Friday, July 18, 2014

I'm late............. I'm late................. .



I'm honored to share space on this amazing roster (assembled by Justin Steele and Ross Lockhart), each of us singing our praises to the vast talents of Laird Barron!! ! W/ John Langan, Mike Griffin, Gemma Files, Paul Tremblay, Michael Cisco, Scott Nicolay and Jesse James Douthit, Orin Grey,  Molly Tanzer, Daniel Mills, Stephen Graham Jones, Ally Bird, Cody Goodfellow, John Glover and Jesse Bullington, and Jeff Thomas.  Delighted to finally get to celebrate Old Leech Day XPulver



When it’s finally TEATIME in Berlin (Eastside, of course! !!)~ ~~
or Why I’ma LATE in TOASTING the Release of CoOL
(
Old Leech Day, 15. July. 2014)


Now it all started w/
that TILTED young knight of the REDpen, Mr. Steely J (!! !)
who made BossRoss ship it
(w/OUT aGOTDAMN  bottle of LAGAVULIN
or even a
nice bottle of
Springbank 10 Year Old) . . .
into the ironPAWS
of
CUSTOMS who said they was gonna put the CHILDREN in
A CELL
until they could wand and prod and and dog-SNIFF and
figure
and            deciper
until INSPECTED revealed some    detected
(as in implements of destruction)
that could lead to
BLOOD AND GORE AND GUTS AND VEINS AND TEETH
that Eat the       dead AND burn bodies
and be
mean as CARNIVOROUS Kill-Kill!  !!
So CUSTOMS
(shamefully unkind as any jackbooted Officer Obie who bawled out CHLDREN w/
SHUT UP, you DAMNED kids, as he handcuffed them. You know the kind, takes yer wallet, so you don't have any
money to spend in the slammer)
put the CHILDERN though a time there
w/ what they was INSPECTIN', ,,
every single part&page and--and phenomenon(Gemma Filed
and all tremblin’ like some frothin’ Tremblay at a PICKLE factory)
and
paragraph of the    CRIME
and
bookmark
and postage fee of
them CHILDREN (in their raiments of destroy),
AND THEY WAS LEAVIN' NOgotdamnPART UNTOUCHED...
HELL,
bein’ all mean&NASTY
they,  ,,,,should they find committin'
special crime
for nuisance, ,,or mutha-stabbin'
or playin' with pencils or similar
situationSSSSSSSSSSSssssssssssssssssssss
like all~whiskyed-up~firedancin’
and/or
snakewine~
Walpurgisnacht of OCCULTATIONSsssssssssssssssSsssS, ,,,,,,,,
was committin’ the CHILDRENS
to
a-durn
MASSACREE,
or maybe deportation back to Petaluma
or
even
some 451 page-alterin’.
But
CUSTOMS couldn’t pull off the
UN-LAIRDING

and Steely J’s _CoOL_ little DREAM
made it through!!!!!!!!! !! ! !!!!!!!!!! !
LotSs of YAYYYYYYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
& XPulvers were hooted
barked ,,spat and YIPPPeeeeeeeeeeEd
(smokes got smoked)
(water for the steepin’ got boiled)
and now the IMAGOsequences & NIGHTterrors
spawned by our dear FRIEND and
guide (into the pervading fatalities of BLACKNESS)
the Honey Badger hisself
is
in my YELLER PAWS~ ~~


(Pharrell “HAPPY”, Rick Nelson “Garden Party”, Arlo Guthrie “Alice’s Resteraunt”)

http://wordhorde.com/books/the-children-of-old-leech/





Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Grimscribe's Puppets has won a Shirley Jackson Award



OVERmoon to hear that the Thomas Ligotti tribute anthology I had the great privilege to edit, has won. I want to thank Scott & Tom of Miskatonic River Press for believing in the book, and I want to thank the contributors for making the book what it is. I’d also like to thank all the readers who helped spread the word w/ their reviews and comments via social media. And it goes w/out saying, that I want to thank the SJA jurors for their votes. Lastly, it was honor and a privilege and a PLEASURE to work w/ all the talented contributors to GRIMSCRIBE’S!! !
CONGRATS to ALL this year's SJA winners and nominees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

HAPPYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyAy DANCING XPulver


http://www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/award-winners/2013-award-winners/


http://miskatonicriverpress.com/products/gp.shtml


http://www.amazon.com/The-Grimscribes-Puppets-Joseph-Pulver/dp/1937408019/ref=pd_sim_b_64?ie=UTF8&refRID=02434JV46P7EE9ZC84F0

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Grimscribe's Puppets has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award

I'm absolutely stunned and delighted that the Thomas Ligotti tribute anthology I had the great pleasure of editing, has been nominated for best anthology. I'm also OVERmoon that Livia Llewellyn's brilliant tale, "Furnace", is nominated for a SJA. It was my great pleasure and privilege to publish Livia's tale in GRIMSCRIBE.

CONGRATSssssssssssss LIVIA! And congrats and thxxxxxxxx to all the other contributors to GRIMSCRIBE'S for helping making it what it is!!!!!!!!!!!

I'd also like to send my congrats to all the other very worthy SJA nominees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The table of contents is as follows:
Livia Llewellyn"Furnace"
Daniel Mills"The Lord Came at Twilight"
Michael Cisco"The Secrets of the Universe"
Kaaron Warren"The Human Moth"
Joel Lane"Basement Angels"
Darrell Schweitzer"No Signal"
Robin Spriggs"THE XENAMBULIST: A Fable in Four Acts"
Nicole Cushing"The Company Town"
Cody Goodfellow"The Man Who Escaped This Story"
Michael Kelly"Pieces of Blackness"
Eddie M. Angerhuber"The Blue Star"
Jon Padgett"20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism"
Robert M. Price"The Holiness of Desolation"
Michael Griffin"Diamond Dust"
Richard Gavin"After the Final"
Scott Nicolay"Eyes Exchange Bank"
Simon Strantzas"By Invisible Hands"
Paul Tremblay"Where We Will All Be"
Allyson Bird"Gailestis"
Jeffrey Thomas"The Prosthesis"
John Langan"Into the Darkness, Fearlessly"
Gemma Files"Oubliette"


http://www.amazon.com/The-Grimscribes-Puppets-Joseph-Pulver/dp/1937408019/ref=pd_sim_b_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=1XQQ81G90MYFA028BAD0

And here's a link to Livia's stunning collection:

http://www.amazon.com/Engines-Desire-Tales-Other-Horrors/dp/1590213246/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399707777&sr=1-1&keywords=livia+llewellyn



Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Stoker ballot & The Grimscribe's Puppets

Yes, I'm OVERmoon. Dancing;gleefuly 'round the Nightmarium~ ~~ and here's why...


The 2013 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot is out and The Grimscribe's Puppets has made the final ballot for Superior Achievement in an Anthology.
It was a pleasure to get to work w/ and the very talented writers who contributed to this Thomas Ligotti tribute anthology.



The table of contents is as follows:
Livia Llewellyn"Furnace"
Daniel Mills"The Lord Came at Twilight"
Michael Cisco"The Secrets of the Universe"
Kaaron Warren"The Human Moth"
Joel Lane"Basement Angels"
Darrell Schweitzer"No Signal"
Robin Spriggs"THE XENAMBULIST: A Fable in Four Acts"
Nicole Cushing"The Company Town"
Cody Goodfellow"The Man Who Escaped This Story"
Michael Kelly"Pieces of Blackness"
Eddie M. Angerhuber"The Blue Star"
Jon Padgett"20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism"
Robert M. Price"The Holiness of Desolation"
Michael Griffin"Diamond Dust"
Richard Gavin"After the Final"
Scott Nicolay"Eyes Exchange Bank"
Simon Strantzas"By Invisible Hands"
Paul Tremblay"Where We Will All Be"
Allyson Bird"Gailestis"
Jeffrey Thomas"The Prosthesis"
John Langan"Into the Darkness, Fearlessly"
Gemma Files"Oubliette"

http://www.horror.org/stokers2014/stokers.html


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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937408019/ref=s9_simh_bw_p14_d1_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-7&pf_rd_r=1WB6T0PAMN6ABXXWSA9W&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1616703582&pf_rd_i=283155



