Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2014: Recent Appearances

A few brief updates as the year winds down:

I was recently featured as Author of the Week at The Lovecraft eZine, probably the premiere site on the Internet for all things Lovecraftian. In this brief interview I discuss my background and share my thoughts on Weird Fiction as the literature of despair:

"Beauty from terror, terror from beauty: the awe we experience in such moments becomes its own victory over despair — perhaps the only victory possible."

Mike Davis at the eZine was also kind enough to run this short article detailing my somewhat complicated relationship with my favorite writer: HP Lovecraft. With the recent controversy over the World Fantasy Award, the disputes over Lovecraft's legacy have turned particularly contentious of late, prompting me to reflect on the reasons I love his work so much despite its flaws:

"His style is unconventional, to be sure, but in its baroque stylings, I see an effort to create and capture something of beauty out of an otherwise overwhelming pessimism and despair."

On November 28 Pseudopod released a reading of my short story "The Photographer's Tale." The story first appeared in Theaker's Quarterly Fiction 36 and is currently available in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 23 and in my own collection The Lord Came at Twilight. Have a listen here.

Finally the past few months have seen new reviews of The Lord Came at Twilight appear in a couple of places, including The Creature Feature Tomb of Horror and Black Static #42.

From the Creature Feature Tomb of Horror:

"Reminiscent of the ghostly tales of Hawthorne or Irving seasoned with a heady dash of Lovecraftian cosmic terror… This is a stunning collection of weird fiction that follows in the venerable footsteps of the great practitioners of weirdness, but which also plows fresh fields of horror in the cosmic tradition."

In Black Static #42, reviewer Peter Tennant writes:

"Finally we have the title story ‘The Lord Came at Twilight’ in which a mad nobleman builds a great amphitheatre and stages games that are attended by all except those at the local monastery... Again, as with so many of these stories, it is a wonderfully evocative piece, rich in detail and with a feeling of arch weirdness, so that we are unsettled even though we are not quite clear what has actually happened, and perhaps for that very reason."