From the Starry Wisdom Library: Return of the Old Ones

Adding a new feature of my blog, ‘From the Starry Wisdom Library’ aka where I talk about my favorite things in the world, books. So get your reading glasses and get into your favorite chair, and lets look at a book.

Cthulhu rises, the Deep Ones come ashore, the Whatleys finally let the Old Ones back into our world. So what happens next? This has been a question for the Mythos fandom for years, and a number of authors have taken a stab at it. Latest, from Dark Regions Press, is ‘Return of the Old Ones’. 19 stories in 3 sections, pre-apocalypse, as the tentacles hit, and life after the world as we know it ends.

First though, some disclaimers. One, Brian M. Sammons, the editor of the collection sent me an eARC in exchange for a fair review. Second, I’m not the biggest fan of post-apocalypse fiction, Cthulhu or no Cthulhu. I find the afterward of the end of the world to be kind of depressing, and I read Mythos as escapist fiction. (and yes, I know what kind of nut I sound like saying that).

But when I read the ToC, I knew I’d enjoy this collection. Favorites like Jeffrey Thomas, Tim Curran, and William Meikle, among many others. Honestly, even the authors that aren’t my ‘favorites’ are still ones I cheerfully will read in any collection. And you get all kinds of stories, from apartments full of cultists, and why conspiracy theorists might lead us to the apocalypse, to zombies from beyond space-time and DARPA vs Deep ones, to finally we go true post Cthulhu Singularity, with colonies hiding underground, or in the swamps, or even a truly bizarre story that is equal bits ‘Star Trek’, trans-humanistic, and bizarro. No matter how you view the Mythos, there will be stories you love, and others you enjoy. I did find this to be a collection I read in sections, as some of the stories were dark in a way that Mythos doesn’t generally hit for me.

Currently Dark Regions Press is doing an Indiegogo for this as well as two other collections, ‘You, Human’ which is dark scifi, and ‘The Children of Gla’aki’, a tribute to Ramsey Campbell. They will be released in retail format after the Indiegogo is complete, and the backers have gotten their goodies. I’ve backed a number of their crowdfundings in the past, and I’ve always enjoyed what I received. So if you like your Mythos dark, and your human meat-snacks on the run, I’d recommend ‘Return of the Old Ones’.

Oh, and while I don’t recommend judging a book by it’s cover, but check out the cover…

RotOO Cover

Happy Spawning Day.

Happy spawning day Grandpa Theobald, looking good for a hundred and twenty six.

Since it’s HPL’s spawning day, I’m spending the day in various versions of his Mythos. Listened to a few of the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre plays, ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, ‘Shadow Over Innsmouth’ and ‘The Dunwich Horror’. Now watching the goofy and gory ‘Bride of the Re-Animator’. Later on will be another HPLHS adaptation, the film version of ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’ and other flicks from the film vault. I do have a ton of them. And will probably dive into some stories to read tonight, a trifecta of eldritch fun and games.

Thank you HPL, for the stories, the ideas, and being the gateway to some of my favorite things in life. Hope Cthulhu and Yog-Sothoth deliver you coffee ice cream and a kitten.

Eldritch Pilgrimage

Quick post. I’ve decided to finally do something I’ve been wanting to do for years.

I’m going to the HP Lovecraft Film Festival. specifically the one in October in Portland, Oregon.

I’ve been seriously thinking about it for a few weeks, and today I was looking at flights and hotels to put a budget together, and I found a decent flight in the time frame I wanted. So I took the eldritch plunge and booked the flight, and reserved a hotel room in the hotel giving the fest a good rate. Yay me, yay travelings. Oh dear gods, I’m going to be with…PEOPLE!

Yeah, social anxiety is calling out rather loud. Which i expected. I hope it settles down though. But it will probably be like my trip to New York, where I went from anxious to excited and back again. We’ll see.

So yeah, traveling to the Northwest. Besides the HPLFF, I’m not doing much else. Going to Powells books before the Fest is about it. Because well, I’m in Portland. I’ll post more details as I find them out, or make them up. *crazy tentacles flails of joy and worry*

Some minor changes.

