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Cold and rainy last night, and this morning the snow has mostly been washed away. It's warmer today, about 52˚F at this particular moment.

I'm going to try to keep this short, because I need to get some writing done today. Yesterday was all work and no writing. But, there's news. Some of it's Big and Good, but a lot of that part I can't announce just yet (or maybe even not for a while yet). I can say I have a new editor at Penguin – Danielle Stockley – and we had a really wonderful conversation on the phone yesterday. Turns out, she went to school in Woonsocket, and not only did the whole Woonsocket ghoul/werewolf thing from my fiction not offend her, she seemed to suspect I Know To Much. Also, my favorite story from last year – "The Maltese Unicorn" – has been selected for The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2012 (edited by Paula Guran, Prime Books). Here you can see the whole Table of Contents. And I wish I could tell you more of the good things, but "to those who wait," right?

Last night, we braved the fog and drizzle to get Mama Kim's (the truck was parked on Broad Street, at Johnson and Wales). There are photos of the night, below the cut. If you're in the area and haven't had Mama Kim's, you truly must remedy that.

Later, we stumbled across one of those unexpected gems on Netflix. A film we've never heard of, and doesn't have an especially good rating, but proves to be brilliant. In this case, it's a grim little thing called Blood River, directed by Adam Mason (and topped off with an appropriately chilling song, that played over the end credits, by Martin Grech). There's almost nothing I can say about this film that wouldn't risk spoilers. I can only say that it's not what you'll start off thinking it is – it's something much, much worse. To quote a review by Johnny Butane (dreadcentral.com), "What's so great about Blood River is that nothing is spelled out for the audience. Your hand is not held, nor your steps guided, through this plot." Deeply unnerving, breathtaking, and highly recommended.

And I read a couple more chapters from Chris McGowan's book. Now, I go to write, but, first, the photos I promised:





Broad Street.



Trinity Repertory Theatre



Land of Mobile Yummy Korean Food!



Worth having come out in the cold.

All photographs Copyright © 2012 by Caitlín R. Kiernan


On the QT,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2012-01-24 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guenevere.livejournal.com
Congratulations on good things mentioned and unmentioned. I can't wait to read the 2012 horror anthology.

Also, thank you for the Blood River rec! I love good horror movies and bad ones, but every once in a while you just want to watch a really good one that's not an old standard.

Date: 2012-01-24 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I can't wait to read the 2012 horror anthology.

there's some good stuff therein.

but every once in a while you just want to watch a really good one that's not an old standard.

We love finding those unexpected gems.

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