Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy Cracker Day

It must be happy cracker day, because I am one happy fuckin cracker.

I just found out that David Tiso has added two of my favorite musicians to Ephel Duath: Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, Iced Earth, Control Denied, etc.-otherwise known as the best mother fucking metal bassist in the damn world) and Karyn Crisis (crisis and solo work-aka the lungs of the Navarone). I haven’t heard anything from Ephel Duath and tend to shy away from prog, but I can’t resist those two. Initially, there will be an ep and I’ll let you know when I have it in my grubby little hands.


Saturday, March 3, 2012

How Much is Too Much?

So, I’m working on a story for an upcoming anthology that specifies a Lovecraftian bias. Of course, in these circumstances, the goal is to tie into the existing mythology while maintaining my own voice and ideas, so long as they respect the rules and established mood of that mythology. However, that’s a heck of a balancing act, especially since I‘m using a specific story as a general basis.

I want to have cues in there that fans can pick up on without spending too much time winking directly at them and I definitely don’t want to be a thieving little bastard. I guess that’s what I’m struggling with. No matter what I do, it is still stealing in some sense. The original idea came from someone else’s head, after all. But I’m manipulating it into something new, I hope. Something that has been processed through my own experiences and worldview and manipulated into a new beast instead of a boring retread.

How the hell does anyone do that?