PURPLE PROZE, ISSUE #4, 4/97
In late February, U.S. rights to Courtney Love: The Real
Story were sold to Simon & Schuster. The biography will
be published in November 1997, and I'll be doing publicity in
New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and probably
Boston, among other places. U.K. rights were sold to Orion.
Italian rights went to Frassinelli, who will also publish Exquisite
Simon & Schuster will publish a trade paperback edition
of Exquisite Corpse in August 1997.
Nine black-and-white photographs of me appear in the wonderful
Neurotica: The Darkest Art of J.K. Potter (Overlook Press,
Lewis Hollow Road, Woodstock NY 12498). Several of these were
first published in MONDO 2000. (The gaping torso et al.)
I've agreed to write an opinions column for Cemetery Dance
Magazine (CD Publications, P.O. Box 943, Abingdon MD 21009).
Look for the first installment of "Guilty But Insane"
in the Spring 1997 issue; it covers my Mardi Gras adventures,
common reader misconceptions, Ms. Rice's latest local lunacy,
and the recent death of a friend.
A recent interview with me appears in the latest issue of the
great gothic magazine Carpe Noctem, 260 S. Woodruff Ave.,
Suite 105, Idaho Falls, ID 83401 / email email@example.com
My portrait and a journal excerpt from 1988 appear in The
Faces of Fantasy (Photographs by Patti Perret), Tor Books.
After an appalling delay, Douglas E. Winter's anthology Revelations
(formerly titled Millennium, and still called that in
the U.K.) will be published by HarperCollins in May 1997. This
book contains "Triads," a novella I co-wrote with
Christa Faust, set in 1937 Hong Kong and Shanghai. On a related
note, my short story "Pin Money," a prequel to "Triads,"
will appear in a forthcoming issue of Rage.
My short story "Entertaining Mr. Orton" is in the
anthology Grave Passions, edited by William J. Mann,
Masquerade Books, 1997. Order via Masquerade/Direct, 801 Second
Ave, New York, NY 10017 / tel. 800-375-2356 / email MasqBks@aol.com
/ $6.50 + $1.50 postage.
I have a short untitled piece in Dick For A Day (Villard
Books), an anthology featuring woman writers, artists, and political
figures discussing what they would do if they had a ... well,
read the title.
Polish rights to Lost Souls have sold to to Wydawnictwo.
(I hear bad jokes forming in sick minds out there ... )
Along with Joe R. Lansdale and Ramsey Campbell, I will be a
Guest of Honor at the 1997 World Horror Convention in Niagara
Falls, NY, May 8 - 11. For information, write WHC 1997, P.O.
Box 1072, Amherst NY 14226-7072, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or
check out the web site at www.horrornet.com/whc1997.htm
In response to a reader's query, Spooky's reference to the
Nick Drake song "Safe as Milk" in Lost Souls
is not meant to indicate that Nick Drake used heroin ... I have
no idea whether he did or not ... though I do know that he died
by overdosing on antidepressants, something artists seem prone
to do, probably because it strikes them as deliciously ironic
... Thanks for all the inquiries and good wishes for Purple
Proze's previous editor, Robert Sage. He's hanging in there
... People have been asking me where I met BRIAN HODGE and where
they can get his work. Brian and I met in a mixed-gender brothel
in 1937; we fought over a comely androgyne, but later became
fast friends. Brian's new short story collection, The Convulsion
Factory, is available from Silver Salamander Press, 4128
Woodland Park Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103 / 206-633-1930 / http://horrornet.com/silver.htm
... No, I'm not planning another volume of Love in Vein,
so please don't send me vampire stories ... don't send me ANY
stories, OK? ... well, you can if you want, but please realize
that I cannot critique them or even acknowledge them ... I'm
a mean, cranky, lousy critic anyway ... and how do I know you're
not gonna turn up in my attic someday, claiming I stole your
idea for my new novel? (Not you, dear reader -- the other
psychos who get this thing.)
There's cool stuff about me on the Internet, though I don't
actually take part in any of it except Pandora Station (http://www.negia.net/~pandora),
to which I recently contributed several old and recent photos.
Other places worth checking out are Usenet group alt.books.poppy-z-brite,
my friend Kevin's PZB page (http://www.paranoia.com/~kevintx/pzb/),
and the lushly gorgeous Altar of Poppy Z. Brite (http://www.freedomrings.com/
pzbrite/). I hear there's also a site called the Sacred Yew
where Kinsey Hummingbird is the talking bar-bot, but I can't
find it. If anyone knows where it is, please let me know.
Thanks for all the fabulous & intoxicating gifts ... keep
'em coming ... if you think I'd like it, I probably would.