THE STARRY WISDOM contains contributions from several comics folk, most notably among them the two shimmering lights in the firmament of the magickal side of comics creation: Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. Unsurprisingly, the two represent polar opposites of magick as much as they did with their work in comics; Moore favoring the esoteric and Morrison going exoteric (which is my linguistic approximation of Morrison’s freer school of thought.) Moore’s “The Courtyard” would go on to a three-issue adaptation in comics form and then spin off NEONOMICON which I rapidly lost patience with. Morrison played with Lovecraftian tropes in his comics work for most of his career. Moore did some, mostly in the bounds of his SWAMP THING run, though mining that vein pretty hard in the later LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN work.
But then the book also contains contributions by JG Ballard and WS Burroughs and Michael Gira. Oh and Rick Grimes, long before zombies ruled the pop culture earth.
Art by Peter Smith, with design by John Balance
Happy Halloween. We’re going to try a new thing here, where I post stuff on my actual weblog and use Tumblr in a different way. Won’t bore you with reasons why.
The above images are from an anthology called THE STARRY WISDOM, published by Creation Books in 1994 (at least the second edition, which was expanded.) It’s a tribute to HP Lovecraft, but I suspect the contents of it would largely appall Lovecraft himself, or at least the persona that he projected in his fiction and what bit of his correspondence I’ve read. This is more like HPL crashing headlong into (primarily UK-based) esoteric subculture.
I’ve given the Intrapanel treatment to a chunk of the book, primarily the contributions of John Coulthart, who did a comics adaptation of “The Call of Cthulhu” which nails the spirit of the original in a way that few HPL adaptations have or will.
Okay, so what’s happened so far?
Last week, BLUE HIGWAY got released by the Createspace store. It’s also on Amazon, but honestly, buy it from Createspace, since I see a bigger slice out of that.
While you weren’t looking, I went ahead and did POD versions of both TUG ON THE RIBBON (featuring all seven of my horror/sci-fi short stories) and RAGNAROK SUMMER (a somewhat twisted take on Norse mythology after an aborted Ragnarok.) Links follow.
https://www.createspace.com/4494415 – RAGNAROK SUMMER
https://www.createspace.com/4494199 - TUG ON THE RIBBON
I’ll still be appearing at Convolution 2013 in Emeryville at the end of next week and into the weekend (might not be there on 11/1, but who knows). Still thinking about LOSCON at the end of November. Would like to make it, but that’s a tough time of year.
I may talk about one or more of these later on. Nopocalypse is the most likely for a first candidate. It’s a word we could use, don’t you think?
BLUE HIGHWAY is done and off to Createspace for your POD enjoyment.
Here’s the back cover copy:
After the Great Big Zero,
Jake Culver is a driver, a fixer and an enigma. Out in the no man’s land of desert California, people don’t often ask what you did before or how you got there. But now someone is, and he doesn’t have the luxury of refusing an answer.
Against his better judgement, he agrees to return to his old haunts in the manufactured para-paradise of Orange County. The Orange Trust runs it like a company town, which would be fine if Jake and the man at the top didn’t share the baddest of blood. Jake’s got a few days to find out who’s not only stealing from the hotbed of high-tech, but trying to get the biggest criminal organizations in the county to pick a very public war with one another.
From the cracked asphalt and no rules motorized combat beyond the reach of authority to the regulated cool of the icehouse and back again, Jake and his friend Tommy ‘Thin’ Manh dig through the above-ground and underground of a near-future California. The pursuit leads them both through the abandoned subway tunnels run by the electrified Mozarts and the subtle digitality of the Weave, to the neon playground of Fascination Street, finally leading Jake back to the one thing that he could never outrun.
BLUE HIGHWAY is 336 pages of nopocalypse science fiction for $15.99. I will probably have copies for sale at Convolution in Emeryville in November. But if you hit Createspace now, you’re guaranteed a copy.
There may or may not be an ebook release. My experience there has been pretty sour, to be bluntly honest. That’s shortcomings on my end, I’m sure, particularly in the self-promotion side of things. All that said, a Kindle release comes in the Createspace package, but that may wait for a little while. Or a long while.
But please, check out the book. I’ll be posting some lengthier excerpts here and I’ve been doing the same at my Tumblr blog (which is much more active than this one.)
You can read that at http://highway62.tumblr.com and I hope you check it out.
In addition to folks like Brian and Wendy Froud and Richard and Wendy Pini and Richard Kadrey, the fine folks over at Convolution SF have extended an invitation for yours truly to appear as a guest of the show and do some panels/programming.
I’ll try not to mess it up too badly, but I’m kinda weirded out by the process.
Anyways, a chance for you to stop by and say “hi” and check out the goings-on if you’re in San Francisco the first weekend of November.
More updates as they happen.
Hey folks, you might’ve seen a solicitation from Image for a book called STRANGEWAYS. That is not my book. I’ve already talked to them. I’ll let you all know when there’s official news.
Work continues on THE LAND WILL KNOW, but it’s slow, primarily because I can only pay artists like a small indie publisher which means that work that pays better and has tighter deadlines goes to the top of the pile. Still shooting for a release early next year.
For the next few days, A TASTE OF ASPHALT will cost you precisely nothing, as opposed to the .99 it usually costs. Two short stories, a preview of the dark fantasy DUSTBEARER, a handful of essays and extended previews of RAGNAROK SUMMER and the upcoming BLUE HIGHWAY. 200+ pages.
If you’re reading this now, you’re using a device that can use the Kindle client.
Taken from “Crunch Time”, which you can buy for only .99, alongside 200 more pages of reading (including an extended preview of the upcoming science fiction novel BLUE HIGHWAY). Get it right here.
“I pointed out the window, even though the parking lot was largely empty now, but for some scattered trash and newspapers. No eaters or fraternity pranksters or cops or anyone. Newspapers. Who the hell reads newspapers anymore? They looked as if they’d been put there by the set dresser for THE OMEGA MAN and it he thought it was still 1973.
At least we weren’t in Los Angeles. You couldn’t have paid me to be there today. The riots, at least they said they were riots, were going full bore.
Full bore as in boring. We’d been hearing that the world had been coming to an end for how many years now? Acid rain, peak oil, infertility crisis, overpopulation, global warming then global dimming. LA had been in slow-motion apocalypse since we decided that we all couldn’t get along. Just that now the rioters were occasionally eating some unlucky clod who couldn’t get out of the way, that reports told of them being shot point blank and getting back up and someone had used the word ‘zombie,’ proving that they could be ignored. Zombies were so last year.”
Granted, zombies were last year when I wrote this in 2011.
So .99 gets you “Crunch Time”, “Blink” (a horror story about a thing from another place that can’t decide to be when its dragged here by mistake), previews of “A Mere Death” (fantasy from the volume DUSTBEARER), six chapters of RAGNAROK SUMMER (fantasy novel which follows the Norse gods 100 years after their victory at Ragnarok), a selection of essay from my nonfiction books, and finally a long preview of BLUE HIGHWAY, featuring a United States torn apart by several wars for secession, The Great Big Zero and muscle cars running on hydrogen instead of high-octane.