Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I enjoy Charlie Stross’s books quite a lot, but I think that he should possibly restrain himself to writing in either the past, or the far future. The man’s ability to accurately predict near-future events… well. Politeness is a virtue.
Still, The Delirium Brief should prove as entertaining as the rest of Stross’s stuff. Spy-meets-Lovecraft, and all that. I look forward to perusing it.
They’re doing that Ken Hite second volume Tour de Lovecraft Kickstarter later in the month, and they’re also going to do new content for The Day After Ragnarok:
The Speleo-Herpetologist’s Handbook opens up the biggest, deadliest, most poisonous dungeon ever — the 2,500-mile long body of the dead Midgard Serpent — to adventure and horror. Loathsome new monsters, deadly ophi-tech, and complete adventure support in The Day After Ragnarok style all wait for you … inside!
It’s supposedly leaked, but I have to wonder whether I should be writing ‘leaked.’ After all, what is the downside of people learning a month and a half early that the upcoming Batman and Harley Quinn DVD is going to have a sneak peek at a hitherto-unannounced Gotham By Gaslight project? The original title is popular,* and strategically revealing the feature on the DVD may spark both sales and interest.
I mean, I may now pick up B&HQ. Because Gotham By Gaslight would be pretty cool, if they do it right. And if it works, they could do The Doom That Came To Gotham, which would also be pretty cool (and is exactly what you’d expect it to be, from the title).
*For those who don’t know, it’s a Mignola/Augustyn Batman story that reimagines him in Victorian England, hunting Jack the Ripper. The favorable reception of this caused DC to come up with their alternate DC history Elseworld series. So, pretty seminal, there.
Today is kind of neat, in a palindrome kind of way: you can write today’s date (July 10, 2017) in numeric form so it’s the same, backwards and forwards (7102017). Which means nothing in the greater scheme of things, of course. But it’s still cool.
And tomorrow is Amazon’s Prime Day. Well, actually today is Prime Day, annnnd there’s a code (PRIMEBOOKS17) for $5 off book purchases over $15. It’s not five bucks per book, and it’s Amazon-only — but that’s still potentially worth contemplating, yes?
Been reading the 163x Grantville alternate history series again, mostly because I wanted to. 1636: The Kremlin Games (authors Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, and Paula Goodlett) is a reasonably standalone novel in that series, and pretty engrossing. Russia’s always an interesting locale to put a speculative fiction story, not least because the place seems half-fantastic to Western readers anyway.
This is pretty cool. “Far Below” was written by Frank Barbour Johnson in 1939*, and it is remarkable how close it matches up to a modern Cthulhu Mythos story. It’s not officially part of the Mythos, although Johnson name-drops Lovecraft in the story and it’s blatantly obvious that the tale draws from “Pickman’s Model.” This radio play is a decent adaptation, although they had to add a character because the original is essentially a monologue.
I typically pick up these graphic novels as soon as Studio Foglio Kickstarts them, and Girl Genius Volume 16 is no exception. Girl Genius has been going on since… wow. I can’t remember when I wasn’t reading Girl Genius online. According to Wikipedia they started the comic in 2001 and put it online in 2005, which means that I’ve been reading it religiously for sixteen years. ‘Course, I’ve been reading Phil Foglio himself for almost thirty.
Because I’m OLD. Or at least getting there. Anyway, good series, check it out.
John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids is of interest to me not just because of the book, but because for some reason I thought that I was thinking of the 1962 movie version of it when I was actually thinking of the 1981 BBC miniseries. Which makes more sense, because I was wondering how 1962 could have possibly managed to make a movie that was actually faithful to the book. Short answer: it didn’t, of course. Anyway, good book, well worth revisiting’ but just remember that it was written in the 1950s.
Specifically, the Dark Adventure Radio Theater The Haunter of the Dark. The actual CD goes out next week, but if you pre-ordered it, check your email. They’re sending out links.
The Haunter of the Dark is HP Lovecraft’s last known story, one of his best stories, and also one of his most influential ones. Lots of people have taken no little inspiration from HPL’s Starry Wisdom cult and/or Shining Trapezohedron; there’s just something about the concepts that spark ideas in modern Mythos writers. And let me take this opportunity to recommend, once again, The Starry Wisdom Library: The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time to all serious Lovecraft fans or gamemasters. It is a marvelous resource for anyone writing or gaming in this genre, and (just in case the title didn’t make it obvious) it draws directly from The Haunter of the Dark. Check it out. Check it all out.