green_dreams: Greyscale silhouette of a black cat with grey eyes (boo-cat)
Back in December, I mentioned that I'd picked up a collection of eight horror movies for five bucks. The recognizable one[1] is the original Night of the Living Dead, so I'm not going to be putting that on. However! There is also Colour from the Dark, a movie which instantly raises the burning question "Did the writers read "Colour out of Space", or is this a direct rip-off tribute derivative of the very-understandably-forgotten The Curse[2]?"
A family accidentally frees something from the Earth's womb while drawing water from their well and now a sinister glow is seeping into their lives.
Really, it could be either.

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...okay, that movie was a lot better than I expected. Surprisingly pleased reaction, possibly spoilery discussion but haven't you read the story anyway? )
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[1] There's usually one that everyone with a passing interest in the genre will have at least heard of on compilation DVDs, and the rest are what I am going to charitably call a grab bag. F'r ex, on the 10-movie Werewolves, Vampires, & Zombies DVD compilation, you have the 1973 The Satanic Rites of Dracula with Christopher Lee. (I don't think this applies to DVDs with paired movies nearly as well. But you get three or more movies in the DVD case? Ohyes.)
[2] It's not the most memorable thing about the movie, but I confess that what always first springs to mind about The Curse is the fact that Lucio Fulchi was credited Louis. WTH.

Grinding.

Jan. 18th, 2013 11:26 pm
green_dreams: Books, and coffee cup with "Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book" on the side. (Default)
Wow, nearly a week. I need to better manage my online time.

Piper is doing better with the higher dose of glucosamine. This is kind of sad because she still isn't allowed to exercise, even though she is bouncy and jumpy. We're calling the surgeon on Monday.

I am looking at the Tcho-Tcho, and there are a couple of niggling ideas in my brain (mostly along the lines of "okay, what would you be seeing there if you filtered out the racism of an unreliable narrator?"), and I have no idea where the hell to start.

Job hunt remains unproductive. Got a lot of cleaning done this week, though?
green_dreams: (ragged yes)
Wildside Press has put out The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack for less than a dollar as an ebook. Ignore the slightly retro-sounding title, please, and note that in addition to 39 other stories which include ones by Lovecraft, Bloch, Clark Ashton Smith, and Frank Belknap Long, it has T.E.D. Klein's "The Events at Poroth Farm".

I looked for a copy of that for years after reading it, and was significantly motivated to pick up the entire American Supernatural Tales anthology on the strength of it containing that. It is more than worth the price of admission all on its own, although given the low price that isn't quite the flattery it deserves.

Anyway! The ebook is available on both Kobo and Amazon; if you're going to pick it up on Amazon, consider doing so through the Lovecraft eZine link (it's the sixth one down)? They're a good 'zine, and if you're going to buy it anyway, it costs nothing more to be buying it through their link.
green_dreams: Sepia-toned picture of a dog, with the caption "Will reload saves for Dogmeat." (will reload for Dogmeat)
There was a Kickstarter for miniatures for Hell on Earth, which is a Deadlands thing.

I will, uhm, have a few things to paint. And a bit of Classic Hell on Earth[1] to read through.

It's been a long and kind of draining day, and I'm not quite finding myself in a state to discuss Hell on Earth[2], which is sad, because there are a lot of things about it that I would like to articulate. But I am glad that I will have some more Deadlands to read, and I am trying to get my thoughts on Hellstromme in order.
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[1] Bubbly Fizz. Mmmmm.
[2] Except to say dammit, they cheated.
green_dreams: (Welcome to Eldritch)
Lovecraftian housing issues, described here.
green_dreams: (spooky cats)
Hey, guys. I know I've mentioned Innsmouth Press before; I've got all their anthologies, and their magazine is the kind of awesome that leads to me buying the magazine even though it's free. (Admittedly, it's $2, but does that not make it even better?)

Anyway, their fourth anthology (Fungi) is coming out, and they're preparing for their fifth. They want to pay full pro rates for that one, a Sword & Mythos anthology; and since they're in Canada, they can't run a Kickstarter, but they're set up on Indiegogo. To quote:
What kind of anthology will Sword and Mythos be? Well, it’ll have the sword and sorcery flavor you are looking for, but it will also thread further into unexplored reaches. Why should the worlds of wizards and heroes be limited to faux-European shores? We plan to look for international writers who can provide unusual backdrops and points of view. We want to feature tales of daring female warriors. We will look for kick-ass female writers, established authors and new voices. In short, we want to excite and inspire. We want to take you from cold mountains where icy palaces hide dark terrors, to distant deserts where ghouls roam in the sand dunes, and beautiful pagodas which shadow wizards of might and magic.