I’ve decided that I’m going to stop cross-posting between Livejournal and this blog for the most part. The CLI post to WordPress hasn’t been working. So I’m going to leave my rambles to LJ, and post stuff about computer projects, Cthulhu, or other things to here. You can find the Daily Rambles in the Eldritch Links to the right. I’m also going to try to post there more than once or twice a week, like I used to. We’ll see how it goes. *waves a tentacle*

Greek food and crazy movies

Had a good night’s sleep, full of strange dreams about a city that I dream about on a regular basis. Not sure what it’s based on, but it seems the same every time it shows up. This time I was able to cut through traffic and get back to DFW because I was able to slip through spacetime. (I blame that bit on reading the tech details about Alastair Reynolds’ ‘Revelation Space’ novels). Woke up, and sadly the cool dream didn’t carry over. Had a major league anxiety attack. Took my happy meds, watched a movie, and generally bumped all plans back.

By the time I was up for going to the movies, I was pretty decent. Met up with my friends, watched the third ‘The Purge’ movie. Given the foo going on lately, I had a feeling this movie wouldn’t be much fun. But it had some good bits, besides the political foo. Lots of violence, lots of one liners from a few characters that were hysterical, and it ended on a vague high note. If you liked the first 2, you’d probably like this one.

Headed home, picked up packages, (Yay finally got my copy of ‘Swords v Cthulhu’). Headed back out a little later to have dinner with some other friends, celebrating a spawning day. Went to a Greek/Mediterranean place, very tasty. We ate foods, chitchatted, caught up. Definitely will go back there. Took care of some other stuff, and came home. Fired up ‘Prometheus’ because I needed some fluff. Scientists making horrible decisions always makes me feel better.

So yeah, in a better place than 24 hours ago. Plan for tonight is probably to watch movies and veg. Later I’ll dig into my new, shiny book. Tomorrow I have more errands to run, laundry to do, and will probably just be chill. Then another week of work, with a series of things I need to focus on. Nothing bad, just adjusting priorities. No real plans for the week besides work. So for that, I’m going to call this a post.

Independence Day

Not feeling all that independent today. Stayed up late last night reading a fancy dead tree Mythos novel I got recently. Slept oddly, dreams that made me very confused when I woke up. Didn’t really get out of bed til around noon. Did get messages from the Musketeers, they’re safely in Scotland.

I really don’t want to leave Château Innsmouth today. So I’m just going to hang out at home. Finishing up the great rip fest of the dvds I got. I’m feeling anxious and out of sorts. I may go read, or put on a movie, I don’t know. What ever I do, I’ll try to be chill. Tentacles and chill, how to spend a day off. Ok, that’s enough rambling.

Sunday sans title

Well Sunday was pretty decent. I got up around the usual time, bummed around Château Innsmouth for a while. Headed out to hang out with friends, with a side trip to the flagship Half Price Books in Dallas. Oh lord, I went nuts, a ton of DVDs and blurays, and a number of books for the Mythos collection. I really need to get a couple of new bookcases. before my collection explodes. My credit card may be crying.

Went up to hang out with P and J Watched the 2nd and 3rd Poltergeist flicks, which I haven’t seen since I was a kid. Not great, but not bad. I remember them being much worse. Then, because we’ve inflicted a ton of bad movies on the P he picked ‘Mumford’ which was a very odd and quirky flick about a therapist in a town in major need of therapy. So not my kind of flick, but it had some funny moments, and it ended on a good note. By then I was tired and kind of icky feeling. So I took off. Was glad to hang out with my pals.

Also heard from my globe trotting musketeers. It seems Logan International is of the suck, and people in Boston are weird. They’re on their way to Iceland for another stop, then off to Scotland, Mild envy. But honestly, if I was with them I’d probably be driven to jump ship and hightail it to the British Museum for a week. And I’d miss all the other fun.

Drove home, put in one of my new purchases…and found out I’d already seen it (and wasn’t terribly impressed by it). Giving it another try, since I did spend money on it. Also ripping the other purchases for my future watching. Probably going to stay up late tonight, I’m kind of jittery. I’ve also decided to give myself a mulligan on tomorrow. I need to make a store run for missing things, and return the Redbox I got yesterday (and forgot to return today). Besides that, it could be books, it could be movies, I may even go out to the movies or out to somewhere nice for dinner. I don’t know, I’m just going to take it as it comes.

