ReaderCon This Weekend

This coming weekend (actually Thursday through Sunday) I’ll be at ReaderCon in Burlington, MA.

Last year’s ReaderCon was my first, and I had a great time. It seems to be a less “fannish” convention than most. Almost everyone I met was a writer, editor, publisher, reviewer. I’m not attending as a guest, though, and won’t be part of any programming, though I plan to check out a few readings and panels. I’ll probably spend a lot of time in the bar, and take plenty of pictures.

The Shirley Jackson Awards are on the final day of ReaderCon. Last year, I was very pleased to accept the “Best Edited Anthology” SJA for Joseph S. Pulver Sr. for The Grimscribe’s Puppets. In that same category this year, I’ll be rooting for The Children of Old Leech, edited by Ross E. Lockhart, and my roommate at ReaderCon, Justin Steele.

As with any convention, the aspect I’m most anticipating is reconnecting with friends, and meeting new ones. If you’re attending, I’ll see you there!

Now Available: Surreal Worlds

The new anthology Surreal Worlds is now available from editor Sean Leonard and Bizarro Pulp Press. I just received my contributor copy, which looks great!

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Surreal Worlds includes my story, “Jewels and False Memories: The Origins of a Lunatic.”

It can be ordered from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Surreal-Worlds-Sean-Leonard/dp/1940161991

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Table of contents:

Steve Rasnic Tem – Paula Breaks
John Palisano – The BiPolar Express
Gabino Iglesias – aaaaaaaaa
Robin Wyatt Dunn – A Shadow of a Princess’s Dream
Bruce Boston – Surreal Chess
Rhys Hughes – Bones of Jones
R.A. Harris – The Noise that Stains
Seb Doubinsky – Goodbye Babylon (excerpt)
Thomas Logan – The Continued Instances of George Marthis within the Singularity, wherein the Instance Knows No Rules (George is Old When Our Story Starts)
Daniel Vlasaty – Everything is Colors, All of Them
Michael Griffin – Jewels and False Memories: The Origins of a Lunatic
Max Booth III – One Day I’ll Quit this Job and Rule the World
Dustin Reade – House Party
Adrian Ludens – I Can Do What I Need to in the Dark
Andrew Wayne Adams – Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
Wol-vriey – The End of the World Pie
Allen Griffin – I, Autocorrect
Tom Bradley – Mr. Fuck You, Okay?
Chantal Noordeloos – Labels
Don Webb – The Last God
Bob Ritchie – The Mahler Stream
Eli Wilde – Snowflakes Falling, Pages Turning
Antonio Magogoli – The Inmost Plague Bell Swims
Chris Kelso – The Statement of Tom Tryout
Carter Rydr – Pain Pig’s Pilgrimage

Cover Reveal: The Doom That Came to Providence

I love this cover! NecronomiCon Providence has just revealed the cover to this round-robin book assembled by Joe Pulver. I’ve got something in here, and can’t wait to read the rest! THE DOOM THAT CAME TO PROVIDENCE….

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Art by Nick Gucker

From a forthcoming book project helmed by Joe Pulver, featuring the talents of an astounding array of authors and artists and itinerant madmen:

Nick “The Hat” Gucker
Michael Davis
Tom Lynch
Anya Martin
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
Gage Prentiss
Selena Chambers
Robert M. Price
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Scott Thomas
Pete Rawlik
Lois Gresh
Daniel Mills
Sam Gafford
Justin Steele
Michael Griffin
Damien Angelica Walters
Jeffrey Thomas
Niels Hobbs
Ramsey Campbell
Michael Cisco
Ann K. Schwader
Sam Cowan

Summer 2015 Outlook

Time for a quick update. I haven’t posted since CthulhuCon last month, having kept busy with life and reading and writing.

Lately I’m working on a long novella. Several times in the past few years I’ve had good luck with picking up one of my abandoned short stories and thinking about why I never finished it. In many cases, the problem was that the story I wanted to tell needed to be longer than a short story. From my perspective of 2011-2013, when I first tried to write these things, I wasn’t sure how or where to publish anything longer than 6,000 words or so. Now I realize some of these story concepts need to be novellas or novels. I’m now ready to write longer, as these ideas require.

