Saturday, January 31, 2015

What Rough Beast Available for Order February 6th

Just received my author copies of WHAT ROUGH BEAST, the illustrated chapbook by James A. Moore and me, with artwork by Keith Minnion. The book will go on sale Friday February 6th at this link.

The publisher expects the limited edition to go fast, so don't wait if you want to get one.

Friday, January 30, 2015

That's Entertainment!

  Swung by Movie-Stop on my way home. I was looking for a copy of the 'Death Comes to Pemberley' mini series, which they didn't have, but they WERE having a sale. New DVD movies for $5.99 each. I hadn't seen the Keira Knightly version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE so I got that. I needed MACHETE, because hey, Danny Trejo. And THE SHADOW RIDERS is a favorite Western from way back, with Tom Selleck and Sam Elliot playing brothers out for vengeance. Total cost, $19.05. A lot of entertainment for under twenty bucks, says I. The young woman at the counter did remark on my rather eclectic selection. What can I say? I'm complex.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Last Train to Arkham

This is mostly my fault, but Cliff Biggers and Ro Moore have to take some of the blame.

The Last Train to Arkham

(Sung to the tune of The Monkees'  'Last Train to Clarkesville if you're too young to get the reference.)

Take the last train to Arkham,...
'Cause I'm dying at the station,
Don't forget your grimoires,
'cause I need an incantation,
Don't be slow, oh no no no,
Oh no no no!

Oh they'll find me in the morning,
With my head torn off or worse,
'Cause I didn't heed the warning,
I read the scrolls and now I'm cursed,
I'm feeling low,
Oh no no no,
Oh no no no!
And I don't think that I'm ever coming home.

Take the last train to Arkham,
Or you won't see me again,
It's The Necronomicon I need,
Or this will be the end,
It can't be so,
Oh no no no.
Oh no no no!
And the things beyond the stars are coming home.

Take the last train to Arkham,
Now I must hang up the phone,
I can hear them in the hallway,
Lord, they've found me here alone,
It's time to go,
Oh no no no
Oh no...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Karl Edward Wagner Interview in Dagon #25

I'm working on a story that features both Karl Edward Wagner and Manly Wade Wellman as supporting characters. Working title, pulled Wagner-Style from song lyric, is "Washes the Grave With Silvery Tears" . As a result I've been rereading various interviews with both writers, trying to get a feel for them. I was made aware of one interview I didn't have, which appeared in a British Fanzine DAGON #25 in 1989. With the help of Ebay and the Royal Mail, I found a reasonably priced ...copy and wasted no time in getting it sent my way.
As it turns out, the interview, conducted by Carl T. Ford, turned out to be one of the best interviews I've read with Wagner so far. It includes, among other things, the secret origin of Wagner's alter ego, Cody Lennox, a lot of information about the unfinished novel, 'At First Just Ghostly', and some stuff I didn't know about Wagner's signature character, Kane the immortal warrior-necromancer. I also found out a couple more things that KEW and I have in common, but more about that later.
Outside of the interview, the fanzine also contains some very interesting articles, and the old ads put me on the trail of a couple of books I don't have. So yeah, really good purchase. Worth the trouble.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


This week's acquisitions are heavy on the comics. The new IDW volume reprinting the Marvel Black & White Doc Savage magazine form the 70s is a really sharp package, which includes all the covers, text features and even the ads. The reproduction of the original stories is fantastic. And I got the Darkhorse adaptation of Conan the Conqueror by Timothy Truman and Tomas Giorello. Plus three paperbacks from 1971, which reprinted Marvel's Conan by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith. The non-comics part of the evening was the new Michael Moorcock novel, THE WHISPERING SWARM.

Happy Birthday Robert E. Howard!

Today is Robert E. Howard's birthday. This evening I'll read some of his fiction as I always do on this occasion. Next to Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes, REH's creation Conan the Cimmerian is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time, and I've spent uncounted hours in his company. As most of you know, I'm a teetotaler, but I'll raise a mug of whatever I'm drinking to the shade of Mr. Howard and give my favorite toast.

Here's to us and them like us,
Damn few, and they're... probably dead. 

