mug of a Horror Author!!