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"

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.

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

A Hand At the Door
Memories Can Wait
Marks and Scars and Flags
Tark Left Santiago
My Mirage

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...