Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 Reading List Monthly Update: July

Books read in July of 2016:
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"The Moons At Your Door" (David Tibet: editor) 7-5-16
"The Inhuman Condition" (Clive Barker) 7-15-16
"Dagon" (Fred Chappell) 7-18-16
"The Illearth War" (Stephen R. Donaldson) 7-21-16
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2016 Reading List Total:
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1. "Nightside of Eden" (Kenneth Grant) 1-8-16 *
2. "The Tears of Eros" (Georges Bataille) 1-8-16
3. "Theory of Religion" (Georges Bataille) 1-10-16
4. "Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess" (Justin Isis) 1-16-16
5. "A Suite in Four Windows" (David Rix) 1-17-16
6. "Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 1" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 1-19-16
7. "Outside the Circles of Time" (Kenneth Grant) 1-23-16 *
8. "Nightmares of an Ether-Drinker" (Jean Lorrain) 1-24-16
9. "Literature and Evil" (Georges Bataille) 1-28-16
10. "Hecate's Fountain" (Kenneth Grant) 1-30-16
11. "Outer Gateways" (Kenneth Grant) 2-5-16 *
12. "The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep" (W.H. Pugmire) 2-6-16
13. "The Einstein Intersection" (Samuel R. Delany) 2-10-16
14. "Lunar Park" (Bret Easton Ellis) 2-13-16
15. "A Cat, a Man, and Two Women" (Junichiro Tanizaki) 2-15-16
16. "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (Joan Lindsay) 2-22-16
17. "Age of Blight" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 2-25-16
18. "Consumer Guide" (Simon Morris) 3-3-16
19. "Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 2" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 3-5-16
20. "The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs" (Cylin Busby) 3-9-16
21. "Libra" (Don DeLillo) 3-18-16
22. "England's Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground" (David Keenan) 3-20-16
23. "The Ballad of Black Tom" (Victor LaValle) 3-24-16
24. "Kylie Fashion" (Kylie Minogue/William Baker) 3-25-16
25. "Nameless" (Grant Morrison) 3-29-16
26. "Slow Learner" (Thomas Pynchon) 3-31-16
27. "Submission" (Michel Houellebecq) 4-2-16
28. "The Architect" (Brendan Connell) 4-6-16
29. "The Fur Person" (May Sarton) 4-9-16
30. "The Book of Thoth" (Aleister Crowley) 4-10-16
31. "Out of Space and Time" (Clark Ashton Smith) 4-12-16
32. "Wonder Woman Earth One" (Grant Morrison) 4-12-16
33. "The Shadow Tarot: Dancing With Demons" (Linda Falorio) 4-16-16
34. "Junky" (William S. Burroughs) 4-22-16 *
35. "The Sea of Blood" (reggie Oliver) 4-23-16
36. "Maat Magick: A Guide to Self-Initiation" (Nema) 5-1-16
37. "The Counterfeiters" (André Gide) 5-5-16
38. "Providence: Act I" (Alan Moore) 5-8-16
39. "Queer" (William S. Burroughs) 5-9-16 *
40. "The Lure of Devouring Light" (Michael Griffin) 5-12-16
41. "Gone Fishing With Samy Rosenstock" (Toadhouse) 5-12-16
42. "September" (Quentin S. Crisp) 5-12-16
43. "Butterfly Dream" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 5-13-16
44. "Metrophilias" (Brendan Connell) 5-16-16
45. "Beyond the Mauve Zone" (Kenneth Grant) 5-20-16 *
46. "The Soul-Drinker and Other Decadent Fantasies" (Jean Lorrain) 5-27-16
47. "The Hurtin' Club" (Martin Bladh) 5-28-16
48. "A is for Alien" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 5-30-16
49. "Sweating Blood" (Léon Bloy) 6-5-16
50. "Valencia" (James Nulick) 6-8-16
51. "The Nameless Dark" (T.E. Grau) 6-16-16
52. "The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick" (Kyle Arnold) 6-16-16
53. "Marked to Die: A Tribute to Mark Samuels" (various/edited by Justin Isis) 6-22-16
54. "The Stars at Noon" (Denis Johnson) 6-29-16
55. "The Moons At Your Door" (David Tibet: editor) 7-5-16
56. "The Inhuman Condition" (Clive Barker) 7-15-16
57. "Dagon" (Fred Chappell) 7-18-16
58. "The Illearth War" (Stephen R. Donaldson) 7-21-16
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 *= book I have read at least once in the past

