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Happy Halloween.

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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.

I Just Love this Show.

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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.

Recommended Reading

Hello all.

Here is a some recommended reading, from me, to you.


For Horror:

The Thing on the Doorstep, by H. P. Lovecraft.

The Dunwich Horror, by H. P. Lovecraft.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, by H. P. Lovecraft.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth, by H. P. Lovecraft.

Dagon, by H. P. Lovecraft.

The Whisperer in Darkness, by H. P. Lovecraft.


The Tell-Tale Heart, By Edgar Allan Poe.

The Black Cat, by Edgar Allan Poe.

The Pendulum, by Edgar Allan Poe.

The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe.

The fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe.

The Repairer of Reputations, By Robert W. Chambers.

The Yellow Sign, by Robert W. Chambers.

In the Court of the Dragon, by Robert W. Chambers.

The Mask, by Robert W. Chambers.
                        (All four of which can be found in The King in Yellow.)

 The Great God Pan, by Arthur Machen.

The Mist, by Stephen King.

The Stand, by Stephen King.

'Salem's Lot, by Stephen King.

Revival, by Stephen King.

Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad, by M. R. James.

R…

I Love this Song

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Offers and Keeping Busy

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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…

A Great Poem

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Hello all.

Check this video out!


This man, Seth Hunter Perkins, is the best spoken poetry readers on Youtube. He deserves every moment of your time and very cent people give him on Patreon. Watch his videos, they're amazing.

Santa Claus!

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Hello All.


Joulupukki, otherwise known as Santa Claus, wishes you a merry Christmas.



As does the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society


Till next I may hold you.

Seeing Dreamscapes - Writing in the Loose Tradition of Lovecraft's Dreamlands

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Hello All.

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…

A Great Video

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I love Rob Zombie's batshit crazy movies and this is a great review of his first film House of a Thousand Corpses.
Check it out.

On Insomnia: 2

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Hello All

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.

Till next I may hold you.

Short Story Opening - The Shooter

Hello all.

Here's the opening to a short story I wrote recently. Don't know whether it's good or not.


Lloyd Emeric sat on a park bench, waiting.
   He had a half smoked cigarette in his left hand, one of hundreds that lay scattered around his worn red sneakers and heavily faded blue jeans. His other hand was hidden in the pocket of his orange parka, greedily holding a .9mm semi-automatic pistol that would have shone with sweat in the sunlight. But the sun was four hours away and it wasn’t time yet.
    He had been waiting all night long, waiting and smoking. Daydreaming because the real ones wouldn’t come and neither would the time. It felt like it would never be time. Never be ready and he’d be sitting here for hours, days, months or years just waiting.
    That’d be bad; he’d run out of cigarettes.

A Few H.P. Lovecraft Stories

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I love this reading of The Music of Erich Zann



A reading of Mr Lovecraft's prose poem Azathoth


And one more especially for Halloween, The Hound

Writing Styles and Genres

Hello All

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…

Stephen King's The Stand - A Review

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Hello All

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…

The Raven

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Hello All

Isn't October grand? I love Halloween, as should everybody, and for me there's nothing better to get you in the all hallows mood than to listen to some sweet, sweet Poe.

That being said, here's a great video of The Raven narrated by the one and only John De Lancie.


Enjoy.

On Insomnia: 1

Hello All.

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…