I haven’t been blogging as much as usual. This isn’t because of a lack of motivation or ideas so much as a lack of time and energies being focused on other areas.
I’m reading a lot of comics right now, but I’m always hesitant to turn it into blog-fodder, in part because I’m going to be writing about stuff really behind the curve. Except you could say the same thing about the sci-fi and gaming I write about, since I’ve mostly been playing RPGs from the 70s/80s and reading pulp from the 40s. So, comics from the 80s wouldn’t really be all that out of place! I’m just not sure that “ermegerd, Who’s Black and White, and Blonde All Over? is the worst thing ever; somebody let Mark Beachum know that vulvas don’t stick out from behind through clothes like that” would be a great blog post, and I’m sure you guys will get sick of me talking about the Outsiders real quick. I’m sure a few of you already are.
I know that there’s also a lot of stuff going on with the PulpRev cats right now (who just put out a sampler), but I’m always hesitant to review works of anybody who I know or who may have also shelled out money in the past or might in the future for ad space. So, uh… I probably won’t be posting too many PulpRev reviews (sorry!), but I’ll be sure to shill for your releases (or at least retweet you) on twitter.
As for the magazine, I’ve been hard at work on the next two issues. I’m in the process now of commissioning artwork for Issues 7 & 8. Issue 7 is undergoing another round of line edits and is in the hands of a prospective copy editor, and first round edits for Issue 8 have been completed. There are some REALLY GOOD STORIES in both of these, and I’m already chomping at the bit, wishing I could share them with you right away, but alas, we must stick to the release schedule!
Finally, I must say so long to my editor at Castalia House, Jeffro Johnson. He’s stepped down as site editor for time reasons, and he will be much missed. Morgan Holmes has taken over duties for the time being, and Morgan is a solid guy and great, well-versed fan of classic SFF, so I’m sure he’ll do a great job. I’ll still be doing Short Reviews for the site for the time being and have no immediate plans to do otherwise.
In the meantime, please support us by buying issues you might have missed, or if you have all of our issues, consider buying some merch! We don’t move near enough merch…
I’ll be at the Main Library from 1-4 PM on November 11th for their Self-Published and Small Press Book Fair.
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
I’ll have copies of issues 1-6 for sale at SRP ($10 for each, except #4, which is $15)
Come by, and say hey.
There will be 4 other small presses represented along with nearly 40 authors.
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Let me sum up…
Hi. I’m James ‘Grim’ Desborough, owner of Postmortem Studios. We’re an independent RPG game and fiction publisher with a large portfolio of genre stock art. I’ve been working in the RPG industry for nearly 20 years and have worked with a lot of great artists and publishers.
For many years I worked with a young, promising artists known as ‘DarkZel’, until he was tragically killed in an accident. In his memory I have run a scholarship fund for several years as a competition, helping out young or struggling artists with money for supplies or just to help them through school. I want to help them, in the same way, I helped Zel.
This year we’re doing something a little different. My ill health will not allow me to run a full crowdfunder…
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One of our contributors, Michael Reyes, has a new anthology out. It features several stories about Clock, the invisible dwarf chaos sorcerer who guards Coney Island from all manner of extradimensional horrors. You might remember him from the title story, Clock’s Watch, in Cirsova #3.
The eBook of Clock’s Watch is free all day today, but soon, you’ll also be able to buy it in softcover and hardback.
I think if you like Weird Occult pulp, this sort of thing would be right up your alley—I think that one thing that is strongly to Clock’s benefit is that rather than being a throwback in time, setting stories in the pulp era, Reyes takes the classic weird occult format and places it in the modern day. So rather than pastiche or homage, Clock feels more like a contemporary, new weird* (but not New Weird) occult adventure series.
Disclosure: While I didn’t edit these, I did do cover and interior layout and formatting (it’s not a service I advertise, because I don’t always have time to, but it never hurts to ask if you need it done), so when the physical copies are available be sure to check them out, too, and let us know how we did!
If you enjoy this book, the next story in the sequence, The Iynx, will be featured in the upcoming spring issue of Cirsova.
Clock’s Watch Available now at: