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Me and fellow peak oil pundit James Howard Kunstler spending an hour talking about a recent Ecosophia post of mine, Hate is the New Sex, and much more! Listen to it here.
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Me talking about my book Dark Age America with host Randy Powers on the Practical Prepping, Period podcast. A lively conversation was had. Enjoy!
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...is when a bus rolls past, and on the side is an McDumpster ad for lobster rolls.

lobster roll

Lobster salad on a hoagie roll as fast food. Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas any more... ;-)
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Two hours of me talking with host Jill Hanson on KGRA radio's Q.Psience show, mostly about my book The Secret of the Temple. An MP3 of the whole shebang can be downloaded here.
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About a year ago, I was beginning to sketch out the plot for the sixth Weird of Hali novel, which involves a voyage to Greenland on a tall ship. I've never been to Greenland, or anywhere in the Arctic, so I did what writers generally do and went looking for books on the subject by people who know what they're talking about. That and a large used book store was how I ended up with a battered paperback copy of Barry Lopez' Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape.



It turned out to be much more than a bit of convenient research for an epic fantasy with tentacles. It's brilliantly written; here's a bit from the fifth chapter --

"Those days on Ilingnorak Ridge, where I saw tundra grizzly tearing up the earth looking for ground squirrels, and watched wolves hunting, and horned lark sitting so resolutely on her nest, and caribou crossing the river and shaking off the spray like diamonds before the evening sun, I was satisfied only to watch. This was the great drift and pause of life. These were the arrangements that made the land ring with integrity. Somewhere downriver, I remembered, a scientist named Edward Sable had paused on a trek in 1946 to stare at a Folsom spear point, a perfectly fluted object of black chert resting on a sandstone ledge. People, moving over the land."

-- but it's also a meditation on humanity's relationship to nature, one that avoids the usual platitudes and presuppositions and goes very deep. I've sat up late I don't know how many nights with a glass of halfway decent bourbon and my copy of Arctic Dreams, partly reveling in the use of language, partly staring at space and following out Lopez' ideas to an assortment of unexpected places. When this copy goes to pieces, I'll be looking for a hardback for the shelf of nature books I keep ready to hand.
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For the benefit of fans of my former blog, and anyone who has way too much shelf space to fill, Founders House Publishing is bringing out the complete set of essays from The Archdruid Report in ten volumes. The whole set is now available for preorder, at a considerable discount from the retail price. Details? You can get them here.
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The first issue of The Ecological Citizen has just gone live --



It's a newly founded peer-reviewed journal of ecocentric thought, based in the UK. Full disclosure: I have an article, "The Twilight of Anthropocentrism," in this issue -- but there's also a lot of other interesting stuff in it.
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...over on the main blog. Since the conversations on The Archdruid Report were one of the best features, I've decided to try the experiment of hosting a once-a-month online salon where readers can ask me questions and discuss topics of their choice. We'll see how it goes.
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I'm sitting at the computer in an unfamiliar apartment crowded with boxes, and Sara's sound asleep two rooms away, which is probably a better choice of activity than mine just now. Around us, East Providence, Rhode Island, is dozing off, and no doubt I'll be doing the same thing too in a bit.

Yes, we've moved to Rhode Island: "that universal haven of the odd, the free, and the dissenting," in H.P. Lovecraft's well-turned phrase. Those who are concerned about global warming, as most of us should be, may want to know that our apartment is 82 feet above sea level, well back from the bluffs along the Seekonk River, so a good long ways above any point that'll face flooding in our lifetimes. We're within a few blocks of a library, a farmer's market, a post office, and an assortment of local businesses, with ample public transit and an assortment of other amenities.

I'll discuss the reasons behind the move in due time. I noted back when we moved to Cumberland, MD, in 2009, though, that we were betting on the Rust Belt; one thing to remember about bets is that sometimes you lose. Many of the things I was hoping to accomplish by that move didn't happen, and certain other things shifted in ways I hadn't expected -- in some cases, mind you, I was pleasantly surprised. So a regrouping and reorientation was called for, and here we are.
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The first post on the new blog is up, and both of the old blogs are gone. Definitely the end of an era -- and the start of a new one.
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Bright gods. One of my readers just dropped me an email to let me know that the Guggenheim will open an exhibition on June 30 on the Salons de la Rose+Croix of Josephin Peladan, the astonishing 19th century French decadent, magus, and art critic, whose writings -- for all his posturing, political incorrectness, and other irritating features -- taught me a huge amount about how to be an operative mage in a modern society.

Josephin Peladan

Yeah, that's him. He didn't inspire my beard -- I grew it before I heard of him -- but his style was as outlandish in his time as my beard and ponytail are in our post-hippie era.

The detail that matters here is that by the 30th, I'll be a single three hour train ride from the Guggenheim...

