I’ve been writing less short fiction since embarking on my novel project—which has once again taken over my life, as it does during work holidays—but I’m happy to announce that Ross Lockhart’s Lovecraftian anthology Cthulhu Fhtagn! Weird Tales Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft is available for preorder at Amazon.com as a Kindle ebook; the print release is on August 15th, which is this
Friday Saturday (oops).
Among many other tales by esteemed Lovecraftians, Cthulhu Fhtagn! includes my “The Return of Sarnath.” Those that know “The Doom That Came to Sarnath” can probably guess some of what it’s about, though in fact it’s another of my future-Dreamlands stories, like “Of Melei, of Ulthar,” further exploring the connections between a version of the Dreamlands somewhat far into the future of the Dreamlands that Lovecraft wrote about, beginning to be caught up in a kind of political and social upheaval… and about that world’s changing connections to own own world in its (nightmarish, eco-upheaval) future.
(My story notes for The Return of Sarnath are available here.)
I suppose now is as good a time as any to mention my other forthcoming and recently published work:
“The Spurned Bride’s Tears, Centuries Old, in the Rain” is a novelette set in Jakarta and inspired by my multiple visits there, as well as my youthful brush with The Mahabharata (something I’ll discuss more in an upcoming post). The story is coming out in Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction later this year.
Also, Cat Sparks recently accepted my short story “Sunshine” for Cosmos. It’s a near-future story about the social toll of drug-resistant superbacteria, set in Korea. It was inspired by events during the MERS outbreak here earlier this year.
Also, I’ve just noticed that my article, “The Cinematic Politics of Bong Joon-Ho” was published in issue 134 (February/March 2015) of Arena Magazine, down in Australia. I hadn’t mentioned it before because I didn’t realize till now that it’d been published already! (The copy sent to me is still with relatives in Seoul who received it after we’d moved out to the countryside, and I probably won’t be seeing it for another week or two, but I’m very pleased about that.)
That’s to say nothing of assorted book reviews in the hopper over at Kyoto Journal (or the couple I have yet to write), or the assortment of accumulated stories I sent out to various markets the other day, because leaving them to sit on my hard drive isn’t getting them any closer to being read by anyone. Or, of course, the novel I’m working on again, finally. (It’s been too long!)