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CHICK BASSIST celebrates chick bassists: Sean Yseult

Best known as the bassist for White Zombie, Sean Yseult has also played in Germs tribute band Ruined Eye, all-girl surf rock band Famous Monsters, and punk crooners Rock City Morgue. Her father was noted Hemingway biographer Michael S. Reynolds. In addition to music, Sean is an artist, designer, photographer, and author. Her photo memoir I’M IN THE BAND is highly recommended.

At about the three minute mark in this clip, you can watch Sean rocking the thundering 6/4 bassline of White Zombie’s “Black Sunshine” steady as the pistons in a 400HP Mustang… while headbanging. Trust me, that takes serious talent.

Order CHICK BASSIST today!

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How to Make Money: Deadline Extended!

Writers and Editors: You want to be a part of this!

Coming soon to Amazon Kindle and other ebook vendors near you: Will Somebody Please Just Tell Me… HOW TO MAKE MONEY …In the Publishing Industry without Selling My Body, Losing My Mind, Looking Like an Asshole, or Resorting to Writing a $hitty $elf-Help Book

I’m looking for anecdote-heavy essays about your experiences making money (or not making money) in the publishing industry. Pay is $5 per essay accepted, plus a royalty share. Reprints welcome. So come up with something that tempers funny with dream crushing, or dust off that blog post about the time the publisher paid you–or didn’t pay you–and send it in. This might be your only chance to make a few bucks off it!

Reading period ends Feb 21, 2013 Deadline Extended One Week: Feb 28, 2013. Send queries or submissions in doc or rtf format to ross(at)haresrocklots(dot)com.

Draft Cover - Not Yet Final

Draft Cover – Not Yet Final

I’ve already got some outstanding essays in hand, so Will Somebody Please Just Tell Me… HOW TO MAKE MONEY …In the Publishing Industry without Selling My Body, Losing My Mind, Looking Like an Asshole, or Resorting to Writing a $hitty $elf-Help Book will be going to press on Amazon Kindle in early March. But there’s room for more, and I know you’ve got a tale to tell! You’ve got one week if you want to get on board!

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A second television appearance and a new review…

They say you can’t find fine literature on television. They’re wrong. Thanks to Webberly Rattencraft, The Book of Cthulhu has made a second appearance on Creepy Kofy Movie, being referenced by the Fact Rat during last night’s presentation of the 1969 kaiju classic, Attack of the Monsters (AKA Gamera vs. Guiron). Here’s a peek:

Hidden Pictures: Can you spot the rat reading a book? Look hard.
Just like playing Hidden Pictures: Can you see the rat reading a book? Look hard.

And The Book of Cthulhu II has received a new review. Katy Sozaeva at Now is Gone says, “These stories are all darkly brilliant gems of Cthulhuian/Lovecraftian imagination. Fans of Lovecraft will not want to miss it. Highly recommended.” To read the complete review, which includes story-by-story notes and additional literary love for Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, and Johnathan Wood, visit Now is Gone.

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The Book of Cthulhu makes its television debut…

This past Saturday, The Book of Cthulhu made its television debut on the season premiere of KOFY TV’s Creepy KOFY Movie Time. Viewers with keen eyes and the moral fortitude to look past the notorious Cave Girls will spot The Book of Cthulhu appearing on Fact Rat Webberly Rattenkraft‘s fact desk (and that’s a fact!) throughout Creepy KOFY Movie Time‘s presentation of an American classic, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter!

Here’s a sneak peek:

Webberly with The Book of Cthulhu!

Tune in to this week’s episode of Creepy KOFY Movie Time to see if Webberly manages to sneak The Book of Cthulhu II onto the air.

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Chick Bassist, the Desktop Background

Chick Bassist welcomes you into punk rock hell, the friendless disillusionment of waking up in a shitty motel room in California with half a joint and an empty six-pack, radio blaring Lou Reed, concrete ocean on all sides and a blazing inferno within.

Now, in a collaboration between photographer Randall Ingalls, author Ross E. Lockhart, and Lazy Fascist Press, we bring you the official Chick Bassist desktop background. Because you’ve always wanted your computer monitor to resemble the beer-and-blood-stained stage of your favorite punk rock venue.

Best of all, it’s your favorite price… FREE!!!

Just click on the image below to download the full-sized, high-resolution Chick Bassist desktop background. And tell your friends!

