Friday, September 28, 2007

FRONTIER CTHULHU...available now for pre-order

People have asked: Where's Stewart? Okay, well..maybe some people have asked that. Somewhere.

I have been amazingly busy with the new school year. It may be a bit before things lighten up. I just thought in the meantime that I would announce the release of FRONTIER CTHULHU. Published by Chaosium and edited by William Jones. This anthology, like the Elder Signs Press anthology "High Seas Cthulhu" is a collection of stories dealing with the mythos created by H. P. Lovecraft. It also features my own story, "Children of the Mountain".
Available for pre-order now, releasing officially October 26th. Holy Halloween!

If you want to read more about "Frontier Cthulhu" check out this entry in William Jones' blog. I'll be writing more about this and an upcoming convention in a few days.

Monday, September 17, 2007


Watching Darren Brown closely, a theatrical person from the British Isles who uses psychology, manipulation and showmanship to pull off some amazing feats, I got an idea to try to duplicate one of the stunts I saw him perform on television.

The trick is simple...I make an "m'', a casual drawn out consonant, pressing my lips together. I rub my face a couple times, I even use my fingers to form an "M", crooking the first three fingers of my right hand. As I'm....U-m-m-m-m-m-m-m...doing this I tell the person across from me that I am picking a letter. "Ummmmmmmm", hand gesture...rub face...

"I'm picking a letter and I want you to tell me what it is. Just tell me the first one that comes to mind."

Now when Darren Brown did this on TV, the person across from him of course said: "M?" Absolutely correct!!!! Smashing!!!!

Me? About eight out of ten people have chosen the letter "J". WHAT ????

I'm obviously doing something to influence folks subliminally, but everything I try and do is supposed to manipulate a person into picking "M". Yet, eight out of ten pick "J".

Don't get me wrong. Having this many people picking "J" is pretty impressive. But I don't know how I do it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Below Decks

I have just finished applying for membership with the Horror Writers Association. The HWA. I'm tempted to quote Groucho Marx: "Why would I want to belong to any organization that would have me as a member?"

Speaking of which...

A few of us were gently chiding William Jones about his tendency to not do introductions for his anthologies. His response was that introductions (including little tidbits about why a certain story was selected for an anthology) tended to be more popular among writers than among readers. Maybe. But I've always loved things that help me appreciate what I am about to read.

William acquiesced to our nagging. No, he didn't suddenly insert comments in "HIGH SEAS CTHULHU". Instead, he made available on his blog comments from the writers about their work. He has cleverly titled this: High Seas Cthulhu, Below Decks.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Sexy Beast

Are writers sexy?

Can one use one's writing skills to attract members of the opposite sex? I'm trying to think of the last playmate who listed "writing" in her profile.

Ah...yes...pimping the writing.

You know, I used to walk into a bar and sidle up to a fox, one hand in my belt, one hand toying suggestively with the gold chain I wore about my neck. With the disco ball spinning and Barry
White crooning in the background, I would wait until the right moment and then whip out a page of manuscript.

"Um..." she would usually respond, eyeing the paper with curiousity as a flush rose from her throat to her cheeks.

"Yeah...I....write," I would respond. "I write....a lot. Wanna see?"

I never waited for a response. Instead, I would craft a word, right there in front of her. Using a Bic medium point black ink pen, I'd write something like: "Hammer" or "Screw".

Nouns..go for the jugular, I thought. Stay away from the adjectives and verbs. Women want something they can wrap their hands around.

If she nibbled at this bait, I would offer to take her back to the apartmentand write an entire sentence. Compound.

You're a writer, you work with what you have. Are writers sexy? You bet your adjective.