Brian Keene reading his story “Fetish” at KGB, NYC 1/16/13

Shot by yours truly.

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Music for Mourning — H. Biber: Rosary Sonata n. 16 – The Guardian Angel, Passacaglia

via  SPEKTRMODULE Podcast 25 — That Awful Bloom

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Richard Matheson, RIP

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Richard Matheson was unquestionably one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century. His stories ignited the imagination of generations of writers, including this one. Everyone in the “fantastic,” writing, and film communities are devastated by his loss tonight.

Harlan Ellison said, If there is anyone out there who didn’t know I worshipped him, from his first story, “Born of Man and Woman” (which I read the day it was published back in 1950), to his second story, “Witch War,” on through every book–western, mystery, fantasy–for a supernova lifetime of writing mentioned in the same breath with Poe and Borges, then they haven’t read my many encomia to Richard’s singular top-of-the-mountain talent. I called Ruth, to weep, and got Ally, whom I used to date, and her brother, Dick’s son, Richard Christian, and was barely able to gasp out the usual irrelevancies. Frankly, I am downsmashed.

“Downsmashed.”

When god made Matheson he broke the mold. He will never be equalled, or forgotten, or unread.

Rest in Peace, Ye Mighty.

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HELLO, BEAUTIFUL!!! — supermoon — Happy Summer !!!

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Summer Solstice 2013

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AMESBURY, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: Revellers gather to celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 20, 2013 near Amesbury, England. Despite cloudy skies, thousands of revellers gathered at the 5,000 year old stone circle in Wiltshire to see the sunrise on the Summer Solstice dawn. The solstice sunrise marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Via The Huffington Post

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Sunday, June 16, BLOOMSDAY — “The Sensual World,” by Her Majesty Kate Bush

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LOVE IS THE LAW, a new novel coming this fall from Nick Mamatas — Special Alternate Cover Gallery by The Creep in the Art Department

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Warren Ellis author of GUN MACHINE and CROOKED LITTLE VEIN writes: “Absolutely, perversely brilliant… a fucked-up piece of work.”

In 1989, punk-rock girl “Golden” Dawn has crafted an outsider’s life combining the philosophies of Communism and Aleister Crowley’s black magic. One fateful day she finds the dead body of her mentor in both politics and magick shot in the head, seemingly a suicide. But Dawn knows there’s more going on than the Long Island cops could ever hope to uncover. In setting out to find the murderer herself, she will encounter dark and twisted truths for which no book, study, or basement show could have prepared her. Award-winning prose author Nick Mamatas crafts a raw, hilarious, original mystery!

The Creep in the Art Department felt compelled to create alternate covers for LOVE IS THE LAW

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Nick writes: Why not pre-order a copy? Things From Another World is the publisher-preferred e-retailer. Amazon has it so cheap that for Amazon Prime customers they’ll lose money selling it.

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THE MOON AND SUN

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via NASA:

The Moon and Sun

Two or three times a year, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory observes the moon traveling across the sun, blocking its view. While this obscures solar observations for a short while, it offers the chance for an interesting view of the shadow of the moon. The moon’s crisp horizon can be seen up against the sun, because the moon does not have an atmosphere. (At other times of the year, when Earth blocks SDO’s view, the Earth’s horizon looks fuzzy due to its atmosphere.)

If one looks closely at such a crisp border, the features of the moon’s topography are visible, as is the case in this image from Oct. 7, 2010. This recently inspired two NASA visualizers to overlay a 3-dimensional model of the moon based on data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, into the shadow of the SDO image. Such a task is fairly tricky, as the visualizers — Scott Wiessinger who typically works with the SDO imagery and Ernie Wright who works with the LRO imagery — had to precisely match up data from the correct time and viewpoint for the two separate instruments. The end result is an awe-inspiring image of the sun and the moon.

Image Credit: NASA/SDO/LRO/GSFC

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#thedailybookshot (to be filed under “aw, hell.”)

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Many thanks to the excellent book lovers, readers, and staff of THE BETHEL PUBLIC LIBRARY, CT.

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SHE’S FILLED WITH SECRETS — LAURA PALMER TEE

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Available at TRANCES AND PORTENTS

Yes, I guess this is nothing more than an ad. But damn, that’s one dead-on Laura Palmer illustration.

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