January 2nd, 2015


Next up! Crummy Bunny Bottle Opener, with their Top 40 hit, "Angry Black Meatball!"

That sky is back...

I'm watching it, and it's watching me. And it reminds me of the peculiar thing I saw in the sky over Woodstock. If I'd have had one of the cameras with me at that moment, I might be able to put that unsettling mystery to rest. If Kathryn had been with me, I'd have corroboration. When you are someone like me, who does not believe – even for an instant – that Earth is being visited by aliens from other planets, dimensions, or temporal whatchamacallits, it makes seeing swift grey things in the sky all the more disturbing. But I didn't have the camera, and I'm not going to resort to crackpottery to all allay my discomfort with the unknown. But don't you think, Mr. W.C. Sky, don't you think that don't mean I ain't keeping my eye on you.

Kathryn is standing here talking about when a check that's been lying on my desk should be deposited, and she's distracting me. Ah, now she's gone.

I owe subscribers Sirenia Digest Number Next, which is also known as Sirenia Digest #107. It should have been out a week or two back, but fell prey to the general – and specific – chaos surrounding the final Alabaster scripts.

I still have to finish proofreading the galley pages of Beneath and Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume Two), which should have been done at least a month ago, as well as the galleys for the PS Publishing edition of A is for Alien.

I should post more photographs from Woodstock. Maybe I'll go through them today, find a few I like, edit them, upload them, subject you all to the 21st Century equivalent of home movies.* Anyone member those? Oh, Super 8, where have you gone?

Aunt Beast

*Actually, sharing photos via LJ is more like the 21st Century equivalent of a vacation slideshow.

A Dubious Undertaking

In response to a list created by S. T. Joshi, my own attempt at a "best horror novels" list for the 20th Century. Some caveats/notes:

1) I limited myself to the second half of the century, as I don't think I'm sufficiently familiar with the years 1900-1949.
2) There are three short story collections, because those collections and those authors (both of whom produced far more short fiction than novels) had to be on this list. In the case of Klein, I simply feel that "The Events at Poroth Farm" is a far better work than The Ceremonies, his massive – I would say bloated – expansion of the novella.
3) No one author was allowed to appear more than once.
4) The absence of a few others bothers me. Thomas Harris, for example.
5) The list is unranked.
6) Yes, 2000 was the final year of the 20th Century, not the first year of the 21st Century.

1950-2000, Twenty Best Horror Novels (Plus Three Short-Fiction Collections):

1. Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
2. Stephen King, Pet Sematary
3. Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
4. Thomas Tryon, Harvest Home
5. Clive Barker, The Damnation Game
6. Peter Straub, Ghost Story
7. Ira Levin, Rosemary's Baby
8. Toni Morrison, Beloved
9. Ramsey Campbell, Ancient Images
10. Robert Bloch, Psycho
11. Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
12. John Gardner, Grendel
13. Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire
14. Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
15. T. E. D. Klein, Dark Gods
16. Kathe Koja, Skin
17. Richard Matheson, I Am Legend
18. Katherine Dunn, Geek Love
19. Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy
20. Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory
21. Harlan Ellison, Deathbird Stories
22. Anne River Siddons, The House Next Door
23. William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist