Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Idolaters of Cthulhu TOC Announced

It is with a great deal of pride (a no small measure of relief) that I announce the TOC for the upcoming anthology from Alban Lake Publishing, The Idolaters of Cthulhu. This anthology is structured a little differently, in three parts with atmospheric poetry from classical authors interspersed. We open with a tale from the master and close with a poem from another master. Thanks to all involved and I hope you find this work to meet your approval.

Here it is

The Idolaters Of Cthulhu



Beyond The Wall Of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft

Fane of the Faceless God by DJ Tyrer
Fatwa by AmandaHard
Slave To Unkind Gods by Matthew Wilson
Names by James Victor

Sentry by Herika R.Raymer

Sublime Architecture for the Proper Devotional Praise of Dagon by Shenoa Carroll-Bradd
The Ones Who Remember by Robert J. Krog
The Meat Junkies by E. Dane Anderson
Breakwater by Gregory L. Norris
Torn Asunder by Michael Krog

He Who Hesitates by H David Blalock

The Arms Of the Gods by Jonathan Dubey
Cthulhu In Autumn by Robin Wyatt Dunn
Dreaming Of A Darker Tomorrow by Ben Stewart
Leap of Faith by Tyree Campbell
Casual Blasphemies by Harding McFadden
A Better View by Brian Fatah Steele

Afterwards by Clark Ashton Smith

Look for the release July 1, 2015. Again, thanks to all involved and happy summer!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Upcoming weekend June 19-21

My daughter Herika R. Raymer and I will be guests at the upcoming Hypericon 10 in Nashville, TN from June 19-21. Hypericon is one of a few conventions I try to attend every year. The con staff is friendly and I enjoy working with them. Here is my schedule:

Friday 19 June

4:00 PM - Villain vs. Anti-Hero - You’ve heard both terms, now it’s time to define them. Join our panel of writers as they explain the differences.

9:00 PM - Seventh Star Press - Seventh Star Press is here, and they’ve brought half their writers with them. See what’s going on in the SSP world.

Saturday 20 June

8:00 PM - Secret Top 10 SciFi Movies Revealed - Join our panel of movie buffs as they reveal their super-secret top 10 list. There’s a good chance they won’t agree. Let’s just hope they’ll be civil about it.

9:00 PM - Well what? - Have you written yourself into a corner? Can’t seem to stop to make an ending? Have more than one idea and don’t know where to go with it? Whatever your problem, our experts probably have faced that problem too. Let’s discuss those and see what you can do to fix them.

This will be the first Hypericon since Fred Grimm passed away. Fred was one of the con's biggest movers and shakers along with his wife, Stephanie. He will be missed greatly this year.

Also attending are my friends Dan and Jackie Gamber, Tommy Hancock, Elizabeth (Donald) and Jimmy Gillentine, Sara Harvey, Iscah, JL Mulvihill, Stephen Zimmer, and many others.

Come on out and say hello if you're in the area!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Past, Present, and Future

It has been some time since my last entry but there is a reason for that. It has been a very busy few weeks. 

Besides finalizing the TOC for the upcoming Alban Lake anthology The Idolaters of Cthulhu and all that entails, beside finishing several short stories for myself, beside completing editing assignments for Pro Se Press and Hermit Studio Press, I just got back from attending the New Orleans Genre Writers Conference. Add to all that some behind the scenes plans for more coming events and you can understand why I have been slightly negligent in keeping this blog up to date.

First things first.

The Idolaters of Cthulhu is designed to be a Lovecraftian anthology like you've never seen. We wanted to bring a slant to the Mythos that was under-represented. To that end, some of the finest and most talented writers have turned their hands to the task. It is my honor to co-edit this anthology with Herika R. Raymer, a talented writer in her own right. The anthology is breaking new ground, so it's only right it should look, sound, and be different from other Mythos compilations.

It is therefore my distinct pleasure to make the first of several announcements concerning the anthology. The cover art for The Idolaters of Cthulhu courtesy of Michael Bielaczyc of Aradani Studios in Nashville, TN. The title of the piece, appropriately enough, is "Edge of Madness."

Personally, I don't think there could be a more appropriate illustration for the cover. 

In March, I attended Midsouthcon and, as usual, had a great time. Once again Robert Krog won the Darrell Award for Short Story (sigh) and I took First Runner-up. That makes 11 times in the last 17 years I have received some form of recognition from the Darrell Award Jury, winning once. I think that may be some kind of record. If only Robert wasn't such a good writer, I might feel bad about that.

April saw the 5th Annual That Book Place Authors Fair in Madison, IN. I was one of several dozen writers there and got to touch base with people I hadn't seen in a while.  There are too many to name but you might be able to get an idea of who by checking out John F. Allen's blog about it here.

In other news, after a nice trip to Huntsville, Alabama with the family for a few days off, I attended the New Orleans Genre Writers Conference hosted by Dark Oak Press and Media. For three days, I got to interact with fellow writers both veteran and aspiring. We discussed every aspect of the writing profession, from idea to publication and promotion. It was a most entertaining and enlightening three days with Trisha Baker, "The" Rob Cerio, Jason Fedora, J. L. Mulvihill, Kimberly Richardson, Kalila Smith, M. B. Weston, and of course, Allan Gilbreath. I really enjoyed interfacing with the attendees and look forward to next year.

As for the rest of the writing news, there has been a little movement but I'll have to save that for later. I'll have to leave it there because there are several things on the burner. Til next time, stay low and keep your powder dry.