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

True Detective, KIY, and me

The popularity of Robert W. Chambers’ King in Yellow is suddenly on the rise due to HBO’s stunning True Detective (a long-held cinematic fantasy of mine come true!). Am I delighted? You bet I am. Hell, I’m happy-dancin’-‘round-the-room giddy. Creator and writer, Nic Pizzolatto, is working cinematic magic with True Detective.  Here’s someone who loves Chambers and gets it, and he’s got the perfect forum to deliver this important work of weird fiction to the masses. I’m also thrilled to see Nic deliver the KIY by framing it in noir, something I‘ve doing in my work for years now; most notably, according to HPL scholar and critic, S.T. Joshi, in my “Carl Lee & Cassilda” trilogy and “The Last Few Nights in a Life of Frost”.

Many of you know what a rabid advocate of Chambers’ KIY work I’ve been these 15 years, talking about it to anyone who would listen. It was a longstanding dream of mine to assemble an anthology of all new KIY stories by some of today’s leading weird fiction writers and it was with great delight that I edited the acclaimed A SEASON IN CARCOSA (Miskatonic River Press; 2012), which featured talents like Laird Barron, John Langan, Simon Strantzas, Richard Gavin, Joel Lane, Ally Bird, and Gemma Files.

And next up, I’m editing CASSILDA’S SONG, another anthology of all new tales based upon RWC’s KIY. This time, all the stories will be written by women. CASSILDA’s SONG will appear next spring.

With so many now probing the KIY and wondering what and where and who, and hungry for more, I looked through my files and made a list of my (published) KIY works.

(from BLOOD WILL HAVE ITS SEASON)
Choosing
Carl Lee & Cassilda
A Line of Questions
An American Tango Ending in Madness
The Songs Cassilda Shall Sing, Where Flap the Tatters of the King
Chasing Shadows
An Engagement of Hearts
A Spider In the Distance
Under the Mask Another Mask
Yvrain’s Black Dancers
Hello Is a Yellow Kiss
The Faces of She

(from SIN & ASHES)
In This Desert Even the Air Burns
Long-Stemmed Ghost words
Last Year in Carcosa
Perfect Grace
Mother Stands For Comfort
Saint Nicholas Hall
The Last Few Nights in a Life of Frost
Epilogue For Two Voices
The Last Twenty Miles of Wandering Again

(from PORTRAITS OF RUIN)
A Hand At the Door
Memories Can Wait
Marks and Scars and Flags
Tark Left Santiago
My Mirage

(from A SEASON IN CARCOSA)
Not Enough Hope

(from STAINED TRANSLATIONS – forthcoming)
A (~BIG~) Fishy Menu

On a Faraway Beach
One Window, Two Hearts
A Cold Yellow Moon (w/ Ed Morris)

(from THE PROTOCOLS OF UGLINESS – forthcoming)
less… light

(and Cassilda only knows what I’ve forgotten…)



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hello Mr. & Mrs. Carcosa................. .

I‘m very pleased to announce that I’ll be editing two new anthologies for release in 2015, CASSILDA’S SONG and THE LEAVES OF A NECRONOMICON. Invitations have been going out and I’m very pleased w/ the response so far. CASSILDA’S SONG will be a King in Yellow anthology of all new tales written by women. THE LEAVES OF A NECRONOMICON will be novel-length round robin, similar to Proulx’s wonderful ACCORDION CRIMES.

Stay tuned for more details...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lou





     First time I played the 1st Velvet’s album I didn’t care for it, didn't get it. Parts/snippets sure, but most of it left me NO. Fresh Cream, Kind of Blue, the first Weather Report album, the 1st Sabbath, Country Joe, the Airplane, those hit instantly the first time I heard them. Lou and co, nope and nope. But I bought it, so I kept playing it. Exploring. Hoping.

