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Happy Birthday Woody Allen!

Posted in Constellation Magazine, Featured Artists with tags on December 1, 2009 by theybewe

Woody is a consummate Sagittarian–witty, philosophical, frank, clumsy and forever searching for the meaning of life. In terms of expanding the horizons of humor and filmmaking, say what you will about Woody, but has there ever been a more brilliant filmmaker who tackles the battle of the sexes, neurotic mid-life crises and psychoanalysis better?

Caitlin R. Kiernan coming to NYC 10.27.09

Posted in Featured Artists, Parties, Events, and Sightings with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2009 by wpdoesntletyoudelete


Lovecraft Unbound edited by Ellen Datlow Reading with Richard Bowes, Elizabeth Bear, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Michael Cisco at the The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan Street, NY, NY, October 27 (Doors open 6:30 PM)

I interviewed Caitlin R. Kiernan for the latest issue of Constellation, and her latest novel, The Red Tree, is wondrous. Elizabeth Bear’s lovely tale Shoggoths in Bloom recently won a Hugo Award, though I believe this Lovecraft-inspired novelette is not her contribution to the anthology. You can read Shoggoths in Bloom for the fabulous price of $0 by clicking the link and enjoying it via Asimov’s Magazine.

Bottom-line is, this anthology has an amazing lineup of talent, and you should jump at the chance to go to this event if you’re in NYC. What better precursor to Halloween than a Lovecraftian reading?

Sophie Adde

Posted in Featured Artists on October 13, 2009 by theybewe

I came across Sophie’s work while searching for Indian images.  To see more of her mixed media art go here

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Stephen Rothwell

Posted in Featured Artists with tags , on October 2, 2009 by theybewe

I could flip through his art all day.  Click Alice for the link.

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Book Review: “The Red Tree” by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Posted in Featured Artists with tags on September 21, 2009 by wpdoesntletyoudelete

You’ll have an opportunity to see our full interview with author Caitlin R. Kiernan when the Libra/Scorpio issue of Constellation drops later this week, but we wanted to whet your appetite yet again with my review of her latest novel, The Red Tree.

Originally posted on my personal blog.

The Red Tree

I can tell when I’m really into a book by how many places I end up reading it. For example, books that are only so-so usually only ever make it to the bed or the living room couch. Caitlin R. Kiernan’s novel The Red Tree went from the couch, to the bed, to the park, to the car ride to Kentucky and, on several occasions, to the bathtub. It wriggled its roots in deep and would not let go.

The Red Tree is about a writer named Sarah Crowe who has had an adversarial relationship with life  in general and recently went through a deep personal tragedy. She smokes, she swears, she fucks, she fails. She’s real.

Sarah flees to Rhode Island from Atlanta, bringing along only her stalled manuscript, her marginally effective meds, and her unreliable memories. The novel is presented as Sarah’s journal entries that she clangs out on an ancient typewriter found in the basement of the house she is renting. She also discovers she is not the first writer to stay in the house; the previous tenant was researching the folklore surrounding a tree on the property – an enormous Northern red oak, Quercus rubra – with disastrous results. More bored than intrigued, Sarah pokes around until she finds his manuscript and then begins wondering about the tree herself.

It is the arrival of an attic tenant, a moody painter named Constance Hopkins, that really acts a the catalyst to set Sarah Crowe in motion. Constance is a pebble thrown on the warm, stagnant waters of Sarah’s life and mind, and it is Constance that antagonizes Sarah to heights of even greater obsession and denial. Constance is action; Sarah is reaction.

Sarah has always been in a position of reaction: from her career choice, to her choice of lovers, her behavior with her lovers, and finally, horribly, with the red tree. She will not cut it down, she will not burn it…she will only wait to see what it will do and then react. Some people in her life have accused Sarah of being miserable, and she is, but she doesn’t know how to get herself out of it because that would require independent action. Sarah is rootedto her life and only hopes to weather the storms.

Many will categorize The Red Tree as “horror,” because it is frightening, but this is no more a book about monsters or ghosts anymore than any book about an imperfect person’s pain and regret. However, there are several scenes — even individual sentences — that rendered me deliciously terrified. Kiernan has a knack for knowing just how much to reveal about a situation; she doesn’t describe you to death, but rather lets the reader’s imagination fill in the details.

I was genuinely surprised when I started running out of pages and approached the end; the novel is such a cyclical beast, that I felt a bit like Constance and Sarah on their first trip out to the tree…and their trip back. (You’ll have to read the book to know what I mean!) The prologue and epilogue are truly inspired and entice the reader to read the book over and over again. You find yourself wondering: “what did I miss the first time?” The answer is: a lot.

The Red Tree is badass. Read it. Feed the tree.

*****

My interview with author Caitlin R. Kiernan will appear in the Libra/Scorpio issue ofConstellation Magazine on September 24th. You can see a preview of the interview on the Constellation blog.

Caitlin R. Kiernan’s Network

Website: http://www.caitlinrkiernan.com

Blog: http://greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/greygirlbeast

The Red Tree is now available on Amazon.com

If you’re over the age of 18, you can sign up for Siriena Digesthere: http://www.caitlinrkiernan.com/subscribe.html

Artist of the Week: SWOON

Posted in Featured Artists with tags on September 15, 2009 by theybewe

We all know and love SWOON.  She is amazing at her craft and a truly lovely human being.  This is why she’s our artist of the week.

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RIP Jim Carroll

Posted in Featured Artists on September 14, 2009 by theybewe

One of our favorite Leo poets passed away last week.  RIP Jim Carroll 8/1/49 – 9/11/09

I met Jim on a few occasions and he was always pleasant and filled with amazing stories about NYC, traveling, and being a writer.  Each time I met him he was always kind enough to get buy me and my partner in crime coffee.  We were just teenagers you see but growing up, meeting your idols, and bonding with them paved the way for our own careers.  Jim had a great way of making everyone in a room feel like he was there for just them, whether it was a crowded arena or a small little bar in a town few have heard of.  He was generous with his time and and a genius beyond words.  He will be missed dearly.

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Taken in Seattle at Bumbershoot 1995 (I believe).  Thanks Jim and Patti for a fabulous evening and rest in peace Jim.  You were one of the bright lights in the world.