"Take this kiss upon the brow!And, in parting from you now,Thus much let me avow —You are not wrong, who deemThat my days have been a dream;Yet if hope has flown awayIn a night, or in a day,In a vision, or in none,Is it therefore the less gone? All that we see or seemIs but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roarOf a surf-tormented shore,And I hold within my handGrains of the golden sand —How few! yet how they creepThrough my fingers to the deep,While I weep — while I weep!O God! Can I not grasp Them with a tighter clasp?O God! can I not saveOne from the pitiless wave?Is all that we see or seemBut a dream within a dream?"
A Dream Within a Dream. By Edgar Allan Poe.
Many years ago I read this poem in the small cafe attached to an even smaller Barnes and Noble. Though the place was not the most ideal to be reading poetry, much less the poetry of such a master as Edgar Allan Poe, the piece did strike me at a time when its effects were strong and well received…
I wanted to make this post for writers, such as myself, who can become confused at what the names of certain parts and components that make up armor as a whole.
Hope this helps.
This drawing illustrates a fully mailed and plate armored knight atop a similarly armored stallion. While this type of armor wasn't as common as say a suit of chainmail, a vest of boiled leather and a metal helmet as most bannermen, mercenaries, yeomen and even most knights would generally wear; it is the most well known form of armor due to fantasy novels, films and video games.
This armor type, though essential for cavalrymen, lancers and knights or noblemen participating in tournaments that featured such sports as the mêlé or the famous joust; is not very useful in the field of combat. With the heavy plate metal around the shoulders, neck, groin, knees and elbows it would be very difficult for anyone to move about efficiently while wearing this. One would be able to hoist a lance as far as…
Congratulations Nick! Night Mind is one of my favorite Youtube channels and one of the few that I eagerly wait for each beautifully made video.
If you like horror or scary things in general you can't go wrong with ol' Nick Nocturne's great videos and deep, terrifying at times voice. I can't recommend it enough. I've literally loved every video this man has made.
Check him out.
Also don't forget to check his Tumbler often. You never know what you might find on there. And hey, why not ask the man a question while you're at it?
Happy Halloween everyone! Enjoy trick or treating and have a good time. If you're like me and don't trick or treat that much, then enjoy a few horror stories and some great horror movies. I suggest, Nosferatu (1922) a Dracula adaptation that is at times more horrifying than the book itself. If you like silent movies and are up for some odd nightmares, I definitely suggest this little gem.
It may come as no surprise to you that I love The Addams Family and you can imagine my excitement when I saw this little gem of a show called Adult Wednesday Addams created by and staring Samara Morgan. Do check it out, it's just lovely.
Ever since my humble appearance on the Inky Cave I've had two invitations to participate in writing contests, a few more people reading this little blog and at least one or two new subscribers. It's very interesting what just a little exposure can give you.
Unfortunately I've been forced to decline both offers, mostly on account of not having a bank account, a little because of the quality of my work, which isn't as good as it could be by a long shot. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be down on myself or anything like that it's just I don't think I'm good enough---yet---to be a part of any writing contest. I wish I were, but I'm not. Once I'm ready though I'll be submitting to a certain contest as much I can.
But, I have been writing as much I possibly can with the current sleeping schedule I have. Insomnia is a bitch for a workaholic. But, then again, so is depression. I've been writing at least 2.000 words…
Inspiration can come from anywhere, whether that be something your friend offhandedly mentions, or an article in the newspaper. The most powerful of any inspiration, I think, is that of dreams. It is a thing which everyone has experienced and everyone can relate to; something we all want to understand or at least try to.
It is that need to understand such an ephemeral and intangible thing as dreaming that has perhaps caused so many artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers to create things based on or inspired by their dreams.
It is also that sense of the unknown and unknowable that makes the idea of dreams a very interesting and useful setting for horror. For what is Cthulhu if not a nightmare creature? After all the strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the strongest fear is the fear of the unknown and again, what is more unknown than the realm of dreams?
While this theme of dreams (excuse the rhyme) is a popular and at times ever prese…
H. P. Lovecraft once said; “At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and
left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities
impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or
not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night.”
If that be the case Master Lovecraft then a writer I am, as I do most if not all my writing at night. Not usually because I choose to, no; more often than not I am forced to either by the limitations of my daytime responsibilities or my titular insomnia. Like as not it's the latter, which irritates and annoys me to no end. I just want to be normal and spend my days awake and coherent. Alas, that seems to never be. So this is how I shall remain. For now.
The most common question anyone asks when I tell them that I'm a writer is, always, "what kind of writer are you?" a vague and often annoying question that is usually given a vague, often annoying answer. Usually, "I have no idea." And then they just look at me.
Not very nice to be honest.
But I don't mind. What I do mind is having to categorize and choose out of the many things and styles which I write about that exemplifies what it is I do as a writer. In the words of Harlen Ellison. "I'm not a science fiction writer, I'm not a fantasy writer, I'm a writer writer. That's it." and, in the words of Stephen King. "People are going to call you what they call you." a very true statement in my opinion and one that I think people should pay more attention to.
That does beg the question: what is my genre?
What is it that I will be most recognized for? Will it be the many horror stories I write o…
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.
And this is the day after. a world where 99 percent of the population has been decimated by plague. Where the last survivors must trek across the broken world guided only by vague dreams of an old woman, and a dark man. Two sides of a coin no one wanted to flip. But flip they must if they mean to survive.
And that is the story of the book I'll be talking about today. Stephen King's The Stand.
Published by Doubleday in 1978 The Stand is, if I could sum it up, two things.