To Two-Gun Bob.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Dame To Kill For

I'll admit that after seeing Frank Miller's film version of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT, that I was a bit worried about SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, but apparently having Robert Rodriguez as co-director keeps Frank in line. The second SIN CITY is a terrific adaptation of the comic book and is right in line with the first movie. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Miller once referred to his character Marv as 'Conan in a trench coat' and that pretty much sums it up. When Marv goes 'kill crazy' it's best to get out of the way. And oh my goodness, that Eva Green.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Almost Time for the Beast

Almost ready for shipping. Go here to get on the WHITE NOISE PRESS mailing list.


Between the mail and the comic shop, I got a lot of nifty stuff last night. My pal Cliff had recommended the collection SEARCHERS AFTER HORROR and my friend Amanda had recommended the VAMPYRES anthology. Those and DAGON arrived in the post. Dagon, a fanzine from 1989, features an interview with Karl Edward Wagner that I haven't read yet. I'd been meaning to pick up the ROOTS OF THE SWAMP THING collection. This has the first 13 issues of the original DC title, so all the work the team of Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, plus a couple of other stories. Also got the fourth volume of BPRD, which gives me all the available hardbacks so far. The RED SONJA trade features the first story arc by writer Gail Simone. Simone is also one of the writers on the CONAN/RED SONJA mini series. And of course the second issue of THANOS VS THE HULK is written and drawn in Cosmic Style by Jim Starlin.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, Clark Ashton Smith!

Today is Clark Ashton Smith's birthday. Smith is the most underrated of the 'three musketeers' of Weird Tales, but he is probably a better prose stylist than either of his comrades in words, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. I really only became a fan of CAS in the last few years, but have made it a point since then to read all of his stories. He shared the macabre imagination of HPL, but had a... more poetic and less pessimistic turn of mind than the Old Gentleman from Providence. Reading the letters between Smith and Lovecraft, it always seemed to me that Lovecraft felt he had found a kindred spirit in Smith. His letters to others often take the tone of teacher to student, but he seemed to consider Smith an equal and a fellow aficionado of the weird. The five excellent and highly collectible volumes of CAS from Nightshade Press have recently been made available as Kindle Ebooks and I highly recommend them. To learn more about Clark Ashton Smith I recommend the excellent page, The Eldritch Dark.

Monday, January 05, 2015

What Rough Beast Final Cover

And here it is, the final cover for the Weird Western chapbook, written by James A. Moore and me and illustrated by Keith Minnion, And before you ask, no it doesn't cost a penny. It's a Penny Dreadful, bit it will cost a bit more as it's a signed limited edition from White Noise Press. I'll give ordering details when I have them. They are shooting for a release at the end of February. I'm very proud of the story. It's darn scary.

Friday, January 02, 2015

My Top Ten Books for 2014

Put together this list the other day of my favorite books of 2014. Several of the authors on here are friends, but as I've noted before, being a friend doesn't get you on the list and it doesn't keep you off.

Whistable by Stephen Volk

The Lost Level by Brian Keene

Revival by Stephen King

Last of the Albatwitches by Brian Keene

White Knight by Bracken MacLeod

The Blasted Lands by James A. Moore

King of the Weeds by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

Messages From the Dead by Sandy Deluca

The Axeman of Storyville by Heath Lowrance

Blood For the Sun by Errick Danger Nunnally

Non Fiction Extra

H.P. Lovecraft And a World in Transition by S.T. Joshi

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

   And here we are, in 2015. The older I get, the faster New Years Days seem to come around. 2014, was a good year with several stories published and a third Griffin & Price novel completed. Look for it in the not too distant future. 2015 has already gotten off to a good start with the White Noise Press Chapbook of WHAT ROUGH BEAST by James A Moore and me due come February.
   The new year looks to be a busy one. I'll be at JordanCon, World Horror Con, and NECON, and possibly a couple of other conventions that are shaping up. Got another novel planned to write with Jim Moore, this one a ghost story, and some other collaborations that we can't talk about yet. Planning a few solo projects as well. More about those as they roll around.
   So yeah, looks like a busy writing year already up and running. So Happy New Year to all. Let's see if we can make it a good one.