March Vladness is on – Round One

So the Tournament of Goth has started as of March 1st.  Voting takes place in brackets, daily, with 24 hours to vote.  Today my essay on BauhausBela Lugosi’s Dead” is up against Switchblade Symphony’s “Clown.”  You can read both essays below but I hope for your vote — Bela is counting on you.  Open until 9am on 3/7:



Post Polar Vortex

First time I’ve ever had to deal with a solid week of classes cancelled at every institution of higher learning I teach at. Fortunately I was able to use to time to finish and submit my essay of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” for March Vladness which will be upon us soon (starting March 1st). I never ask for anything on social media, not even a like or a share, but in March I will be asking to get out the vote for Bauhaus. You can get all the details at the March Vladness website including a download of the tournament of Goth sheet where you can place all your picks and perhaps win as well. So many great bands. It will be an interesting month.

With regret we lost that last of our two cat brothers, Leo (King Leonidas) since my last update so it has put a somber pall on February. Also a quick remembrance to the recent of passing of actor Dick Miller — among many roles he was the coolest bookstore owner ever.


PS… Realms of Fantasy SIII is on it’s way to completion, new release date is the Ides of March, and hopefully will receive word soon about a poem for Spectral Realms #11. Will also be rolling dice the first time since December in the ongoing Mythopoeia Games Publication’s Realms of Fantasy meets Rappan Athuk podcast game for We Hate Bards this weekend.


January Blizzardness

Everything has been shut down since Monday (yesterday) and will be until Thursday.  State of emergency here in Michigan with -30 wind chill tomorrow.  Great atmosphere for a game of The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31…

I can confirm from that my article “A Look Behind The Challenge from Beyond” will be in Dead Reckonings #24 Spring 2019 from Hippocampus Press. Major change on the The 21st Century Teaching Guide to Beowulf.  The publisher will be De Gruyter Press, contracts signed.  Late Spring/early Summer release.  I have written Chapter 10: “Heroism & Beowulf.”  In the midst of this blizzard sequester I will be finishing my essay for March Vladness (the line up is attached – competition begins March 1st) then moving to finish Perils & Prowess for Mythopoeia Games Publications.

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First convention of the year already — will be at the Byron Center Comic Con on Saturday Feb 2nd with We Hate Bards autographing Realms of Fantasy RPG sourcebooks plus selling some classic out-of-print Vampire the Masquerade from White Wolf and Warhammer 2nd Edition books (from the now defunct Black Industries) which are likely to go quick.

Some real cool news — Centipede Press is going to re-release Studies in the Horror Film: Salem’s Lot for the 40th anniversary.

On to February!

2019 – The Year of Blade Runner

Many of you might know that already, still it has been a date in mind since the film’s release in 1982 and we are perhaps closer to that world than we were then.  Anyway that is not what this post is about but it does make for a good attention grabber.

Summation of publications for 2018 were two: Spectral Realms No. 9 and Lovecraft Annual 2018 from Hippocampus Press – although I was hoping to add Dead Reckonings 24 as well (more on that below).  Outright one of the highlights was designing Genre Studies: Weird Fiction (with critical input from S. T. Joshi) for KCAD which I will be teaching this semester.  A great prelude for StokerCon which will follow right after in May.  Lastly I was selected to write an essay for March Vladness 2019 and in a surprising assignment by lottery, I was given the celebrated classic, Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus.  Essay will be posted in Feb 2019 for voting and I’ll be asking for support once that happens.

2019 will see an article for Dead Reckonings 25 (April 2019) and a chapter in Teaching Beowulf in the 21st Century (May 2019) from MIP.  There many other works happening in fiction, poetry, theatre and screenwriting, including the long delayed Realms of Fantasy SIII: Perils & Prowess for Mythopoeia Games Publications.


Lastly, a resolution will be having this blog updated twice a month and sharing many more Writers Wanted posts.

Enjoy 2019.

Unveiled at last!  Spectral Realms No. 9 which includes my poem “Cat Girl Cantata” and the poetry of the best Weird poets of our time (John Shirely, Ashley Dioses, Christine Sng, Darrell Schweitzer, Adam Bolivar, K. A. Opperman, Leigh Blackmoore, Ann. K Schwader, and more) is now available from Hippocampus Press.  $10 and free shipping with wonder and awe wrap-around cover art by Dan Sauer.




Finally able to announce the extraordinary Hippocampus Press has published Lovecraft Annual No. 12 which contains my essay “2001: A Lovecraft Odyssey” as well as the work of a dozen luminaries in the field (Robert Waugh, David E Schultz, S. T. Joshi, Kenneth W. Faig Jr., Darrell Schweitzer, and others).  Orders include free shipping with the U.S.A.

Lovecraft Annual No. 12

Lovecraft’s influence in Science-Fiction is often overlooked, and rarely do we discuss Lovecraft’s influence beyond the grave on visual story-telling and my work aims to examine the cosmic grandeur of Lovecraft and Kubrick’s film just in time for the 2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Screenings.  I’ve seen the IMAX screening and it is worth every single dollar.

Also, how cool is this — Necronomicon Press is back!

Remember September.


August Insect Symphony

That’s what fills the air of August nights, right? At least here. Busy month, in part by medical necessities for family. In part also, as it’s time for prepping Fall semester.

Word has come down officially that I received news late last week that a contract has been drafted for A 21st Century Guide to Teaching Beowulf with MIP. We have a date too. By December 31, a production ready copy of the book will be turned into the press. Now the pressure is on for myself and the other contributors with editorial requests that will be coming soon.

Was hoping to share both a publication announcement for Lovecraft Annual 2018 (usually released on this special day — see below) and Spectral Realms No. 9 from Hippocampus Press that will feature my work. So, there may be more posts ahead once I receive word on those forthcoming issues. In the meantime I can’t praise enough some recent acquisitions from the publisher: What is Anything, A life in Lovecraft by S. T. Joshi and Dead Reckonings No. 23 (with Ramsey’s Rant alone makes these very valuable, but there are also standout essays on Clark Ashton Smith by Scott Connors, Gary Myer’s House Of The Worm by Nicholas Diak, and “The Theory and Practice of Satirical Criticism” by S. T. Joshi) .


Spent a great weekend also at the Blackrock Medieval Festival. The size of the participants was down from prior years but still another great authentic medieval gathering with Her Majesty’s Royal Guard topping the show.

The Mystic Poet William Blake finally received a headstone for his grave:

We Hate Bards has been running a thrilling adventure called The Lost Island by Cristopher Charles Frank using my Realms of Fantasy RPG at The Gamer’s Wharf. These sessions will continue until the end of 2018.

That’s all folks.

Last words: Happy Birthday H. P. Lovecraft!