Yesterday was divided between email (my lit agent, Jerad at Centipede Press, Vince Locke, Neil G., and Ellen D.) and getting back into "The Chartreuse Alphabet." I did 589 words, "N is for Necrophilia." Today, ideally, I'll find the words for O, P, and Q. We're heading out of town tomorrow, up to Northampton, Mass. for a Legendary Pink Dots show and then a short visit to the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst*, and we won't be back until Friday evening, but I still hope to finish the second half of "The Chartreuse Alphabet" by Tuesday evening. It will appear in Sirenia Digest #129 (October 2016). This will, by the way, be my first time out of Rhode Island since – I honestly do not know. It's been more than a year**, which is saying something, given that the whole state's only 1,214 square miles, total.
Yesterday, I also decided that Mythos Tales will be Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales, which is actually my original title. I shortened it to avoid confusion with Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea, but enough time has passed now since the release of the latter that I think there's no cause for concern. The collection will feature the work of four artists from four countries: the cover is by Piotr Jabłoński (Poland) and the interior art is provided by Vince Locke (U.S.), Richard Kirk (Canada), and John Kenn Mortensen (Denmark). Here's a sneak peak at the truly delightful pieces that Mortensen is providing, his illustration for "So Runs the World Away":
The book will be out sometime in 2017. Centipede Press is not yet taking preorders.
I fell off the wagon again, back on Wednesday the 21st, so when the traveling's done and things are quiet again, I get another round of detox. I was clean for not quite five days.
Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thank you. Taxes are coming due, and every little bit counts.
The last couple of night's we've been watching Michelle and Robert King's Braindead, and it's fun and all, and it's certainly timely. But I wish they'd crank up both the dark and the funny just a bit.
Now, off to the word mines.
* The setting, in part, for "From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6," though I have never actually been there.
** Correction: Actually, our brief visit to Cape Cod last November 13 was my last time out of Rhode Island. So, it hasn't been a whole year.