Who Says You Can’t Repeat the Past?

April 21st, 2015

LCC at PARSEC cropped for WebThe good people at PARSEC, Pittsburgh premier science fiction organization, have posted the audio of my April 11 presentation “Dreams, Memory, and Time Travel.” It’s the first in what I understand will be a series of podcasts featuring speakers from Parsec’s monthly meetings.

Held in Squirrel Hill, the meeting gave me a chance to revisit my old neighborhood, the place I lived while writing some early stories that eventually sold to Amazing Stories and Twilight Zone. I talk about that and more in the presentation. If you missed it, you can still check it out here. Who says you can’t repeat the past?

Photo by Diane Turnshek.

Sinister Appetites & Dark Discoveries

April 13th, 2015

Aickman cropped reducedI’ve been a fan of the stories of Robert Aickman since I first discovered them in the pages to F&SF in the 1976 and then went on to savor his collections Cold Hand in Mine, The Wine Dark Sea, and others.

Strange, surreal, and imbued the essence of dreams — his tales helped kindle my interest in quiet horror.

Now, decades after I first discovered them, Aickman’s stories remain among. . . [Read more at The 21st-Century Scop.]

This Week at PARSEC:
Dreams, Memory, & Time Travel

April 7th, 2015

DaliThis week I’ll be appearing at PARSEC for a discussion of dreams, memories and a form of everyday time travel that speaks to something central to the human condition . . . and the nature of story.

PARSEC, an active contributor to Pittsburgh’s literary scene, is a non-profit organization promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror in literature, media and music. They’ve been an active contributor to Pittsburgh’s literary scene for over 25 years, and I’m delighted to be presenting to them this month.

The event will be held at 1:30 at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area this weekend, I’ll hope to see you there. Clock on!

Image Credit: Detail from “The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali.

Scop Rock: This Week’s Show

April 2nd, 2015

PIC_0634I’ll be returning to Riley’s on Saturday, April 4, backed up by bassist Duane Davis. Along the way, we’ll be joined by Tommy B on piano and others.

This week’s show starts at 8:00 PM and wraps up 60+ songs later at midnight. It’s always a blast. If you live in Pittsburgh or are just passing through, we’ll hope to see you there!

Check out the Music tab for more information (and to hear some of our original tunes). Rock on!