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A sip of Cthulhu!

Next month the anthology Swords v Cthulhu will be released. It looks like it’s chock full o’ fighting, tentacles, and all around fun!

My story in the anthology, “Ordo Virtutum,” is inspired by the life of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century Christian mystic. If you like Lovecraftian adventures packed full of adorable nuns, this is for you! And if you’re the impatient type, right now you can read a tiny teaser from the story on the publisher’s website.

 

Nothing says “spring” like Lovecraft

As a horror reader (okay: horror lifestyle enthusiast), I feel like horror is always in season, but some flavors are more tastier at different times of the year.

Summer? It’s for slashers and serial killers.

Fall? Ghosts.

Winter? Supernatural monsters.

But spring is for Lovecraft.

There’s nothing like sitting on your couch while it’s drizzling outside, the flowers starting to bud, the birds chirping cheerfully, and reading about some loathsome New England horror, preferably with tentacles.  I’ve done most of my Lovecraftian reading and writing in the spring, too–it just feels right!

If you’re looking for a good spring read, I hear that the anthology Autumn Cthulhuwhich includes my short story “The Black Azalea”–has started going out to Kickstarter backers. “The Black Azalea” is one of my favorite pieces, so I can’t wait for people to start reading it. And while it’s set in October, I feel it’s a delightful spring read.

I hope you’re all reading good things, creepy or not!

A new story out today!

I’m delighted to announce that my story “Three Small Slices of Pumpkin Pie” is up today on Farrago’s Wainscot. The magazine focuses on the literary weird, and I’m happy to say I share a Table of Contents with the wonderful Hal Duncan, whose grasp of language is spectacular.

This is one of my favorite pieces that I’ve ever written, so it’s wonderful to be able to share it with other people.

Cthulhu Boogaloo

Here in Stumptown this weekend was CthulhuCon, sort of a snack-sized Lovecraftian convention to tide over fans until H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest returns to its October slot. I made it to the con on Saturday and had a wonderful time. Tons of friends had showed up, and the programming was incredible. Highlights included tremendous art, panels with Lovecraftian scholars S. T. Joshi and Leslie Klinger, gaming creatives Kenneth Hite and Robin D. Laws, visits from the Lovecraft impersonator Leeman Kessler, and a delightful performance by Mike Dalager–the musical mind behind the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s new album of Innsmouthian jazz standards, Live at the Gilman House. Let me just tell you: if you like musicals, you won’t be truly happy until you’ve heard “My Funny Valentine” with all-new tentacular lyrics.

cthulhu_fhtagnWith all this squamous, cthonic energy in the air, it makes sense that Word Horde revealed the cover of their new anthology: CTHULHU FHTAGN! This is the third Lovecraftian anthology editor Ross Lockhart has put together, and the line-up looks terrific. I’m very excited about my story in the book, “The Long Dark,” which is a SFnal take on Lovecraft, with an ending I really enjoyed writing.

On the editing front, I’m reading submissions for Nightmare Magazine‘s Queers Destroy Horror! special issue this month. I’m having a great time reading all these dark stories, and I think the issue will be fantastic. Look for it in October!

Personally, I’m facing a delightful challenge: I’m working on my first campaign for our Call of Cthulhu role-playing group. I’ve never been a game master before, but it’s my turn to step up to the plate and scare/torment/entertain my gaming group. Fingers are crossed that I don’t suck!

New Jendara story!

My three-part serial, “Winter’s Wolves,” is going up on the Paizo site! The first chapter has already posted, and the next two will be available on 3/12 and 3/19. I really enjoyed creating the characters of Lugh, Irlu, and Grotnir, so I’m very excited to share it.

“Winter’s Wolves” is set about a month before the beginning of Skinwalkers, so it’s a great way to prepare for what you’ll see in the novel!

What Fates Impose

Just a quick update! If you’re looking for a good read, the anthology What Fates Impose is out now! It’s a beautiful anthology with lots of cool stories about fortune telling. My story “Power Steering” is just one of many fun reads inside its covers.

I’m off to go pound revisions on Skinwalkers and hopefully do some Halloween costume planning.

what fates impose

 

New poem and good news

If you’re hankering for an apocalyptic poem with some salty atmosphere, I have to recommend my poem “Not With a Bang, But Waves Whispering,” out in the latest issue of the Lovecraft eZine. I’m super-stoked to have a piece in this publication, which is my absolute favorite online magazine–and to make it even more awesome, I’m sharing a table-of-contents with my good friend Ed Morris. I can’t wait to see Ed and the zine’s editor, Mike Davis, at this weekend’s HP Lovecraft Film Festival!

Last week I got my manuscript turned in for the novel I’ve been working on, so hopefully I will be stirring up some new short stories and poems over the next few weeks, before jumping back into novel revisions for a different project. It’s always so fun to have free time for more experimental work!

Also, this is a spot of old news, but I’m so proud that I have to shout about it here: my story “Barnstormers” is going to be reprinted in Heiress of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction.  I can’t imagine a better honor for that story!

A little (historical) tease

Check out the awesome cover art for this anthology:

 

I’m not sure of the release date, but it will be coming out later this year. Here’s the table of contents — my story “Hind and Horn” will give you guys a taste of a young Professor Challenger in Ireland! I love writing historical fiction, so working on this anthology was a real treat. Plus, J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec are wonderful guys, and I can’t imagine nicer folks than Brian and Anita over at Edge Books!

Getting Geeky!

There’s still 13 days left to help Kickstart Geek Love, a terrific anthology of sexy, nerdy fiction and art. Lots of great artists and writers are working on this project, and the perks are terrific. Check it out!

Oh … and did I mention my short story “Electric” will be in the collection? Backers can even hear the amazing Shanna Germain performing an audio edition.