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The frigid air still has hold of Providence. Currently, it's 22˚F, windchill at 5˚F, and we're still under a windchill warning. The forecast for tonight has the temperature dropping to -6˚F, with a windchill of -25˚F. This is scary cold.

Yesterday, I finished the corrections to Agents of Dreamland and put together the publication history for all the stories. Without the introductions, the manuscript is 208,381 words long, 650 pp. Today, I have to dig into the corrections for the remainder of Mythos Tales, which I desperately need to finish by tomorrow evening. I have two short stories I need to get written before the end of the month.

And here is the final table of contents for the collection, which should be out from Centipede Press very late in 2016 or early in 2017:

Introduction by S.T. Joshi
Author's Introduction: "Lovecraft & I"
1. “Paedomorphosis”*
2. “Valentia”
3. “So Runs the World Away”
4. “From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6”
5. “The Drowned Geologist" (1898)
6. “The Dead and the Moonstruck”
7. “Houses Under the Sea”
8. “Pickman’s Other Model (1929)”
9. “The Thousand-and-Third Tale of Scheherazade”
10. “The Bone’s Prayer”
11. "The Peril of Liberated Objects, or the Voyeur's Seduction"
12. "At the Gate of Deeper Slumber"
13. “Fish Bride (1970)”
14. "The Alchemist's Daughter (A Fragment)"
15. “Houndwife”
16. “Tidal Forces”
17. “John Four”
18. “On the Reef”
19. “The Transition of Elizabeth Haskings”
20. "A Mountain Walked"
21. “Love is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl”
22. “Pushing the Sky Away (Death of a Blasphemer)”
23. "Black Ships Seen South of Heaven"
24. “Pickman’s Madonna”
25. “The Peddler’s Tale, or Isobel’s Revenge”
26. “The Cats of River Street (1925)”
27. “A Redress for Andromeda”
28. “Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea”
29. "Study for The Witch House"
30. “Andromeda Among the Stones”
31. Agents of Dreamland
Afterword by Michael Cisco
Publication History

I need to check with Jared before listing the four artists involved, but it's a marvelous lineup.


From Facebook, regarding the ravages of identity politics:

As a lifelong liberal, I never imagined I'd see the emergence of something that can very accurately be called "liberal intolerance" doing so much damage on college campuses. When I was in college (1983-1991), we fought conservatives and religious fundamentalists for unrestricted free speech and access to all art and literature, not just that which we agreed with and didn't find offensive or disturbing.


Last night I had roleplay for the first time since January 18th. Thank you, Vic.

Okay, I've gotta finish this Red Bull and get to it.

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast

* Removed from final ms.


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Feb. 13th, 2016 07:06 pm (UTC)
And here is the final table of contents for the collection, which should be out from Centipede Press very late in 2016 or early in 2017

That looks wonderful.
Feb. 13th, 2016 07:55 pm (UTC)
Political weirdness
Agents of Dreamland looks spectacular!

Politics is so disturbing, I've never seen so much weirdness.

Your music choice is excellent, In Utero is my favorite Nirvana record.
Eric Cantwell
Feb. 13th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
Politics (in America) have become so disturbing that it's almost surreal, almost like some fictional cautionary tale come to reality. The liberal intolerance I can at least see as an obvious defensive counterattack by conservatives who still don't understand why freedom and liberty means they can't legally enforce their own subjective ideas. It's just the same straight up ignorance that has always plagued civilization. What disturbs me currently is how money almost completely dictates legislation now more than ever. I think the "battle" between the right and left is almost something of a red herring for the masses so that corporate legislation gets passed as quiet as a whisper. We heard almost nothing of the Trans Pacific Partnership or even Citizens United legislation until after it had gone through. We are now seeing presidential campaigns for both parties being funded equally by the same people and corporations. 50%-80% of our legislators "work" time spent is now strictly fund raising (time spent with our taxes), which essentially amounts to parties being thrown to gather bribe money that will determine legislation, all of which is overseen and essentially "enforced" by the lobbyists who work for these campaign contributors. Our government does not represent the people. Our government has been bought by a relatively small nobility whose only genuine interest is their own self interest. And it will stay this way until campaign funding becomes radically reformed, limited and regulated.

I'll get off my soapbox now...
Introduction by S.T. Joshi is an excellent plus.

Edited at 2016-02-13 09:47 pm (UTC)
Feb. 13th, 2016 11:47 pm (UTC)
Very excited for the new collection, Aunt Beast!

As someone who was in higher education during the same era as you were, I agree with your observations. Outrage fatigue has claimed me now, I fear.
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