LORE vol. 2, no. 4
NINE INCREDIBLE NEW TALES!
"The Devil in Rutledge County" Tory Hoke
"The Saturday Dance" Ted Mendelssohn
"Licking the Honeypot" Steven Mathes
"Haven" S.D. Kreuz
"Beneath the Loveliest Tints of Azure" Jeff Samson
"Robot Time Machines and the Fear of Being Alone"
Rebecca M. Latimer
"Fimbulwinter" J.J. Irwin
"On the Making of a Dead Man's Hand"
George R. Galuschak
"Ghost" Bear Weiter
cover artwork by Axel Torvenius
- 130 pages -
LORE vol. 2, no. 3
TWELVE FANTASTIC NEW TALES!
"The Accelerati" Gareth D. Jones
"This is The Job" Darrel Duckworth
"Limbs and Other Lullabies" Mary J. Daley
"Driving East" Stephen Case
"A Star That Moves" Gray Rinehart
"Homo Arachnida" Michael Kamp
"Trials of the Dead King" Eric Rosenfield
"And He Cried, 'No Hiding Place!'" Jeremy Harper
"The Goblin and the Pelican" Tim W. Burke
"Seven Wooden Toys" Kali Wallace
"Skin Tag" Jacob A. Boyd
"Doodles" Don Webb
cover artwork by Brynn Metheney
- 176 pages -
DREAMLAND: T.E. Grau Interviews Thomas Ligotti
Last Updated on Friday, 21 June 2013 20:52 Written by T.E. Grau
Thomas Ligotti is simply one of the most masterful American writers alive today.Most would consider him an author of horror stories, but his work is unlike anything else being written in any genre. He has been favorably compared to both Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, yet Ligotti's fiction, far from being merely derivative of any one writer, has a distinctiveness that is singular both in its voice and its quality. His latest collection, The Nightmare Factory, won both the 1997 Bram Stoker Award and the 1997 British Fantasy Award for best anthology/collection of the year; The Red Tower also won a Bram Stoker Award for best novella of the year. Ligotti's latest novella, My Work Is Not Yet Done, won both the International Horror Guild and Bram Stoker Awards (May and June '03 respectively).
(from Thomas Ligotti Online)
LORE: I know you are a great admirer of the classic writers of supernatural and fantastical fiction, such as Poe, Lovecraft, Blackwood, Machen, and others. Did the newly arrived authors of the '70s and '80s like King, Barker, Campbell, and T.E.D. Klein influence and/or inspire you to give horror writing a go, or did you always imagine you’d pursue writing?
T.L.: Campbell and Klein were inspirational to me because as short story and novella writers they set a standard for horror fiction that I found worth aspiring to.
LORE: As a writer of dark fiction, where a bleak outlook – and, indeed, outcome – aids in the effective expression of a horror story, do you think your real experiences with anhedonia have helped your fictional stories? Similarly, do you think a pessimistic worldview gives an individual a bit of an edge when writing dark literature?
TO GRAB AT THE STARS: LORE Chats with R. A. Salvatore
Written by Rod Heather Monday, 04 March 2013 16:53
R. A. Salvatore is best known for The DemonWars Saga, his Forgotten Realms novels, in which he created the popular character Drizzt Do'Urden, and Vector Prime, the first novel in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series. He has sold more than 15 million copies of his books in the USA alone and twenty-two of his titles have been New York Times best-sellers.
In the final book of the #4 New York Times best-selling Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt Do'Urden navigates a winding path littered with secrets and lies. Tangled up in his companion Dahlia’s dark secrets, the ties that once held her close to Drizzt threaten to tear as her bonds to his former foe, Artemis Entreri, continue to grow. Meanwhile, in the caverns of Gauntlgrym, the drow Tiago Baenre enlists the help of Bregan D'aerthe in his quest to destroy Drizzt. While making promises they may not keep, the agents of the elite drow mercenary group hide plans of their own. Determined to stand for what’s right in the Realms once again, Drizzt forges a new road north—toward Icewind Dale. Will his new companions follow? Can he fight the darkness alone? Either way, he knows now where he’s headed—back to the only place that’s ever felt like home.
CALL-ME-CARLOS: A CHAT WITH ARTIST, JUDGE DREDD CO-CREATOR, AND MEGA-CITIZEN CARLOS EZQUERRA
Written by David A. Hill Monday, 07 January 2013 19:36
Carlos Ezquerra is a legendary comics artist, perhaps best known for his work with 2000 AD, DC, and for his involvement in creating the Judge Dredd character. He currently resides in Andorra, a European microstate in the Pyrenees.
LORE: Let's get this out of the way: the Dredd movie. What did you think?
CE: I saw the film in London and it was a pleasant surprise! It captures the essence of the real Dredd, plus it is a return to the earlier one before it was on steroids, and Karl Urban does it perfectly!
LORE: The sheer volume and diversity of your work is amazing. Is there a character/story or writer you've not worked with that might be on your "short list" for future projects?
CE: There are several of them I'd love to work with, but never had the opportunity. Perhaps in the future...
LORE: Could you give us any names or hints? Are you in a position to request or suggest collaborations?
LORE vol. 2, no. 2
TWELVE INCREDIBLE NEW TALES!
"Enshrined" Bridget Coila
"Finny Moon" Keith P.Graham
"Congregate" Steve Rasnic Tem
"One in a Billion" Colin Heintze
"Asylum" Stephen Mark Rainey
"The House of Dreams" Nyki Blatchley
"Electric Souls on a Starless Planet" J.P. Boyd
"Lost in Darkness" Jeremy Harper
"Melbourn's Storm" Nickolas Furr
"Can Spring Be Far Behind?" Jeff Samson
"Tumor is the Night" Corey Mariani
"Nzambe" Denise Dumars
cover artwork by Christopher Allen
- 167 pages -
LORE vol. 2, no. 1
LORE is back with its first collection of new horror, science fiction, and fantasy tales in over a decade!
