I’m happy to report that Rachel Kendall does an exceptional job of keeping her novel, Stranger Days, fresh, fun and riveting. Kendall doesn’t shy away from the usual intrigue and romance of Paris, but she does it so well, Stranger Days is a pleasure to read. The edgy plot, with its dose of psychological darkness, held my interest from beginning to end.
The following was written by the always interesting Tim Gilmore on his blog, Jax Psycho Geo.
But after what happened with Manson in His Own Words: The Shocking Confessions of “The Most Dangerous Man Alive,” I was too ashamed to go back.
Even years later, when I’d assumed enough time had passed, Ron would give me a deal on a stack of books for trade-in, standing behind the cash register, with his mussed white hair and thin steel-framed glasses, and he’d joke with Frank, “Uh oh, better look out, he’s doing it to us again.”
In the years in between, I missed the strange steep back staircase that ascended to the dark and cramped second floor, and I missed the incongruous juxtaposition of poetry and horror fiction up there in the dark. I remembered particular purchases, Rimbaud’s Illuminations and Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil on the poetry side, and the cheap 1970s Ballantine paperback of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Lurking Fear on the horror side.
Carter Kaplan has announced that, “Emanations: 2 + 2 = 5 is now in the final stages of production,” saying:
Here is a glimpse of the cover art by Ruud Antonius, taken from his painting The Fourth Plinth (oil on panel, 100 x 80 cm).
Mr. Antonius is a Dutch painter who lives in the United Kingdom. He has a large following in Europe where in the world of fine art surrealism enjoys greater support than it does in Britain and the United States. Please click HERE to visit Mr. Antonius’s web site.
Here is the tentative table of contents:
Meeting Dr. Malthusian
In the Spirit of Enterprise
Hey, Mr. Pressman
TESSA B. DICK
The Sword and the Tiger
J. P. Holmes, Junior
The First Time
I was Latching on the Moon
The Old Lady and the Sea
Good Deed Day
D. HARLAN WILSON
My Little Black Egg
Most Women do not Creep by Daylight
The Zia Motel
An Interview with Archibald Mansions
Doctor Waxwing’s Hotel of Rooms
MICHAEL G. CHIVERS
The Squalling Terror
Cold Echoes (part III)
HORACE JEFFERY HODGES
The Uncanny Story
Becoming the Buddhist Queen Elizabeth
Writing Un-writing: A Theory of Time
The always-interesting Mark Valentine writing about Patrick Carleton at Wormwoodiana:
In a contribution to a mailing of the ghost story correspondence society The Everlasting Club (new members welcome), the eminent anthologist and scholar of the field Richard Dalby revealed his researches into the little-known author of a single Jamesian tale, ‘Dr Horder’s Room’. This was Patrick Carleton, whose story of the malevolent spectre of a Cambridge Master of College was published in the anthology Thrills (Philip Allan, 1935). As Richard noted, Carleton had also written novels for Allan, and so that must have been how he came to be included in the collection. But who was Patrick Carleton?
Douglas A. Anderson maintains that this Werewolf anthology (left) contains no story by Guy Endore (right)