A brief post to let you know my newest book, Enter Darkness: Talking With Horror Writers (1984-1989) is now available from Oblivion Press. Authors featured are Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Poppy Z. Brite, Dennis Etchison, Dean Koontz, Joe Lansdale, Bentley Little, Elizabeth Massie, William F. Nolan, Peter Straub and other voices: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09RQR6Z7L/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1 Right now, I’m […]Read more "Enter Darkness, Metanoia, and Core Coherence"
Mark Pellington’s Song of Grief and Loss Grief and loss sever us from ourselves, others, and the external world which amplifies trauma, transforms it into chaos void of core coherence and meaning. As we all sooner or later learn, meaning is absent from the outside, and if any at all can be found, we must […]Read more "THE SEVERING"
A lot of things are too much to let into our consciousness. —Thomas Ligotti You got to be ready to die every day—then you got a chance. —Uncle Teardrop, Winter’s Bone Nothing going on, really, but the usual mind-buzzing torment. Lots of work, though. Here’s a preview of my forthcoming book of essays from […]Read more "COLD WORLD: The Horror of the Real"
Δ The Author’s Pre-C-virus Work Routine: 1. Wake @ 10:30 PM. 2. Work from 11:30 PM until 4:30 AM. 3. Hike (outdoors!) until 5:30 AM. 4. Work until 11:30 AM. 5. Respond to e-mails, and perform research/pleasure-reading. 6. “Turn in” @ 2:00 PM . . . maybe 3:00. Δ The Author’s […]Read more "FILTERING THE SURGE"
Two thousand years ago, during China’s Han dynasty, enigmatic warrior-philosopher Sun Tzu defined the only types of battle-space charge: the unorthodox surprise attack, and the orthodox direct attack. Tzu’s The Art of War is among the very few ancient books still relevant today. Possessed of ice-and-stars clarity, it’s difficult to accept such poetic precision was […]Read more "Tyranny, Terror, and Transformation: Suicide Bombings"
Later this month (date TBD) I’ll be the guest of host/producer Jules Holden, on School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Free Radio SAIC show. We’ll discuss—among other topics—my forthcoming nonfiction book Cold World: The Horror of the Real. On December 24th from 6:00PM-8:00 (EST) I’ll be returning to Podcast UFO, hosted by producer […]Read more "EVENT(S) HORIZON"
It’s not every day I’m quoted by NBC2 News, even if the bastids went the cheap route of using only six words. “Fair usage” indeed. Anyhow, my absence here has been all too obvious. The least (very least . . . trust me on this) I can do is repub three of my Library Journal […]Read more "Three for You"
Despite the “attractive” allure of being aware of recent philosophical trends, there is the necessity of absorbing their effect. No matter the status of your personal (i.e. income- or cultural-based) condition, none of us are exempt from living with the consequences of decisions made by those in positions of power, be they politicians, academics and/or […]Read more "We Get the Gods We Deserve"
“An ecological future must voyage through intensity . . . and for that we need maps.”—Timothy Morton METANOIA: aphoristic fragments/dark noise splintered from the novel 1. Even while nourishing them, it destroys meaning. 2. The unearthly stillness and peace of empty places. 3. Global sub-reality is a state of loss. 4. There’s a frenzy to […]Read more "Metanoia and Dark Theopathy"
Since I’m at this very moment starwheeling at the center of staggered deadlines (watch that sibilant alliteration!), this is an optimal time to share a handful of my reviews from Library Journal magazine. Yes, this is how I recharge from writing. Recall Ye Olde Schoole wisdom: “No matter how full of whiskey a flask may […]Read more "Books I’ve Reviewed: Worth Your Time!"