Currently Reading:

"The Power That Preserves" (Stephen R., Donaldson)
"Monsieur De Phocas" (Jean Lorrain) *

Sunday, July 3, 2016

2016 Reading List Monthly Update: June

Books read in June of 2016:
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"Sweating Blood" (Léon Bloy) 6-5-16
"Valencia" (James Nulick) 6-8-16
"The Nameless Dark" (T.E. Grau) 6-16-16
"The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick" (Kyle Arnold) 6-16-16
"Marked to Die: A Tribute to Mark Samuels" (various/edited by Justin Isis) 6-22-16
"The Stars at Noon" (Denis Johnson) 6-29-16
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2016 Reading List Total:
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1. "Nightside of Eden" (Kenneth Grant) 1-8-16 *
2. "The Tears of Eros" (Georges Bataille) 1-8-16
3. "Theory of Religion" (Georges Bataille) 1-10-16
4. "Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess" (Justin Isis) 1-16-16
5. "A Suite in Four Windows" (David Rix) 1-17-16
6. "Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 1" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 1-19-16
7. "Outside the Circles of Time" (Kenneth Grant) 1-23-16 *
8. "Nightmares of an Ether-Drinker" (Jean Lorrain) 1-24-16
9. "Literature and Evil" (Georges Bataille) 1-28-16
10. "Hecate's Fountain" (Kenneth Grant) 1-30-16
11. "Outer Gateways" (Kenneth Grant) 2-5-16 *
12. "The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep" (W.H. Pugmire) 2-6-16
13. "The Einstein Intersection" (Samuel R. Delany) 2-10-16
14. "Lunar Park" (Bret Easton Ellis) 2-13-16
15. "A Cat, a Man, and Two Women" (Junichiro Tanizaki) 2-15-16
16. "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (Joan Lindsay) 2-22-16
17. "Age of Blight" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 2-25-16
18. "Consumer Guide" (Simon Morris) 3-3-16
19. "Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 2" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 3-5-16
20. "The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs" (Cylin Busby) 3-9-16
21. "Libra" (Don DeLillo) 3-18-16
22. "England's Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground" (David Keenan) 3-20-16
23. "The Ballad of Black Tom" (Victor LaValle) 3-24-16
24. "Kylie Fashion" (Kylie Minogue/William Baker) 3-25-16
25. "Nameless" (Grant Morrison) 3-29-16
26. "Slow Learner" (Thomas Pynchon) 3-31-16
27. "Submission" (Michel Houellebecq) 4-2-16
28. "The Architect" (Brendan Connell) 4-6-16
29. "The Fur Person" (May Sarton) 4-9-16
30. "The Book of Thoth" (Aleister Crowley) 4-10-16
31. "Out of Space and Time" (Clark Ashton Smith) 4-12-16
32. "Wonder Woman Earth One" (Grant Morrison) 4-12-16
33. "The Shadow Tarot: Dancing With Demons" (Linda Falorio) 4-16-16
34. "Junky" (William S. Burroughs) 4-22-16 *
35. "The Sea of Blood" (reggie Oliver) 4-23-16
36. "Maat Magick: A Guide to Self-Initiation" (Nema) 5-1-16
37. "The Counterfeiters" (André Gide) 5-5-16
38. "Providence: Act I" (Alan Moore) 5-8-16
39. "Queer" (William S. Burroughs) 5-9-16 *
40. "The Lure of Devouring Light" (Michael Griffin) 5-12-16
41. "Gone Fishing With Samy Rosenstock" (Toadhouse) 5-12-16
42. "September" (Quentin S. Crisp) 5-12-16
43. "Butterfly Dream" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 5-13-16
44. "Metrophilias" (Brendan Connell) 5-16-16
45. "Beyond the Mauve Zone" (Kenneth Grant) 5-20-16 *
46. "The Soul-Drinker and Other Decadent Fantasies" (Jean Lorrain) 5-27-16
47. "The Hurtin' Club" (Martin Bladh) 5-28-16
48. "A is for Alien" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 5-30-16
49. "Sweating Blood" (Léon Bloy) 6-5-16
50. "Valencia" (James Nulick) 6-8-16
51. "The Nameless Dark" (T.E. Grau) 6-16-16
52. "The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick" (Kyle Arnold) 6-16-16
53. "Marked to Die: A Tribute to Mark Samuels" (various/edited by Justin Isis) 6-22-16
54. "The Stars at Noon" (Denis Johnson) 6-29-16
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 *= book I have read at least once in the past

Currently Reading:

"The Moons At Your Door" (selected by David Tibet)

Friday, June 3, 2016

OUT NOW: MARKED TO DIE: A TRIBUTE TO MARK SAMUELS


Exciting news for fans of Weird Fiction/Cosmic Horror: Marked to Die: A Tribute to Mark Samuels is now available to order here: http://www.snugglybooks.co.uk/marked-to-die/.

