What’s on tap

Too much to do, and not enough time. Here’s a list of things I have planned for the next couple of months:

Review of Richard Matheson’s novel Hell House. I’m very familiar with this book and wanted to review it, but haven’t read it in a few years. The review, which will be a lengthy one, will be in podcast form, posted on my YouTube channel, which I’ll share on the blog and Twitter.

Watch and review Hammer’s The Mummy as part of the second annual Hammer-Amicus blogathon, hosted by Barry Cinematic and Realweegiemidget. This will be a written review, posted here on the blog in mid-June.

Read and review Ray Russell’s novel Incubus. I started this last year and stopped about a third of the way through. I thought I could pick up where I left off, but I had forgotten too much.

Read and review Earnest Henham’s novel The Feast of Bacchus, a weird fiction, haunted house novel from the very early 20th century.

I’ve avoided contemporary fiction since the early ’90’s, but since I’m in the mood for more haunted house stories, my summer reading will be Douglas Clegg’s Harrow series (the first three), Scott Thomas’ Kill Creek, and Mark Lukens’ Devil’s Island.

And what of my own work? Regarding the first novel, all the chapters are in place, but work remains to be done. The second novel is undergoing restructuring, and, as much as I’d like to work on it, the first book, at this point, is more important and deserving of my attention. Neither one is a light, breezy, beach read. They’re both dense, complex, and psychologically dark. Occasional sabbaticals are needed.

 

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