Assuming I’ve counted correctly–and with all the amended and alternate and additional pages I’ve juggled throughout this run, there’s no guarantee–today’s page is the 200th page of Lovecraft is Missing. Wow. That’s almost ten regular newsrack comics…in five years. And we have a long way to go yet.
So, CONTEST TIME! And for first prize I have a a brand new copy of S. T. Joshi’s first novel, featuring HPL and the other macabre writers who influenced him (Machen, Blackwood, etc.) as they join together to deal with The Assaults of Chaos. I’ll look around here for second and third prizes as well.
The question is, what contest? I’ve had several in which there was minimal participation. Trying something different, howzabout we award the book for the best first page of one of Win’s stories? You come up with the title and opening paragraph of a pulp story Win might have written for Weird Tales. Keep in mind his background: son of a pig farmer in a small Oklahoma panhandle town in the 1920s. It should be in a Lovecraftian vein, but not an imitation of HPL; Win is his own fellow. But, like Robert E. Howard down in Cross Plains, Texas, he’s a fellow traveler.
I’ll accept entries until November 8. I’ll be the final judge, of course. Win doesn’t write in Lovecraft’s style, but let your voice be your own. I’ll print the best three in the blog. Now, get writing. Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put LIM Contest in the subject line so I won’t miss it.
I wonder if I’d known how long this would take back when I started out, would I have gone ahead? I like to think I would have, but I can tell you I thought I’d be at this for six months or so and then on to other projects.
I’m also wondering what the heck I was thinking when I started the new sequence I’m working on. You won’t see it for another month, but let’s just say I got all experimental with the storytelling….and keeping it straight and clear is proving to be quite the challenge. I think it’s going to work, but you all will be the final judges on that score.
Have a good weekend.