Published by Snuggly Books and edited by Justin Isis, it is, as the title says, a tribute to the work of Mark Samuels, who is, IMO, one of the great living writers in the genre. At 450 pages and 18 or so stories, there's definitely a lot of content. The list of contributors is pretty impressive, featuring such talents as Reggie Oliver, Daniel Mills, Adam Nevill, Quentin S. Crisp, and many more. My novella "Chaoskampf" also makes its first appearance here.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2016 Reading List Monthly Update: May

Books read in May of 2016:
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"Maat Magick: A Guide to Self-Initiation" (Nema) 5-1-16
"The Counterfeiters" (André Gide) 5-5-16
"Providence: Act I" (Alan Moore) 5-8-16
"Queer" (William S. Burroughs) 5-9-16 *
"The Lure of Devouring Light" (Michael Griffin) 5-12-16
"Gone Fishing With Samy Rosenstock" (Toadhouse) 5-12-16
"September" (Quentin S. Crisp) 5-12-16
"Butterfly Dream" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 5-13-16
"Metrophilias" (Brendan Connell) 5-16-16
"Beyond the Mauve Zone" (Kenneth Grant) 5-20-16 *
"The Soul-Drinker and Other Decadent Fantasies" (Jean Lorrain) 5-27-16
"The Hurtin' Club" (Martin Bladh) 5-28-16
"A is for Alien" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 5-30-16
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2016 Reading List Total:
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1. "Nightside of Eden" (Kenneth Grant) 1-8-16 *
2. "The Tears of Eros" (Georges Bataille) 1-8-16
3. "Theory of Religion" (Georges Bataille) 1-10-16
4. "Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess" (Justin Isis) 1-16-16
5. "A Suite in Four Windows" (David Rix) 1-17-16
6. "Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 1" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 1-19-16
7. "Outside the Circles of Time" (Kenneth Grant) 1-23-16 *
8. "Nightmares of an Ether-Drinker" (Jean Lorrain) 1-24-16
9. "Literature and Evil" (Georges Bataille) 1-28-16
10. "Hecate's Fountain" (Kenneth Grant) 1-30-16
11. "Outer Gateways" (Kenneth Grant) 2-5-16 *
12. "The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep" (W.H. Pugmire) 2-6-16
13. "The Einstein Intersection" (Samuel R. Delany) 2-10-16
14. "Lunar Park" (Bret Easton Ellis) 2-13-16
15. "A Cat, a Man, and Two Women" (Junichiro Tanizaki) 2-15-16
16. "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (Joan Lindsay) 2-22-16
17. "Age of Blight" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 2-25-16
18. "Consumer Guide" (Simon Morris) 3-3-16
19. "Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 2" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 3-5-16
20. "The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs" (Cylin Busby) 3-9-16
21. "Libra" (Don DeLillo) 3-18-16
22. "England's Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground" (David Keenan) 3-20-16
23. "The Ballad of Black Tom" (Victor LaValle) 3-24-16
24. "Kylie Fashion" (Kylie Minogue/William Baker) 3-25-16
25. "Nameless" (Grant Morrison) 3-29-16
26. "Slow Learner" (Thomas Pynchon) 3-31-16
27. "Submission" (Michel Houellebecq) 4-2-16
28. "The Architect" (Brendan Connell) 4-6-16
29. "The Fur Person" (May Sarton) 4-9-16
30. "The Book of Thoth" (Aleister Crowley) 4-10-16
31. "Out of Space and Time" (Clark Ashton Smith) 4-12-16
32. "Wonder Woman Earth One" (Grant Morrison) 4-12-16
33. "The Shadow Tarot: Dancing With Demons" (Linda Falorio) 4-16-16
34. "Junky" (William S. Burroughs) 4-22-16 *
35. "The Sea of Blood" (reggie Oliver) 4-23-16
36. "Maat Magick: A Guide to Self-Initiation" (Nema) 5-1-16
37. "The Counterfeiters" (André Gide) 5-5-16
38. "Providence: Act I" (Alan Moore) 5-8-16
39. "Queer" (William S. Burroughs) 5-9-16 *
40. "The Lure of Devouring Light" (Michael Griffin) 5-12-16
41. "Gone Fishing With Samy Rosenstock" (Toadhouse) 5-12-16
42. "September" (Quentin S. Crisp) 5-12-16
43. "Butterfly Dream" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 5-13-16
44. "Metrophilias" (Brendan Connell) 5-16-16
45. "Beyond the Mauve Zone" (Kenneth Grant) 5-20-16 *
46. "The Soul-Drinker and Other Decadent Fantasies" (Jean Lorrain) 5-27-16
47. "The Hurtin' Club" (Martin Bladh) 5-28-16
48. "A is for Alien" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 5-30-16
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 *= book I have read at least once in the past

