Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book of Starry Wisdom


An actual physical copy of the Book of Starry Wisdom has been spotted,and for those who backed it on Kickstarter, your copies should be arriving soon from the recently formed Strix Publishing.

The Book of Starry Wisdom compiles newly edited editions of H.P. Lovecraft’s public domain cycle of Cthulhu stories, edited and produced by Simon Berman, and illustrated by renowned deific and fantasy artist, Valerie Herron (The Book of the Great Queen). Accompanied by essays and musings by some of today’s premiere Lovecraftian scholars, writers, and devotees, The Book of Starry Wisdom is a luxurious hardback tome, featuring a leather textured cover with gold foil pressed symbols of significance to the Cult of Cthulhu, 13 interior B&W illustrations, as well as other features.

I'm looking forward to getting my own copy soon, and will share more pictures once it arrives.

Songs of the Shattered World: The Broken Hymns of Hastur


Songs of the Shattered World: The Broken Hymns of Hastur is a collection of Decadent poetry by figures like Eric Basso, Kristin Prevallet, John Yau, Leigh Blackmore and others.

According to the lead writer, John T. Allen:
"This book is an attempt by myself and the contributors in our "Yellow" group to take the "Yellow King" out of the "Mythos" box and restore Robert W. Chambers' to his roots; the literary "movement" referred to as "Decadent". The author, Robert W. Chambers, knew titanic figures like Oscar Wilde, the deranged Maurice Rollinat, and many others in his own time. This made a huge impact on him, thus "the King In Yellow", a diseased spirit of madness and self destruction. To our mind this has less to do with weird fiction than a coupling of poetic alchemy to raise this spirit of pestilence and let it dim the bulbs of our collective consciousness."

Behind the scenes, I would say this book has undergone a most peculiar set of misfortunes, setbacks, madness, and hazards of industry that would make me wonder if some true curse has not been visited upon the text. This is one book where I would remark, engage with it only if you dare.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Uncanny Magazine wins Hugo!


Over the weekend we received the great news that Uncanny Magazine won a 2016 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. Hao Jingfang’s “Folding Beijing” (translated by Ken Liu) won a Hugo in the Best Novelette category. This is exciting news for everyone involved! 

Uncanny Magazine has been a very supportive magazine for my poetry, so I deeply appreciate all of the hard work and space they've made for voices like mine and so many others. They recently concluded their successful kickstarter for 2017, and their submission period is currently open.

I would also point everyone to the other candidates in the semiprozine category this year, because they're all doing work to grow and diversify the markets for science fiction and fantasy:

  • Strange Horizons edited by Catherine Krahe, Julia Rios, A. J. Odasso, Vanessa Rose Phin, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons staff 
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews 
  • Daily Science Fiction edited by Michele-Lee Barasso and Jonathan Laden 
  • Sci Phi Journal edited by Jason Rennie

Annual Laotian-American Community of Fresno Banquet 2016

The Laotian-American Community of Fresno is a 501(c) non-profit organization that was established in the year 2000. Their mission is to empower youths and families to achieve educational and socioeconomic success. Their programs consist of youth mentoring, leadership development, family activities, and Lao cultural and language classes.

Their annual community banquet is coming up! This year, it will be held at the University Square Hotel in Fresno on August 27, 2016. The purpose of the event is to bring youths and families together to celebrate their successes and to honor those who have made a great impact in the community. They rely heavily on the donations of friends, supporters and local businesses. They have been fortunate to have the generous support of private donors, businesses and foundations.

They hope that you too will consider attending this great event and be a part of our team of supporters.

Their 2016 keynote speaker will be Dr. Khonepheth Lily Liemthongsmout, Ed.D, Coordinator, Linke Learning Sacramento City Unified School District, College and Career Readiness Dept.

If you would like to learn more about their programs, please visit their office at 1940 N. Fresno St. or go to www.lacfresno.org.