I love getting things in the post, especially when those things are shaped like books. Luckily I buy a lot of books online, so it’s like every day is Christmas for me.
Today I received an issue of Shock Totem – who I intend to try and sell to in the near future – a signed limited edition (my favourite kind of edition) of Bryan’s Gold by Peter V. Brett (released by Subterranean Press, and I’ll blog about them later because they produce amazing books), and the first chapbook from Spectral Press.
Spectral Press are a new publisher who produce extremely limited edition chapbooks (this first one is limited to 100 signed copies). They’re focussing on stories with a ghostly/supernatural theme, which is right up my alley. The first book looks like this;
I love chapbooks, and this is a cracking one. It’s a great story, the kind that makes me go I wish I’d written this. The Quiet Room is a really cool idea, although I think I would have done something very different with it. But anyway… It’s a great read, and this is a really high-quality product. I would have liked to see some illustrations alongside the text as well, but that would have made this much more expensive. As it is a Spectral Press subscription will only set you back a tenner, and that gets you a year’s worth of chapbooks (they’re going to be released quarterly). On it’s own this is £3.50, and that includes postage. Bargain. You should invest.
The imprint is invitation only. I’m going to add them to my list of people I’d one day like to be asked to write for, which includes Subterranean Press and PS Publishing. I’d best get cracking on becoming a successful writer, really.
Something a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m fascinated by 17th-19th Century natural history. I’ve got a small – but growing – collection of natural history books that were published in the 1800s, things like Ray Lankester’s Diversions of a Naturalist and Frank Buckland’s Curiosities of Natural History; books that try to explain things that science at the time didn’t have an explanation for.
The whole ‘Age of Enlightenment’ in general is enormously interesting. This was a time when science as we know it was in its infancy, and people still had a residual belief in magic. This was the time that gave birth to the Wunderkammer, and mediums and freak shows and all sorts of things could be found everywhere you looked.
The story I’ve been writing this past couple of weeks has drawn quite a bit on my love of all of this stuff, especially on the history of the Feejee Mermaid. If you don’t know what that is you should read about it, because it’s fascinating.
Anyway. It’s a goal of mine to build up a collection of curiosities to go with my natural history books, and I think I know where I’m going to start. There’s a guy on eBay called Brian Davis who makes all sorts of weird things, including feejee mermaids and – believe it or not – a Cthulu foetus. They’re amazing, and hideous, and I really want on. Have a look;
Aren’t they amazing? If anybody wants to buy me one, feel free.
I’ve just downloaded Windows Live Writer and I’m hoping it’s going to solve my cross-posting problems. This is just a test post, so ignore it.
And I should try a link as well.
As always, I'll still be reading everybody's posts and commenting over here. I just prefer the blogger interface for the actual construction of posts to the one at lj, and I like being able to add more pages to the page so it feels more like a real webpage and not just a blog. This is just a heads-up for if any odd looking posts appear on your f-list over the next couple of days while I iron out the kinks with the mirror.
Terrible blurry photo.
It's full of supposedly true stories of people's encounters with the
paranormal, and it's an absolute treasure trove of story ideas. I've
already found something that's going to help kickstart my fairy story
back into action, and found a few things I want to research.
I sense a subscription to the Fortean Times in my future...
In other news, I've got one - possibly two - more scenes to write on
the mermaid story before it's done and I send it out to beta readers.
And, even more exciting, I tweeted Kyle Cassidy about my last entry -
to check he didn't mind me putting his photos up - and he tweeted a
link about the blog*. I'm going to take that as permission to use the
*This made me grin for roughly 82gajillion hours.
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This one in particular reminds me of the scene in The Amber Spyglass when Lyra is crossing the lake to the land of the dead, which is one of my favourite scenes in any of those books. You should look through the rest of his blog, because these drawings are incredible. Maybe when I'm a mega-successful writer I'll ask him to illustrate some of my work. </ego>
In other news, tonight I'm going to try and get the first draft of the mermaid story finished so I can type it up at the beginning of next week and start on one of the other stories burning a hole in my skull.
Just thought I'd share.