Monday, November 25, 2013

Even the death of imaginary things has power.

I must apologize for the delay in this post. The inclusion of the audio file was harder and more time consuming that I thought.

While I am no Luddite, I am not the most technically savvy person.

Anyway, I hope this works...Here goes.


I found the above (post title) statement [From Challenge magazine #64, September 1992, page 4] to be so moving, so profound that it became a central theme in my Masters in History thesis.

In addition, this quote is central to the subject of this blog entry.

From the same issue of Challenge magazine, I would like to present "When Empires Fall - A New Era" as a short podcast read by me. Please click on the link below and listen and/or download the file "when-empires-fall-ver-1-0.mp3". If necessary, please copy and paste the link into your web browser. Audio or Download should then start.


Sometimes fire is more than dragonsbreath.
Though it can maim and destroy, flame can also nourish and protect.
Fire illumines the night and dawn rises from the ashes.

I hope you enjoy it!



Monday, November 11, 2013


When the English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton first wrote the iconic "It was a dark and stormy night" as the opening phrase to his 1830 work, Paul Clifford, I sometimes wonder if he found himself faced with the same challenges that I consistently find myself facing...

 So...Now what?

 When it comes to writing, I start off inspired; full of energy and enthusiasm. But very quickly that energy and enthusiasm fade and I am stuck staring at a blank page.

 I am still trying to find my "voice" as a writer and author of this blog. Especially, in regards to what direction I shall take this blog. Perhaps I will just follow the muse and see what happens.

And right now, it seems the muse is leading me toward Arkham...

 For years, indeed decades, I have been a follower of the works of H. P. Lovecraft and the mythos that he created. And while I had read all of his fiction, I had never been much interested in his letter correspondence or his sonnets. This past August The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast[1], to which I am a much pleased subscriber, announced that at the NecronomiCon in Providence this year, they would do a live show featuring the "Fungi From Yuggoth", a collection of 36 sonnets written between December 27, 1929 and January 4, 1930 by Lovecraft.[2] Prior to this, the podcast had expanded my understanding and appreciation for Lovecraft and other weird fiction authors and since I had not read the sonnets before, I thought, "Why not?"

So I found a copy of the sonnet collection online[3], but more importantly, I found a superb, unabridged audio recording of it by William E. Hart.[4] Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed the sonnets and especially Mr. Hart's rendition. So when The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast released it's live show on Halloween this year, a new and broader appreciation for the real literary skill of the author opened for me. I can't wait to start reading some of Lovecraft's letters.

Where are you taking me now, Lady Muse?