The first example of this was Far From Streets (published in a 2014 Dunhams Manor Press chapbook, and now out of print, but it should appear in my upcoming first collection). The next was an even longer (39k words, very nearly a short novel) novella I intend to close that collection.

The first collection is complete, no room to add anything more. This new piece is something I’m writing without any specific plan for where to send it, or how I hope to see it published. It’s been a long time since I wrote anything that way.

I should finish this in a month or so, then I intend to return to a new long novella I intended to write near the end of last year.

The next few months will be busy with convention-going activities:

ReaderCon in July

NecronomiCon in August

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in October.

I’m looking forward to these events, especially for the opportunity to see friends.

It will also be a summer full of publications.

Xnoybis #1 just came out, with my story “The Tidal Pull of Salt and Sand.”

Very soon we should see Surreal Worlds, including my story “Jewels and False Memories: Origins of a Lunatic.”

Also coming soon, A Mythos Grimmly and my story “Apprentice, Muse and Mancer.”

Several books in which my work appears should debut at NecronomiCon.

Cthulhu Fhtagn! (Word Horde) including “Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window”

Autumn Cthulhu from Lovecraft eZine Press includes “The Smoke Lodge”

I’m hoping Leaves of a Necronomicon is still forthcoming from Chaosium. This includes my story “Miles and Kathrine at the Crimson”

I also have one more short piece in another still-secret book that will be released at NecronomiCon, but hasn’t been announced yet. Soon, I hope!

Another of my stories has been accepted for publication, but I haven’t signed the contract yet so can’t name the story or the magazine yet. It’s a good one.

And as always, other items are out on submission for which I have hope of future good news leading to more announcements!

Reading at CthulhuCon 2015

Here’s video of my reading at CthulhuCon in April 2015.

I read the first part of my story “Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window” which will appear in CTHULHU FHTAGN! edited by Ross E. Lockhart and to be published by Ross’s excellent press, Word Horde.

The story is an odd sort of sequel to my favorite H.P. Lovecraft story, “The Music of Erich Zann.”

It’s a bit difficult to hear, because the readings were held in a foyer with a lot of foot traffic to the dealer room right behind the audience. Thanks to my wife Lena for recording this, and to our friend Dominique Lamssies for taking over the camera when Lena had to exit due to a coughing fit.

Looking Ahead to NecronomiCon Providence

Now that we’re all recovering from last weekend’s CthulhuCon, it’s natural to begin thinking about upcoming conventions… the next time friends will be able to converge this way.

There’s a good chance I’ll attend ReaderCon in July, and I’m definitely going to NecronomiCon in Providence in August.

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The current schedule for NecronomiCon is HERE, though it hasn’t yet been updated to reflect the fact that it appears I’ll be participating in at least one panel (a very interesting one, alongside some most excellent fellow panelists) and a reading. I’ll share details once things are a little more certain.

Mythos and Music Panel at CthulhuCon 2015

At the CthulhuCon just completed here in Portland, I moderated a panel called “Mythos and Music.” Panelists left to right included myself (Michael Griffin), Kelly Young, Mike Dalager, Edward Morris and Nathan Carson. It’s already been posted about and discussed at length on Facebook, but I wanted to create a centralized, permanent repository of photos and video, since things tend to become buried on social media after a short time passes.

MandM panel by Sam Cowan
(photo by Sam Cowan)

As may be apparent from this next photo, the panel’s atmosphere was substantially improved and enlivened by Kelly Young’s excellent decision to bring along a bottle of very good whiskey (The Glenlivet 15 Year, for those keeping score at home).

MandM panel Bawb Hale
(photo by Bawb Hale)

I brought along my laptop to play some MP3s and YouTube music clips provided by the most impressive Nathan Carson. Here’s another angle.

MandM panel Alicia Graves
(photo by Alicia Graves)

The consensus seems to be that the panel discussion was lively and engaging enough.