Sword and Mythos would be released in October 2013.
Honestly, I know times are tough all over, but even if you can't chip in, maybe pass the word along? They're a pretty amazing little micropress.
green_dreams: A woman from behind, with an octopus splayed over her butt. (sucker butt)
Proof that it's been a long busy week: I haven't mentioned this yet...

The latest issue of Innsmouth Magazine, available here for free (online or in PDF), and here for $2 (buyyyyyy ittttt... It's $2! When was the last time you got half a dozen good stories for $2?). Enjoy!

...

Apr. 30th, 2012 09:05 pm
green_dreams: (call. the. police)
...I only very very very rarely say this, but I think there will be a little break from book acquisitions for a while.

There are a couple of exceptions. First, I've already spoken to the best beloved local independant bookstore, and they are holding a copy of The Weird for me.

Second! Innsmouth Press is coming out with its Fungi anthology this autumn (oh lord, when day next dawns it will be May, where is the time going?). The table of contents is up, and they're still looking for examples of fiction-with-fungi for their database. It's their first anthology in both paperback and hardcover, too, and I'm actually really glad for them. (Also, you could do worse than check out their other books!)
green_dreams: (Welcome to Eldritch)
I was actually looking at my bookshelves. There are, for the record, a lot of Night Shade Books products on there. So! The company that brought you The Mall of Cthulhu, Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year, The Book of Cthulhu, London Revenant, and oh my god they have Manly Wade Wellman reprints...!
Ahem. Yes. Anyway! Times are tough, and they're having a sale. Fifty percent off everything, both what's currently available and what's getting printed in 2012.
 
Want The Best Horror of the Year Vol 4 (or earlier volumes)?
Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl (Hugo winner! Nebula too)
or Pump Six collection?
Joe Lansdale's formerly out-of-print The Boar?
Trial of Flowers by Jay Lake?
Elizabeth Bear's The Chains That You Refuse?
Some Agatha Heterodyne books?
Fallen angels vs. fae in 1970s Ireland?
Or The Lurker in the Lobby
(rumours that I am thinking of using it as a checklist are totally false)?
And it's all half-price. Plus there are raffles every day.

How can you go wrong?
green_dreams: Lamppost and orange-leafed trees against a cloudy sky. (autumn lamppost)
Bubbly Fizz. Mmmmm.[1]

Spoilers follow--no, honestly, serious spoilers--but it doesn't matter unless you game. I'm not kidding. )

John talks about the concept of a game contract; when you run a game, you agree to its basic conceits. If it's a heroic fantasy game, then you do not create a character who reacts to seeing someone about to fall off a cliff by stopping, giggling, and saying "Gee, I wonder how high he'll bounce." Your character doesn't need to be happy about the fact that they're going to go save the guy, but they are by-god gonna go save the guy, because you do.

The Storyteller agrees to these conceits as well. And one of the near-universal ones is that you will have a chance to survive. And I'm not sure if simply telling players straight-up that yes, one of them is going to die in this story is the best way to handle it. I'm not even entirely sure it's better than not telling them.

Thoughts?
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[1] I suspect there are a very few people who will get that. To them, I apologize. To the rest of you, humour me. No, it does not have anything to do with Pepsi, no matter what Google tells you.

Timeline.

Apr. 3rd, 2012 06:07 pm
green_dreams: (Tower raven)
Looking forward to the long weekend. I wouldn't say my time's already booked, but I expect I know how most of it is going to go. Hoping I can get a couple of hours in to sit down and write, and a chance to goof off and relax so I actually feel up to same.

(Running around an alien mothership without your faithful canine companion: totally relaxing.)

I need to reorganize my office again. My London-and-Mythos shelf needs to become just a Mythos shelf; with the latest anthology, there's no more room for them both. Even if I relocate the London stuff, there's only about another foot of space, but it'll last for a bit.

Pelgrane is putting out another sourcebook in the vein of The Dead White World. I'd like it, but I'm not sure I would ever actually get to run anything; there is a derth of gamers I know who are both local and interested.

