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Cold and sunny. At the moment, 27˚F, windchill at 13˚F.

I didn't work yesterday, unless answering email counts. I likely won't write today, though I have a call from my agent coming at 4 p.m. It's an important call. Spooky and I need to go out to the market before then.

I need to finish proofreading Mythos Tales, and I have to think of something for Sirenia Digest #120 (January 2016). I need to do a lot of things.

Last night, someone said they thought the saw me on the cover of The Weird Fiction Review #6, and I said that yes, they did. I am proud to be counted among that number. Anyway, for those who are curious, here's the image again, and a complete list of the authors and et cetera featured. You'll have to match them to the faces for yourselves.That's why Larry Page and Sergey Brin invented Google:

01. H.P. Lovecraft
02. Algernon Blackwood
03. Arthur Machen
04. Lord Dunsany
05. Clark Ashton Smith
06. Robert E. Howard
07. Robert Aickman
08. Ambrose Bierce
09. Miles Davis
10. E. Hoffman Price
11. Fred Chappell
12. Donald Wandrei
13. Arthur J. Burks
14. Greye LaSpina
15. David Lynch
16. Hannes Boch
17. August Derleth
18. Edgar Allan Poe
19. Theodore Sturgeon
20. Jean Ray
21. H.R. Giger
22. Salvador Dali
23. Robert Louis Stevenson
24. C.L. Moore
25. Carl Jacobi
26. Shirley Jackson
27. H. Warner Munn
28. Lee Brown Coye
29. Clive Barker
30. Gene Simmons
31. Bram Stoker
32. Franz Kafka
33. Edith Wharton
34. Manly Wade Wellman
35. Forrest J. Ackerman
36. William Hope Hodgson
37. Stephen King
38. Fritz Leiber
39. Seabury Quinn
40. Ray Bradbury
41. Ramsey Capmbell
42. Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
43. Stefan Grabinski
44. Aleister Crowley
45. Alfred Kubin
46. Jorge Luis Borges
47. Arthur Conan Doyle
48. Charles Beaumont
49. Frank Belknap Long
50. Gustav Meyrink
51. William S. Burroughs
52. M.R. James
53. Gerome Bixby
54. Richard Matheson
55. Thomas Ligotti
56. Karl Edward Wagner
57. Robert Bloch
58. Peter Straub
59. James Herbert
60. Neil Gaiman
61. Caitlín R. Kiernan
62. E.F. Benson
63. H.G. Wells
64. Octavia E. Butler
65. HPL. WFA Bust
66. King Kong
67. Audrey II
68. Boba Fett
69. Godzilla
70. Mighty Cthulhu
71. Tentacles
72. Martian tripod
73. Sandworm

I will say that, while I think these are all very fine choices (except maybe Gene Simmons), I certainly would have included a few more women. Yes, weird fiction has historically been dominated by men, from the proto-weird to the Lovecraft Circle to the New Lovecraft Circle. But there are notable exclusions, such as Mary Shelley, Angela Carter, Daphne du Maurier, and...okay, I'm not gonna make a list. But they might have tried a little harder. Also, I would have included Robert. W. Chambers.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions.

Last night we watched TV. Big surprise. I swear I'm about to wean myself off the boob tube and start reading again. Anyway, the new episode of Face Off (Paul Rubens!), then the first two eps of the new season of Shameless, and then the first episode of the new SF series, The Expanse (based on the novels by James S. A. Corey). Word is the SyFy Channel canned Defiance in order to devote more resources to The Expanse. I don't know whether that's true or not, but I want to give The Expanse a chance. I liked the first episode. It was a little unfocused, and I felt like too many characters were being tossed at us all a once. But I liked it. Nice worldbuilding. The episode is nicely bookended by the strange and the terrible.

And now I should go. Don't eat the packing peanuts.

Aunt Beast


( 4 comments — Have your say! )
Jan. 22nd, 2016 05:39 pm (UTC)
and a complete list of the authors and et cetera featured.

Ah, so that is Miles Davis. Congratulations again.

Word is the SyFy Channel canned Defiance in order to devote more resources to The Expanse

Oh, I didn't know that. I know you liked Defiance, I've still only watched the first episode but I liked it. I'm caught up with The Expanse and am really enjoying it even if I wish Thomas Jane had a bigger hat.
Jan. 22nd, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
I'll need to give The Expanse a try. I loved Defiance and Face Off is great, but I also need to spend less time watching the boob tube.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Jan. 22nd, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'd add
C. E. Ward to the list. Just saying.
Jan. 23rd, 2016 04:07 am (UTC)

Looking forward to Mythos Tales!

Don't eat the packing peanuts.
Don't you have any good recipes for them? Perhaps spicing them up with something, like szechuan pepper salt, or some such thing, might help. (Okay, that's a bit of a joke, although perhaps slightly esoteric right now. You'll get it eventually. I predict it'll come to you, although it may take a few days.)
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