A: it is a powerful and emotional journey into a frighteningly plausible post-apocalyptic America with interesting and original characters and scenes to match that setting.
And B: a MAMMOTH of a book. Clocking in at well over a thousand pages this book is a beast to handle and takes some doing b…
It's 3:31 as of the time of writing and I can't sleep.
If you know me, you'd know that this isn't an uncommon condition of mine. In fact I spend most nights awake, at my keyboard writing or watching Dexter or Star Trek just to pass the time till I either pass out, or spend the rest of the day tired and angry---a state of mind I am not usually known for.
Insomnia is a condition that I've been fighting a loosing battle with most of my life. One of my earliest memories is of sitting up in my bed at night, staring out the window and wondering what might be out there. I started out that window what seemed like ages. Cold, unable to think or relax. And soon, the cool, terrifying darkness of the night was replaced by the warm, comforting light of day.
To wit I promptly collapsed, and apparently slept nearly all day.
Many of my favorite stories were either inspired by, or written under the influence of insomnia.
Stories like: Joy, Where Mi…
Once again I'm going to talk about writing, this time in a new and exciting location. I moved recently and haven't been able to write that much because I couldn't get my computer set up and running. But now I'm back and I'm going to get back into the inconsistent swing of things.
Well, that said, let's talk.
I've been thinking about writing recently. As well as reading and the correlation between the two. Most, if not all writers are avid, or, more often, fanatic readers. Most people who read books tend to write as well, same thing with visual art; not all, but a lot of people who enjoy art tend to draw or practice at least a casual bit of creation. Inspiration, if you like that word, helps and encourages all artists, no matter what the field they work in and I am no exception to this rule.
I was first "inspired" by a work of fiction when I was nine or so, wandering around my grandmother's rather larg…
Ah, mister Herbert, how I admire you. The maker of Dune, the mover of shifting sands on a melange rich planet where dwells the nomadic Fremen and their great god emperor Muad'dib, the kwisatz haderach, and the Maudi of legend.
If you can't tell, I love the Dune series, and Frank Herbert's work in general. He's very much like H.P. Lovecraft for me. A man whose work and life amazes me to no extent. the Dune series, if you've been living under a rock for most of your life, is one of the bestselling science-fiction series of all time. It's a very spiritually and environmentally concerned book series that's chalk full of intrigue, amazing characters, interesting and original ideas and a deep and enthralling world. The influence of his can be seen many other science-fiction series such as Star Wars, with the planet Tatooine,
the Fallout video game series, with it's drug known as Mentats---a direct reference to the human computers in the Dune u…
In my dreams, when the shadow of morn hunts at my heels before the break of dawn; there I see the Misty Towers. Gaunt and horrifying they stand amidst seas of blasphemous vapors that invade both body and soul. They stand at the precipice of fallen earth. Where, at some unknown point in time, Dis and her denizens reached forth from the bowels of age-old soil to swallow whole, a land now lost. Perhaps, I thought, so hated were the morbid inhabitants of this place that those demons—whose names never will I mutter—took this land of horror haunted and in an act of both rage and mercy, buried it down into the abyss. Leaving only those haunting miasmic towers as a token of their demise.
O’, but with those looming towers as a token of their demise, came each night my own creeping doom. Whether it were black nameless shades that carried me hence, or some tempting flow of wind that drew me ever closer to the shores of those clouded lands of malice. Each night I com…
I've recently finished the first book in The Wheel of Time, series called The Eye of the World and I'd like to talk about it.
Depending upon whom you ask, The Wheel of Time series is either one of the greatest fantasy series ever written---comparable only to A Song of Ice and Fire or The Lord of the Rings---or one of the longest and most overblown series ever written. Personally, while I don't believe that Mr Jordan was the reincarnation of J. R. R. Tolkien, that doesn't mean I hate his books.
I in fact loved the book which I read. It was plainly, yet interestingly written. The characters were some of the most enjoyable ones I've seen in a very long time. And, while it did have the same "dark lord, end of the world" motif as well as the "farm-boy" cliche which Tolkien used in his Lord of the Rings and Alexander Lloyd in his The Chronicles of Prydain. The way in which he presented it, making the Dark One, as he's ca…
So, writing....I really need to talk about writing at the moment. Why? because I seem to not be able to. Well obviously I can because I'm writing this but that's of course not the same as writing fiction. In fact, it's nothing like writing fiction, nothing at all. Fiction is such an interesting, difficult, horrible and extremely challenging thing to do at times. But damn is it addictive.
Whenever anyone asks what I do, I ususaly say I'm a writer, but of course that means I'm a masochistic addict to the written word. weather that be poetry, prose, newspapers or even blogs. I am an honest to god addict of words. I have something like 60 books on my Goodreads "to read" list and am finding more and more great looking books each day. Though, of course, that doesn't translate to me writing as much as I read. No, unfortunately I'm a fairly slow writer; at least when it comes to writing and finishing a story that is.
As one Mister Pugmire showed me, blogging can be fun! So, following in his footsteps and those of a friend of mine on Google+, I'm here and sharing the news of my odd life with you all. Well, at least as many of you who want to read this that is.
I'm a writer, currently not making any money off of that but a writer I still am. If you know me on Google+ or Ficitonpress---which I doubt---then you know what kind of writer I am. If, in the more likely case you don't know what kind of a writer I am, I don't really know! I write horror like the fine men in that picture up there, but I also write science fiction, fantasy, sword and sorcery.....ish stuff. So I don't really know what "kind" of a writer I am.
Though, of course, none of that matters here. This is not a place where I will be posting any of my writings. No, this will be a place for me to get nerdy as well as bookish and maybe even a little crazy if it comes to that. Basically, I&…