I wish gaming books were something you could get at the library; it seems like a waste to buy one and then not do anything with it. They're not like most books; they're not just for reading. More like recipe collections or knitting books. Buying them and not doing anything with them is sad, and rather cluttered.
green_dreams: Teddy bear wielding wooden sword to fight off terrible monster. (idealistic teddy bear)
It's February again, so a tiny Canadian micropress is gearing up for another year of extravagantly doing things like "buying cover art" and "paying authors" and "distributing free stories". So if you'd be interested in their books, or the latest or second-latest issue of their magazine[1], it'd be a good time to pick one up. (I am torn on which one to suggest, but I think I would say Historical Lovecraft if you had to pick just one.)

Also, if you happen to, er, own all their books and all the ebook copies of their magazine, you can just donate. There's a link on the main page and donating enters you into a draw for a prize.

On the strength of the magazine alone, which has been running for three years now and which makes me squeak happily and go buy a copy even though all the stories are free, I figured I'd skip a couple of fluffy coffees and send the money their way. They're worth it.
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[1] Available in formats for browsers, Kindles, Nooks, Apple iPad/iBooks, Sony Readers, Palm readers, and any word processing program at all ever for 99 cents (total, not each).
green_dreams: (spooky cats)
I got out early today, which was nice. They're asking if I can come in next week, and stay late tomorrow, and we'll see how all that plays out. But for tonight... nice.

Also! I got home to find that Future Lovecraft had made it to my mailbox, with a bookmark and a little holiday card.

I'm going to try to get in early tomorrow, and stay late if I need to. Tonight, I'm going to the SnB potluck, and I understand there are zombies to deal with in Papua New Guinea. (I may be fuzzy on the details.)
green_dreams: (miss you madly)
This Saturday, in Toronto, there is going to be a release party for Future Lovecraft. I was really hoping to go--I like Innsmouth Free Press, I like trips, I like anthologies and the Mythos, I highly approve of the Merril Collection, and three of the book authors were going to be there.

Sadly, between the cost of travel and the small fact that I've spent the last two mornings coughing up muck, I don't think I'm gonna make it. :(

That said, since I do have one more book that I am letting myself buy this year, I think it will be Future Lovecraft. It's still on pre-sale, and hey, it'll be here in time for Christmas. It's got a Nick Mamatas story, and one by Molly Tanzer--she wrote the Ivybridge Twins story from Historical Lovecraft, which is quite seriously awesome--and between the table of contents and the sample story I am quite looking forward to it.

Meantime... well. It's almost December, and I'm halfway to getting paid for the week, and I'm tired. Sleep is the way, and hopefully I won't wake myself up coughing.

Of books.

Nov. 16th, 2011 06:33 pm
green_dreams: Greyscale silhouette of a black cat with grey eyes (boo-cat)
I have the impression that some of you reading this might be the sort who enjoy genre fiction. (Can't imagine what I based *that* idea on.)

Therefore, I bring to your attention two details regarding works by Innsmouth Free Press.

First, that in December in Toronto their Future Lovecraft anthology will be having a release party. ...migod, I might actually make it to that.

Second, that next year they will be putting together an anthology of the micotic, and they would like help compiling a list of stories/movies/novels/shows on that theme. I suggest checking the list they already have first--I very nearly embarrassed myself by duplicating the "Grey Matter" entry--and then going on to submit your suggestions here.

Now, can anyone tell me the name of that short story from one of the Hot Blood anthologies that involved a mycologist in the Amazon discovering an incredibly virulent fungus that grew on mammals, and infecting his faithless fiancée back home by breathing on his letters to her? I think her name was something like Carla, and it ended with a couple of campus police breaking down the door to find a mass of red shelf-like fungus in a white string bikini with a shock of yellow hair at one end... Not one of the greatest, I know, but it's stuck in my mind.

Exhausted.

Nov. 10th, 2011 12:56 am
green_dreams: (Spider Jerusalem suicide)
In the name of not being utterly out of it, or something...

