Sunday, May 27, 2012
When I returned to writing fiction the first publications I wanted to submit to were Jessica Salmon's wee journals, Fantasy Macabre and Fantasy & Terror. Knowing that Jessica loved ghost stories, I wrote a ghost story about the punk boy with whom I was living at the time, Todd, who was and always will be the great love of my life. So I wrote a wee spectral tale called "Pale, Trembling Youth." Jessica liked it but thought it needed expansion. Could she work on it? Hell yes! Then she astonished me and sold it to Dennis Etchison for his Doubleday hardcover anthology, CUTTING EDGE. I was in a real book, along with my buddy and hero Robert Bloch!
Todd, at the time, was doing music with his friend, for a project called Souls in Darkness. Some of that music is now available as an MP3 album you may purchase at Amazon, the album being titled Ghosts of December, by Seven Graylands. The vocals are not by Todd, as I originally mistook, and yet they contain elements of diction and tone that remarkably replicate Todd's singing style, astonishingly so. It is one of ye moft astonishing albums I have ever listen'd to, & I'm not just saying that because I still obsess'd with Todd. The song above, "Fade," is from the album. Ye second video is a live performance of Todd with his band, Gut Reaction.
Todd's own vocals for Souls in Darkness may be found at
Todd died in my arms on the Ides of March, 1995, after snorting some filthy street smack. That death clutches me still, and I have written about it in some few of my tales. See, for example, my story "The Woven Offspring."
Todd was a brilliant poet and one of the sweetest souls I have ever met. Rest unto his beloved shade.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
One of my fondest memories is our visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge in October of 2007. The entire place enchanted me, but I was especially captivated by the Sphinx, which seemed a wee touch of Wilde there among ye tombs and monuments. I think ye moment I set my eyes on that mammoth sculpted beast I knew that I had to bring it into Sesqua Valley. Such is my senility that I cannot now remember if I have mentioned such a being in any other Sesqua tales, although I have dreamed of it existing there, so perhaps I am remembering those dreams rather than actual stories. However, with my new book, Bohemians of Sesqua Valley, I am certainly going to mention, in some few tales, the sculpted sphinx that exists within ye valley woodland. It will bring into those tales aspects of Wilde & Baudelaire, I think.
The new book will consist of all original tales set in Sesqua Valley, and there will be a new prose-poem/vignette sequence, "Unhallowed Places," in the middle of the collection, to serve as poetic interlude. I completed, at 7,390 words, this new piece last night. Its final segments are located in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way of celebrating NecronomiCon Providence, the Lovecraft convention that is slated to occur in Providence in ye summer of 2013.
I can't tell you how cool it feels to be working on a new book, after having convinced myself that I wasn't going to write a new book for a few years. I simply must have a new book out for NecronomiCon 2013. I hope to have the book deliver'd to my publisher, Larry Roberts and Arcane Wisdom Press, by ye end of this year.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I am so excited about ye prospect on a seriously LITERARY H. P. Lovecraft convention to be held next year in Providence! That city has a magick charm for those of us who have fallen under HPL's spell. Because of my present health deterioration, I won't be able to go on any walking tours; but just to dwell in Providence with hundreds of other Lovecraftians will be a fabulous event. To dwell with Lovecraft scholars is a delicious treat. They have helped me to grow as a literary artist by revealing aspects of Lovecraft's fiction that I would never have discerned on my own; & such education has expanded my approach to writing Lovecraftian horror. Oh babies--I'm EXCITED!