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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 (, "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 06:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
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).


I love that first photograph of Broad Street.

Date: 2012-01-24 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Good things, pretty pictures and yummy food. Sounds like an excellent day even if you didn't get any writing done.

Date: 2012-01-24 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congrats on all your good news, even the stuff you can't spill yet. I've always wished you much success, and I'm so happy to see the victories seem to be coming with greater frequency these days.

You've peaked my curiosity with Blood River. I wish I had time for a movie night tonight, but maybe on Friday, my next best chance.

And the whole food truck concept is bloody brilliant, as is using twitter to track their locations. As much as I love my rural, little town in the middle of farm country, the lack of interesting eats prepared by someone who's not me and/or not cooking (making a mess) in my kitchen is a huge disappointment I experience almost daily.

Date: 2012-01-24 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Well done on The Year's Best.

If you liked that that Martin Grech song, try his album "Open Heart Zoo".

- Ash

Date: 2012-01-24 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Speaking of news, Aunt Beast, did I miss a mention regarding the two ballot entries for the Stoker Awards, or were you waiting for the final lineup of nominations?

Date: 2012-01-24 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
she seemed to suspect I Know To Much

...and she just happens to be your new editor.. hmmmmm ...

Date: 2012-01-24 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think "The Maltese Unicorn" is one of my favorite of yours from last year as well. There's the tone (?), maybe in the structure (?) that seems like a kind of departure for your stories, but at the same time, sounds utterly utterly like *yourself*. It's hard to explain. (Was happy to receive SUPERNATURAL NOIR as a Holiday gift.)

Date: 2012-01-25 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"The Maltese Unicorn" – has been selected for The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2012.

Congrats! I have this story to thank for the word "dingus" finding its way into my everyday vocabulary.

Date: 2012-01-25 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I forgot to mention, I preordered Confessions the other day, to my Irish address, hopefully I will get there before it.

Date: 2012-01-25 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] steven barritz (from
I saw The American Experience: The Donner Party tonight, thank you for the recommendation. There are so many aspects of it that I'm going to want to dwell on. I found it very haunting. It reminds me of the feeling I got from another documentary I saw a few years ago called Deep Water (based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst and the 1969 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race round the world alone in a yacht), which I highly recommend to anyone who hasn't seen it. And since the topic of horror movies, that no one has seen, cropped up, have to recommend the movie Bug directed by William Friedkin. I love Bug and only wish I could have caught it as a play.

Date: 2012-01-25 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

If you're in the area and haven't had Mama Kim's, you truly must remedy that

For your last Question, my first attempt involved Victor Frankenstein and Dr. Moreau meeting for lunch at Mama Kim's truck, to compare notes on their various ongoing projects. I abandoned the attempt when it became clear that you wouldn't enter the picture until too much time had passed, and after it began to get a bit tongue-in-cheek/humorous, which wasn't what was asked for in the Question.


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