Currently Reading:

"Sweating Blood" (Léon Bloy)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016 Reading List Monthly Update: April

Books read in April of 2016:
"Submission" (Michel Houellebecq) 4-2-16
"The Architect" (Brendan Connell) 4-6-16
"The Fur Person" (May Sarton) 4-9-16
"The Book of Thoth" (Aleister Crowley) 4-10-16
"Out of Space and Time" (Clark Ashton Smith) 4-12-16
"Wonder Woman Earth One" (Grant Morrison) 4-12-16
"The Shadow Tarot: Dancing With Demons" (Linda Falorio) 4-16-16
"Junky" (William S. Burroughs) 4-22-16 *
"The Sea of Blood" (reggie Oliver) 4-23-16

2016 Reading List Total:
1. "Nightside of Eden" (Kenneth Grant) 1-8-16 *
2. "The Tears of Eros" (Georges Bataille) 1-8-16
3. "Theory of Religion" (Georges Bataille) 1-10-16
4. "Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess" (Justin Isis) 1-16-16
5. "A Suite in Four Windows" (David Rix) 1-17-16
6. "Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 1" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 1-19-16
7. "Outside the Circles of Time" (Kenneth Grant) 1-23-16 *
8. "Nightmares of an Ether-Drinker" (Jean Lorrain) 1-24-16
9. "Literature and Evil" (Georges Bataille) 1-28-16
10. "Hecate's Fountain" (Kenneth Grant) 1-30-16
11. "Outer Gateways" (Kenneth Grant) 2-5-16 *
12. "The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep" (W.H. Pugmire) 2-6-16
13. "The Einstein Intersection" (Samuel R. Delany) 2-10-16
14. "Lunar Park" (Bret Easton Ellis) 2-13-16
15. "A Cat, a Man, and Two Women" (Junichiro Tanizaki) 2-15-16
16. "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (Joan Lindsay) 2-22-16
17. "Age of Blight" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 2-25-16
18. "Consumer Guide" (Simon Morris) 3-3-16
19. "Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 2" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 3-5-16
20. "The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs" (Cylin Busby) 3-9-16
21. "Libra" (Don DeLillo) 3-18-16
22. "England's Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground" (David Keenan) 3-20-16
23. "The Ballad of Black Tom" (Victor LaValle) 3-24-16
24. "Kylie Fashion" (Kylie Minogue/William Baker) 3-25-16
25. "Nameless" (Grant Morrison) 3-29-16
26. "Slow Learner" (Thomas Pynchon) 3-31-16
27. "Submission" (Michel Houellebecq) 4-2-16
28. "The Architect" (Brendan Connell) 4-6-16
29. "The Fur Person" (May Sarton) 4-9-16
30. "The Book of Thoth" (Aleister Crowley) 4-10-16
31. "Out of Space and Time" (Clark Ashton Smith) 4-12-16
32. "Wonder Woman Earth One" (Grant Morrison) 4-12-16
33. "The Shadow Tarot: Dancing With Demons" (Linda Falorio) 4-16-16
34. "Junky" (William S. Burroughs) 4-22-16 *
35. "The Sea of Blood" (reggie Oliver) 4-23-16

 *= book I have read at least once in the past

Currently Reading:

"Maat Magick: A Guide to Self-Initiation" (Nema)
"The Counterfeiters" (André Gide)

Thursday, March 31, 2016

2016 Reading List Monthly Update: March

Books read in March of 2016:

