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News from the Fringe...

The cover art has been released for the Smart Pop Books anthology Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the P.C. and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series. The book is scheduled for June 2011 release and includes my essay “Reimagining ‘Magic City’: How the Casts Mythologize Tulsa.”

Cover for Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series (2011)

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...

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


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 30th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Never thought about it before, but Lovecraft as an inspiration to Fringe makes a whole lot of sense.
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you think so! It seems to be there in so many of the themes and storylines.

There have been enough Lovecraftian place and characters names used that I'm convinced it's intentional, too.
Jan. 31st, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
How exciting!!! The House of Night cover is really nice, and I'll definitely keep an eye out for the book.
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I really do love the cover.
Jan. 31st, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Top 100's
Hi Amy,

Long time fan, first time comment.

Ok, based on their various top 100's lists, roughly I've read 25% of the Horror listed, 75% of the SF, 2/3ds of the Fantasy and 50% of the General Literature (wonder how I'd score on Mysteries).

Hmm, interesting, so why to I feel so uneducated all of a sudden :)

Right, back to lurking.


Feb. 1st, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Top 100's
Hi there! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

It sounds like your reading compares very favorably to those lists. But I feel the same way; I'm always overwhelmed by what I haven't read yet. So many books, so little time! But we can have fun trying...
Jan. 31st, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
The Fringe quote makes me giggle. TODS watches Fringe regularly and I wander in occasionally.

He's also a Lovecraft fan - I'll have to get that book for him when it comes out!
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, wonderful!

I just adore the Walter Bishop character. He's one of my favorite things on television right now. :)

(I love your icon!)

Edited at 2011-02-01 12:37 pm (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
That's one gorgeous cover...

And Michael Swanwick? Really? Cool!
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm thrilled with the cover.

Pretty cool lineup, I think!
Jan. 31st, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
My, that Dr. Bishop is a cold one.
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
LOL! I do love him, that ridiculous man.
Jan. 31st, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
I just love Fringe, and I hadn't made the H.P. Lovecraft connection - duh!
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! I love Fringe, too. The Lovecraft influence seems to be there in so many of the themes and storylines, just under the surface. There have been enough Lovecraftian place and characters names used that I'm convinced it's increasingly becoming intentional, too.

Hasn't this season been great?
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