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Friday Link Pack 10-23-2015

Friday Link Pack 10/23/2015

Friday is here! That means it’s time for the Friday Link Pack. My weekly post covering topics such as writing, art, current events, and random weirdness. Some of these links I mentioned on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Do you have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Click here to email me and let me know! (Include a website so I can link to you as well.) Let’s get to it…

WRITING:

Win A Copy Of Red Litten World
The Northwest Horror Podcast is giving away signed copies of my latest novel, Red Litten World. To enter just Tweet, Instagram, or Facebook them and let them know your favorite Lovecraft adaptation. That’s it! (You have until midnight, tonight.) Good luck!

Advice From The Creator Of Calvin And Hobbes
It’s no secret that Bill Watterson is incredible. This comic, based on a graduation speech Watterson gave at his alma mater, does a fantastic job in forcing us to reflect on what matters in our lives. [Thanks to Sky for sharing this with me.]

10 Scary Books That Will Seriously Keep You Up At Night
Huffington Post compiles a list of the scariest books and just in time for Halloween. For whatever reason, Old Broken Road isn’t on this list, but it should be. (In my humble opinion it’s probably the scariest of the series so far.)

Fear Never Leaves
If you missed yesterday’s post, I got all emo and reflected on the emotions that build up over the launch of a book, and talk about working through my fears as I continue to fight towards my successes.

ART:

Reimagined Disney Animals With Human Personalities
What if the talking animals from animated Disney films were reimagined and humanized? What would Simba look like? How about Baloo? Well, artist and illustrator Alaina Bastian has answered those questions and more in her series Humanized. There’s a lot of fun work here. [Thanks to Dave for sharing this with me.]

Mark Zug’s Art For The Dune Card Game
I’ve been on a Dune kick this year ever since I reread it this spring. This week I stumbled across these illustrations of characters for the Dune card game. (Which is sadly out of print.) Some amazing work here, but my favorite is easily the Jessica Atreides piece. (Which is also the image featured above.)

Nanotecture
There is some disturbing and otherworldly about this cotton installation from Jennifer Strunge and Jonathan Latiano. It’s like a bizarre cuddly monstrosity is pushing in from some other reality.

RANDOM:

Better Reasons To Boycott Star Wars
So, some internet trolls started the #BoycottStarWars hashtag for some stupid trolly reason, and it went viral, and the typical people freaked out. In response, the Washington Post wrote up this article to offer some funny (and not racist) reasons to boycott J.J. Abrams newest film.

Dropping Water Levels Reveal Hidden Church
It’s like something out of Lovecraft, Mexico’s record drought has revealed a creepy waterlogged church that dates back to the 1600s.

A Treasury of Rare And Weird Star Wars Posters From Around The World
A collection of amazing (and often strange) Star Wars movie posters from around the world. No idea what is happening in Russia. [Thanks to my buddy Bartek for sharing this.]

WEIRD WIKIPEDIA:

Smiley Face Murder Theory
The Smiley face murder theory (variations include Smiley face murders, Smiley face killings, Smiley face gang, and others) is a theory advanced by two retired New York City detectives, Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte, that a number of young men found dead in bodies of water across several Midwestern American states over the last decade did not accidentally drown, as concluded by law enforcement agencies, but were victims of a serial killer or killers. The term smiley face became connected to the alleged murders when it was made public that the police had discovered graffiti depicting a smiley face near locations where they think the killer dumped the bodies in at least a dozen of the cases. The response of law enforcement investigators and other experts to Gannon and Duarte’s theory has been largely skeptical.

H.P. LOVECRAFT STORY OF THE WEEK:

Herbert West—Reanimator
The tale of Professor West includes creepy zombies and the first mention of ol’ Miskatonic University. This story was also the basis for the 1985 cult classic, Re-Animator.

GIF OF THE WEEK:

the majesty

Read A Sample Chapter of Red Litten World Today!

Update: Signed Copies Of Red Litten World Are Sold Out

The Bad News: as of this morning I am all out of signed paperback copies of Red Litten World on my store. So if you had been waiting, you are going to wait a bit longer.

The Good News: there are more paperback books on their way. I should have a fresh box o’ Red Litten World in the next week or so, and it will soon make its triumphant return to the store!

If you can’t wait, ebooks are available everywhere, and unsigned copies are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s. Interestingly, Barnes & Noble is the cheapest and is currently selling for under $12. (It’s usually around $15 elsewhere.) Then if you want you copy signed, just find me at one of my con appearances, and I’d be happy to sign it there.

You can also win a signed copy! Northwest Horror Podcast is giving away three copies of Red Litten World to their listeners. You can find out more on my post on Monday, or you can listen to their latest episode and learn how you can win.

The Northwest Horror Podcast Giveaway

Halloween approaches and it’s giveaway time! The Northwest Horror Podcast, one of my favorite local podcasts, is giving away three signed copies of my latest novel Red Litten World. You can find out how to win by listening to their latest episode, just download or stream it via the Northwest Horror’s blog. It’s a fun contest and really easy to enter.

Also, make sure you subscribe to Northwest Horror! You can do so with iTunes, or with their Stitcher station, or via Lybsyn. Also, follow them on Twitter and on Facebook. Matt, Vic, and Cat run a great horror-centric podcast covering all things horror related that means: games, cons, movies, television, books, and loads more. It’s good stuff.

Thanks for Matt and Cat for their kind words on this week’s episode. I hope everyone enjoys the podcast and good luck to those of you who enter!

