WEIRD FICTION REVIEW #9 Now Available

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Weird Fiction Review #9 (Centipede Press, 2018), Cover Art by Colin Nitta

With last year’s passing of the illustrating titan Stan Lee, it’s suitable to celebrate his voice and verve (along with the great Jack Kirby) with the cover art of Centipede Press‘s latest installment of Weird Fiction Review, which offers a wry wink to the inaugural, 1961 issue of the Fantastic Four (released fifty-seven years ago this past November).  The odd quad featured on the cover are, of course, notables from the Weird field, with Caitlin Kiernan standing in for Sue Storm, Victor Lavalle repping the Human Torch, Stephen Graham Jones taking on Mister Fantastic, and Laird Barron depicted as (suitably, noting his affinity for the Carpenter film) The Thing.  The list price is $35, but Centipede Press’s site currently has it for $22.

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Weird Fiction Review #9 (Centipede Press, 2018) / The Fantastic Four, Vol. 1, Issue #1 (1961)

“The Weird Fiction Review,” goes the site’s synopsis, “is an annual periodical devoted to the study of weird and supernatural fiction. It is edited by S.T. Joshi. This ninth issue contains fiction, poetry, and reviews from leading writers and promising newcomers. This issue features fiction by Caitl’n R. Kiernan, Laird Barron, Victor LaValle, Stephen Graham Jones, Scott Bradfield and others, and articles by Stefan Dziemianowicz (an illustrated history of Gnome Press), Adam Groves (on surrealist horror novels), John C. Tibbetts (on Marjorie Bowen), as well as verse and other essays and fiction. The feature of the issue is Chad Hensley’s outstanding article on H.R. Giger-inspired Alien toys.”

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Brown University, Dec., 2018

Adam Golaski and Clint Smith, Brown University, December, 2018

In addition to a lengthy interview with author David Mitchell, Weird Fiction Review #9 also contains an exchange between Adam Golaski and me — an interview, of sorts, conducted by the Brown University English lecturer back in the fall of 2017.  The several weeks of correspondence was really an ideal way to get to know this writer who, perhaps, thrives in his obscurity.  We were able to spend a brief amount of time attempting to catch up back in December, 2018, on the Brown campus (shortly before our reading at the Arcade Asylum Author Series, Krampusnacht edition, at Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council).

My story, “The Pecking Order” (a tale which begins with a young woman attending a former student’s funeral, but transforms into something appalling) can also be found in Weird Fiction Review #9.

 

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WELCOME TO NEW BETHEL…

UPDATE: Ghouljaw and Other Stories:  Book Trailer

Hey, comrades—a couple of pieces of communique:

 

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One: The book trailer for Ghouljaw and Other Stories is now available for viewing on YouTube. Follow this:  Ghouljaw book trailer

Take note of the music which was composed by Kell (of Shadeland fame), who’s created a soundtrack of fourteen songs as a supplement to each story. The soundtrack will be available on iTunes, Spotify, cdbaby, and other locations in the upcoming weeks.

And two: some preliminary artwork has appeared on the Ghouljaw purchase page at the Hippocampus Press website. I’m fortunate to say that the cover artist is the impressive Jared Boggess. You should drop by his site to see what this guy is all about:  www.jaredboggess.com.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned.

GOJIRA!

WFR#4 - Cover

Friends:  just dropping by to change the sign on the ye olde billboard blog, announcing the release of Weird Fiction Review #4, edited by the estimable S.T. Joshi.  Here’s what Centipede Press has to say:

The Weird Fiction Review is an annual periodical devoted to the study of weird and supernatural fiction. It is edited by S.T. Joshi. This fourth issue contains fiction, poetry, and reviews from leading writers and promising newcomers. It features original stories and essays by J. C. Hemphill, Donald Tyson, Mark Fuller Dillon, Ann K. Schwader, Michael Washburn, James Goho; a lengthy interview with Patrick McGrath; an 8-page full-color gallery of art by Bob Eggleton; regular columns by Danel Olson and John Pelan and much more.

If you come by a copy, check out my story, “The Tell-Tale Offal,” a lurid little ditty about the squalid rivalries of young cooks.  As mentioned, this installment features a bevy of striking illustrations by Bob Eggleton.  Here’s a peak at the table of contents:

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GHOULJAW AND OTHER STORIES Looming on the Horizon

Joshi, 2013

Friends:  Among other interesting anecdotes in his April, 2013 blog entry, author and all-around authority on weird fiction, S.T. Joshi, made an announcement referencing my short story collection, Ghouljaw and Other Stories—“a solid volume,” writes Joshi, “of 14 shuddersome tales.”  The collection should be released through Hippocampus Press sometime next year.  Read more here:  S.T.’s blog.