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The Weird of Hali: InnsmouthI need to ask a little help from my readers.

Founders House Publishing, the publishers of The Weird of Hali (and quite a few of my other books), has helpfully provided me with a certain number of complimentary review copies of the e-book editions of the first two books in the series. I'd like to get those to podcasters and online reviewers who are likely to be interested in a quirky Lovevcraftian epic fantasy where Great Cthulhu and his cultists turn out to be the good guys after all.

The one challenge is that I don't happen to know which podcasters and online reviewers those might be. I've spent years doing the podcast-and-website thing with my occult books, on the one hand, and my peak oil books on the other; I've got a fairly good idea who's likely to be interested in that end of my work -- but tentacular fantasy novels? Not so much. 

The one thing that comes to mind is that my readers are an eccentric bunch and have astonishingly diverse interests. If you, dear readers, happen to know of suitable venues that might be interested in reviewing these books of mine, please let me know!

In saying this, I feel rather like the kid with the box full of kittens sitting out in front of the supermarket, hoping to find homes for them. Wouldn't you like to take home a cute little shoggoth broodling? It really will eat anything... ;-)


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Date: 2019-01-18 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I sincerely hope they don't eat the reviewers! ;)

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Date: 2019-01-18 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] auntlili
The HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast? http://hppodcraft.com/

Been there, seen that, done that

Date: 2019-01-18 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oh, don´t worry, I already bought the paperbacks of the two first Weird of Hali novels, and my review of the first one can be found here:

https://ashtarbookblog.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-pagan-c-s-lewis.html

I review ALMOST anything, but I admit that your new project (the Shoggoth Orchestra) sounds too strange even for me! ;-)

Re: Been there, seen that, done that

Date: 2019-01-19 10:40 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Anything involving parthenogenic females is OK with me! ;-)

Ashtar

Re: Been there, seen that, done that

Date: 2019-01-20 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"They also don't have permanent names -- they take new names each day, and it's a normal shoggoth courtesy to introduce yourself with some whistled, multioctave equivalent of "my name today is Across the Cavern" (or whatever it happens to be)."

What does one do to talk about someone last seen past week to someone else who hasn't talked to the 2nd for even longer?

Can you yak some more with a history or psychology sample, please?

- S. T. Silva.

Re: Been there, seen that, done that

Date: 2019-01-21 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] isabelcooper
I am not S. T., but I'd love to see that!

Re: Been there, seen that, done that

Date: 2019-01-21 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
As someone who rarely finds time to read fiction now but did so avidly as a child, your Innsmouth is dead on the same place. One thing that surprised me about HPL's tale (spoiler alert for those who haven't read Shadow over Innsmouth!) is that his main character doesn't seems creepy or evil to me, although evidently HPL intended him to be. Not having read any other of his stories yet I'm probably missing the forest... Are your Jenny and Owen short stories out anywhere yet?

Re: Been there, seen that, done that

Date: 2019-01-26 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] robertmathiesen
This just popped up on my computer:

http://www.mythicmag.com/2019/01/mythic-8-now-available.html?fbclid=IwAR1nCdvN2wZcjV7RCyaTUDBoiYjsC6-e0Vy0debUJyXb-uL3CiFiSWxX1jk

If it's not just an oversight, The Mummy from R'lyeh" may have been bumped down the road to some later issue of Mythic than #8. We may all have to wait even longer to see it in print ...

I am eager to see all 6+ of them in a single set of covers someday down the road. They are utterly delightful stories.

