I’ve re-named the BOOKS category to MY WRITING. My books and other writing will always be listed on this site. It accommodates my list of short stories and my books. To date my writing has been under a by-line that includes my middle initial: Earl P. Dean. The Internet Speculative Fiction Database has it correct for my short story The Heat Tailor and my letter that appeared in Weird Tales Magazine, but it’s got me as Earl Dean for Hiding Mountain: Our Future in Apples– that’s incorrect compared to my by-line as it appears in the Harlan County Horrors collection– check the contents page of that book to see it’s me, as Earl P. Dean.
I was going to post a related note in the bulletins category, but this website theme doesn’t support off-stream blog posts so there’s not much point. I’ll say it here: I found a book titled Camelot Road on Amazon, and it’s by another writer who goes by Earl Dean. That’s not me; for the record, I didn’t write Camelot Road; it was apparently published in February 2017; my stories and books are older than that, and with the exception of one story that’s omitted (it was in a regional chapbook, and is now re-written in a state currently unpublished), they’re all listed here under MY WRITING.
-Earl P. Dean
I finished reading THE STORE by Bentley Little over the weekend. It was good; I like how he chose not to put a label on the evil in the novel– whatever Newman King is, it’s clear enough he’s a pretty bad egg. The ending is a bit surprising, and that’s a welcome discovery, too. Now I’m moving on to read CRY OF THE ICEMARK, a youth novel by British author Stuart Hill. Fantasy of that sort is a more likely choice for me anyway, but horror can be interesting.
Tonight at 7PM science fiction author John Scalzi will do a book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. In recent years it has been a regular promotional stop for him. I’ll be there; authors like coming to Lexington for things like this because the town has a strong fan base of readers.
UPDATED: I changed my mind and swerved over to THE DRAWING OF THE THREE, Stephen King’s second volume of THE DARK TOWER series. I’ll read ICEMARK later.
I finally got the story guide finished for the Cordwainer Smith collection. It’s up in issue 6 of Orschy’s today if you’d care to read it. As always, the earlier issues are there as well. I plan to avoid doing large story guides like this in the near future, just sticking to things I can get done at a more rapid pace. Thanks for your patience; enjoy!
I’ve wanted to play around with a new look for awhile. I hope you like it!
-Earl P. Dean
I took off work about an hour and a half early and went to dinner, then I went over to Joseph-Beth Booksellers where The Carnegie Center had audio-visual equipment set up on the events platform. I looked around at books for a few minutes and then bought a Cherry Italian soda, settled in and watched the crowd grow. The turnout was respectable when you consider I only saw the event advertised in the Kentucky Literary Newsletter at the last minute. The documentary focused on some background of Neil’s early years, the book tour billed as his last (which I attended at his Lexington signing, where it was held at the Manchester Grand), and featured interviews with several people who either know him or who I presume that know him; people like Terry Pratchett, Bill Hader, Merrilee Heifetz, and Patton Oswalt. I particularly liked the coverage of his time writing The Sandman; it had a lot of footage I would expect is rare, and he explained how he decided that was what he wanted to write. I’m glad I took the time to go visit Joseph-Beth and watch this.
I was going to make this post essentially about Stephen King, who won the award for his single-author collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. But having seen his generosity about these things, I felt sure he’d appreciate it if I’d just include a link to the whole list. Here it is:
This is the list for 2015, but click around and you can get a look at the other years as well.
I bought a Roku for my mother as a birthday gift. She’s a little nervous about using technology except for her IPhone and her IPad, and I was worried she might not like the Roku very much, but I got it and set it up back in April. And immediately, it failed to run shows. I worked on it for a little while– mom can get a little excited the longer I fool with a thing and it becomes a concern that I’ve broken it; but she was great. I remember she said that the internet service had been having trouble anyway, and that a technician would need to stop by. So I stopped tactfully, and I felt pretty sure it would be okay when I had a chance to come back to it; anyway, somewhere inside I might have been hopeful that I really hadn’t broken it. As it turns out, the dreaded broadband of Harrodsburg DSL was the culprit, a place where dickering powers block each other’s pipe and generally mess things over. I will not say what service did this. It does not matter, here. This is Mom, Roku and Me.
So the techs came out and ran a gauntlet on her wireless service that would make an action star go pale. Since they got done, the internet has remained fixed for two weeks, and it has given great streaming service to the Roku device. Over Independence Day weekend, mom asked if we could watch a show on Roku I’d recommended. We sat down and streamed nearly the whole two seasons of the detective drama I’d said I was sure she’d like: Bosch, an Amazon Prime Original series now moving toward its third season, slated for 2017.
Mom really seemed to like Bosch. And I’m happy she did– I’d seen it, and having a pretty good idea of what mom and her husband watch, I’d hoped she would. Happy Birthday, mom.