Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2012 16:00 Written by Robert M. Price Friday, 21 October 2011 16:27
I don’t go to theatre except for horror, Star Trek, and superhero movies. Sometimes I write reviews or review essays on them. You might think I am reading way too much into these flicks. See what you think. This time out I am exhuming a couple of reviews. Eli Roth’s Hostel has much more to it than meets the eye, as you will see, at least in my tortured psyche. My review appeared a few years ago in my newsletter/monthly essay on line, Zarathustra Speaks (subscribe for free at robertmprice.mindvendor.com). My review of The Whole Wide World appeared in Crypt of Cthulhu #93 (Lammas 1996), then in The Cimmerian 14 (October, 2004). I thought it might be worth another look now that a new film version of Conan is current.
And who doesn’t love Godzillla movies (whether or not they will admit it)? I prevailed upon Stephen Mark Rainey to allow me to reprint an article on them he ran in his pre-Deathrealm zine Japanese Giants. Mark, in case you didn’t know, is a polymath: a graphic artist, a musician, and a truly gifted writer of horror fiction. He and that other Marc (Cerasini) happen to be the world’s greatest authorities on Gojira and Toho Studios films.
LORE Chats with Barry Longyear
Last Updated on Saturday, 24 September 2011 19:43 Written by David A. Hill Friday, 23 September 2011 01:37
Barry B. Longyear is the first writer to win the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Award all in the same year. In addition to his acclaimed Enemy Mine Series, his works include the Circus World and Infinity Hold series, Sea of Glass, other SF & fantasy novels, recovery and writing instruction works, and numerous short stories.
In your seminar, The Write Stuff, we get to find out why you started writing. Can you identify the point where you truly felt that you conquered those goals? The point at which you felt you "had arrived?"
There have been several times when I felt I had arrived: When I sold my first story to George Scithers at Asimov's in 1978, when I became the first writer to win the Nebula, Hugo, and John W. Campbell Awards in the same year, when I first saw books of mine on the shelves at a local bookstore, and just about every time someone writes in to tell me what something I've written has meant to them. Then there are all the times when I beat myself up as a failure, not making the big bucks, not getting the book sales and placements I think I deserve, and so on. This is the kind of stuff that can give you a heart attack. I finally had to settle on writing as the goal because writing is what I love doing, whether it sells or not, and that no one really "arrives" until they drop you in that box and throw dirt on you. As it has been said many times before, "The joy is in the journey."
Robert M. Price's MOLDY MANUSCRIPTS vol. 02
Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2012 16:04 Written by Robert M. Price Friday, 02 September 2011 01:32
“Poe, You Are Avenged!”
I happen to have no interest whatever in sports (not that a Lovecraftian can’t be a football fan – look at that gridiron addict S.T. Joshi!), but I confess I do have a soft spot for the Baltimore Ravens. If they name themselves after Poe’s creation, they can’t be all bad. And speaking of Edgar Allan Poe and his creations, they’re the permeating theme for this month’s Moldy Manuscripts. We open with one of Donald M. Burleson’s classic deconstructions, “Acrostic,” which examines Lovecraft’s poem about Poe, “In a Sequester'd Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk'd.” This piece appeared originally in Crypt of Cthulhu #85, Hallowmass 1993. I’m willing to bet you won’t have seen it. Heck, most of you probably weren’t even born then!
Then there’s my own "Cormanghast: The Poe Films of Roger Corman" from Parts # 14 (November 1997). I had written it originally for the fine magazine Scarlet Street. You see, they asked me to write a feature on Roger Corman’s Poe adaptations for an issue in which Corman himself was being interviewed. The trouble was, I wrote what I thought. I watched or rewatched all the relevant flicks and found I had to level some pretty damning criticisms if I wanted to maintain any integrity at all. Needless to say, they turned down the article for fear of Corman reading it. Eventually I patched things up with them, but I wound up using the article in the revived Parts once founder Friday Jones allowed me to add the mag to the Cryptic Publications stable.
The third article this time is another from my prolix pen: "Lovecraft and 'Ligeia'" from Lovecraft Studies # 31 (Fall 1994). I was amazed when I reread this story after many years (in fact while I was researching the Corman piece) at how extensive an influence it had exerted upon Lovecraft’s imagination, as you will shortly see!
One of my favorite little jokes by Lin Carter occurred in one of his Hautley Quicksilver novellas, set in the far future. Hautley boasts of his erudition by informing us that the ancient noun “poetry” was derived from the name of Edgar Allan Poe. Of course it wasn’t, having been borrowed instead from the Greek poeisis, a work, as in a literary work. But that’s not to say plenty of literary works haven’t been derived from Poe! Here are three.