My Cthulhu Con Schedule

CthulhuCon PDX Vendor Room Romp

Want to hear my book pitch? Well, last weekend I was lucky enough to be recorded giving my pitch alongside other vendors in the Dealers Room at CthulhuCon PDX. You can watch it below:

I come in around 5:28. Big thanks to Cat from the Northwest Horror Podcast for putting this all together and sharing it with the internet. She’s posted the full list of vendors with links to their site over on their blog and you can check it out here. (Also, you should subscribe to their podcast via iTunes or Stitcher. It’s a lot of fun.)

CthulhuCon + K. M. Alexander

A CthulhuCon Debriefing

The Spring is apparently convention season for me. Norwescon was at the beginning of April and I just wrapped up a weekend in Portland at CthulhuCon PDX. I really enjoyed myself. The convention is an official spin-off from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon it had a lot of great guests and I was honored to be apart of the festivities.

K. M. Alexander on a panel at Cthulhu Con
Left to Right: Lockhart, Pugmire, Klinger, Komoda, Alexander, Steele, Hoade.

This was my first time at a convention doing more than just slinging books from behind my table. I not only did I do a reading, I also spent time signing books at the author’s signing, and I participated on a panel. This crowd was different than other conventions, there was zero cosplay which was surprising, and the crowd definitely skewed older. I also received some of the toughest questions I have ever been asked which was fun. You could really see the passion from the attendees. I really appreciated everyone’s excitement for weird fiction.

Reading the Prologue from The Stars Were Right on Saturday evening.
Reading the Prologue from The Stars Were Right on Saturday evening.

Books sales were solid, especially for such an intimate convention. If it had lasted four days like Norwescon 38, I would have sold out again. Still, even with the shorter time frame sales exceeded what I had expected. It was great to meet so many new readers and it was cool to see folks get excited about the world of The Bell Forging Cycle. It really made me eager to get Red Litten World out into the wild.

On to the highlights:

  • Having the first person I talked to tell me they saw my book on the Lovecraft eZine, had already picked it up, and were excited to read it. If you’re a mythos fan and you’re not reading the eZine you should rectify that now. Mike Davis is a great guy and runs a good site.
  • Doing my reading on Saturday night. This was my first Con reading and I loved it. I read the Prologue from The Stars Were Right in all its grisly detail. Afterward I had a reader approach me afterward and tell me it was not only beautiful, but it also encouraged him to pick up a copy.
  • New friends and readers! Thanks to all you amazing people who picked up my book. Enjoy! Feel free to email me when you finish and let me know your thought. Also, please tell your friends and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads they help a lot.
  • Meeting and talking with Matt and Cat from the Northwest Horror Podcast. Good folks. Cat recorded me doing my pitch, which was fun. I’m now a subscriber and working my way through past episodes.
  • I loved being a member of the “Creating a Mythos” panel. Ross Lockheart was an excellent moderator and it was an honor to be up there with folks like Wilum Pugmire, Leslie S. Klinger, Paul KomodaJustin Steele, and Sean Hoade. It was a fun discussion. Wish we had a lot more time for questions from the audience but we were all long winded. I know the panel was recorded, if it gets uploaded I’ll be sure to post it here.
  • Hanging out with the other writers at the Carbload for Cthulhu signing. It was fun, and a nice change of pace.
  • All you people who picked up on all the mythos references throughout Stars and then came and talked to me about them. I tend to Easter egg a lot of little details like that and it’s awesome when folks find them.
  • The art show was fantastic. A lot of really great pieces. Thanks to my buddy Sky for dragging me away from the table. Was totally worth it.
  • While I didn’t get a chance to see him live, Kari-Lise really liked Leeman Kessler’s Ask Lovecraft segment. Mr. Kessler is a wonderful actor and scholar and very entertaining. If you haven’t seen his portrayal of ol’ Howard Philip I encourage you to check out his youtube channel.
  • Portland food. In particular Tiny’s coffee, Teote’s plate of pork belly, and Montage’s late night martini’s and macaroni.
  • Portland people. Especially Sky and Zach, good dudes. Thanks for hanging out.
  • I leveled up my table. (See the photo below.) I think the new banner looks real nice. Wouldn’t you agree?
  • Having a guy stop by and buy a Bell Caravans patch specifically for his new OC cosplay. Looking forward to seeing what he comes up with.
  • All the compliments I receive about the quality of my books. It’s really good to hear. I put a lot of time and effort into each of them so when it stands out to folks I get really excited.
  • Hanging out with the lovely people in the The Mall of Cthulhu.
  • Talking Machen with a fellow fan. Love the Machen.

K. M. Alexander's booth at CthulhuCon PDX

Overall I came away really happy. Nice to see so many folks come together out of a love for a small segment of literature. Over the course of the con I had several times people asked me if I had read Neil Gaiman’s Hugo winning short story: A Study in Emerald. I haven’t! However, I will be rectifying that tonight. (For those who don’t know it’s a mashup of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraftian Mythos originally published in the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street.) It’s available to read it for free from Gaiman’s website.

I will be back. It was an honor to mingle with some of the greats and introduce a few folks to my own brand of Lovecraftian stories. I cannot say enough how exciting it is to see so many fans come together around a small microcosm of speculative fiction. It’s time now to forge ahead. Convention season isn’t quite over for me. In a few weeks it’ll be time for Josh Montreuil and me to descend upon Lilac City Comicon. In the meantime I have more books to write.