     By LOADED I was starting to get it. “Sweet Jane” hit me. “Rock And Roll” and “New Age”, yeah, them’s good. But I was not yet a fan.

     Solo, I warmed right up to Cale—kept diving into more. Loved Nico! The dance w/ Lou… warming to where he led, letting him in, that came slow.

     TRANSFORMER. Sat there on the counter in the record store. I was looking at the back cover. Sure I’d heard “WotW” on the radio, liked it a lot. Did I dare spin this new album?

     The guy behind the counter asked, “You a fan?”

     “Not really. Like some of his stuff. Cale solo, a lot.”

     “Ah . . . To me, Lou’s great. He’s like a crime writer, reports from the street. Tells it like it is . . . I can see Lou as a character in Last Exit to Brooklyn.”

      That hit me, so I bought TRANSFORMER.  Adjusted by his comment and ready to try, I took it home and put it on the turntable.
     It played. I danced. "It's good. Good." I like this one.

     Hell, I was getting it. Thought so. Maybe I wasn’t ready for VU when I’d heard it? Sometimes it takes time to see, to understand.
     I went back w/ my new ears. Where the hell had my mind been? This is great. It works... I feel this one. 
     BERLIN. NEW YORK. MAGIC AND LOSS. Perfect albums. BERLIN is desert island!! !

     It took time for me to get Lou. But when I did it was love. 5 decades later it still is.

     All those FRI & SAT nights alone in my hole-in-the-wall apartments. Me and some cheapass whiskey, a few beers, pack of Camels, and a lot of dreams… THXXXXXXXXXXXXxxxxxxxx for being there Lou. And thxxxxxxxxxxxx for not laughing as I cried... and listening too. THXxxxxxxxxxx for the beacon. And the TRUTH! It helped!
    
  


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Scott Nicolay's Ana Kai Tangata



Some days you get lucky and this is one of them. I'm currently reading the ARC for Scott Nicolay's Ana Kai Tangata. This will be his first collection of stories, due next spring from Fedogan & Bremer.

No less than modern horror master, Laird Barron is penning the introduction. And F&B and Scott have artist, David Verba on board doing the stunning art for this tome.

Scott is keenly-attuned to what unfurls in our darker hours so there will be a lot of praise for this collection.
I'll have a lot more to say about Scott's book as its release draws near.


http://fedoganandbremer.com/

http://davidverbagallery.com/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/scott.nicolay.9






Thursday, June 13, 2013

NOW IN STOCK! !!



You can now find TGP at Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Grimscribes-Puppets-Joe-Pulver/dp/1937408019

Thomas Ligotti is beyond doubt one of the Grandmasters of Weird Fiction. In The Grimscribe's Puppets, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., has commissioned both new and established talents in the world of weird fiction and horror to contribute all new tales that pay homage to Ligotti and celebrate his eerie and essential nightmares. Poppy Z. Brite once asked, "Are you out there, Thomas Ligotti?" This anthology proves not only is he alive and well, but his extraordinary illuminations have proven to be a visionary and fertile source of inspiration for some of today’s most accomplished authors.


Livia Llewellyn “Furnace”
Daniel Mills “The Lord Came at Twilight”
Michael Cisco “The Secrets of the Universe”
Kaaron Warren “The Human Moth”
Joel Lane “Basement Angels”
Darrell Schweitzer “No Signal”
Robin Spriggs “THE XENAMBULIST: A Fable in Four Acts”
Nicole Cushing “The Company Town”
Cody Goodfellow “The Man Who Escaped This Story”
Michael Kelly “Pieces of Blackness”
Eddie M. Angerhuber “The Blue Star”
Jon Padgett “20 SIMPLE STEPS TO VENTRILOQUISM”
Robert M. Price “The Holiness of Desolation”

Michael Griffin “Diamond Dust”
Richard Gavin “After the Final”
Scott Nicolay “Eyes Exchange Bank”

Simon Strantzas “BY INVISIBLE HANDS”
Paul Tremblay “Where We Will All Be”
Allyson Bird “Gailestis”
Jeffrey Thomas “The Prosthesis”
John Langan “Into the Darkness, Fearlessly”
Gemma Files “OUBLIETTE”

