February 13th, 2016

The Red Tree

"What else could I write? I don't have the right."

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.