Saturday, April 15, 2017

Page proofs, reviewed.

I got the page proofs in earlier this week and reviewed them last night. All is in order! My many thanks to Dennis Quinn and Niels-Viggo Hobbs for their work on the Armitage Symposium at NecronomiCon Providence and the Lovecraftian Proceedings.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Landrum: Criticism and Theory.

I finally got through the chapter in Landrum on criticism and theory. He's amazingly talented at summarizing the work of others; the section on Todorov was particularly interesting because Landrum takes a wider view of it than I had before. The next chapter is on authors, and I plan to read only through the 1930s. I'll save the others for a different paper.

My notes continue to be solid though fewer than I've written before now. 


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Day three of #The100DayProject.

I'm still reading Landrum, and it's still solid. He's led me back to three Jorge Luis Borges stories that I'd forgotten about, and he linked them to three Poe stories. All of this goes into the hopper for Lovecraft.

The current chapter is a review of literary criticism about detective fiction (today's video is pages of this chapter up through where I've read). Landrum has a gift for summarising a book in one sentence. Most don't realise just how difficult that is.

I've got to start drafting my proposal for NecronomiCon Providence soon. The deadline is 22 May.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Day two of work.

More reading in Landrum today. Not so many notes as last time, but the ideas are solid. I discovered an important parallel between hard-boiled detectives and Lovecraft's narrators that should prove fruitful.

I may read more tonight, and if I do, I'll post that tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Next chapter.

It's #the100dayproject again, and I'm working on the next paper for Necronomicon Providence (this August) and the next chapter of the book. Yes, I should speed up things.

This chapter is on HP Lovecraft and detective fiction, and I'm reading a book by Larry Landrum called American Mystery and Detective Novels: A Reference Guide. AMAZING work. The reading is slow going because there's so much to write and think about.

I'm not sure that I agree with Landrum's distinction between mysteries and detective fiction, but I'm going with it to see where he ends up. It may well be useful to talk about how Lovecraft bridges the two ideas with in his stories. No matter what happens with that, just the introduction and the first section of the first chapter have been fruitful for me.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Update: Peer reviewers' comments now in.

And the good news is that they've requested only two things, and they were things I was going to do anyway as I wrote the chapter on Lovecraft and detective fiction. The news was both a relief and a validation.

Now to re-read a couple of stories and make notes.

Also, I'm partway through the Scrivener tutorial. They weren't kidding about it taking a couple of hours. It's detailed enough that reading tales of cosmic horror is a relief. Having said that, it's going to be exactly the right thing to help with this project. I'm glad I bought it.

My plan is to finish the edits and get the revised manuscript to the editor by 14 September.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Finishing Ligotti.

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I'm on the final section, "Autopsy on a Puppet: An Anatomy of the Supernatural." We should get into some fiction writers now. I've been able to mark some passages that relate to True Detective, so I'm hoping that this will get me something helpful on Lovecraft.