* surgery on relative seems to have gone well, yay.
* work. So tired.
* Canada's Penitentiary Museum in Kingston got my name right. Three times. They are awesome. I have a little laminated card.
* a collection of stories about the Ivybridge family is coming out next year. For those of you who don't know them, may I recommend the Historical Lovecraft anthology?
* oh lord, I still need to turn over the laundry.
green_dreams: A woman from behind, with an octopus splayed over her butt. (sucker butt)
There are a couple of short stories I've read. They involve (never as the narrator, but always prominently) a lawyer nicknamed Pinkie. He lives in Arizona or New Mexico or someplace similarly arid. Big guy, bald, dry skin, lovely voice.

Strong implications are that he's a Deep-One-to-be who broke with his family; the protagonist of one of the stories is a human lawyer, and the protagonist of the other is a Hound of Tindalos in human form.

Anyone know the stories, or the author?
green_dreams: (we're all mad here)
...I found it, I found it, I green-and-yellow found it.

There's a poem I read once in an old SFF anthology, years ago--at least a dozen--and I could never find it again, and wished I could. Posted about it here a couple of times (and am kinda proud to say that my quote from memory of the second stanza was off by one word, yay).

I found it today.
Cordelia's Song

The moon shines whitely; I shall take
My silk umbrella, lest the moon
Too warmly fall upon the lake
And cause my bridal flowers to swoon.

The sparrow’s sorrow is in vain,
And so does he his bridge forget.
I wed the long grass and the rain,
And seven sailors dripping wet.

And shall not you and shall not I
Keep tryst beside this silent stream,
Who thought that we should rather die
Than wed the peacock’s amber dream?

The moon shines whitely; I shall take
My silk umbrella, lest the moon
Too coldly fall upon the lake
And chill my bridal flowers too soon.

    - Vincent Starrett, published in 1938
It's from The King in Yellow, too, which I smiled to see. For which there is a wikia. I am well-pleased.
green_dreams: Greyscale silhouette of a black cat with grey eyes (boo-cat)
So I ended up getting my hands on a copy of De Profundis a while ago. Wasn't really sure what to expect, but the bit about being good for people with minimal time appealed.

It's basically a guidebook for writing in-character documents in a Lovecraft horror setting, how to organize people to play that kind of... I'm not sure I'd even call it a game. Collaborative story-telling with integrated prop-making, maybe. Still working through it; they've got a couple of suggestions for how to set up a group (e.g.; people who signed a pact with the devil several years ago at a party and are now realizing that they really signed a pact with the devil and would like to break it), and suggested random events or useful items that you can weave into the background for your various characters.

I'm not sure how to balance the interaction as more than one-on-one. I have been rather spoilt by the facility of adding names to the "To:" field, not to mention the "Cc:" and "Bcc:" options, but you could try simply writing to more than one person. Not hard, just unusual.

And, of course, I am getting my interest in this sparked while we are having rolling postal strikes. Can't win for losing, I guess.

'd anyone be interested?
green_dreams: (Abney Park veen)
Io9 (io9? Not sure how strict the lower-case thing is) has an article on Aly Fell's pinup art, and a link to his gallery. And while poking around for things vaguely similar to the Sam Gunn[1] picture, I also found Lovecraft is Missing, which I am actually really enjoying.[2]

Also I wandered by the MMA store, and am currently reminding myself I cannot justify the Tiffany grapevine silk scarf. And they have the neatest pencil/table sculpture, too. And notecards. Because of course the one thing I need in my life is more notecards.

I mean, come on, I haven't even bought yarn yet this year. Fiscal virtue must be maintained.

SnB was fun last night, and I think I actually figured out how I want to handle the decreases in the hat I'm working on so that I can keep the spiral effect. I was mugged by a skein of Peter Rabbit from Fleece Artist[3], this lovely fluffy 90% angora/10% nylon blend, but managed to escape unscathed. I fear returning to the store, though. It lurks in wait, and I don't know if it will sate itself upon someone else before I return.

...bit silly today, it seems. Oh well, it's a distraction from tidying up.
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[1] You know, it just occurred to me that the titular protagonist might be the alien, rather than the human. I like the idea of it being the human, though.
[2] "As an ordained priest of the Holy Roman Catholic Church... here's mud in yer eye!" Also, showmanship.
[3] Dear yarn companies: love your stuff, but maybe you could set it up so it's possible to link directly to a specific base on your sites? Handmaiden does the great-long-scrolly thing of images as well, and it's mad annoying when I'm trying to show other people stuff.
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