Sunday, March 25, 2012

AN ENDING...updated

At age 44 Clark Ashton Smith virtually stopped writing, went off in other directions with other endeavors. I intend to do the same at age 58. Yes, I’m 58 now.

Granted, there were extenuating circumstance in CAS’ case. Personal tragedies, etc. Not true in my case. I’m simply tired and disenchanted with the entire enterprise of writing.

However, I’m not finished just yet. I have a lot of notes, note files, outlines, ideas, etc. Enough to keep me going the rest of my life should I choose to, and without further additions to said files, etc., which, thanks to imagination, has a tendency to grow daily. But I choose not to; a line must be drawn or I’ll never stop.

So, a line has been drawn. I’ve picked ten stories that I intend to finish by the end of this year. I have one last brief story promised to an editor (whether or not it’s accepted); other promised materials have been written and submitted. That leaves the rest as material I simply need to write or finish with no deadlines, etc.

I might add here that I’m also in the process of rewriting all the GRETCHEN’S WOOD stories for a 2nd edition of the collection…these stories are not included in the ten I mentioned above.

Lastly, once finished, I’ll continue to do what I can to see they attain print in some capacity. But any further output will be non-existent.

** ** UPDATE ** **

For those who may be interested, here’s what to expect by the end of this year.

Two Gyndron novellas
One IC novella & two IC shorts
Three J Worthington shorts
One Slagheap short

Also, a rewrite of the GRETCHEN’S WOOD stories for a 2nd edition.

Currently I’m running behind my timeline, so a couple of the above listened proect may not get done.

** ** UPDATE #2 ** **

4 May 2012

I’m way behind the curve on the intended stories to write and edit by the end of this year. I’m having a hard time even concentrating on rewriting and editing a second edition of GRETCHEN’S WOOD let alone write anything new.

So, I’ve decided to start my retirement from writing early. Semi-retirement is perhaps a more accurate term. That’s right. I’m just going to take my time writing what I need to write no matter how long it takes. When I get the above listed materials finish, then I’m finished.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


When it’s the Dreamlands.

I’ve written nine Gnydron stories (published in 3 chapbooks from Rainfall Books). I had planned to write two more, both of them being longer stories than the originals, more akin to long novelettes or short novellas.

Then one of those meetings of the minds happened out of the blue. Perhaps some disembodied minds floating in the aether gave me a heads up, a new direction? Maybe the man himself was calling from out of the dark, saying…”Hey you! Try this instead!”

Yeah, cool, neat idea. So I’m going to do just that. My nine Gnydron stories will remain the only Gnydron stories I’ve written. These two new stories will be set in the Dreamlands instead. Therefore, I’m going to have to brush up on my Dreamlands material. Has been quite a while since I had read any of the stories by the man himself or others.

While I do the brushing up, I’ll work on other material instead…like re-writing more of the GRETCHEN’S WOOD stories for a 2nd Edition and my Innsmouth City material.

This is going to be entertaining.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


A classic, much better than the remake. Nothing more need be said.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Coming soon...

There’s this little six story joint at one of many crossroads in time and space. It’s called the Hotel Monticello. Not many hang out there, but those that do, they’re an odd lot. There’s the old woman who plays a crying violin; a time traveling gangster blues pianist, and his blues singing whore; a gay couple fresh out of the big house; the mysterious woman that wears a Venetian mask; a writer being chased across time and space; the two-bit hood come to make a buck; and a small assortment of other down on their luck characters. Then there are the demons that show up from time to time, and the strange assortment of dark shapeless beasts they bring with them.

Care to stop over for a visit?


At the Hotel Monticello
Something Like Mephistopheles
The Beasts of Harrow Point
Share and Share Alike
The Shade
Of Alexandra, Possessed
The Masquerade Ball
Night of the Blood Red Moon
The Dead, Death, & Decay

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Coming very soon...URBAN CTHULHU from H Harksen Productions. Includes my story “Slou” written under my pen name, Robert Tangiers.


“Dancer of the Dying” by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
“The Neighbors Upstairs” by John Goodrich
“Carcosapunk” by Glynn Owen Barrass
“Architect Eyes” by Thomas Strømsholt
“Slou” by Robert Tangiers
“Ozeelah’s Lake” by Morten Carlsen
“The Statement of Frank Elwood” by Pete Rawlik
“In the Shadow of Bh’Yhlun” by Ian Davey
“The Screamer” by T. E. Grau
“Night Life” by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen
“the guilt of each … at the end…” by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.