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Cult of the Dead: Review in Black Static

CULT OF THE DEAD: Review in Black Static

Derrick Hussey of Hippocampus Press recently sent me a wonderful review of my book, CULT OF THE DEAD, from the current Black Static magazine. Hearty thanks to the reviewer for the kind words!

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Story by story, here are some excerpts.

Cult of the Dead: The supernatural aspects are fascinating and have a novelty to them that is missing from most material in this vein, while playing counterpoint to the outré elements is an awareness of human suffering and human greed, things that negatively impact on each other. And while it may not be entirely agreeable to non-Incans, there is a rightness to the story’s end that makes the reader want to cheer.

Dreams of Death: It’s a fascinating tale, one in which even though the protagonist is doomed to fail we cannot help but feel for him and share in the triumphalism of his end.

Necrotic Cove: an engaging study of resentment and what it can do, how we use each other even when we don’t intend to do so

Old Enough to Drink: remarkable and disturbing imagery

Death Doll: Beautifully written, ‘Death Doll’ gives us an original take on the Grim Reaper, with a baby spared only to cause complications further down the line, the story arguing for the rightness of death in its time. I loved the ideas being put forth, and the first person off kilter narration by Death.

Let Me Make You Suffer: a fascinating brew of science, sex, and horror.

The Lagoon of Insane Plants: Endless invention and a constant playing with the tropes of this sub genre. Enjoyable and provocative.

Debutante Ball: a strange and savage story, one in which the feminism bleeds from the text.

Snip My Suckers: the narrative reading like a version of Little Shop of Horrors on speed, I loved every blackly comedic moment of it.

PsychoMildew Love: There’s a gonzo quality to ‘Psychomildew Love’, the story of witch Cora and how she realises her passion for neighbour Warren by turning him into an ant eater, and while it should be absurd Gresh’s prose and her willingness to go the extra bit further into madcap invention result in a story that I thoroughly enjoyed

Algorithms and Nasal Structures: It’s full of ideas and has about it a feel of just desserts served for those most deserving. I liked Amy, and Frank was believable, but not especially likable, which worked fine for the story. And the thing with the scents added an element of novelty.

Digital Pistil: We get another manic story with ‘Digital Pistil’, the tale of two digital flowers in love, which is as crazy as it sounds, but done with considerable panache and conviction, so that their affair plays out like the mirror image of so many unhappy human relationships, with the cat High and Mighty performing a catalytic role.

Mandelbrot Moldrot: charming and inventive…the reader can’t help but be entertained

NECRONOMICON SCHEDULE

lhg_signing_WHC2015 I’ll be a Special Guest of Honor at NecronomiCon, August 20-23, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island.

(PHOTO left by Tim Waggoner 2015)

If you read fantasy, science fiction, horror, or anything “weird,” you must come to NecronomiCon.

“Weird” sits on the boundaries and merges the best of the genres.

MY SCHEDULE: 

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1.  Friday 4-5:15pm
NEW WEIRD
What are the challenges and rewards of subverting genre cliches? What are the challenges and rewards of mixing different elements of speculative fiction? Who are some of the best new weird fiction writers today? How can more diverse voices be encouraged and diverse fans be included?
Panelists: Lois Gresh, Caitlín Kiernan, Scott Nicolay, Vincent O’Neil, Joe Pulver, Jeffrey Thomas
Moderator: Anya Martin

(DRAWING left from NecronomiCon Website 2015)

2.  Saturday
 9-11am
BOOK LAUNCHES and AUTHOR READINGS

INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES
CULT OF THE DEAD

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Copies of both books will be available for sale and signing at this session, snacks provided!

Readings and discussions with Lois H. Gresh, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Laird Barron, William F. Nolan, Richard Gavin, S.T. Joshi, Joe Pulver, Jim Moore, Jason V. Brock, Jonathan Thomas, and more

Innsmouth Nightmares features original stories by leading writers of weird fiction, including John Shirley, Lavie Tidhar, Laird Barron, Paul Kane, Tim Lebbon, Richard Gavin, Steve Rasnic Tem, Wilum H. Pugmire, John Langan, Joe Pulver, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Bill Nolan, Jim Moore, S.T. Joshi, and many more. This is an all-star lineup of The Weird edited by Lois H. Gresh.

CULT_FRONT_COVER_204x278Cult of the Dead is a special collection of Lois’ weird stories with an Introduction by S.T. Joshi, who writes, “Over the last decade or so, Lois H. Gresh has done some of the most scintillating work of any contemporary writer of imaginative fiction.”

3.  Saturday 1-2:15pm
SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS NO MORE

Many of the most unique and powerful voices in weird fiction belong to women! Although once looked upon incorrectly as a white man’s genre, weird fiction has a long tradition of women writers, and that tradition continues today. Join us in celebrating these talented authors, and find out why they write Lovecraftian fiction.
Panelists: Lois Gresh, Caitlín Kiernan, Anya Martin, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Ann Schwader
Moderator: Faye Ringel

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4.  Saturday 4:00-5:15pm
MECHANICS OF FEAR

Lovecraft wrote all sorts of terrifying tales. But how do you scare someone? What is horror, as opposed to terror, in a piece of fiction? What are different types of scary stories? Are there elements of a horror story that are guaranteed to make the reader sleep with the lights on?
Panelists: Lois Gresh, Stephen Jones, Caitlín Kiernan, Jonathan Thomas, Damien Angelica Walters
Moderator: Don D’Ammassa

5.  SUNDAY 10-11 am
AUTHOR READINGS
Lois H. Gresh and Ann Schwader

6.  Sunday 2:30-3:45pm
WRITING THE MYTHOS

Mythos and Lovecraftian fiction is bigger and more popular than ever before. What makes a story “Lovecraftian,” and how can a writer make a unique and powerful contribution to this ever-growing genre? Our panel of legendary writers show how they did it and which steps new writers should avoid.
Panelists: Joe Pulver, Darrell Schweitzer, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Rawlik, Lois Gresh, Laird Barron
Moderator: Mike Davis

Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

I’m slowly getting around to posting news about various books. Sometime in 2013, grab a copy of

Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror 

from the folks who bring you the fantastic Now Write! series.

I contributed a chapter for the book some time ago.  I was thrilled when Laurie Lamson asked me to be part of this amazing series. Why? Because her other contributors include major talents such as Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Ursula K. LeGuin, Steven Barnes, Kealan Patrick Burke, John Skipp, and Lisa Morton.

Wow, what a line up!  For anyone who wants to learn how to write fantasy, horror, and/or science fiction, this is the book to get. Tarcher/Penguin is the publisher.

I’ll keep you posted as I hear more about the book’s release.