Scary Post-It Notes

October 14th, 2014

Pat Cadigan posted this to her Facebook page and I instantly filed it away for a Halloween season post. It’s about a guy who does horror illustrations on Post-It notes.

Like this:

Or this:

He’s got a Hayao Miyazaki by way of Edward Gorey and Gahan Wilson thing going on there…

Library Addition: Rare Hardback Lafferty Chapbook

October 13th, 2014

I’m one step closer to having a complete R. A. Lafferty collection in hardback, having picked up this:

Lafferty, R. A. Horns On Their Heads. Pendragon Press, 1976. First edition hardback, #Q of 50 signed hardback copies, a Near Fine copy with 1/2″ inch of darkening around the top and outer edge of the rear panel, and darkening to spine, sans dust jacket, as issued.

Lafferty Horns

Supplements the signed wrappers edition, which I already had. The only Lafferty hardback I now lack is the Pendragon Press companion to this volume, Funnyfingers and Cabrito. (I’m excluding those POD hardbacks of two Lafferty stories that fell into the public domain.)

Shoegazer Sunday: The Stratford 4′s “Where The Ocean Meets The Eye”

October 12th, 2014

For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s The Stratford 4′s “Where The Ocean Meets The Eye,” which sounds a bit like The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Library Additions: Chapbooks By Swanwick, Mieville, Lovecraft

October 9th, 2014

A variety of interesting chapbooks came in, including two books about H. P. Lovecraft’s family and a few Swanwick chapbooks I hadn’t been able to pick up before:

  • (Lovecraft, H.P.) Faig, Kenneth W. The Parents of Howard Philip Lovecraft. Necronomicon Press, 1990. First edition chapbook original, a Fine copy, signed on the inside front cover by Faig. Non-fiction.
  • (Lovecraft, H.P.) Squires, Richard D. Stern fathers ‘neath the mould: The Lovecraft Family in Rochester. Necronomicon Press, 1995. First edition chapbook original, a Fine copy. Non-fiction. This and the above bought for $28.29 off eBay.
  • Mieville, China. The Apology Chapbook. China Mieville/World fantasy Convention, 2013. First edition chapbook original, a Fine copy, new and unread. Issued in lieu of Mieville being able to make his scheduled Guest of Honor appearance at the 2013 World fantasy Convention in Brighton.
  • Purdom, Tom. Reentry and other thoughts on Science Fiction. Dragonstair Press, 2014. First edition chapbook, a Fine- copy with slight crease to left edge. Non-fiction essays on science fiction.


  • Swanwick, Michael. American Cigarettes. Dragonstairs Press, 2011. First edition chapbook, a slender 8 pages (including self wrappers), #85 of 100 signed, numbered copies, Fine, with advert for Dancing With Bears laid in.
  • Swanwick, Michael. The Nature of Mirrors. Dragonstairs Press, 2011. First edition chapbook, a slender 12 pages (including self wrappers and two blanks), #67 of 100 signed, numbered copies, Fine.
  • Swanwick, Michael. Song of the Lorelei. Dragonstair Press, 2011. First edition chapbook, a slender 8 pages (including self wrappers), #88 of 100 signed, numbered copies, Fine.

    Swanwick Chapbooks 100814

  • Shoegazer Sunday: Slowdive’s “Sleep”

    October 5th, 2014

    What? Another obscure Slowdive song? Really, Lawrence? Really?


    Evidently this was originally an Eternal song, Eternal being the band Christian Savill was in before Slowidve.

    College Football Broadcast Or Conceptual Art Piece?

    October 4th, 2014

    You make the call!

    I mean, I wouldn’t put it past Jeff Koons or Damien Hirst to slip Katy Perry 10 grand…

    Shoegazer Sunday: Explosions in the Sky’s “The Birth and Death of the Day” Live

    September 28th, 2014

    How do you feel about six minutes of intermittently pleasant guitar noodling?


    They’re an awful lot like a strictly instrumental version of Midsummer.

    Two TV Artifacts From My Misspent Youth

    September 25th, 2014

    There are two forthcoming TV show DVD sets that hearken back to the days of my youth:

    Recommended without qualification is the complete WKRP in Cincinnati with the original music restored. If it wasn’t the greatest sitcom of the late 1970s/early 1980s, it was certainly in the top 5.

    A bit more qualified recommendation for the complete 1960s Batman. Every significant dark, gritty Batman of the last 30 years (from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight to the Christopher Nolan trilogy, and even the Tim Burton movie) has been largely in reaction to this show’s campy tone. The show is very much a product of its time, but retains a certain charm for just that reason. Plus the cast of villains (Burgess Meredith, Vincent Price, Julie Numar, Frank Gorshin, etc.) draws from some of the very best character actors of the time.

    I’m sure either might make swell Christmas presents for someone you know…

    8-Bit Version of Nine Inch Nail’s “Closer”

    September 24th, 2014

    Either you like this sort of thing or you don’t….

    I think it gets better the deeper into the song you get.

    Restaurant Review: September 20, 2014: Pour House Pints and Pies

    September 23rd, 2014

    Pour House Pints And Pies
    11835 Jollyville Rd (Austin, 78759)
    (512) 270-4740

    This is essentially a sports bar that serves pizza. The pizza was pretty good (but could have used more cheese to hold our “four meats plus onions” toppings in place), but the fried mozzarella was undersized for the price, and the service was indifferent at best.

    Unless you want to watch sports, there’s no reason to go here instead of Reale’s just up 183.