"Consumer Guide" (Simon Morris) 3-3-16
"Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 2" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 3-5-16
"The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs" (Cylin Busby) 3-9-16
"Libra" (Don DeLillo) 3-18-16
"England's Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground" (David Keenan) 3-20-16
"The Ballad of Black Tom" (Victor LaValle) 3-24-16
"Kylie Fashion" (Kylie Minogue/William Baker) 3-25-16
"Nameless" (Grant Morrison) 3-29-16
"Slow Learner" (Thomas Pynchon) 3-31-16

 2016 Reading List Total:

1. "Nightside of Eden" (Kenneth Grant) 1-8-16 *
2. "The Tears of Eros" (Georges Bataille) 1-8-16
3. "Theory of Religion" (Georges Bataille) 1-10-16
4. "Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess" (Justin Isis) 1-16-16
5. "A Suite in Four Windows" (David Rix) 1-17-16
6. "Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 1" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 1-19-16
7. "Outside the Circles of Time" (Kenneth Grant) 1-23-16 *
8. "Nightmares of an Ether-Drinker" (Jean Lorrain) 1-24-16
9. "Literature and Evil" (Georges Bataille) 1-28-16
10. "Hecate's Fountain" (Kenneth Grant) 1-30-16
11. "Outer Gateways" (Kenneth Grant) 2-5-16 *
12. "The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep" (W.H. Pugmire) 2-6-16
13. "The Einstein Intersection" (Samuel R. Delany) 2-10-16
14. "Lunar Park" (Bret Easton Ellis) 2-13-16
15. "A Cat, a Man, and Two Women" (Junichiro Tanizaki) 2-15-16
16. "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (Joan Lindsay) 2-22-16
17. "Age of Blight" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 2-25-16
18. "Consumer Guide" (Simon Morris) 3-3-16
19. "Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 2" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 3-5-16
20. "The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs" (Cylin Busby) 3-9-16
21. "Libra" (Don DeLillo) 3-18-16
22. "England's Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground" (David Keenan) 3-20-16
23. "The Ballad of Black Tom" (Victor LaValle) 3-24-16
24. "Kylie Fashion" (Kylie Minogue/William Baker) 3-25-16
25. "Nameless" (Grant Morrison) 3-29-16
26. "Slow Learner" (Thomas Pynchon) 3-31-16

 *= book I have read at least once in the past

Currently Reading:

"Submission" (Michel Houellebecq)

Friday, March 11, 2016

Là-Bas Day at Dennis Cooper's Blog

Today Dennis Cooper's blog is hosting an extremely obsessive essay/article I put together about J.K. Huysmans and his writing of his novel Là-Bas. It was in fact so long that it had to be split into two parts, with part two set to appear over the weekend. Anyway, here's the link to part one:

http://denniscooper-theweaklings.blog...

It is my hope that it will be of interest both to those who have never read the book and also those who are fans of it.

Monday, February 29, 2016

2016 Reading List Monthly Update: February

Books read in February of 2016:

"Outer Gateways" (Kenneth Grant) 2-5-16 *
"The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep" (W.H. Pugmire) 2-6-16
"The Einstein Intersection" (Samuel R. Delany) 2-10-16
"Lunar Park" (Bret Easton Ellis) 2-13-16
"A Cat, a Man, and Two Women" (Junichiro Tanizaki) 2-15-16
"Picnic at Hanging Rock" (Joan Lindsay) 2-22-16
"Age of Blight" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 2-25-16

2016 Reading List Total:

1. "Nightside of Eden" (Kenneth Grant) 1-8-16 *
2. "The Tears of Eros" (Georges Bataille) 1-8-16
3. "Theory of Religion" (Georges Bataille) 1-10-16
4. "Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess" (Justin Isis) 1-16-16
5. "A Suite in Four Windows" (David Rix) 1-17-16
6. "Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 1" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 1-19-16
7. "Outside the Circles of Time" (Kenneth Grant) 1-23-16 *
8. "Nightmares of an Ether-Drinker" (Jean Lorrain) 1-24-16
9. "Literature and Evil" (Georges Bataille) 1-28-16
10. "Hecate's Fountain" (Kenneth Grant) 1-30-16
11. "Outer Gateways" (Kenneth Grant) 2-5-16 *
12. "The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep" (W.H. Pugmire) 2-6-16
13. "The Einstein Intersection" (Samuel R. Delany) 2-10-16
14. "Lunar Park" (Bret Easton Ellis) 2-13-16
15. "A Cat, a Man, and Two Women" (Junichiro Tanizaki) 2-15-16
16. "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (Joan Lindsay) 2-22-16
17. "Age of Blight" (Kristine Ong Muslim) 2-25-16