For FREE Wolrdwide shipping [on any size order] The Book Depository has TGP.

http://www.bookdepository.com/Grimscribes-Puppets-Joe-Pulver/9781937408015


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Monday, May 20, 2013

You may



You may now PRE-ORDER [at the link on the bottom of this post] your copy of this tribute anthology to the uncanny work of Thomas Ligotti.
Here's the ToC:


Livia Llewellyn “Furnace”

Daniel Mills “The Lord Came at Twilight”

Michael Cisco “The Secrets of the Universe”

Kaaron Warren “The Human Moth”

Joel Lane “Basement Angels”

Darrell Schweitzer “No Signal”

Robin Spriggs “THE XENAMBULIST: A Fable in Four Acts”

Nicole Cushing “The Company Town”

Cody Goodfellow “The Man Who Escaped This Story”
Michael Kelly “Pieces of Blackness”

Eddie M. Angerhuber “The Blue Star”

Jon Padgett “20 SIMPLE STEPS TO VENTRILOQUISM”

Robert M. Price “The Holiness of Desolation”
Michael Griffin “Diamond Dust”

Richard Gavin “After the Final”

Scott Nicolay “Eyes Exchange Bank”

Simon Strantzas “BY INVISIBLE HANDS”

Paul Tremblay “Where We Will All Be”

Allyson Bird “Gailestis”

Jeffrey Thomas “The Prosthesis”

John Langan “Into the Darkness, Fearlessly”

Gemma Files “OUBLIETTE”


http://www.miskatonicriverpress.com/products/gp.shtml


Cover Art by DANI SERRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





Saturday, May 18, 2013

Jack's back ~ ~~




Ross Lockhart, editor of The Book of Cthulhu and The Book of Cthulhu II, has started his own press, WORD HORDE.

Coming this fall is the first WORD HORDE release, Tales of Jack the Ripper. Here's the press release and the ToC.

1888: One hundred and twenty-five years ago, a killer stalked the streets of London’s Whitechapel district, brutally–some would say ritualistically–murdering five women (that we know of): Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly.
The story of Jack the Ripper captured lurid headlines and the public’s imagination, and the first fictionalization of the Ripper killings, John Francis Brewer’s The Curse Upon Mitre Square appeared in October of 1888, mere weeks after the discovery of Jack’s first victim. Since then, hundreds of stories have been written about Bloody Jack, his victims, and his legacy. Authors ranging from Marie Belloc Lowndes to Robert Bloch to Harlan Ellison to Roger Zelazny to Alan Moore have added their own tales to the Ripper myth. Now, as we arrive at the quasquicentennial of the murders, we bring you a few tales more.
From Word Horde and the editor who brought you The Book of Cthulhu and The Book of Cthulhu II comes Tales of Jack the Ripper, featuring new and classic fiction by many of today’s darkest dreamers, including Laird Barron, Ramsey Campbell, Ed Kurtz, Joe R. Lansdale, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Stanley C. Sargent, E. Catherine Tobler, and many more.



Table of Contents
Whitechapel Autumn, 1888 – Ann K. Schwader
A Host of Shadows – Alan M. Clark and Gary A. Braunbeck
Jack’s Little Friend – Ramsey Campbell
Abandon All Flesh – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The God of the Razor – Joe R. Lansdale
The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker – Ennis Drake
Ripping – Walter Greatshell
Something About Dr. Tumblety – Patrick Tumblety
The Truffle Pig – T. E. Grau
Ripperology – Orrin Grey
Hell Broke Loose – Ed Kurtz
Where Have You Been All My Life? – Edward Morris
Juliette’s New Toy – Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
Villains by Necessity – Pete Rawlik
When the Means Just Defy the End – Stanley C. Sargent
A Pretty for Polly – Mercedes Yardley
Termination Dust – Laird Barron
Once November – E. Catherine Tobler
Silver Kisses – Ann K. Schwader


http://wordhorde.com/