Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Chapter VI now available

Now that I've returned from camping for the Fourth, I've got a new chapter up for "Agent Shield and Spaceman."

How was my Fourth you ask? Perfectly patriotic, of course. My wife and I stayed at the Great Bay Camping grounds which is a little north of the border in New Hampshire. Beautiful location, impressive fireworks (which freaked Finn out thoroughly), and - for the most part - chill fellow campers. I hope wherever you found yourself this weekend you were with family, friends, and plenty of good food.

I used the occasion to write ahead a few chapters in the web fiction as well as get some details ironed out for a new short fiction piece I'll start later this week. I also finished reading a Lovecraft anthology "Future Lovecraft" which I can partially recommend for fans of Mythos literature. Personally, my preferred mode of Lovecraftian writing is cosmic horror clearly inspired by HP's work, not slavishly devoted to it. My favorite stories in the collection, A.C. Wise's "Venice Burning," Pamela Rentz, "Lottie and the Moon Hopper," and Sean Craven's "Deep Blue Dreams," seemed to hit the right balance, but there were many others I flipped through quickly. Also, the arrangement of stories in this volume is a little strange - it's almost as though the stories are arranged thematically by the Lovecraftian monster that inspired them - which means there are long stretches of very similar stories. It makes me appreciate how Ellen Datlow finds ways of building anthologies that flow smoothly from one story to the next. 

That reminds me, I still need to read "Monstrous."




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