Skull and Book News

Current events, from 2022:
In June, the anthology Robert E. Howard Changed My Life, edited by Jason M. Waltz and published by the Rogue Blades Foundation, won the Robert E. Howard Foundation's Valusian Award for "Outstanding Achievement, Anthology/Collection." I had an essay in the collection, on Howard's character Valeria.

Black Panther and Philosophy: What Can Wakanda Offer the World?, from The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, came out in March 2022. It contains my essay "'It’s Time They Knew the Truth about Us! We’re Warriors!': Black Panther and the Black Panther Party."
Current events, from 2021:
The essay "The Future of Pulp Studies, or Lack Thereof" is in The Cromcast Chronicle #2. The link takes you to the Table of Contents and a link to a free PDF of the whole issue. 

The Fall 2021 issue of Dead Reckonings, from Hippocampus Press, contained "The Dead Worth Waking," my review of the book Wake Not the Dead! Continental Tales of Terror, edited by Brett Rutherford.
My essay "The Many Lives of Mina Murray" appears in the Spring 2021 issue of Dead Reckonings, from Hippocampus Press. An excerpt has been featured on their Medium site, so you can get a taste there!

Also in June, the essay "More Than Meets the Eye: The Woman Protagonists of the Conan Stories," which appeared in The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard and Pulp Fiction Studies, won the Robert E. Howard Foundation's 2021 Hyrkanian Award for Outstanding Achievement, Essay (print). This is my third REH Foundation award, and that's a big honor.

"Taking the World By the Throat," an essay on the character of Valeria in the works by and inspired by Robert E. Howard, appeared in the anthology Robert E. Howard Changed My Life, from the Rogue Blades Foundation. This came out in June 2021.

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ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman, published May 2021, from the Edinburgh University Press. Includes my essay, "“It’s Strange, but It’s Wonderful”: Doris Wishman’s Nude on the Moon." 

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Current events, from 2020:

My friends at the Cromcast: A Weird Fiction Podcast put out a journal in December, called The Cromcast Chronicles.  This includes my essay "'I had never dreamed of seeing such a thing in America': On 'The Devils of Dark Lake.'" 

My essay, "Charles Brockden Brown's American Horror Story" appeared in the long-awaited Skelos 4: The Journal of Dark Fiction and Weird Fantasy.
 "More Than Meets the Eye: The Woman Protagonists of the Conan Stories" appeared in The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard and Pulp Fiction Studies.
"The Hand of the Invisible: On August Strindberg and the Weird" was in the Tartarus Press journal Wormwood: Writings about Fantasy, Supernatural and Decadent Literature.

And there were pieces in two issues of Hippocampus Press's Dead Reckonings journal: "Dark’s Gothic Use of Time Travel" and "Dying to Meet You," a review of Playghoul: Special Vampira Issue. "Dying to Meet You" can be read online at the Dead Reckonings Medium site.

Previous doings:
My essay, "The Mumbo Jumbo Kathedral: HooDoo and Voodoo in the 'Work' of Ishmael Reed," is in the recently published collection Voodoo, Hoodoo and Conjure in African American Literature.The book contains essays by two writers who I cited, who are big names in the field, so that's pretty cool. Reed's Mumbo Jumbo and The Last Days of Louisiana Red are two of my favorite novels, and it was really fun to dig into their roots in conjure.

I've been on a roll with the amazing Hippocampus Press. The essay "Meditations on the Agnostic Gothic" appears in Dead Reckonings No. 25, and "Red Hand, Red Hook: Machen, Lovecraft, and the Urban Uncanny" in Lovecraftian Proceedings No. 3. I also have an essay, "A Fit Symbol for His Meaning: Arthur Machen and the Inexpressible," in the upcoming The Secret Ceremonies: Critical Essays on Arthur Machen, which will debut at NecronomiCon Providence 2019, in -- yikes -- three weeks?

The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard and Pulp Fiction Studies has new editors, and issue 10.1 contains my Robert E. Howard essay "No Refuge in Idealism: Illusion Meets Reality in 'Xuthal of the Dusk.'"

I've also been blogging regularly about classic horror movies at the Haunted Cinema. My latest was on this obscure Bela Lugosi film:

Well, that's a fair bit of activity. I'm also in three book clubs right now, so I don't know how I have time to watch so many TV shows. If you end up at NecronomiCon Providence this year,look me up: I'll be at the Armitage Symposium on Friday morning!

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