Little Gray Bastards is now available

Little Gray Bastards, my nonfiction book on UFOs and alien abduction written in collaboration with Jordan Hofer, can now be ordered on the Schiffer Publishing website.


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The Dreamlands Novel is Completed

My pal W. H. Pugmire and I recently completed our short novel set in H. P. Lovecraft’s dreamlands, and the text has been copy edited by the leading Lovecraft scholar and editor of weird fiction, S. T. Joshi. Our tentative title for the book is Witches In Dreamland. The manuscript is being evaluated by a publisher.

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Poet and small press editor Harry Calhoun has died

Sadly, poet and small press editor Harry Calhoun passed away on October 31, 2015. I didn’t know him well, but we had some very pleasant exchanges by mail and/or email and he sent me at least one, and possibly more of his books and magazines. Shortly after I heard the news, I did a quick search through one of the stacks of poetry books scattered around the house and found one that Harry Calhoun had sent me in 2011, titled. The Insomnia Poems. I immediately reread it and was reminded that it’s truly superb, the language finely crafted, the poems insightful, profound and touching. I don’t recall if I told him that back when I first received it. Harry is best known as the editor and publisher of the tiny poetry magazine, Pig In A Pamphlet. Issue #12, which was an all Bukowski special issue, is famous for the fact that Bukowski’s publisher John Martin objected to Harry publishing a stand alone edition of Bukowski work with no other writers being involved. That issue is titled “then I gave up and started drinking heavily” and is now a rare item that sells for about $200, although the issue price in 1985 was a mere 50 cents. I want to do an exhaustive search through my books to see what else I have of Harry’s. I’m pretty sure it includes issues of Pig In A Pamphlet although I don’t remember having number 12. There may be other chapbooks of his as well, and possibly cards or letters. Harry was a good guy, a gifted poet, and is missed by many. Rest in Peace, Harry.

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H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2015

I’ll be in Portland this weekend for the HPLFF. Today (Saturday, Oct. 3), I have two official events: the mass author signing from 10 AM to 12, and a reading during the 3:00 to 4:00 PM block. Nothing special planned for Sunday, so I’ll just be hanging out that day. Unfortunately, my friend and collaborator, Wilum Pugmire, is unable to attend this year. I will have small number of copies for sale of the two books we have written together: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal, and In the Gulfs of Dream and Other Lovecraftian Tales. Your best chance of buying one from me is this morning (Saturday) at the signing event, but if you miss that, feel free to ask me about books at any time during the festival, as I very well may have some copies remaining after the signing.

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“In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales” is now available

I’ve been very negligent about posting here. Since my last post, the regular and deluxe hardcover editions of the new collection of horror stories by me and W. H. Pugmire became available at the Dark Renaissance Books website. The deluxe edition quickly sold out, but copies of the regular hardcover — which is limited and signed — are still available. Once the hardcovers are all gone, a trade paperback edition will be released. We’ve gotten some excellent reviews so far, including a yet to be published review by scholar, editor and critic, S. T. Joshi, that is very favorable. I’m very pleased with all aspects of the book. Wilum and I are now about half way done drafting a novel set in H. P. Lovecraft’s dreamlands, which is to be published by Dark Renaissance Books in 2016, hopefully in the spring, in time for the next Portland CthulhuCon. That project is going very well and I’m enjoying the writing. Wilum is the perfect collaborator. He inspires me and motivates me to do my best work, all with no pressure. It’s a smooth process. I’m lucky to be doing this.

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In stock soon: “In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales” by David Barker and W. H. Pugmire

Next week, the hardcover edition of the new collection of horror stories by me and Wilum Pugmire will be in stock at Dark Renaissance Books. You can pre-order a copy on the publisher’s website.


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New Collection of Horror Fiction by Barker and Pugmire at CthulhuCon 2015

In a couple days I’m supposed to receive 25 copies of the new collection by me (David Barker) and W. H. Pugmire from Dark Renaissance Books. This is a very limited, advance special trade paperback edition that is being prepared just for the Portland CthulhuCon happening this weekend, April 25th and 26th, 2015.  Of the 25 copies, 20 or fewer copies will be available for sale at the event. Wilum and I are doing a reading together at 2:00 PM on Saturday, and we’ll be at the group signing event at 10:00 AM on Sunday. The new collection, “In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales” will be available for purchase at both events, and we’d be happy to sign your copy. The collection consists of 12 short stories by me, another 12 by Wilum, and two longish stories we wrote together. The group signing is named “Carbload for Cthulhu” and features free coffee, tea, bagels and other snacks, with a total of 15 authors on hand. Feel free to bring us any books or magazines you want us to sign — it’s not limited to only books we are selling there. Here’s the final Table of Contents for the collection:

  1. “The Stairway in the Crypt” (9,200 words) Barker & Pugmire.

  2. “Your Ivory Hollow” (3,000 words) – Pugmire

  3. “Among The Ghouls” (2,800 words) – Barker

  4. “A Thousand Smokes” (1,060 words) – Pugmire

  5. “The Temple of the Worm” (1,900 words) – Barker

  6. “An Eidolon of Filth” (3,090 words) – Pugmire

  7. “The Urns” (2,700 words) – Barker

  8. “Through Sunset’s Gate” (1,830 words) – Pugmire

  9. “The Recluse” (4,200 words) – Barker

  10. “An Unearthly Awakening” (1,130 words) – Pugmire

  11. “The Stone of Ubbo-Sathla” (1,300 words) – Barker

  12. “Within One Ruined Realm” (1,685 words) – Pugmire

  13. “In the Gulfs of Dream” (20,600 words) Barker & Pugmire.

  14. “A Dweller in Martian Darkness” (750 words) – Barker.

  15. “O. Lad of Memory and Shadow” (960 words) – Pugmire

  16. “Mural” (3,800 words) – Barker

  17. “Midnight Mushrumps” (2,460 words) – Pugmire

  18. “The Ghoul God’s Bride” (5,200 words) – Barker

  19. “Elder Instincts” (1,530 words) – Pugmire

  20. “The One Dark Thought of Nib-Z’gat(450 words) – Barker

  21. “Descent into Shadow and Light” (1,300 words) – Pugmire

  22. “The Dead City” (3,450 words) – Barker

  23. “The Quickening of Ursula Sphinx” (2,170 words) – Pugmire

  24. “The Horror in the Library” (400 words) – Barker

  25. “A Presence of the Past” (11,400 words) – Pugmire

  26. “The Grasses of Mahspe” (1,300 words) – Barker

And here’s the proof front cover design with a wonderful painting by the highly gifted artist, Erin Wells (the published cover may be slightly different):



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