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Mantichore 21 Apr 2011Part1

Mantichore 21 Apr 2011Part1

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Published by Leigh Blackmore
Issue of zine circulated through EOD and SSWFT Amateur Press Associations
Issue of zine circulated through EOD and SSWFT Amateur Press Associations

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 Mantichore 6
, No 2 (Whole Number 21).
****Edited by Leigh Blackmorefor the
SSWFT 
(Apr 30, 2011/41st mailing), &
Esoteric Order of Dagon
(Apr 30,2011/ 154th mailing)
 Amateur Press Associations
.***78 Rowland Ave, Wollongong, NSW 2500.Australia.***
‘After Austin Osman Spare’© 2011 Margi Curtis
 
MANTICHOREMANTICHOREMANTICHOREMANTICHORE
21212121
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………………………………………………………………………...2Reports on the Death of April Rose Derleth…………………………………….5The Joshi-Blackmore Letters Part 1……………………………………………….6
 THIS ISSUE IN MEMORIAM THIS ISSUE IN MEMORIAM THIS ISSUE IN MEMORIAM THIS ISSUE IN MEMORIAMAPRIL ROSE DERLETHAPRIL ROSE DERLETHAPRIL ROSE DERLETHAPRIL ROSE DERLETH(9 AUG 1954(9 AUG 1954(9 AUG 1954(9 AUG 1954----21 MAR 2011)21 MAR 2011)21 MAR 2011)21 MAR 2011)
PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF ARKHAM HOUSE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF ARKHAM HOUSE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF ARKHAM HOUSE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF ARKHAM HOUSE DAUGHTER OF AUGUST DERLETHDAUGHTER OF AUGUST DERLETHDAUGHTER OF AUGUST DERLETHDAUGHTER OF AUGUST DERLETHR.I.P.R.I.P.R.I.P.R.I.P.
Mantic Notes
(Pronunciation:'man-tik. Etymology: Greek
mantikos,
from
mantis:
of, relating to the faculty of divination; prophetic).
This issue’s cover is by Margi Curtis, based on a piece by the great occultist and automatic/trance artist, AustinOsman Spare. Thanks Margi!The whole of Feb and March were taken up for me byan eight week course, the Cert IV in Small BusinessAdministration, which I completed at Wollongong IteC,preparatory to setting up my own business, Proof PerfectEditorial Services. I enjoyed the course greatly and am now inthe process of gathering clients for proofreading, copyeditingand manuscript assessment work on an ongoing basis.The release of
 Midnight Ech
o 5, from the AustralianHorror Writers Association, (edited by me), dragged oninterminably through the early part of the New Year, but thePDF version was finally released in late February. (The printversion has proved a further complication but is now in print).Copies will be mailed to contributors in early May. I’m veryproud of the issue, whose cover is pictured here. Asmentioned last time, the issue contains a plethora of weirdpoems as well as stories, and work by several EOD/SSWFTmembers including John Goodrich, Mollie L. Burleson andFred Phillips is included. Here’s the official blurb:
 
 Midnight Echo
5
is jam-packed with dark fiction, poetry and art. It includes the winners of the AHWA's2010 Short Story competition and Flash Fiction Competition (stories by Christopher Green and JasonFischer), with brand new stories by Terry Dowling, Chandler Kaiden, E. Albert Banstrom, Blair Kelly,Bryce J. Stevens, Mollie Burleson, Christopher Sequeira, Aaron Polson, Felicity Dowker, Rick Kennett, Juliet Bathory, George Ivanoff, Damien Giles, Robert Mammone and John Goodrich. The issue includeshorrific and weird verse by such poets as Kyla Ward, Richard L. Tierney, Fred Phillips, CharlesLovecraft, Michael Fantina, Rosa Christian, Ann K. Schwader, Phillip A. Ellis, Margi Curtis, JoyceFrohn, Mike Berger, Guy Belleranti, Adrienne J. Odasso, John Grey, Ron T. Wilkins and Terrie LeighRelf. Dark art by international artists include works by Carl Schaller, Martin Blanco (cover), ShaneRyan, Gaston Locanto, Wayne Palesado, and Tony Karnes.As an added bonus, this issue features aneight-page graphic story by Mark Farrugia and Greg Chapman.
You can buy the magazine from the AHWA online shop at:http://www.shop.australianhorror.com/ I continued my part-time I Ching readings at Lotus Bookshop and have also had timeto advance my Robert Bloch letters project somewhat. I really haven’t written much otherthan contributing some reviews to the next issue of
Dead Reckonings
. It looks, though, asthough I will have some poetry and perhaps a story in one or two of the forthcoming Arkhamhouse anthologies. I am rather chuffed, also, to report that one of my critical essays (“Marvelsand Horrors: Terry Dowling’s
Clowns at Midnight
”, in Danel Olsen(ed),
21
st
Century Gothic
 , Scarecrow Press) was nominated for theWilliam Atheling Award for Criticism in Australia’s Ditmar Awards. Itdidn’t win – but it was an honour to be nominated, anyway.At right is the cover of
The Crossing
 , a first novel by my oldmate Baz Radburn, who edited
The Australian Horror and Fantasy Magazine
back in the 1980s. I was pleased to help the publisher outwith some blurbs in my role as President of the AHWA as I greatlyenjoyed his book. (It won’t be released until May). (One of my blurbsis on the front cover, but the image is not big enough to read here).Margi celebrated her birthday on Feb 5, and we travelled toSydney to have dinner with young Rohan, who is now working as anIT help person for KPMG in Sydney. Graham and I gave Margi a newcamera for her present and I’m sure we’ll all be using it heaps! Feb 27 was the occasion of my brother Kent’s 50
th
birthday and Margi, Graham and I travelled again to Sydney to celebratewith my family. We continued rehearsing our band, Third Road, though apart fromrecording a four-track sampler CD we have done little – live gigs won’t resume until afterEaster. Due to being overwhelmed with business-course work, I was unable to attend aSydney gig played by Hawkwind, though Danny Lovecraft and Perry Grayson made it, and I believe Phillip A. Ellis might also have attended. On the 19
th
of March was another Sydney50
th
birthday party (Hawaiian-themed) for Jacqui Sequeira, wife of my colleague Chris;Margi, Graham and I attended and had a good time catching up with many old mutualfriends including Pete Wilson from the ska band BackySkank and Chris’ brother Mark who plays in a bandcalled The Prehistorics. The less said about the NSWState Election in late March, the better.On April 10 I attended another brilliant gig,The Church’s “A Psychedelic Symphony”. Thismomentous concert, in which the band wasaccompanied by the symphony of the SydneyUniversity, at the Sydney Opera House, was trulymagnificent and a worthy 30
th
birthday celebration forthe band. (They have long been my favourite Aussie rock band – I first saw them in 1980 and

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