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I haven't posted for a while, have I? *Looks around, dusts off surfaces, surreptitiously wipes hands*

But look what came in the mail today!

Winter Tide ARCs

I'll come up with clever plans for the rest later, but for now I just want to share my delight at finally having actual books, made of actual matter, with my name on John Jude Palencar's spiffy cover. So here's the deal. Between now and a deadline of Whenever the Baby Goes to Bed tomorrow night, tell me your favorite monster, and something you wish you knew about them. I'll pick an entry at random to receive an ARC.

Fine print: I'm posting to Twitter as well; it's the same ARC and the same contest on both platforms. I'm willing to ship anywhere, but if you're overseas it may arrive on the very slow boat. Or quickly, but very wet and delivered by someone with gills.

Date: 2016-08-25 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!

Opening a box of one's own books is always the most glorious moment.



Date: 2016-08-25 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll mot happily play. I love the Yithians, but my favorite are the Old Ones/aka Elder Things. I'd love to know both more about their culture and especially what their (presumably very odd) homeworld was like.

Date: 2016-08-25 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, what a gorgeous cover!

Cookie Monster: secretly a yith?


Date: 2016-08-28 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This may be my favorite entry. Although I harbor a suspicion that it's antisocial Oscar with his spatially anomalous trashcan who's a Yith, and that Cookie Monster is in fact one of the hyper-social Mi-Go. And Slimey is one of the evil worm magicians from "The Festival."

This line of thought is both way too easy, and trending in the direction of Things Toddlers Were Not Meant to Know.

Date: 2016-08-25 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your cover is lovely, The Litany of Earth was a delight to read, and one of those ARCs would have a good home (albeit one lightly dusted in cat hair) with me. *grins*

My favorite monsters are vampires (I was a teenager in the late 80s/early 90s, it was bound to happen), and the eternal question haunts me yet--if everyone bitten--but not outright killed--by a vampire becomes a vampire when they die, why are we not utterly innundated in vampires?

Date: 2016-08-25 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joe gannon (from
Favorite monster: Loch Ness. Adult me knows it was a hoax, but kid me had an entire network of underwater caves where she made a cozy home. Is she the last of her kind, or is there a community in the open ocean that she got separated from by swimming up the ness river when she was small enough to fit? If she was part of a greater monster community would she prefer to be reunited with them, or does she like the rock star lifestyle of a living myth?

Date: 2016-08-25 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] charles phipps (from
Cthulhu remains my favorite Jesus metaphor crossed with Godzilla.

However, I've got to say I'm chomping at the bit to get my copy of Winter's Tide. In 2014, when The Litany of Earth first came out, I wanted very much to write Cthulhu Mythos fiction but I struggled with it because so much of it was rooted in Lovecraft's xenophobia. A lot of the fandom also didn't want to question the issues in there and if they did, just avoid it like the plague.

The Litany of Earth with its use of Cthulhu and the Deep Ones as metaphors for Japanese internment and prejudice in general (especially the fact the original story is about the "horror" of races mixing) really made me realize the ideas of cosmic horror weren't antithetical to my own progressive beliefs in RL. It helped me finish CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON ( which is about as far from The Litany of Earth as possible but was about all the various races of humanity trying to survive in the aftermath of the Rising--and also wondering why they were fighting ghouls, Deep Ones, and more when they should be working together to survive.

So, I've already pre-ordered my copy and can't wait to get it. Aphra is an important character, I think, and represents what I hope is a change in the fandom as a whole and the perception of Lovecraft's work as useful metaphors for discussing racial issues. After all, Dracula was a metaphor for the dangers of sex and the became a symbol of repressed sexuality brought to life.

Date: 2016-08-26 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Oooh Shiny! Looking forward to the release. I preordered my copy from Amazon :D *hugs*

Date: 2016-08-26 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Now that is Shiny.


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