And speaking of Smart Pop Books, I've just agreed to write an essay for their forthcoming collection on Fringe about the debt the series owes to the fictional investigators in early science fiction literature and the works of H.P. Lovecraft, in particular. It should be great fun!
In other news...
- StarShipSofa is hosting an Online Writers Workshop featuring Gregory Frost, James Patrick Kelly, Michael Swanwick, Sheila Williams, and David Mercurio Rivera. Read all about it here. You can also visit the new website for the workshop here.
- Bookstove lists 100 Novels All Horror Fans Should Read.
- Happy early birthday wishes to time_shark and alitalf. May you both enjoy many happy returns of the day!
This seems like an appropriate quote for the day:
Dr. Walter Bishop: When the Victoria, the last surviving ship, return to its harbor of departure after the first circumnavigation of the earth, only 18 of the original 237 men were on board.
Small Child: What happened to them?
Dr. Walter Bishop: They all died, young lady. Horrible and most likely painful deaths. You see, when you open new doors, there is a price to pay. Now imagine... tonight, you look under your bed, and, lo and behold, you find a monster! And you're immediately eaten. Now, if you hadn't looked for the monster, you wouldn't have found it and you'd still be happy in your bed, instead of being slowly digested in the stomach sack of the creature. But, with any luck, your sister or your brothers might have heard your screams, and your endeavor will serve as a valuable lesson to them.
- from "What Lies Below," Fringe