james_p_davis (james_p_davis) wrote,

  • Mood:
  • Music:


“The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from every-day life.”

--H.P. Lovecraft "Supernatural Horror in Literature"

Have had little to blog about recently, busy dealing with house-work, battling swarms of evil insects, digging deep into my horrific little heart to write and write and write some more. Still working on the first draft, staying ahead of schedule so far, and pouring everything into it. Most importantly, working at my own pace. I haven’t done a painting in a long time, but I can’t help writing in a style similar to how I paint. Seemingly finished details would disappear as the composition of other parts of the work started to take over, so I had to go back, illuminate or change to make things match, to keep the overall picture in balance.

I tend to do the same when writing, going back to make new details consistent with previous chapters, altering relationships when necessary, and building on the creepy every chance I get. It takes a bit longer, but it’s just how my mind works, a long, slow and evolving OCD project. 8)

Speaking of creepy, plenty of research, inspiration, and fun recently and forthcoming for we horror fans. I’m currently reading Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s THE FALL, the second book in their Strain Trilogy (I got an advanced copy at work). So far it is great, perfect. I know a lot of people enjoyed THE PASSAGE, but Del Toro’s trilogy has all the ‘fun’ stuff that THE PASSAGE used a hundred years to skip over. Plus the vampires are just cooler IMHO. Also looking forward to the AMC series based on the comic-book THE WALKING DEAD, debuting in October.

Until then I’m already starting my steady stream of horror movies, books, and music to carry me through to Halloween. I hope to knock out a huge chunk of writing during my favorite season and if all goes as planned I’ll start second draft edits in late winter, maybe have something ready to start shopping around near the end of spring.

Also working on some Lovecraft inspired scripts, a few short-stories, and starting a brand new D&D campaign on the 21st, w00t! Much as I loved the epic ending to our last campaign—a final battle that will live on in tales and song for as long as the Late Knights (our unofficial group name) gather—I look forward to meeting the new first level characters, the return of some old friends to the table, breaking out a new DM screen, and grinning maliciously every time I roll a nat 20, mwahaha...actually, according to my players I tend to wince before smiling, they hate that, heh.

What about the other DMs out there, have any particular ‘tell’ when you roll a twenty (or any nasty result) on a player?

As news breaks I’ll stop by and fix it (and I’ll certainly be around more for Halloween posts), until then…

…Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890- March 15, 1937), a little early I know, but that’s how I roll.

“Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.”

--H.P. Lovecraft "The Picture in the House"

Tags: horror, lovecraft, the fall, walking dead, writing

  • The Midnight of the Century...

    There is a rare and wonderful Christmas gift on the way... Fans of the show MILLENNIUM will recognize Lucy Butler in the picture above, the…

  • E-Books, Samples, and Iron Maiden

    Okay, another long, busy, occasionally torturous month…another blog-post. A few cool new things, first up: E-books! There are now versions of…

  • Frightmarish May

    So, jumping into a story, dissecting notes, rearranging outlines, developing characters with more personal problems and quirks than a...uh...than a…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.