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Should probably make this quick. Out there it's sunny, and it almost still feels like summer. Almost. But I won't be heading for the sea.

Yesterday, I finished, well...I think they'll not abduct me again and use the electric nipple clamps on me, not if I only say, yesterday I finished Phase One. Just wait until you see.

Actually, the electric nipple clamps are kind of exquisite.


I'm reposting a big chunk of Friday's post, because not as many people seem to bother with reading this LJ on Friday's, and I want this seen. Comments are good, too:

Before anything else is written on this entry, you have to see what happens when The Drowning Girl: A Memoir falls into the hands of the superb and marvelous Michael Zulli, who has, through his own amazing graces, become my Phillip George Saltonstall. Here is the painting of the title, and here, too, is the "lost" painting that Imp does not learn about until much later:

The Drowning Girl, Phillip George Saltonstall (1898)

Girl on a River, Phillip George Saltonstall (ca. 1898?)

Phillip George Saltonstall (1898)

All paintings Copyright © 2011 by Michael Zulli, used by permission, all rights reserved.

There really are not words adequate to the task of describing the effect these paintings have had on me, seeing your fiction made real, and I thank you again (and publicly for the first time), Michael. No, these will not be in the Roc trade paperback, but they will appear in any hardback edition, should any hardback edition ever appear. At least one of them will also appear in the photographs and book trailer project that I have undertaken with kylecassidy. These images will also appear on the LJ we're keeping for the project, evacanning, and, eventually, on the novel's website.


Last night, after Vincent D'nofrio, I read another story from The Book of Cthulhu, Molly's Tanzer's "The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins." And wow, this one's a keeper. I'd never encountered this author before, but...imagine H. P. Lovecraft refracted through the lenses of Lemony Snicket, Edward Gorey, and any number of Victorian authors, and you get this wonderful and delightfully perverse short story. Brava, Ms. Tanzer. That said, I fear I'm running out of good stories in this anthology. I've read twelve out of twenty-seven, and I don't have high hopes for more than three or maybe four further worthwhile pieces. But yes, "The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins" is very, very good, and I'll be keeping my eye open for additional work by that author.

Etsy has proven the Apocalypse is nigh: there is now a category for "hipster."

I'm not heartened at the news of a new Kate Bush album (coming in November), Fifty Words for Snow, not after her last couple of releases.

And, finally, I was genuinely saddened to see that Andy Whitfield has died. Spartacus: Blood and Titties won't be the same without him.

The Word for the World is Plastic,
Aunt Beast


( 9 comments — Have your say! )
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the kind words about the Twins! That's definitely my favorite story I've gotten out there, and I was really honored to have it reprinted in The Book of Cthulhu.

I'm sorry to say I haven't delved into the anthology yet, but my husband's been hogging it. He read your story and said it was amazing, I'm really looking forward to reading it!
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for writing it! I do not dole out praise lightly, and I truly did love it. More, please.
Sep. 12th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
I shall endeavor to do so! Thanks again.
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm feeling underwhelmed by the thought of a new Bush album, too. She may surprise me, but I really could not be arsed with Director's Cut; it just felt like her music was beginning to eat itself.

Those are great paintings (and I like the photo of Zulli as Saltonstall, too). It's the second one I find disquieting. That pool *must* be too shallow for whatever's wrapping its limb round the girl's ankle. Mustn't it? That detail seems very you. Frankly, I'd pay a few more quid to have these as plates in the paperback.
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Black Man with a Horn
I was at the bookstore yesterday and decided to flip through The Book of Cthulhu. I ended up reading Klein's "Black Man with a Horn," because I was aware of Joshi's praise for it. I didn't think it was possible to tell such a self-aware Lovecraftian story without slipping into parody, let alone one that blends itself into the dull rhythms of an old man's life.

Anyway, I thought that was rather good. A shame this guy doesn't publish more often.
Sep. 13th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
Because I only just now got the internet working again (somewhat, a little), on skimming I initially mistook this post for the one I read on Friday. Then I confusedly paged backwards (as I do), realised my error, and read from Friday to here
So. There's that.
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
Amazing* paintings and amazing Kyle Cassidy photo of Michael Zulli. *Headache and words fail me to describe the awesome.

Re: Kate Bush-ish song - Happy Rhodes sings a song where she alternately sounds like Annie Lennox and Kate Bush. The song is 'When the Rain Came Down.'
Sep. 13th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
As I commented on Friday, "Girl on a River" is fucking brilliant; the paintings and photograph make me all the more giddy for the novel itself and thank you for sharing with us.

Re: Kate
I understand how you might feel in regards to the direction of Aerial and perhaps Director's Cut was a misguided idea (although I do like the live drums), but I am acquainted with the mastering engineer who works with Kate, he is mastering the new record right now and says good things (which I am not allowed to elaborate upon). Granted, he's been a friend of hers for many years so he might be a bit biased.
Mar. 29th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
The Drowning Girl
I just picked the book up from the library and you described the painting in such vivid detail, I assumed that it was a real one. Google search "drowning girl painting" brought me here, and I am pleased it did.

Thank you
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