Here we have video evidence recorded by my wife, Lena Griffin. It’s presented in three parts. The audio level is a bit low, as it’s recorded on a digital camera from the middle of the audience, but if you work the volume controls a bit, you can hear everything.

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

One of the main things people hope to get out of a panel like this, I think, is a list of new music to explore. We mentioned many examples, across a range of genres. I mostly mentioned ambient-related artists, and thought I might include some of those names here for future reference:

Lustmordhttp://www.lustmord.com
A huge influence of mine, and a very important name in dark ambient.

Endvrahttp://www.discogs.com/artist/73040-Endvra
Now inactive, but interesting and worth pursuing, especially Black Eden

Sleep Research Facilityhttp://www.resonance-net.com/
Quite spooky industrial-influenced drone ambient. One of my favorites.

During the panel I failed to mention Igneous Flame, a Lovecraft-influence ambient project of Pete Kelly. Also, check out Kati Astraeir’s very Lovecraftian cover art for the album Orcus! http://igneousflame.bandcamp.com/album/orcus

My thanks to all my fellow panelists, to the audience for their great questions, and to CthulhuCon’s organizers and volunteers for enabling it to happen.

Cover Reveal for Cthulhu Fhtagn!

Word Horde has just revealed the cover for the upcoming anthology CTHULHU FHTAGN! which includes my story “Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window.” It’s beautiful!

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The announcement on Word Horde’s own site is HERE, and includes a pre-order link! My past experience with direct pre-ordering Word Horde books is that you’ll most often receive the ebook part of the package in advance of the release date. No promises, of course, but it’s probably the fastest way to get your hands on this book, which is scheduled to be released in August.

I’m excited to share a table of contents (below) with some fantastic authors, including many for the first time.

Table of Contents

Introduction: In His House at R’lyeh… – Ross E. Lockhart
The Lightning Splitter – Walter Greatshell
Dead Canyons – Ann K. Schwader
Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window – Michael Griffin
Into Ye Smoke-Wreath’d World of Dream – W. H. Pugmire
The Lurker In the Shadows – Nathan Carson
The Insectivore – Orrin Grey
The Body Shop – Richard Lee Byers
On a Kansas Plain – Michael J. Martinez
The Prince of Lyghes – Anya Martin
The Curious Death of Sir Arthur Turnbridge – G. D. Falksen
Aerkheim’s Horror – Christine Morgan
Return of the Prodigy – T.E. Grau
The Curse of the Old Ones – Molly Tanzer and Jesse Bullington
Love Will Save You – Cameron Pierce
Assemblage Point – Scott R. Jones
The Return of Sarnath – Gord Sellar
The Long Dark – Wendy N. Wagner
Green Revolution – Cody Goodfellow
Don’t Make Me Assume My Ultimate Form – Laird Barron

My thanks to Editor and Publisher Ross E. Lockhart for putting this together, and giving me an opportunity to be part of it.

Reading at CthulhuCon Today

CthulhuCon officially opened yesterday, though the first evening was mostly just registration, setup, and exploring the hotel.

We spent most of our time in the Crowne Plaza hotel bar, which seems to be how these things go. Arrive, sit in the bar for an hour, decide “We should see what else is going on,” then leave the bar and after wandering for a few minutes, rush back to the bar for its nurturing atmosphere and steady supply of alcohol and snacks.

This afternoon (2PM) I’ll be reading in an hour block with Wilum Pugmore and David Barker. I intend to read from my story “Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window” which will appear in Ross E. Lockhart’s upcoming anthology CTHULHU FHTAGN!

I won’t have time to read the whole story, so in the next few hours I have to decide whether to read from the beginning (and probably stop before things get really interesting) or summarize the setup and start reading from the middle.

Conventions are always a lot of fun – partly because of programmed events, and partly because it’s great to reconnect with a group of wonderful friends who haven’t seen one another in months. If you’ll be at CthulhuCon, we’ll see you there. If not, consider attending NecronomiCon in Providence in August, or the HP Lovecraft Film Fest in Portland in October!