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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.]

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!

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A Story by Horror Master Stephen Volk

March 20th, 2015

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I’ve been a Stephen Volk fan ever since I caught the movie Gothic at a midnight run back in 1987. Directed by Ken Russell, the same over-the-top director responsible for such classics as Altered States and The Devils, Gothic presents Stephen Volk’s reimagining of events that led to the writing of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Among his other film credits are Ghostwatch, which made broadcast history by smashing television’s fourth-wall back in 1992; and The Awakening (2011), which may be the best ghost story ever put on film.

Volk has also authored some of the best novellas and short stories currently available in the genre, and over the years I’ve had the privilege of . . . [Read and head more at The 21st-Century Scop].