Autumn Cthulhu Reviewed by This is Horror

Bob Pastorella has just posted a nice, in-depth review of Autumn Cthulhu, edited by Mike Davis and published by Lovecraft eZine Press, at This is Horror.

REVIEW LINK.

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Bob singles out four stories for mention: “The Night is a Sea” by Scott Thomas, “Memories of the Fall” by Pete Rawlik, “Andy Kaufman Creeping Through the Trees” by Laird Barron and my own “The Smoke Lodge.” Thanks for the great review!

I myself found Autumn Cthulhu to be a most worthwhile read, full of enjoyable and varied approaches to the subject. I hope more readers will check out the book.

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Real-Time Review of Autumn Cthulhu

Not long ago, Des Lewis finished one of his real-time reviews of my collection The Lure of Devouring Light — you can see where I talked about that HERE.

Now Des is in the middle of a real-time review of Autumn Cthulhu, the cosmic horror recently published by Lovecraft eZine Press. Scroll down to the comments at the bottom HERE, where each comment discusses one of the stories. As I post this, he’s about halfway through the book, and hasn’t yet reached my favorite, “Anchor” by John Langan. He did seem to like my story “The Smoke Lodge,” which is nice to see.

Autumn Cthulhu Out Today

Today is the official release date of the Autumn Cthulhu anthology. The paperback and Kindle versions are both available from Amazon HERE. Note that there’s a “Matchbook” deal so if you buy the paperback first, you can then buy the Kindle version for the reduced price of $1.99.

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I previously listed a Table of Contents, but the sequence has been scrambled around, plus three stories were added once the Kickstarter met all stretch goals. Here’s the final Table of Contents:

Introduction – Mike Davis
The Night is a Sea – Scott Thomas
In the Spaces Where You Once Lived – Damien Angelica Walters
Memories of the Fall – Pete Rawlik
Andy Kaufman Creeping Through the Trees – Laird Barron
There is a Bear in the Woods – Nadia Bulkin
The Smoke Lodge – Michael Griffin
Cul-De-Sac Virus – Evan Dicken
DST (Fall Back) – Robert Levy
The Black Azalea – Wendy N. Wagner
After the Fall – Jeffrey Thomas
Anchor – John Langan
The End of the Season – Trent Kollodge
Water Main – S.P. Miskowski
The Stiles of Palemarsh – Richard Gavin
Grave Goods – Gemma Files
The Well and the Wheel – Orrin Grey
Trick… or the Other Thing – Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
A Shadow Passing – Daniel Mills
Lavinia in Autumn – Ann K. Schwader

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I had a chance to see a proof copy last weekend at H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro, and it looked great. See?

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I can’t wait to receive my own copy to keep! Great job to Mike Davis, and everyone who helped Mike and Lovecraft eZine Press put this one together. That’s a hell of a roster of writers. I’m very proud to have a spot in this book.

Autumn Cthulhu Coming in April

Editor and Publisher Mike Davis of Lovecraft eZine has announced that the much-anticipated, long-awaited anthology AUTUMN CTHULHU will be released in April. Because this was a successful Kickstarter, the first 563 would-be readers have already purchased their copy, but if you didn’t pledge the fundraiser and want a copy, you should be able to pre-order soon.

And because Mike will be in San Pedro for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival April 29 through May 1, I’m guessing copies of the book will be available there (where you could get signatures from a few of the writers with stories in the book) if not sooner. Can’t wait!

Here’s another look at the cover:

Autumn Cthulhu cover

Here’s the ORIGINAL Table of Contents, before the successful Kickstarter stretch goals which added stories by Robert Levy, Orrin Grey and S.P. Miskowski:

Andy Kaufman Creeping Through the Trees – Laird Barron
There is a Bear in the Woods – Nadia Bulkin
Anchor – John Langan
The Stiles of Palemarsh – Richard Gavin
The Night is a Sea – Scott Thomas
In the Spaces Where You Once Lived – Damien Angelica Walters
Trick or the Other Thing – Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
Grave Goods – Gemma Files
After the Fall – Jeffrey Thomas
A Shadow Passing – Daniel Mills
Lavinia in Autumn – Ann K. Schwader
Memories of the Fall – Pete Rawlik
The Smoke Lodge – Michael Griffin
The End of the Season – Trent Kollodge
The Black Azalea – Wendy Wagner
Cul-De-Sac Virus – Evan Dicken

I can’t wait to see the finished product, and to check out everyone’s stories. Congratulations to Mike Davis for putting together a great book and a successful fundraiser, and also thanks for letting me be part of it.

Last Day for Autumn Cthulhu Kickstarter

The Kickstarter for the upcoming Autumn Cthulhu anthology from Lovecraft eZine Press has been a success, having reached the initial goal of $8,000 within four days.