Other details on the exhibition can be found here.
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Me talking with the irrepressible Greg Moffitt about what comes after the accelerating decline and impending fall of industrial civilization. Cheery stuff, granted, but livened up with dollops of deindustrial science fiction, among other things. Check it out:

http://legalise-freedom.com/radio/john-michael-greer-beyond-collapse-the-future-of-civilization/
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Me chatting with fellow Freemason Chris George Zuger on my new book The Coelbren Alphabet, the new Aeon Books reprint of my translation of Gerard Thibault's Academy of the Sword, and just about anything else that comes to mind. Check it out:

http://www.denoflore.com/ep-040-letter-and-the-sword-w-john-michael-greer/
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And another one! This isn't exactly new, but the first volume of my seven-volume epic fantasy with tentacles, The Weird of Hali, has just become available in trade paperback format, after more than a year in fine hardback:



It's currently available on Amazon here, and will be on its way through the usual distribution channels shortly. I'm delighted, to say the least.

Meanwhile book 5, The Weird of Hali: Providence, is in final edits, and book 6, The Weird of Hali: Hyperborea, is 90% finished in draft. The saga slithers rugosely to its conclusion... ;-)
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...and another book of mine hits the shelves. I know, they're coming fast and thick just now.



This anthology contains all the short fiction from my former blog The Archdruid Report -- the three midwinter tales from 2006, "Adam's Story" from 2007, and all the rest of it, except for Retrotopia and Star's Reach (which of course have been published in book form already). I'm very pleased with the collection; it includes some of my best writing, and now that The Archdruid Report is going away, this is where you can read these stories should you want to do so. Copies can be ordered from the publisher here.
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Another new book of mine, and one I'm particularly pleased to see in print!



The Weird of Hali: Kingsport is the second novel in my epic-fantasy-with-tentacles heptalogy, The Weird of Hali, which takes H.P. Lovecraft's fiction and stands it on its head. Those tentacled horrors and sinister multiracial cultists? Yeah, they were the good guys all along: the old gods of nature and their worshippers, slapped with the usual blood libels by the cultural mainstream.

Each volume is written as a standalone novel and can be read independently of the others. The viewpoint character in this one is Jenny Parrish, whom readers of the first novel, The Weird of Hali: Innsmouth, will remember as one of Owen Merrill's housemates. She's finishing up a postgraduate year at Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts, prior to beginning grad school there. A letter invites her to spend the winter holidays with her relatives in Kingsport, ten miles away on the coast, whom she's never met; there's a certain ancient festival held there once each century, this is the year, and Jenny's invited...

Lovecraft fans will already know that his story The Festival provided a chunk of the raw material, and may suspect -- accurately, as it happens -- that the Terrible Old Man puts in an appearance. (He'll be a major character in the sixth book, The Weird of Hali: Hyperborea.) Robert Chambers' The King in Yellow and Arthur Machen's The White People also contribute their quota, as do the stories of Clark Ashton Smith. That said, it's not just a pastiche; this is my own quirky vision decked out in borrowed finery, and I hope my readers will have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.

BTW, this is the fine edition; the ultra-super-duper-fine edition, traycased and bound in shantak hide, will be out a bit later, and the ordinary trade paper edition is at least six months out, maybe more. The trade paper edition of The Weird of Hali: Innsmouth is now in preparation and I hope to be able to announce it shortly.
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Just got my copy of the latest issue of Into the Ruins, the premier -- well, to be honest, also the only -- quarterly magazine of deindustrial SF.


Into the Ruins issue 5 cover


It's a good lively issue, with the usual assortment of highly readable stories, essays, letters to the editor, etc. (Full disclosure: I have a regular column in it talking about older works of deindustrial SF; in this issue, Stephen Vincent Benet's "By the Waters of Babylon," Clark Ashton Smith's "The Dark Age," and Marvin Kaye and Parke Godwin's The Masters of Solitude get their place in the postcollapse sun.) Copies, for those who aren't already subscribers, can be gotten here.

One of the stories has me running a hand down my beard and considering a counter-story. Catherine McGuire, whose work I published in several of the After Oil deindustrial-SF anthologies, has a quasi-Utopian piece titled "Root and Branch;" it comes across as her idea of the good society, and strikes me as stunningly dystopian under a layer of warm emotional spraypaint. One way or another, it's thought-provoking...but as with most Utopian pieces, it leaves me thinking hard about what would happen once you add actual human beings to the picture. Hmm...
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Yet another book of mine to delight the hearts of fans of the Druid Revival...





I've heard the Coelbren described as "Welsh runes," and yes, they look kind of runic. They were invented by Iolo Morganwg -- yes, I also just heard the sudden gasp from the more doctrinaire end of the Celtic Reconstructionist scene -- and used for a while by Welsh bards before the Gorsedd movement succumbed to creeping respectability. A chance discovery on my part -- a reference to a medieval Welsh grammar, the Dosparth Edeyrn Dafod Aur, translated, annotated, and published by Iolo's disciple John Williams ab Ithel in 1856 -- led me to what is apparently the only surviving source on the symbolism and meanings of the Coelbren alphabet, and the result is this book. Divination, symbolism, meditation, scrying -- yep, it's all there. You can order a copy from the publisher here.
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Me chatting about my fiction with host "Sully" Sullivan of The Podcaste, a DC-area podcast -- a pleasant conversation with someone who's as much of a fraternal order geek as I am (we met at a Masonic meeting, if that tells you anything). Check it out:

https://thepodcaste.com/2017/04/25/interview-with-author-john-michael-greer/

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