Robert M. Price
Hour of the Disquieting Chuckling from within the Tomb,
July 29, 2011
The 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards
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Jeffrey Thomas Reviews William Peter Blatty's "Dimiter"
Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2011 22:44 Written by Jeffrey Thomas Friday, 15 July 2011 15:56
-- From Dimiter.
It might seem unlikely that a person like myself, so openly critical of religion in my own writing, should have as his favorite horror novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, or that the explicitly Catholic Blatty should be a favorite author. Yes, as a teen I would pray repeatedly throughout the day, but I now consider that more of an obsessive compulsive neurosis -- though one might argue that much religious behavior is neurotic. And yet even to an agnostic like myself, Blatty’s major novels -- The Exorcist, its pseudo-sequel Legion, The Ninth Configuration, and most recently Dimiter -- are profoundly moving and thought-provoking meditations on the human quest for meaning both personal and cosmic, and faith in the power of good.
Robert M. Price's MOLDY MANUSCRIPTS vol. 01
Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2012 16:08 Written by Robert M. Price Tuesday, 05 July 2011 19:05
Welcome to a brand new feature,
probably as close as we’re ever going to come to reviving my old
mag Crypt of Cthulhu. In this barnacle clinging to the
electronic hull of LORE, I want to round up various articles I’m
willing to bet few of today’s Cthulhu Mythos buffs have seen
before. Some will be articles from 80s and 90s issues of Crypt
which I’m sure will be new to the huge new generation of Lovecraft
fans. Others appeared more recently but in specialized venues that
probably escaped most readers’ notice. This time I want to offer a
handful of my own brief pieces written for The Daily Lurker,
the newspaper-format convention program of the H.P. Lovecraft Film
FOCUS ON THE FANTASTIC: LORE Artist of the Month M. Wayne Miller
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2011 17:09 Written by Sean O'Leary Sunday, 03 July 2011 00:32
Artist M. Wayne Miller has been guarding the LORE tomb for these past few months (see his wonderful illustration included at the bottom of our salutatory statement, "Who Goes There?") so we thought, who better to inaugurate our "Artist of the Month" feature? So, in his own words, here's LORE's Mr. July:
THE 2011 NEBULA AWARDS: Michael Swanwick
Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2011 03:33 Written by Sean O'Leary Thursday, 30 June 2011 00:00
The 2011 Nebula Awards banquet was held on Saturday evening, May 21st at the massive Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. The Nebula Award is one of Science Fiction's "big two" awards (along with the venerable Hugo). Awarded since 1965 by The SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America), the Nebulas showed an impressive ballot this year and writer Michael Swanwick served as this year's toastmaster, providing the requisite dignity, class, and humor for the evening's events. A Nebula Award winner himself, for his 1991 novel Stations of the Tide, Mr. Swanwick said he was nervous about hosting, for who can hope to follow Isaac Asimov, even 46 years later, but we think he did a splendid job. We had a chance to talk to Mr. Swanwick just after the ceremony, which we present here with some clips from the Nebula Awards ceremony. 2011 Nebula Award winners listed below.
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WHO GOES THERE?
LORE began in 1995 as an approximately 70-page, saddle-stitched, digest-sized labor of love. It ran for nine issues until 2000. Throughout those five years, we printed some outstanding work by writers and artists we had admired for years and ones we would come to know and regard as friends. We gathered many cherished memories, accepted two awards for our efforts: The Deathrealm Award and the Dragon's Breath Award, and were thrilled to be featured on The Sci-Fi Channel's Sci-Fi Buzz! Many of the works we published received Honorable Mentions in Datlow & Windling’s The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, and some of the work we published even went on to win awards such as The Bram Stoker Award and The World Fantasy Award. LORE surpassed our wildest dreams!
But we were younger then, and the unpredictability of real life at the time and demands of emerging careers eventually forced closed the vault doors in 2000.
Fast forward to January 2011 in Tempe, Arizona at MythosCon, a celebration of the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft, where something was stirred to life. Through the hazy weekend merriment with some old comrades like Dan Clore, Robert M. Price, Michael Cisco, and Peter Cannon, we got the idea to take a prybar to those vault doors and let some fresh air in (and the old spirits out). LORE would return!
The intervening five months have been a flurry of activity: meetings, conference calls, tracking down old friends. And, finally, we are able to start setting down the next chapter in LORE’s history.
This site is the culmination of our shared love for imaginative fiction, in its many guises. It is also a work in progress. Through the coming days and weeks, we will present compelling content here, and continue to refine the components we’ve set into motion. Our ultimate aim, of course, is to publish outstanding fiction, and more will be announced to this end soon.
We hope you will join us and be a part of our continuing journey.
LORE 2.0 is GO!
Rod Heather and Sean O'Leary
July 1, 2011
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