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.
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!
It’s time to share this one. I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities stipend for the summer institute “Teaching Beowulf in the Context of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature” that begins in one month. Great to be back at the WMU Medieval Institute Alumni and Friends again.
This four-week institute, under the Medieval Institute director Jana Schulman, together with guest lecturers in the fields of medieval archaeology, folklore and oral tradition, “Beowulf,” Old Norse-Icelandic literature, and Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon religions, will engage 25 summer scholars with more detailed background information about the culture, religions and history of Anglo-Saxon England and medieval Iceland. These noted scholars (including J. D. Fulk) will provide us with a greater and synergetic awareness of and appreciation for the literature of Anglo-Saxon England and medieval Iceland.
The institute is the first NEH Summer Institute to be held in Kalamazoo since Dr. Paul Szarmach, former director of the Medieval Institute, directed one in 1999 on Anglo-Saxon England.
On Thursday, May 12th, I’ll be presenting my paper on Beowulf for Tolkien at Kalamazoo at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies (K’zoo) Session #58. A long delve into stacks of research for my short 15 minutes but worth every read. Still tempted to word-tweak every sentence, but I’m ready as I’ll ever be at this point. Here’s the stack (and 8 months labor).