If you’ve been thinking about picking up this anthology but wanted to get more info first, this detailed, story-by-story review ought to do it.    Here’s a link.

The reviewer commented on the anthology’s diversity. This is a hallmark of Jim Lowder’s projects, all the more impressive when you consider the ven diagram suggested by TWO very specific themes: the Cthulhu mythos and the Orient Express luxury train.

Looking forward to Jim’s next project, whatever that may be!


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2014 in review

In many ways, 2014 was like the second book of a trilogy.  The year had its own narrative arc, but its primary purpose was to move the story forward to the point where Important Stuff Happens.

Nevertheless, here’s a few highlights of 2014.

  • Walked over 2000 miles, approximately the length of the Appalachian Trail (minus the mountains and black bears…)
  • Started hiking the network of trails in southern New England. Climbed Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, walked part of the North South Trail in Rhode Island and part of the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts.
  • Daily exercise has, for the first time, become a firmly entrenched habit.
  • Nonfiction:  Read stacks of books focusing on the the science of habit formation, wrote a considerable amount of web content.
  • Fiction:  Published 2 short stories, 3 poems, and the foreword to a poetry anthology.
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In fiction, as in real life, trains don’t always run on schedule. The Orient Express anthology has run into a few delays, but according to an update from editor Jim Lowder, the print version should be available before the end of 2014.

The publisher’s original intention was to use the same cover art for the short stories and the RPG book, but they decided to do a different cover for the anthology. This is the final cover design.  I like it, even though it makes me wonder how the squid thing got on the train, and whether or not it needed to purchase a ticket.

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Na zdrowie! (To good health)

I‘ve been focusing on developing good health and fitness habits this year. Though I have a ways to go, I have been illness-free for over a year. No serious respiratory infections, no asthma, no panic attacks. Allergies are under control–the occasional itchy eyes, but nothing that slows me down. For someone who has been sick with one thing or another for YEARS, waking up every day feeling well and energetic is a blessing I will never, ever take for granted.

An interesting result of this lifestyle change is that the story tap is starting to flow again. Fiction is not my primary focus right now, so I quickly consign story ideas to a file and then get back to work. But every now and then, I catch a whiff of a story that’s busily fermenting (and sometimes fomenting) somewhere in the brain-basement. I have missed that warm, yeasty aroma.

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Halloween Haiku II

As it has every year since 2009, Popcorn Press will be publishing a collection that’s mostly seasonal poetry, with a bit of short fiction tossed into the mix.

This will be my third appearance in PP’s Halloween collections.  My contributions include a short free verse poem, two haiku, and the foreword. Editor Lester Smith brings his usual seamless professionalism and joyful sense of play to this project. If all collections were this much fun, everyone would be reading and writing poetry.

As it should be.

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I found this on the Chaosium website. Nifty cover!  Nice blend of luxury travel and eldritch horror.

The release date is listed as September 21.  Add a slice of warm apple pie, maybe an Octoberfest micro-brew, and you’ve got a great Autumn Solstice celebration right there.

Scroll down two posts for a Table of Contents.



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