An Objective Take (or Three or Four) on “The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom”

Ozman Droom - cover imageFor those who might appreciate an early and objective opinion on The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom (I certainly did), here’s a link to a review in Publishers Weekly.

Other impressions have begun to appear hither and yon, most notably on Goodreads, for which I am equally grateful.

Ordinarily, for the sake of my creative process, I avoid paying undue attention to reviews, but bringing this particular book back from the underworld was such a strange and troublous task that I’m delighted to find it resonating with at least an honest few.

In a life crammed to bursting with things that must be done, choosing which books are worthy of your time is a matter of no small importance. So whether my sharing of these early views leads you to or from The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom, I will have done a good deed for the day, and will sleep all the better tonight.

Thanks for reading, friends.

Ä’Zma’n-d’Rüm!

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“The Xenambulist: A Fable in Four Acts”

Grimscribe's PuppetsMy latest tale (see title above) can be found within the pages of The Grimscribe’s Puppets, the Thomas Ligotti tribute anthology edited by the inimitable Joseph S. Pulver Sr.

Additional grim scribbles are provided by the following marionettes, no (visible) strings attached: Robert M. Price, Michael Cisco, Darrell Schweitzer, Gemma Files, Jeffrey Thomas, Livia Llewellyn, John Langan, Daniel Mills, Kaaron Warren, Joel Lane, Nicole Cushing, Cody Goodfellow, Michael Griffin, Scott Nicolay, Michael Kelly, Eddie M. Angerhuber, Jon Padgett, Richard Gavin, Simon Strantzas, Paul Tremblay, and Allyson Bird.

The Grimscribe’s Puppets is available from the publisher, Miskatonic River Press, as well as from the following on-line venders: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Book Depository.

Thanks for reading, friends.

Ä’Zma’n-d’Rüm!

To Every “Thing” a Season

“There’s this book,” he said, “called A Season in Carcosa. It just got here. By ‘here’ I mean this place that most folks call the world. Where it came from, I couldn’t tell you. Some say from the shores of Lake Hali, others from the cloudy depths of dim and forgotten Demhe. Anyway, this book, it’s got a bunch of writin’ in it—stories and a poem or two—that’ll change the shape of your soul. If you believe in that kind of thing. Souls and change, I mean. And even if you don’t, it don’t really matter, ’cause it’ll do what it does just the same. ‘Cause that’s the way it is, this book. If you know what I mean. And even if you don’t. If you know what I mean. Ad in-effin’-finitum.”

In addition to “Salvation in Yellow,” my Southern Gothic meditation on madness, the Bible, and “divine” intervention, this long-awaited anthology, edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr., boasts the following table of contents:

  • “My Voice is Dead” by Joel Lane
  • “Beyond the Banks of the River Seine” by Simon Strantzas
  • “Movie Night at Phil’s” by Don Webb
  • “MS Found in a Chicago Hotel Room” by Daniel Mills
  • “It sees me when I’m not looking” by Gary McMahon
  • “Finale, Act Two” by Ann K. Schwader
  • “Yellow Bird Strings” by Cate Gardner
  • “The Theatre & Its Double” by Edward Morris
  • “The Hymn of the Hyades” by Richard Gavin
  • “Slick Black Bones and Soft Black Stars” by Gemma Files
  • “Not Enough Hope” by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.
  • “Whose Hearts are Pure Gold” by Kristin Prevallet
  • “April Dawn” by Richard A. Lupoff
  • “King Wolf” by Anna Tambour
  • “The White-Face at Dawn” by Michael Kelly
  • “Wishing Well” by Cody Goodfellow
  • “Sweetums” by John Langan
  • “The King is Yellow” by Pearce Hansen
  • “DT” by Laird Barron
  • “Salvation in Yellow” by Robin Spriggs
  • “The Beat Hotel” by Allyson Bird

And for those who like a little extra teasing, here’s the book trailer by Brendan Petersen, with music by Lena Griffin.

A Season in Carcosa can be purchased from Amazon, or directly from Miskatonic River Press. I hope you’ll give it a try.

Thanks for reading, friends.

Ä’Zma’n-d’Rüm!

New Tales and a New Book in the Offing

Just a quick note to let readers know that I do indeed have new work on the way. Look for the following in the coming weeks and months:

  • “Swamp Dreams” in Phantasmagorium (Gorgon Press)
  • “Salvation in Yellow” in A Season in Carcosa (Miskatonic River Press)
  • “The Xenambulist: a Fable in Four Acts” in The Grimscribe’s Puppets (Miskatonic River Press)
  • “Desultory Scholia on the Dhol Chants”  in The Starry Wisdom Library (PS Publishing)

And slouching toward Bethlehem (ever so slowly), the aforementioned book itself . . .

  • The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom (Double Feature Press)

More details on each to follow. Thanks for reading, friends.

Ä’Zma’n-d’Rüm!