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Mantichore 19

Mantichore 19

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Published by Leigh Blackmore
Fanzine produced for the SSWFT and EOD amateur press associations. This upload omits 13 pages of correspondence from the 1990s regarding Russian Lovecraft translations.
Fanzine produced for the SSWFT and EOD amateur press associations. This upload omits 13 pages of correspondence from the 1990s regarding Russian Lovecraft translations.

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 Mantichore 5
, No 4 (Whole Number 19).
****Edited by Leigh Blackmorefor the
(Oct 31, 2010/39th mailing), &
Esoteric Order of Dagon
(Oct 31, 2010/ 152nd mailing)
 Amateur Press Associations
.***78 Rowland Ave, Wollongong, NSW 2500.Australia.***
Leigh Blackmore
Contactlvxnox@gmail.com Official Website: Blackmausoleum –http://members.optusnet.com.au/lvxnox/  Latest SSWFT news at:http://sswftapa.blogspot.com/  LB at Australian Horror Writers Association:http://www.australianhorror.com/member_pages.php?page=86 LB’s library :http://www.librarything.com/profile/666777 
Contents This IssueContents This IssueContents This IssueContents This Issue
Mantic Notes……………….………………..2Re: Russian Lovecraft translations………..4
Left: LeighBlackmore &Margi Curtis atAussiecon.Photo: DannyLovecraft
Mantic Notes
(Pronunciation:'man-tik. Etymology: Greek
of,relating to the faculty of divination; prophetic).
This issue’s cover is an old piece by Kurt Stone,(involved in
Terror Australis
magazine years ago(.Never been published elsewhere to my knowledge.Thanks Kurt!//Most of my time for several months hasinvolved editing
 Midnight Ech
o 5 for the AustralianHorror Writers Association. Somewhat delayed fromits October release date due to the intervening WorldSF Convention in Melbourne (Aussiecon 4), the
 issue should be out late November or early December.//Aussiecon 4 was quite an experience. I haven’t hadmuch time blog about it, though my brief report aboutmeeting critic John Clute here:http://sswftapa.blogspot.com/2010/10/i-meet-one-of-my-critical-heroes-at.html. Margi and I both enjoyedthe con, but saw little of Melbourne outside of the conitself. We did have dinner one night with some of ourReclaiming witch friends who live there. My mainexperiences in meeting admired authors includedmeeting Charles Stross (who turned out extremely oddin person). I also met John Clute, as mentioned – adefinite highlight– and ChinaMieville
Left:Anoverawed LeighBlackmore withcritic John Clutein Melbourne.
(though didn’t get to spend any actual timewith him apart from having books signed) and RobertSilverberg and his wife Karen Haber (likewise), as wellas locals like editor/writer Paul Collins. Mostly, Ienjoyed spending time with local horror fans whom Ihadn’t seen for too long – Steve Paulsen and AaronSterns. There were a couple of occasions through thevery busy con where Margi and I got to hang out withthem over coffee. Danny Lovecraft was also there andwe managed to promote the new printing of my poetryvolume
Spores from Sharnoth & Other Madnesses
quitewell – a dealer called
Of Science and Swords
took copiesof all Danny’s publications for his table.The only panel in which I participated wascalled “In Search of the Necronomicon”. It went reallywell.UnfortunatelyAmericanscholar FayeRingel wasunable to attendthe con as shehad injured herelbow. Somereports of thepanel from the points of view of others can be found onthe web at:http://joffrehorlor.com/Articles/AussieCon4/01_DayOne.phpand also at:
Below, L-R: Talie Helene, Danny Lovecraft,Leigh Blackmore. (Chuck McKenzie had already runaway…)(Photo: Margi Curtis)
Significantly, at Aussiecon I was elected thenew President of the Australian Horror WritersAssociation. In that capacity I got to chat to RockyWood, fellow Australian writer who is now Presidentof the Horror Writers Association based in the USA;this should prove a fruitful contact. Being the new Presof AHWA is involving me in lots of duties ofreorganising the way the committee functions. I hope Ican help grow the association in productive ways forAustralian writers.//I also met Peter Watts, who wonthe Hugo Award while at the con. It was a particularpleasure, for it was no less than he who wrote of mynovella “Uncharted” – “Blew me away! The story getskudos for prose style alone!” //The Nightmare Ball,organised by Kyla Ward, was a great part of the con.Some pics from it can be seen here:http://garykemblenews.blogspot.com/2010/09/in-pictures-nightmare-ball.html 
Left: LeighBlackmore withsongwriter,guitarist &producer ToddRundgren inSydney.(Photo: DannyLovecraft)
In October I got to witness a dream-of-alifetime live concert from Todd Rundgren, thelegendary performer whose music I have loved forthirty-five years, at the Basement in Sydney. I was withMargi and Graham, and Danny Lovecraft alsoattended. Won’t waste space on it here, but you cancheck here for my review of the brilliant gig:http://sswftapa.blogspot.com/2010/10/todd-rundgren-is-still-officially-godd.html// Radio 2SER in Sydney interviewed me, andfeatured writer Kyla Ward (reading from one of herstories from the massive new Australian horroranthology
 , during October. I was suffering ahorrendous ‘flu when I did the phone interview, but itcame reasonably OK. You can listen to the podcast bygoing here:http://finaldraft.podomatic.com/entry/2010-10-18T22_33_00-07_00. My bit comes around the 5:00min mark.My Holmesian horror story “The Arcana ofDeath” was not accepted for
Gaslight Arcanum
 , to mydisappointment. (That of my colleague Chris Sequeira,who had also been in a previous volume of the series,was also not accepted). So that tale is looking for a newhome…//My collaborative poem with Richard L.Tierney, “Twilight of the Mage”, will be in
5. I will also have a poem, “The Golden Goblet”,in STJ’s new journal,
Weird Fiction Annual
No 1, due outlater this year from Centipede Press. //I suppliedRobert Bloch’s daughter with some recordings of herfather which she had not heard. That was a big thrill!Will Hart (www.cthulhuwho.com
) has also beenputting up a plethora of Bloch and Leiber audio filesfrom various conventions. Check ‘em out if you haven’talready!//Due to my need to finish editing
 , I’m going to again beg off providing interestingoriginal material in this issue. Instead, I’m reproducingsome correspondence I had back in 1993 with KubinLiterary Agency, who helped produce varioustranslations of Lovecraft into Russian around that time.The items listed in the bibliography supplied by FiodorEremeyev are detailed in STJ’s
H.P. Lovecraft: AComprehensive Bibliography
in the Russian translationssection which starts at p. 276, though not with theCyrillic alphabet. It may interest some hardcore HPLfans to see this correspondence, with its Cyrillicspellings of the Russian Lovecraft titles. // I believeGraeme Phillips’ special issue devoted to Australianwriter and Lovecraftian Vol Molesworth will be outshortly. James Doig and I lent Graeme assistance withthis project andit should bequite a largenumber of
Thecartoon left isby PhillipCornell, drawnmany years agofor
Terror  Australis
 magazine but from memory, not actually used there.The cartoon above was drawn by AlexMacdonald, lead singer of Surprise, a band withwhom my old 1980’s band Worm Technology oftenused to gig. He drew it after concluding from mystory “The Infestation” that all my horror writing wasabout physically repulsive occurrences!

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