So that’s about it for Sunday’s braindump. Going to make a snack, and keep on keeping on. Take care.

Three Day Weekend

It’s the weekend again, yay! It’s a three day weekend, double yay! Friday night was taking the Musketeers out to dinner before they leave town for a long European vacation. *envy* Oh well, one of these lifetimes I’ll make it over the Pond. Woke up this morning, ran some errands, came home. Got my new multi-region Blu Ray player, set it up, and am now watching the new bluray edition of ‘The Lurking Fear’. Besides movies, I’m doing my usual geekery. The plan is to basically relax til sundown, then do the laundry. Mostly though, just want to take it easy today.

Was a good week, pshrink visit on Wednesday to adjust my meds again. I was doing better, but I thought there was still room for improvement. Work is decent, home life is quiet. Really no big change other than the pshrink visit.

Tomorrow I’ll be hanging out with some friends, possibly with a visit to the big Half Price Books in Dallas. Monday I’m going to hermit here at Château Innsmouth and dive into my pile of books to read. Good way to celebrate independence i think. Then it’s back to work, with some after hours time to make up for the day off.

So that’s this week in fox land. The next few weeks will be a little tricky, as the above mentioned best friends will be out of town. Luckily I have a good support network, stuff to keep me busy. I’ll be ok. I’m tough that way. *wink* Ok, that’s enough rambling. I’ll write more later on.

Anxiety, aliens, sharks and sushi

Weekend report. Saturday was some chores, and then hanging out with Amythest and Nymaz. Took one of Amythest’s kitties to the vet, she’s going fine. Dropped her back off at home, and we went to the movies. Saw the new ‘Independence Day’ flick, which was fun, but not as good as the original. The magic of the original would have been hard to recreate. The effects were good, and the background of the movie was actually pretty positive. Plus aliens with tentacles are always good to me.

Post the movie, we went to a local sushi buffet. Nothing out of this world, but it was pretty tasty. We then ran a couple of errands to kill time before the second movie…’The Shallows’.

‘The Shallows’ was your basic woman vs nature, done rather well. The shark, while it was acting kind of outside the norm for Great Whites, wasn’t completely off the wall like most shark movies. The actress, Blake Lively, was good. The shark effects were really good. It was a really good flick, and nice to show sharks as not utter demons, while still showing them as a creature you should be afraid of. 8 or 9 fins in the water.

Came home after the movie, took forever due to construction on the highway I didn’t notice til it was way too late. Oh well, I had Lovecraftian podcasts to listen to so I just made the best of it. Got home, went to bed with a book. One of the ‘Aliens’ novels that originally came out in the 90’s. Nice bit of xenomorph fluff. Went to bed, slept, dreamed some weird dreams, and woke up full on anxious. Tried to stay in bed, fail. Took my meds, and I’m camping out at the Desk of Doom ™ til things settle down, then I’ll go down and do laundry and stuff at Amythest’s as usual.

So yeah, that’s my weekend. The anxiety is starting to fade a little, that’s good. Hope it decided to bugger off for a while. I can dream at least. At least next weekend is a 3 day weekend. Ok, enough rambling. Catch you all later.

State of the Fox: Additional

I forgot, I gave up caffeine, and I’m finally starting to not feel like utter crap. I’ve known for a while that my Code Red habit wasn’t good for my health, but I didn’t have the willpower or immediate reasons to quit. Then a number of messages from the multiverse came in, and I decided I needed to quit before I had big reasons to. Plus, caffeine + anxiety is not a good mix. Along with that, I’ve cut majorly down on sugar. It’s been kind of rough. Last time I quit caffeine, I was in the hospital with Stan, and well, amazing what painkilers can do. It’s been a week and change since I stopped all together, and about 3 since I started tapering down. I do miss it, especially getting up in the AM (and Friday night movies fests) but I think the physical foo is over. I’ve been drinking lots of water, which is better for me both physically and on the budget. So that’s the addendum, I’m actually trying to be healthier. Go Me!