How cool is my University? The above image is a sneak preview of an ad campaign they’ll be releasing soon for our graduate program in Writing Popular Fiction, where students can earn a Master’s degree for writing a horror novel. Instructors include luminaries in the horror/fantasy genre you might be familiar with, like Tim Waggoner, Gary Braunbeck, Timons Esaias and Lawrence C. Connolly and many others.
We’re currently brainstorming “taglines” to go with the above image (like: “Don’t fear commercial success.”) so if you want to recommend any (before my meeting with the powers that be on 1/28), go right ahead… though we obviously can’t pay or credit you, if yours is chosen I’ll give you a free copy of one of my books! [Sorry, we’re already on it.]
[We’re also seeking a published mystery author with a PhD to join our fulltime faculty… if that comes close to describing you, see our job listing!]
The book collector’s website, Awful Books, has posted photographs of my limited edition novella, The Bitchfight, in the Bad Moon Books section of their gallery of collectable books.
Here you can see what a great job the publisher did with this exclusive collector’s edition, signed, leatherbound in a deep crimson cover, with bonus art and an exclusive CD. The CD is called “Live and Vile,” featuring an individualized “backmasked” message unique for each disc, the recording of a live performance (at Zombiefest 2007), and a cluster of remixes, rare demo versions and outtakes from my spoken word CD from Raw Dog Screaming Press (Audiovile). Only 26 copies of these books+cds were made, as it is a lettered edition. [Awful Books acquired the letter “V” which is even more unique because only the V, I, L, & E -lettered CDs were done in blue ink rather than red!] Like the “Grim Grimoire” edition of my novel, Play Dead, I think this is a neat production!
Just a little fridge magnet frivolity. It means nuhthink!
This collage appears in Eye Contact, the literary magazine I advise at Seton Hill University where I teach. The theme for this particular issue of the magazine was “truth.” I clipped words and phrases out of Weekly World News; when I began, I thought I’d build a collage of freaky and bizarre headlines, but I found myself instead pulling out the more “normal” terms and assembling them in an abnormal way. The “shout out” style of the excessive typography, I’m hoping, renders everything strangely familiar. I believe the “left behind” phrase at the center originally referred to that whole “Left Behind” Armageddon novel series phenomena, but for me it seemed to progressively suggest something entirely different about the No Child Left Behind Act as I built this collage around it as a centerpiece. I’m still not sure what it all means, if anything at all.
I’ve had the kind fortune to exchange e-mails recently with J. Jules Vitali, the artist responsible for Styrogami — exquisitely hand-carved mini-sculptures made from styrofoam cups. As a gesture of kindness, he created a wickedly clever sculpture called “Gorelet” (image below) — a one-of-a-kind piece of art that will be available to some lucky soul who randomly receives it in an Art*O*Mat machine — a repurposed cigarette machine that now dispenses art instead of cancer (reminiscent of Gumball Poetry). I think this is very cool and I’m honored by Vitali’s gift. Please drop by his website to see more of his excellent creations…you’ll be surprised! I love stuff like this. “Gorelet” looks like something that would chomp the fingers clean off of who over opens the package!