Mar. 2nd, 2013

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Anybody interested in the kind of thing I blog about, particularly the books I review, will probably find a lot to like at Justin Steele's blog, The Arkham Digest. Justin doesn't just review books, but also does interviews and talks related matters such as video games and movies. Check it out:


There's also a Facebook, so you can "like" The Arkham Digest and be notified of new posts, here.

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Many of my friends and blog associates would probably enjoy the 2012 film, Berberian Sound Studio. It's especially delicious for fans of Giallo horror, and anyone interested in the processes and the gear of analog sound recording and mixing.

Berberian Sound Studio

It's unique in that it depicts the foley artists, sound recordists and mixing engineers at work on an Italian horror film in the 1970s (titled "The Equestrian Vortex"), focusing on the behind the scenes work and the effect it has on the crew, without showing the visuals of the film itself.

It has a weird Lynch-like quality, full of mystery and abstraction, and characters coming unglued. Also, like Lynch's films, there's a major emphasis on sound design and sonic atmosphere, which is as important here as the images. I highly recommend it.

More information:

Berberian Sound Studio on Wikipedia and Berberian Sound Studio on

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I've just been told that my story "Nectar of Strange Lips" will appear in the March issue of Lovecraft eZine later this month! My friends Joe Pulver and Edward Morris have a collaborative tale in the same issue, too. And of course the Lovecraft eZine is always overflowing with awesome stuff.

I'll post a link when it actually appears but in case you want to check it out in advance, here you go:

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Too many blogs and social media... I'll admit it! Also I'm guilty of posting about fiction writing on the Hypnos feed, and ambient music on the Griffinwords blog, getting everything all mixed up.

I'm going to make a better effort to keep these things straight, though the inevitable crosstalk will occur.

My primary fiction-related blog, for both my own writing and reviews of the writing of others, will be -- posts to this blog will crosspost to and

For at least a while, these will also crosspost to and and probably also the feed. Kind of a mess, I know. Still working on streamlining.

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Just received the most encouraging rejection letter. The answer is still "No," of course, so naturally there's disappointment. There's also this thrill at realizing how close I came. Some goals which not too long ago seemed very distant now seem within reach.

This is one rejection letter I'll keep.


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