Tags: mythos


my 2015 fiction collection gets a new review

When it comes to reviews, glad tidings are always welcome!

Hippocampus Press publisher Derrick Hussey recently let me know about some very kind words re my 2015 fiction collection Dark Equinox & Other Tales of Lovecraftian Horror. In Wormwood #27, reviewer John Howard finds that

. . . Schwader unflinchingly shows the disintegration of the personal and the cosmic: and nothing is, or ever again can be, secure. (re 'When the Stars Run Away')

Intense and with a superb sense of place, each tale refers obliquely back to one or more stories or concepts from the Cthulhu Mythos, and runs with it in a refreshingly distinctive way. Lively and intriguing, they are utterly Lovecraftian in spirit. (re my five linked tales of Cassie Barrett)

Dark Equinox is available from the publisher, or from Amazon in both print and Kindle formats.

She Walks In Shadows available now!

Received my contributor’s copy of She Walks in Shadows this week – just in time for Halloween!

Edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia & Paula R. Stiles, this anthology of Lovecraftian tales by women features authors & artists from several countries, all investigating & expanding upon the feminine side of the Mythos. Some provide new views of established characters / entities, others (including myself, in the anthology’s one poem) offer entirely new creations to stretch the bounds of Lovecraftian weirdness.

Find the whole TOC – plus easy ordering information – here. She Walks in Shadows is available in both paperback & ebook formats.

And I am so thrilled to be a part of this puppy.


Cthulhu Fhtagn! has escaped

To the possible detriment of the world’s collective sanity, Cthulhu Fhtagn! is available today from Word Horde.

Editor/publisher Ross E. Lockhart reports that copies will be arriving at Word Horde HQ “later today,” & that direct orders will be being fulfilled this week.

Retailer links to Amazon (where you can preorder your Kindle copies already!), Ingram, B & N, and other places will be appearing on the anthology’s page as they go live. Find all the ordering information you’ll need here.

[Truth in LJing: yes, I’m very happy to say that I’ve got a story in this puppy. “Dead Canyons” is a tale of Martian exploration, ancient warfare, Mythos entities, AI, & a desperate woman no one will listen to . . . . all set in Boulder, CO.]
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Dark Equinox cover reveal -- & more news!

Hippocampus Press has released the final cover image for my forthcoming Lovecraftian fiction collection, Dark Equinox! As promised, here’s the reveal:

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The book will be available from Amazon in mid-August -- but preorders placed through the Hippocampus Press website ship in July.

A combo pack discount (for Dark Equinox & Twisted In Dream, my most recent dark poetry collection) is still available. Find all the details here.

And if you’re joining the pilgrimage in August, I’ll be at NecronomiCon Providence August 20-23. More details on that when my panels & reading(s) are finalized, but the current schedule is already up here.
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preorders starting for my 2nd fiction collection, Dark Equinox

I am (incredibly) happy to report that Hippocampus Press is now taking preorders for my second weird / Lovecraftian fiction collection, Dark Equinox. Find all the details – and a draft version of creepy Southwestern cover art by Lyndsay Harper! – here.

For May, at least, Hippocampus Press is also offering a package deal on Dark Equinox & my omnibus weird poetry collection Twisted in Dream. Find details here. This one came out in 2011, & includes my very SF 36-sonnet sequence In the Yaddith Time.

I’ll be posting more details & a real “cover reveal” later. For now, happy Mother’s Day weekend to any & all moms reading. Stay weird!
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Black Wings IV available for preorder

I’m delighted to announce that Black Wings IV (PS Publishing, February 2015) is now available for preorder. Edited by S.T. Joshi, this anthology is the latest in an excellent series of contemporary Lovecraftian anthologies.

(It also happens to contain “Night of the Piper,” my first new Cassie Barrett tale to appear in several years.)

Full details – including the TOC – may be found here.
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Cthulhu: A Puppet Play?

Mike Davis’s excellent Lovecraft EZine blog remains a must-read for Lovecraftians in search of the newest & weirdest in the Mythos world -- and today’s post is definitely a case in point.

Imagine, if you will, Cthulhu as a puppet play. (Or don’t, & save your sanity.) The Texas A&M-Commerce University Playhouse has, & will be presenting it this weekend!

Unable to attend? It’s already available for free on YouTube, accessible right from Mike’s post. I haven’t yet watched this 43 minute video myself, so YMMV – but the concept is so delightfully bizarre, I felt compelled to post about it anyhow.

Thank you, Lovecraft EZine!
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Happy Birthday HPL: "The Perplexity from a Place Abroad" is up!

As promised yesterday, editor Ross Lockhart’s The Book of Cthulhu website is celebrating the Bard of Providence’s 124th birthday with a brand new round-robin tale of eldritch terror.

Entitled “The Perplexity from a Place Abroad,” it features six segments by Rand Burgess, Brian Evenson, Alistair Rennie, Kyle Muntz, Amanda Downum . . . and me.

As I type this, segment #3 – mine – has just gone live. All segments are available on the site throughout the day (and afterwards, I suspect), so check in whenever you can.

As for me, I don’t know how this puppy ends, either – so I’ll definitely be checking back as things progress!
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a round-robin birthday celebration for H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft turns 124 tomorrow. (I know, he doesn’t seem a day over 120 . . . gotta love that Innsmouth look.)

Got any plans to celebrate?

If you’re still in the planning stages, why not check out editor Ross Lockhart’s The Book of Cthulhu site? Rumor has it that a brand new round-robin inspired by the Old Gent himself will be posted tomorrow, at the rate of one section per hour.

And, yes, one of those sections is by Yours Truly.

Join in the serial celebration!
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The Book of Cthulhu still $1.99 for Kindle

I missed the chance to post this yesterday, but The Book of Cthulhu (Night Shade Books 2011) is still on sale today for $1.99 on Kindle!

Over 500 virtual pages of tentacular goodness, edited by Ross Lockhart.

And some of those pages contain the Egyptian-flavored Mythos tale "Lost Stars" -- featuring Ammutseba, my own addition to Lovecraft's strange pantheon.

Get all the details -- and possibly your own copy -- here.