*= book I have read at least once in the past

Currently Reading:

"Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 2" (Caitlín R. Kiernan)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

2016 Reading List Monthly Update: January

Books read in January of 2016:
"Injection Volume 1" (Warren Ellis) 1-7-16
"Nightside of Eden" (Kenneth Grant) 1-8-16 *
"The Tears of Eros" (Georges Bataille) 1-8-16
"Zero Volume 1: An Emergency" (Ales Kot) 1-8-16
"Zero Volume 2: At The Heart Of It All" (Ales Kot) 1-9-16
"Zero Volume 3: Tenderness of Wolves" (Ales Kot) 1-10-16
"Theory of Religion" (Georges Bataille) 1-10-16
"Zero Volume 4: Who By Fire" (Ales Kot) 1-13-16
"Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess" (Justin Isis) 1-16-16
"A Suite in Four Windows" (David Rix) 1-17-16
"Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 1" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 1-19-16
"Outside the Circles of Time" (Kenneth Grant) 1-23-16 *
"Nightmares of an Ether-Drinker" (Jean Lorrain) 1-24-16
"Literature and Evil" (Georges Bataille) 1-28-16
"Hecate's Fountain" (Kenneth Grant) 1-30-16

 2016 Reading List Total:

 1. "Injection Volume 1" (Warren Ellis) 1-7-16
2. "Nightside of Eden" (Kenneth Grant) 1-8-16 *
3. "The Tears of Eros" (Georges Bataille) 1-8-16
4. "Zero Volume 1: An Emergency" (Ales Kot) 1-8-16
5. "Zero Volume 2: At The Heart Of It All" (Ales Kot) 1-9-16
6. "Zero Volume 3: Tenderness of Wolves" (Ales Kot) 1-10-16
7. "Theory of Religion" (Georges Bataille) 1-10-16
8. "Zero Volume 4: Who By Fire" (Ales Kot) 1-13-16
9. "Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess" (Justin Isis) 1-16-16
10. "A Suite in Four Windows" (David Rix) 1-17-16
11. "Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Vol. 1" (Caitlín R. Kiernan) 1-19-16
12. "Outside the Circles of Time" (Kenneth Grant) 1-23-16 *
13. "Nightmares of an Ether-Drinker" (Jean Lorrain) 1-24-16
14. "Literature and Evil" (Georges Bataille) 1-28-16
15. "Hecate's Fountain" (Kenneth Grant) 1-30-16

*= book I have read at least once in the past

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Writing Update: "Harlem Smoke" 1st draft complete

Yesterday evening, at 7:24 PM, I completed the first draft of Harlem Smoke, my new novel, while listening to the song "Azathoth" by Arzachel (the "end credits" song for the book's "soundtrack," incidentally). The first draft came to 290 pages and 126,036 words. All in all, the book took around 159 days to write, from August 14th, 2015 to January 20th, 2016 (a little over 5 months: I first conceived of the idea back in August of 2014). Presumably the 2nd draft might be a tad longer in terms of pages, but I'm not even thinking of the second draft right now. The relief of finally typing the word "FINIS" is satisfaction enough. I now also once again have a chance to repost one of my favorite J.K. Huysmans quotes, from a March 1887 letter to Camille Lemonnier, on the only rewarding aspects of writing:

“I have just written those felicitous words: the end! You know what that means! It is the only really good literary moment in one's life, I believe, given that, the very next day, disgust with what one has written sets in. But still, there has been at least one minute of happiness.”

Later on this year I hope to begin shopping it around to publishers (always my least favorite part of the writing process, but it goes with the territory).

The novel is set in the year 2015 and the location is the city of Providence, Rhode Island. The "plot" revolves around a black homosexual painter, formerly the member of a Lovecraftian horrorcore hip-hop band back in the 1990's, who finds himself haunted by his old creation when a number of local women start to turn up brutally murdered, the crimes seeming to match the lyrics of the one and only album he recorded back in the day (the name of this album being Harlem Smoke). Essentially, it's a mix-up of Frankenstein, Lovecraft, the TV show Hannibal, and a whole lot of other things. I certainly wouldn't classify it as a conventional Lovecraft horror novel, though.

There are a few other projects that might be in the works, but it's still too soon to tell. I'll provide updates in relations to them in the future, however, as things progress.