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Date: 2019-01-18 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm not sure how wide a readership this blog has but I stumbled across it while searching for reviews of Eric Rücker Eddison's works and stayed on to read some of his other reviews: https://skullsinthestars.com

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Date: 2019-01-18 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Horrorbabble on youtube :-)

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Date: 2019-01-19 02:47 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I rather like this one: http://badbooksbadpeople.com/

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Date: 2019-01-19 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lainiep
Get in touch with Scott R. Jones. https://www.facebook.com/skawt.chonzz . Good guy, Lovecraftian author/publisher, writer of a truly astonishing book on Cthulhu-ian spirituality. Here's an interview that I did with him many years back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo0Tg_-IpfY

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Date: 2019-01-19 03:18 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I do not know the right people, and the Cthulu mythos is not one I have enjoyed. However, what you have written seems to fit well and possibly share an audience with Ruthanna Emrys' books. Those were published by Tor, and widely reviewed. A possible approach would be to see who reviewed them in a way that makes you think they would be a good reviewer for your books. One writer who reviewed the first story was Ada Palmer, whose blog Ex Urbe is one I read regularly.

References: The Litany of Earth, https://www.tor.com/2014/05/14/the-litany-of-earth-ruthanna-emrys/


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Date: 2019-01-19 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jpc2
John,

I first heard of Rythanna's 'Winter Tide' on NPR of all places. Don't know how she got it there. 'Winter Tide' is good but WoH's world is much more interesting.

Due to a Stoic challenge I am of all things - Dw i'n dysgu Gymraeg. (Hopefully not much more mangled than my English.....)

Coop Janitor

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Date: 2019-01-20 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] walt_f
This reminds me... a year or so ago I published a brief comparative review of The Weird of Hali: Innsmouth and Ruthanna Emrys's Winter Tide (first volume of The Litany of Earth), in a print APA for an audience of about 30 people. JMG, I know you don't want to read such things until you're finished writing the series. But, I gather that might be soon. I'll find a place to post it and provide a link, once the stars are right.
Edited Date: 2019-01-20 01:45 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2019-01-19 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi JMG,

I asked a friend who has done some horror/weird writing and he suggested the Lovecraft e zine. He says a lot of people watch their podcast. I believe this is their address:

https://lovecraftzine.com/

Also I wanted to thank you for the recommendation to wait on trying to practice ritual magic until all kids are over 3 - I will do that and focus on reading and working with Tarot cards (that is what you meant by divination I assume?). I couldn't get back to you in the window before as my internet access is limited but I wanted to thank you.

Thanks,
Johnny

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Date: 2019-01-19 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
It doesn't seem particularly active anymore, but you might try the Weird Fiction Review http://weirdfictionreview.com/

Reviewer - Might be a strech...

Date: 2019-01-19 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hiya Boss
I got turned on to Jim Kunstler as an engineering student when he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, and he eventually pointed me your way. I’d really enjoy his take on The Weird of Hali, its use of architecture, and a certain robot butler.
Rusty

Down at the Crossroads and The Druid Podcast

Date: 2019-01-20 02:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
https://www.infinite-beyond.com/down-at-the-crossroads/

They mostly do straight up occult/witchy books but there were a few times they invited authors promoting occult-related fiction, if memory serves me well ...

Also, your old pals, The Druid Podcast from OBOD https://www.druidry.org/druid-way/resources/druidcast-obod-podcast. They feature fiction books a lot.

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Date: 2019-01-21 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] isabelcooper
Most of the ones I know, alas, focus on genre romance, but I think the romance plot in Innsmouth might be a good fit for Fresh Fiction (http://www.freshfiction.com/faq.php#FAQ2: warning, their website design is a little nineties and a lot of neon) or I Am, Indeed (http://iam-indeed.com/submit-for-review-2/).

The next trilogy I'm doing is a little more fantasy than romance, so if you still have copies when my publisher sends me tour links, I'll be glad to pass them on.

(Aw, tiny shoggoths!)

Locus

Date: 2019-01-25 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm about 11 days late to this post, but what about Locus Magazine, that veritable rag of the speculative end of the publishing industry?

Guidelines for sending in books for them to review can be found here:
https://locusmag.com/aboutlocusonline/faq/#reviews

They wrote a blurb about Into the Ruins in one of their issues.
They have online reviews too.

Twitter recommended

Date: 2019-01-26 03:14 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
A friend of mine more qualified to answer suggested @AlasdairStuart on Twitter, for whatever its worth!

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