For some time now I have been wanting to write a series of meditations upon not only the Horror genre, but also how aspects of mysticism, ritual, history and philosophy all fit together under the aegis of Horror. The difficulty with such an undertaking is finding an interested readership. The interwebs has a lot of wordage heaped into it daily. Because I prefer to keep this website as a news resource for my various projects, I did not wish to transform it into a partial-news, partial-musings website.
Earlier this week the forces some prefer to call "coincidence" (I do not believe in coincidences) converged. I was approached by my friend Matt Cardin, whose work I think very highly of, about the prospect of my writing a series of articles for his ever-fascinating blog The Teeming Brain. How could I resist?
I'm happy to announce that my column "Echoes from Hades" will be appearing at The Teeming Brain monthly beginning in October. Contemplating and planning this ongoing series of essays has also inspired fresh ideas for new fiction as well. I will be posting regular links to "Echoes from Hades" here beginning next month.
In other news, it is now only a handful of weeks until the release of AT FEAR'S ALTAR. I am anxious to hold this book in my hands and to hear the reactions of readers and critics to it.
The book and me will be at the World Fantasy Convention from November 1st to 4th in Toronto. The convention's schedule is in the process of being finalized, so keep an eye on this site for my participation at the event.