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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:02 am:   

is online:

http://tinyurl.com/345m24

:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:06 am:   

This is a story I wrote about the guy I mentioned on the latest movie thread, Henry Wullmer...who was Jhon Saxon's roomate for a while.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:10 am:   

The story is giving me flashbacks to living in Florida. Reminds me of the mosquitos, the ones out in California tell you they're going to draw blood first, the ones in Florida managed to draw it by osmosis.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:13 am:   

The ones in central america just rip your arm off... :-)
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:14 am:   

*shudders* :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:34 am:   

I've was on a beach in the Yucatan once when the wind died and I stuck my arm out the car window. Within seconds, you could hardly see a patch of skin free of mosquitoes.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:38 am:   

Creepy. Worst thing that happened to me in Florida was getting a staph infection from being bitten so much (and scratching). Sounds like I got off easy.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:40 am:   

I noticed on the main Subterranean page that you've got a novella coming up? I thought it was to be Vacancy, but it seems quite a bit shorter.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:44 am:   

No, no novella that I'm aware of. Vacancy is it. It's about 28,000.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:47 am:   

It says novella a little bit down on the left here:

http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/winter2007
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 09:56 am:   

I think they're referring to Vacancy. Can't be anything else.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:07 am:   

Maybe only the first three chapters were posted? What's there is only a fraction of 28,000 words. Really liked what I read so far. I can empathise with that patterns on the ceiling bit. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:12 am:   

I think their going to put up the entire novella, but I don't know...That's what I was told.

Anyway, yeah, ceiling patterns...tiles...allgrist for my mill. :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:13 am:   

Subterranean is publishing it as a serial, presumably the rest will be published in a week or so.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:15 am:   

Lucius, you might want to suggest to Bill S that he add "to be continued" to the bottom of the page :-)
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:16 am:   

I bet clouds too. I've seen amazing things in clouds. :D Anyway, I'm looking forward to the rest whenever it arrives, it definitely felt like a cliffhanger.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:17 am:   

Ah, thanks, Ellen. That does need to be fixed before the critics come out and say that Lucius doesn't know how to end a story. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:28 am:   

Thanks, Ellen, you want to send me his email.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:37 am:   

Lucius,
I'm still in London on my webmail and it looks like I don't have YOUR email address. Can you email me with it and I'll respond with Bill's email :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:47 am:   

Thanks, will do.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 05:08 pm:   

So far so good on VACANCY.

I'm not sure about this sentence:

"Word was that the studio was leaning toward him, because Willis had pissed off one of the execs, so one the night before the callback he did acid at some Topanga cliff dwelling and came in looking bleary and dissolute."
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 05:30 pm:   

"Word was that the studio was leaning toward him, because Willis had pissed off one of the execs, so on the night before the callback he did acid at some Topanga cliff dwelling and came in looking bleary and dissolute."

What?
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 05:42 pm:   

"On" needs to be substituted for "one".
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 05:46 pm:   

Yeah. I fixed it.
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 06:00 pm:   

boomerangs!
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 06:12 pm:   

Wouldn't be surprised if he sneaks a koala in there somewhere :-)

I know Funky and Fabulous K Bears are just dyin' for attention...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 06:22 pm:   

Boomerangs...are you all aflutter? :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 06:32 pm:   

nothing pleases me like reference to a boomerang.

you ever thrown one? when i was a kid, me and my mates used to get given them by relatives and shit. we'd go out into this giant reserves and toss them round. they're fun things and if you're lucky, you can hit your mates on the return with them.

to aussie that sentence up, i put two mates in it, just for everyone :-)
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 06:34 pm:   

It's fun to throw 'em.

It's more fun when they come back though...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 06:39 pm:   

Yes, I have thrown a boomerang. I used to be fairly expert with one as a kid. My uncle, who was from Christchurch, brought me several from NZ...or Austrailia. I don't know where he picked them up. The beach was a great place to throw them and I was at an age when throwing made me happy. I reckon I could rip the nose off a 'roo at fifty yards. :-)

That said, it's not an Aussie reference in the story so much as it reference this dumbass Filipino movie...
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 06:41 pm:   

oh, yeah, i figured the reference was more to do with the films. boomerangs are a bad movie prop, too. i just got sidetracked and figure we could all reminence about our time throwing boomerangs and hunting roos and shit ;)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 06:44 pm:   

Good idea. I don't know about __bad__ movie prop. As far as I'm concerned, they don't use boomerangs enough in movies. Discovering that Matalo, the sphaghetti western, had heavy 'rang use cheered me up no end.
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 07:27 pm:   

i still remember that boomerang in a tv series--they were like, truck drivers, or something, and one of them had this big silver boomerang. the actors name was jacko something, i think.

wasn't there a boomerang in one of the mad max films?
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 07:33 pm:   

Yeah, in the second one, the feral kid throws it. The pilot catches it and loses some fingers.

You ought to check out Matalo!

