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I'm pretty sure there's nothing the least bit interesting to be said for yesterday. So, I shall proceed directly to today. There's a starred review of To Charles Fort, With Love in this week's issue of Publisher's Weekly. I quote:

Kiernan ranks as one of today's finest practitioners of "the art of disquiet," as Ramsey Campbell notes in his perspicacious afterword to this remarkable collection. Her enigmatic short stories are written in lyrical prose that sweeps the reader completely into strange dark worlds where characters choose to embrace madness over the mundane and nightmares offer guidance as well as fear. Even when subtly alluding to H. P. Lovecraft, as many of these stories do ("So Runs the World Away," "The Dead and the Moonstruck," etc.) Kiernan's voice remains unique. In these evocative tales, bathrooms can transport you to an alien sea ("Onion"), paleontology can lead to damnation ("Valentia"), and even a mud puddle can touch on the unknowable and its terrors ("Standing Water"). The volume's sole original entry, "La Peau Verte," weaves a multiplicity of truths and the attractions of the forbidden into a small masterpiece of mystery. Exquisite interior illustrations by Richard Kirk enhance these 13 "love letters" to Charles Fort, collector of strange and anomalous phenomena.

It's one of the best ways this week could have begun, getting this review. And its coveted star. Also, it's the very first review I've seen of TCF,WL, and hopefully it will set the tone for those to come (though this is arguably the most important of the lot in terms of sales). It even triggered another peculiar smidgen of Hollywood interest (I am quickly learning to ignore these things). Anyway, there it is, and I am very pleased. This book probably means more to me than any other I've published so far.

I have a feeling I won't be getting back to Daughter of Hounds today, if only because there's a number of smaller matters that must be attended to, including an offer regarding a Finnish translation and reprint of "Anamorphosis" and another round of corrections to "Night." Other things, too, and I'll have to get to two sets of signature sheets tomorrow, and I've begun to wonder if I shouldn't read back over all of DoH (for continuity and everything else) before proceeding to Chapter Eight and the beginning of the end of the novel.

And if you're one of the people awaiting the release of Frog Toes and Tentacles, here's something appropriate to make the wait seem a little shorter, or at least occupy you in the meantime — _octopus_. This bit seemed especially apt (thank you, Llar'en):

image by Alessandro Bavari


( 10 comments — Have your say! )
Aug. 1st, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
Excellent review! So looking forward to reading it myself. Yay!

Wishing my week was kicking off so monumentally good, but alas, it's just another random weekday for me.
Aug. 1st, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
Well deserved recognition.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
Kudos on the coveted star!

Is it likely that we'll get Frog Toes and Tentacles before the end of August?
Aug. 2nd, 2005 12:49 am (UTC)
Is it likely that we'll get Frog Toes and Tentacles before the end of August?

I'm afraid not. And it's not my fault. Really.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Publishers Weekly owes you many more "starred" reviews. You should take time out and celebrate with Spooky this week.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the review. You well deserve every star and word of praise.

And yay! for pretty octopus pix and bad tentacle porn.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 12:50 am (UTC)
bad tentacle porn.

Hey, I thought there was some pretty good tentacle porn...
Aug. 2nd, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
I thought there was some pretty good tentacle porn...

oh yes, but it's the bad stuff that makes me laugh.

It was the old natural history drawings, though, that made my inner packrat happiest.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
There's a lengthy review at


Quote: I could go on and on about these stories, about all the things that Kiernan reveals and how she has made me now look twice at the pictures that hang on my walls, arbitrary potholes I pass on the street and the mysterious writings of long dead skeptics. I will be reading the stories in To Charles Fort, With Love many, many times; but more importantly, I will be reading the work of Caitlin Kiernan for even longer. I don’t care what genre appeals to you as a reader; this is a collection that will not disappoint any fan of a good story. It has completely rocked my world and I am thrilled to have discovered someone new to love.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
There's a lengthy review at

Thanks, Bev!
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