"Fairy Gold" by Peadar Ó Guilín
"Picking Roses For Chateelet" by Garrett Ashley
"Wait" by Kevin Wallis
"Splash" by Don Webb, Richard Lupoff, Scott Cupp,
Michael Kurland, Michael Mallory, Paul Di Filippo,
and Jim Kelly
"Toll and Trouble" by David A. Hill
"Lonely, Lonely" by Daniel P. Swenson
"She Wanted to Go Into the Trees" by Patricia Russo
"The Spacetime Subway Station" by Clinton Lawrence
"The Deposition of Leodiel Fand" by Brian McNaughton
cover artwork by Richard Corben
- 172 pages -
LORE: A Quaint and Curious Volume of Selected Stories
LORE magazine began as a small, saddle-stitched digest, cobbled together in a dim basement in Middletown, New Jersey, in 1995.
In its first year of production, LORE won The Deathrealm Award for Best Magazine and The Dragon's Breath Small Press Award for Best New Magazine.
Some of the works featured in LORE went on to win The Bram Stoker Award, The Deathrealm Award, The World Fantasy Award, and numerous Honorable Mentions in Datlow & Windling's Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.
Herein you will find a selection of the terrifying, thrilling, weird, and wonderful tales for which LORE became known, many of which have never been reprinted, including the Lovecraftian round-robin tale "The Challenge From Below" by Robert M. Price, Peter Cannon, Donald R. Burleson, and Brian McNaughton.
"Chatting With Anubis" by Harlan Ellison
"Vision" by Brian McNaughton
"The Game of Kings" by Tim Emswiler
"The Mandala" by Kendall Evans
"The Guide" by Richard Lee Byers
"Rat Familiar" by Patricia Russo
"Empathy" by Jeffrey Thomas
"The Vehicle" by Brian Lumley
"Thanks" by Elizabeth Massie
"The Galvanic" by James S. Dorr
"Sheets" by Donald R. Burleson
"Water and the Spirit" by Brian McNaughton
"The Unknown Elixir" by Dan Clore
"Rile Fouts and Dead Jake Sorrel" by Lawrence Barker
"The Challenge From Below" by Robert. M Price, Peter Cannon, Donald R. Burleson, and Brian McNaughton
cover artwork by M. Wayne Miller
- 200 pages -
LORE Interview on Black Gate
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 19:45 Written by LORE Thursday, 03 May 2012 19:15
In conjunction with the exciting release of our first all-new issue, John Fultz recently interviewed Rod Heather for Black Gate about LORE 2.1, LORE's history, resurrection, and future. Check it out HERE!
Last Updated on Monday, 02 April 2012 15:37 Written by Robert M. Price Monday, 05 December 2011 03:04
Jacques Derrida, father of Deconstruction, aptly said that people either love or hate Deconstruction. Once I was teaching a class on Postmodernism and Deconstruction, and one fellow, a retired professor if I recall correctly, was so outraged and incensed by what I was saying that he just could not control himself! He continually interrupted me to sound off about how outrageous Deconstruction’s methods and claims were! I had to ask him to be patient and hear me out. What I was really asking him was to try to be teachable, to stop defending himself against an idea that struck him as counter-intuitive. Give it a chance, try to understand it as its advocates do. If you still disagree, then you will at least be in a position to level an informed critique.
Now I am asking you to do me the same favor. Many readers have found Donald R. Burleson’s and my Deconstructive analyses to be unpalatable. Initially I reacted the same way to Don’s. But eventually I began to realize there had to be a method in this seeming madness. Burleson was no dummy! He must see something in it, so I started reading up on the subject—and I got converted! In what follows, please try to be open-minded.
Don’s “Identity and Alterity in Henry James's ‘The Jolly Corner’” first appeared in Studies in Weird Fiction #8 (February 1990). His “Arthur Machen's ‘N’ as Allegory of Reading” first appeared in Studies in Weird Fiction #7 (Spring 1990). My own “The Criticism of Azathoth” appeared (where else?) in Crypt of Cthulhu # 80 (Eastertide 1992).
Jeffrey Thomas Reviews Joseph S. Pulver Sr.'s "The Orphan Palace"
Last Updated on Monday, 02 April 2012 15:37 Written by Jeffrey Thomas Thursday, 17 November 2011 02:19
"Killing. Running. You can’t get away from you. You can cry, but when you’re done you’re still you." -- From The Orphan Palace.
We know him only as Cardigan (this name no doubt taken from the novel CARDIGAN by Robert W. Chambers, a literary hero of Pulver's). Cardigan is on a road trip across the country. Like a shark he must keep swimming; to stop might be the end of him. And like a shark, he is liable to tear into those who cross his path. Is Cardigan a serial killer, or a dark avenger? For he has been wounded, has Cardigan. Long ago he escaped the orphanage called Zimms, where he was tortured by a mysterious Dr. Archer and his staff. And so Cardigan is on the road back to Zimms, to right past wrongs. Having once run away from Zimms, and now running toward it, has he only traced one great zero?
On the road, Cardigan weirdly seems to encounter the same hotel again and again, with one of a series of oddly identical pulp fiction books in his hotel room in place of a Bible, furthering the sense that he has only been running in a circle -- an Ouroboros swallowing its own tale. Running like a rat in a treadmill, really going nowhere…except deeper into his own madness.
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