Next Show: May 22 @ Riley’s

May 18th, 2015

Larry and Lauren compressedAh, spring! Leaves on the trees, birds in the air, and the big tent opening at Riley’s Pour House. It’s that time of year when musicians look forward to moving out of the pub and onto the summer stage . . . [Read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

The 21st-Century Scop in French?
Sacré bleu!

May 16th, 2015

couver10Sacré bleu!

A new French translation of one of my growing-up-in-Levittown stories will soon appear in the French anthology Ténèbres 2015, edited by Benoît Domis and published by Dreampress.

The story, which originally appeared in Twilight Zone Magazine back in 1982, and has since been reprinted in Year’s Best Horror: Series XII and my collection This Way to Egress, is set on the outskirts of Philadelphia during the 1960’s. The story features a few vintage Americanisms, not the last of which is its title, “Mrs. Halfbooger’s Basement,” which has been translated for this book as “La cave de Mme Morveburger.”

I’ll have to wait to get my contributor’s copy to see how the other Americanisms came out, things like “creepo!” and . . . .

[Read more at The 21st-Century Scop.]

Pennwriters: the place to be this weekend

May 14th, 2015

PennWriters imagesPennwriters—the New York style conference at a Pennsylvania cost. That’s how the promoters of this weekend’s Pennwriters Conference describe their annual event at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, and this year I’ll be joining them as one of their featured speakers. It’ll be my first year with them, and I’m looking forward to getting a firsthand look . . . .

[Read more at The 21st-Century Scop.]

Simon Kurt Unsworth’s debut novel
The Devil’s Detective

May 6th, 2015

SKU at WFCI first met Simon Kurt Unsworth in 2008, at the World Fantasy Convention, held that year in Calgary.

While there, we did a reading together, during which Simon shared an excerpt of his story “Old Man’s Pantry” (from the Ash-Tree Press anthology Shades of Darkness, edited by Barbara and Christopher Roden). Spare, gripping, and imbued with a powerful sense of dread, the story convinced me that Simon was a writer to watch. I have been a fan ever since.

I should also mention that 2008 was the same year that Simon’s first story, “The Church on the Island” (from the Ash-Tree Press anthology At Ease with the Dead) was in the running for . . . [Read and hear more at The 21st-Century Scop].