Wish I could see that series. :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 08:06 pm:   

i'll have a look for matalo tonight--currently writing a course application (like, one i want to teach--things are so irritating). however, with such ease i found that tv series:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094479/

it was called the highwayman.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 08:12 pm:   

That looks totally cool! Too bad there's no DVD.
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 08:18 pm:   

i'm sure it's available for download somewhere :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 08:24 pm:   

Maybe, but I'm not up to downloading yet. I'll wait for the DVD.

Happy booming...

Luck with the proposal.
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 08:28 pm:   

thanks, man.
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PM
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 08:22 am:   

Yesterday, two more chapters appeared.

"his pulse accelerated by the dervish reeds and clattering percussion, music that might accompany the flight of panicked moth"

Is the moth singular or plural?

"He goes cracks the door, then opens it and steps out into the soft night air."

Would the comma go after?
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 08:25 am:   

Should read: a panicked moth.

Should read: He cracks the door, then opens it and etc....
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 08:31 am:   

Lucius,
Are you checking that Bill is copyediting and/or proofreading the novella for the print edition?
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PM
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 08:33 am:   

Cliff is having trouble holding his temper.”

Quote without a quote.

The story has fun with names such as "Palaniappans" and I can't help but think Chick Corea.

So how's it going to end...can't wait till tomorrow!
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 08:36 am:   

I don't understand the question, Ellen. Aren't we getting galleys? Didn't he tell you we were?

Thanks, PM
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 10:19 am:   

I don't recall but I guess so. But usually one just goes over galleys for things the copy editor misses.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 10:35 am:   

Well, I can't do anything about it. You'd better check with bill--from what I hear, the magazine doesn't have terrific proofreading,..
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 02:14 pm:   

I've already contacted him about it.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 02:15 pm:   

Coolest.

Are you home?
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PM
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 12:06 pm:   

New chapters posted today.

Story's gettin' creepy.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 12:24 pm:   

creepy's good!
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PM
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 12:43 pm:   

(Agreed.) Creepy in a good way.

There's something to be said for releasing it a couple of chapters at a time. (and not having to wait a month or more for each new batch)
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 12:47 pm:   

There's something to be said about almost everything.... :-)
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PM
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 01:58 pm:   

Well, hopefully I'm gettin' a gold star ;)
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 02:03 pm:   

We don't pass out stars, just purple hearts.
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PM
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 02:07 pm:   

Stars and purple hearts makes me think of a general pain in the ass. (Not you or I or anyone in particular)
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 02:14 pm:   

A lot of soldiers have fallen....
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PM
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 02:18 pm:   

True dat. And a considerable number of casualties.
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PM
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 07:28 pm:   

Chapters eight and nine were posted today.

Here a few sentences needing assistance:

"Meanwhile, in another part of the cave, Dak is chained to the wall and Isabel is preparing to scourge him with an S&M dream of whip whose lashes appear to be fashioned of live scorpions."

"Cliff's surprised too see him"

"He wonders if had it mind to compromise Ashford,"
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 07:44 pm:   

Thanks, PM
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PM
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 05:17 pm:   

Wednesday brought the concluding chapters.

I noticed "brazen-ness" and "With a last glimmer of self-perception, he realizes this slippage is the start of slide that will never end"

Moral of the story: Don't fuck with the blue witch.

No doubt you were banging away on the second to the last paragraph furiously fuckin' it to its final completion.

Well done.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 05:30 pm:   

Thanks, PM.

The moral perhaps has more to do with cultural imperialism...
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PM
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 06:03 pm:   

True.

I should have put a smiley after "blue witch".
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 09:01 pm:   

Ah, I caught yer meaning...
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PM
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 09:12 pm:   

...and cultural imperialism is a no-no!

Enjoyed the weaving of an STD into the tale...and a few new vocabulary words to boot!

Have you ever considered crime fiction?
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 09:25 pm:   

Yes, and will write sone.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 09:26 pm:   

Some...
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PM
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 06:38 pm:   

Here's what Nick Gevers had to say in the May Locus:

"Shepard anatomizes the inadequacies of conventional masculinity brilliantly, in passages of desolate epiphany."
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 06:57 pm:   

I knowed I's doin' somethin' like that...:-)
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Fabrice Doublet
Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2007 - 11:30 am:   

While surfing on the Nightshade Board, I just wanted to say that I did like "Vacancy", "Dead Money" and loved "Stars Seen Through Stone". Whao!
Congratulations, nice trio!

Being French, I just bought the french collection "Aztechs", to stay in the mood!
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2007 - 12:10 pm:   

Thanks, Fabrice. Keep on surfing.
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2007 - 10:03 pm:   

Yeah, thanks, Fabrice. "Louisiana Breakdown" is out this month from Le Bélial', though I didn't translate this one.
Maybe more to come...
Jean-Daniel
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Fabrice Doublet
Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2007 - 02:33 am:   

Thanks for the news, Jean-Daniel, I'll be watching for it (didn't found it in the new releases on the Belial site though). Le Belial is doing an outstanding job (Vance, Anderson, Shepard, Day, Silverberg, ... are all on my bookshelves). I'm currently reading "Axiomatique". Thank God, you didn't translate that one (I read a really "nice" comment on the translation by dear modest Francis Valéry in Fiction number 5) (joke)
I miss the "Etoiles Vives" anthologies, though.

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