Autumn Cthulhu by Dave Felton

(promotional art above by Dave Felton)

The Kickstarter has gone on to reach the $13,000 stretch goal to include a story by S.P. Miskowski, and most recently the $16,000 stretch goal to include a Robert Levy story. The third and final stretch goal of $19,000, if met, will result in the inclusion of a story by Orrin Grey.

I respect and enjoy the work of all three writers, and really hope the book may be expanded to include all of them.

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The official Table of Contents was announced before the Kickstarter, so it does not include names or titles for any of the writers related to the stretch goals, but here’s what’s already included for sure:

Andy Kaufman Creeping Through the Trees – Laird Barron
There is a Bear in the Woods – Nadia Bulkin
Anchor – John Langan
The Stiles of Palemarsh – Richard Gavin
The Night is a Sea – Scott Thomas
In the Spaces Where You Once Lived – Damien Angelica Walters
Trick or the Other Thing – Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
Grave Goods – Gemma Files
After the Fall – Jeffrey Thomas
A Shadow Passing – Daniel Mills
Lavinia in Autumn – Ann K. Schwader
Memories of the Fall – Pete Rawlik
The Smoke Lodge – Michael Griffin
The End of the Season – Trent Kollodge
The Black Azalea – Wendy Wagner
Cul-De-Sac Virus – Evan Dicken

Of course with two or three new writers/stories included, this sequence will likely change, unless the new additions are just stuck at the end (or beginning), which seems unlikely.

Autumn Cthulhu by Raven Daemorgan

(promotional art above by Raven Daemorgan)

The Kickstarter ends tonight, so time is running out to pledge. Here’s the link:

Autumn Cthulhu Kickstarter

2015 Year End

I didn’t publish much more in 2015 than in 2014 or 2013, but I wrote a lot more. A couple of stories that were supposed to appear in 2015 were pushed back by the publishers to 2016 (see next year’s activity, below).

Items published in 2015 included:

“The Tidal Pull of Salt and Sand” in Xnoybis #1, edited by Jordan Krall, published by Dunhams Manor Press (limited edition, out of print)

“Jewels and False Memories: The Origins of a Lunatic” in Surreal Worlds, edited by Vincenzo Bilof

“Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window” in Cthulhu Fhtagn!, edited by Ross E. Lockhart

“I’m Looking for Nick Cowan or Cody Steele” in The Doom That Came to Providence, edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.

“Apprentice, Muse and Mancer” in A Mythos Grimmly, edited by Jeremy Hochhalter

“The Slipping of Stones” in Strange Aeons issue #17, edited by Kelly Young

2016 should be a time when a lot of my work should appear, including:

“Firedancing” from Autumn Cthulhu, edited by Mike Davis

“Miles and Cathrine at the Crimson” from Leaves of a Necronomicon, edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.

“Endure Within a Dying Frame” was accepted by the new editors of Lovecraft eZine and should appear there this year.

My story collection, THE LURE OF DEVOURING LIGHT, will appear in 2016. I hope to have more specific information to announce soon. My guess is that by the end of 2016, the biggest event in my writing/publishing year will be the this book.

I also finished a short novel this year, and it’s on submission, so it’s my hope that this may become a publishing news item in 2016.

As I write this, I’m in the middle of writing stories for four anthology invitations (two finished and submitted, the third just underway, and the fourth to write in Jan-Feb), then I intend to get started on some other projects.

I have an unpublished short story I’d like to revise and extend into a novelette for an interesting small press that publishes some great limited editions.

The bulk of the year will be taken up with two planned novels. I’d like to write both in 2016 if I can manage it. At the very least, I’ll finish my first full-length novel and start another.

Autumn Cthulhu Coming Up

One of the books I’ve been really looking forward to this year is AUTUMN CTHULHU, edited by Mike Davis and to be published by Mike’s Lovecraft eZine Press.

I’m excited about it because I really like my story “The Smoke Lodge” and look forward to getting it out into the world, and also because it’s fun to appear in a book alongside many of my favorite writers.

There’s not an exact release date yet, nor final cover art, but Mike Davis has released the final Table of Contents along with this very appealing piece of promotional art by Dave Felton (not the actual book cover).

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Table of contents:

Laird Barron – “Andy Kaufman Creeping Through the Trees”
Nadia Bulkin – “There is a Bear in the Woods”
John Langan – “Anchor”
Richard Gavin – “The Stiles of Palemarsh”
Scott Thomas – “The Night is a Sea”
Damien Angelica Walters – “In the Spaces Where You Once Lived”
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. – “Trick or the Other Thing”
Gemma Files – “Grave Goods”
Jeffrey Thomas – “After the Fall”
Daniel Mills – “A Shadow Passing”
Ann K. Schwader – “Lavinia in Autumn”
Pete Rawlik – “Memories of the Fall”
Michael Griffin – “The Smoke Lodge”
Trent Kollodge – “The End of the Season”
Wendy Wagner – “The Black Azalea”
Evan Dicken – “Cul-De-Sac Virus”

This looks to be a great mix of established superstars of weird/horror fiction, and newer or emerging writers. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and check it out!