Chick Bassist - The Desktop Background

And in case you’re still on the fence about the book itself, here are just a few of the authorial endorsements (commonly known as blurbs) that Chick Bassist has received:

Chick Bassist is like the very best rock—gritty, haunting, gorgeous and unforgettable. Also, it’s best read aloud, at top volume.” –Spike Marlowe, author of Placenta of Love

Chick Bassist has a rhythm as primordial as the backbeat/heartbeat-backbone of Rock and Roll, and characters as raw as shredding power chords. Ross Lockhart has written a great rock novel!” —Alan M. Clark, author of Of Thimble and Threat and A Parliament of Crows

Chick Bassist is utterly savage. Lockhart’s style waxes poetic as a modern Beat giving us a glimpse into Rock & Roll hell.” —Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Occultation and The Croning

“Holy fucking fuck what a great book.” —MP Johnson, author of The Final Failure of a Professional Small Animal Inside-Outer and The Mutilation of Paris Hilton

“Lockhart’s writing is unpretentious yet literate, achieving the kind of loud intensity that only the best punk rock songs do while revealing an odd, and even disturbing, fragility. It’s crammed with detail and writerly techniques without being overtold. It’s a stunningly daring performance, the kind you and I (and he, most likely) were warned away from attempting.” –Zachary Jernigan, author of No Return

“Complete rock excellence.” –Adam Cesare, author of Video Night and Tribesmen

“Readers with an interest in the last half-century of rock music will find themselves well-served not only by the plethora of bands, albums, and songs referenced throughout, but also by the significance of these references to the characters and storyline. It’s one thing to drop names, but it’s another to demonstrate an actual literacy in one’s subject matter, and Lockhart clearly has this down as a writer.” –Arthur Graham, author of Editorial

“Poetry and terror and gritty realism can all coexist happily, and the third sound they generate in their harmonization just *jams* when done deftly. You can’t spell Ross Lockhart without ‘rock’. Chick Bassist was, for me, the most fun read of its type since Harlan Ellison’s Spider Kiss.” –Edward Morris, [2011 Pushcart Prize nominee, 2009 Rhysling Award nominee, 2005 British Science Fiction Association Award nominee], author of Blackguard 1: Fathers & Sons

Don’t forget: You have just three more days to register to win one of three signed copies of Chick Bassist from Goodreads. Click here to enter and (perhaps) win!

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A New Blurb for a Tuesday Morning

“Poetry and terror and gritty realism can all coexist happily, and the third sound they generate in their harmonization just *jams* when done deftly. You can’t spell Ross Lockhart without ‘rock’. CHICK BASSIST was, for me, the most fun read of its type since Harlan Ellison’s SPIDER KISS.” –Edward Morris, [2011 Pushcart Prize nominee, 2009 Rhysling Award nominee, 2005 British Science Fiction Association Award nominee], author of BLACKGUARD 1: FATHERS & SONS

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Um… wow! A comparison to Ellison’s Spider Kiss? I’m gobsmacked.

CHICK BASSIST: Buy it, win it, steal it. Get it. Read it.

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What are you doing this coming Monday?

What are you doing this coming Monday? No, this isn’t a come-on (well, maybe it is). This is an invitation to something… transgressive.

If you’re in the Bay Area or thereabouts on Monday, January 21, I’ll be dropping by San Francisco’s infamous 851 Haight Squat, an “autonomous literary zone” that City Lights Bookstore calls “By far, one of the most exciting reading series in San Francisco.” I’ll be performing a reading from Chick Bassist alongside authors Cameron Pierce, Kate Robinson, Kirsten Alene Pierce, Carleen Tibbetts, and Wonder Dave. This promises to be an evening of fun and debauchery for the whole family.

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Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, and haven’t heard of 851, Haighteration‘s Rose Garrett had a few things to say in her recent article, A Squat in the Dark: Inside the Lower Haight’s Underground Literary Salon.

I’ll see you at the squat!

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Listen to Christopher Reynaga’s “I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee” again for the first time!

Here’s the latest news from The Book of Cthulhu

You enjoyed listening to Christopher Reynaga‘s reading of his story “I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee” (from The Book of Cthulhu II) when we posted it last week. Now prepare to hear it again… for the first time. Read by The Drabblecast‘s Graeme Dunlop, this new recording will have you hiding under the couch–and avoiding seafood–for the foreseeable future. Just click here or on the picture below to listen.

From Hell's heart I stab at thee!

And now that you’ve heard both adaptations, what do you think? Which reading was stronger? The author’s, or the actor’s? Let us know in the comments!

