The next couple of weeks promise to be somewhat busy. This coming Thursday, October 23, from 7:30-9:30pm, I’ll be taking part in the 27th annual H.P. Lovecraft Forum at SUNY New Paltz. This is an informal, annual event organized by the redoubtable Robert Waugh (whose two books on Lovecraft, The Monster in the Mirror and A Monster of Voices are required reading for anyone interested in serious scholarship of old HPL [in fact, I plan to do a post on them before too much longer, because they’re brilliant and great and more people should read them]). I’m probably going to be talking about an upcoming essay I’m working on concerning Lovecraft’s relationship to Poe, and literary influence in general. It’s on the campus of SUNY New Paltz, in room 1010 in the Jacobson Faculty Tower. If you’re interested, stop by for some good discussion.
The following Monday, October 27, from 7:00-8:00pm, at the Strand Bookstore in NYC, I’ll be taking part in the “Everything is Terrifying” discussion/event. A raft of today’s leading horror practitioners, from writers Laird Barron and Sarah Langan, to editor Ellen Datlow, to director J.T. Petty, will be addressing the evening’s Halloween-themed title in a series of short talks. All of this has been put together by Grady Hendrix, whose new novel, Horrorstor, is about an evil IKEA (I kid you not). You can find more information about it here. If you can make it, please say hello.
Finally, on Tuesday, November 4, from 7:00-9:00pm, at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art in NYC, I’ll be reading with Nick Kaufmann for November’s New York Review of Science Fiction reading series. This reading is part of the ongoing festivities for the release of Nick’s new novel, Die and Stay Dead. There’s more information here. If you’re around, stop in and say hi.
After all this socializing, it’ll be back to Castle Dracula for a long lie in the coffin and some spider cookies.