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Throwing My Hat Into the Ring (and hoping it lands on a rocket)

Yesterday, author Bradley P. Beaulieu posted a hat-in-the-ring essay entitled “I Love the Smell of Hugos in the Morning. Smells Like… Victory.” It must be that time of year again, the scent of awards season is ripe and rich in the air. And you have to love an Apocalypse Now reference.

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Brad is an outstanding writer, one very much deserving of your consideration for a Hugo nomination, not only for his novel, The Straits of Galahesh, but also for his excellent fancast with Gregory A. Wilson, Speculate: The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans. Like Brad, I urge you to visit the 2013 Hugos website to learn what’s eligible, how to vote, and so on. But I was also flattered by Brad’s recommendation that you consider me in the Best Editor (Long Form) category. Thanks, Brad!

2012 was a very busy year for me. Not only was my rock-and-roll novella, Chick Bassist, published by Lazy Fascist Press, but I personally edited seventeen novels published in 2012 by Night Shade Books, and completed behind-the-scenes editorial tasks (coordinating edits and copyedits, making corrections, etc.) on another twelve novels (and one collection), not counting reprints. I also edited the anthology The Book of Cthulhu II and worked in many editorial capacities on Night Shade’s two “best of” anthologies and John Joseph Adams’ Other Worlds than These (to which I also contributed a “For Further Reading”) and the second edition of his Brave New Worlds.

And while I am no longer an employee of Night Shade Books, I am quite proud of the work I accomplished this past year, both released and as-yet-unreleased. So if you are a Hugo voter (or if you’d like to be one), and if you’ve enjoyed any of these wonderful books over the course of the year, please give the following authors and editors—and me—your consideration when submitting your nominations to the Hugo Awards committee. Thanks!

Novels Edited 2012:
Hitchers, Will McIntosh
When We Were Executioners, J. M. McDermott
Tooth and Nail, Jennifer Safrey
Enormity, W. G. Marshall (Walter Greatshell)
Jane Carver of Waar, Nathan Long
The Pillars of Hercules, David Constantine (David J. Williams)
Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, Phil and Kaja Foglio
Faustus Resurrectus, Thomas Morrissey
The Straits of Galahesh, Bradley P. Beaulieu
The Croning, Laird Barron
Prepare to Die!, Paul Tobin
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate, G. J. Koch (Gini Koch)
Spin the Sky, Katy Stauber
The Constantine Affliction, T. Aaron Payton (Tim Pratt)
Rapture, Kameron Hurley
Swords of Waar, Nathan Long
Terminal Island, Walter Greatshell

Anthologies Edited 2012:
The Book of Cthulhu II, ed. Ross E. Lockhart

Behind the Scenes: Novels 2012:
Faith, John Love
A Path to Coldness of Heart, Glen Cook
The Serpent Sea, Martha Wells
And Blue Skies from Pain, Stina Leicht
Summoning, Carol Wolf
The Black Opera, Mary Gentle
Scourge of the Betrayer, Jeff Salyards
Osiris, E. J. Swift
The Eternal Flame, Greg Egan
The Tainted City, Courtney Schafer
Knife-Sworn, Mazarkis Williams
The Siren Depths, Martha Wells

Behind the Scenes: Collections 2012:
The Ghost Pirates and Others: The Best of William Hope Hodgson

Behind the Scenes: Anthologies 2012:
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 6, ed. Jonathan Strahan
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4, ed. Ellen Datlow
Other Worlds than These, ed. John Joseph Adams
Brave New Worlds: Second Edition, ed. John Joseph Adams

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New Beginnings

Change is the one constant in this world, and as we move into 2013, I have a big announcement to make.

I am no longer the Managing Editor for Night Shade Books. Over the past five years, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing authors, artists, and designers, bringing captivating, engaging, fantastic stories to hungry readers everywhere. Through editing novels and collections, coordinating annual and special anthologies, and putting together my own The Book of Cthulhu anthologies, I have learned a great deal, and made lifelong connections with some of the most creative people—and one of the most welcoming communities—I have ever encountered.

For me, 2013 is all about new beginnings. I look forward to this change as a chance to not only allow time for my own writing again, but also test the publishing waters myself with some exciting new projects and ideas. The overwhelmingly positive response I’ve received to my recently published rock-and-roll novella Chick Bassist (Lazy Fascist Press) has encouraged me to refocus my energies in new ways. There will be more announcements here in the future as things progress, but please keep in touch, as I hope to work with many of you again in the coming year. You can reach me at ross@haresrocklots.com

Sincerely,

Ross E. Lockhart
PO Box 2074
Petaluma, CA 94953-2074