Matt Nelson's Catbeard Book V: Poopdeck & Pawprints

Catbeard Book Five is Here!

The latest in Matt Nelson’s hilarious piratey comic series has arrived with Catbeard Book Five: Poopdecks & Pawprints! Once again we can all set sail with Catbeard and the crew of the Fearsome Roar, and I couldn’t be more excited. If you haven’t read Catbeard, you should rectify that immediately. (New storyline begins November 17th.) It’s hilarious, and these days it’s a nice respite from the absurd chaos reality throws at us.

Matt Nelson's Catbeard Book V: Poopdeck & Pawprints
Matt Nelson’s Catbeard Book V: Poopdeck & Pawprints

I’m also in this book! I was honored to be asked to write the forward for this one and I jumped at the chance. Plus it meant Matt would do an illustration of me! He gave me the option to have a standard portrait, or he offered to draw me as a gibbering Lovecraftian monstrosity. Clearly, I made the correct choice.

It's me as an elder...uh, thing. Credit to Matt Nelson.
It’s me as an elder…uh, thing. Credit to Matt Nelson.

Want to know what I wrote? Well, you’re going to have to pick up the book. You can buy them directly from Matt or pick them up for your Kindle over on Amazon. Catbeard always starts life as a free webcomic, and you can follow along at If you want to support Matt’s work (and you should) you can join me in supporting him on Patreon.

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Godzilla by Josh Montreuil

#Kaijuly Is Here

Who doesn’t love kaijū? From Godzilla to King Kong, giant monsters are a mainstay within science fiction and fantasy. Literature has its share of famous giants. We have the shai-hulud in Dune, the avanc in The Scar, and even to the balrog in Lord of the Rings. There’s something incredibly engaging about enormous creatures.

Onibaba by Matt Nelson
by Matt Nelson

Well, last year, some of my more artistic friends decided to celebrate these giant creatures and have taken to Tumblr for an event they call #Kaijuly. It’s a celebration in art of all things giant monster! Each day artists post new and original pieces starring creatures from film, movies, books, television, and myth. It’s a lot of fun. I’d highly recommend checking it out and if you’re the artistic type… perhaps participate yourself?

by Josh Montreuil
by Josh Montreuil (Josh also illustrated Godzilla above.)

Hit the links below and check out the fun:

Joining in the #Kaijuly fun? Why not link some of your own work in the comments? I’m sure all of the readers of this blog would love to see your work!

The Scupltures of Bailey Henderson

Friday Link Pack 01-30-2015

Friday is upon us! It’s time to share a few links I’ve found over the last few days. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Click here to email me and let me know! All right, let’s get to it…


What I Get Paid For My Novels: Or, Why I’m Not Quitting My Day Job
Novelist Kameron Hurley opens up and shares how much she has made on each of her books. It’s a fantastic post. Awesome to see transparency like this. I think this is good info for every author, indie or traditional, it helps set the record straight.

The Last Taboo: What One Writer Earns
I guess this week is about finances. Erotica writer Cara McKenna shares how much she makes from her writing. It’s cool to see more and more writers share like this. I think many new authors assume writing = huge payout which doesn’t match reality.

9 Famous Authors’ Favorite Workday Snacks
From Balzac, to King, to Lovecraft. Mental Floss compiles the go-to snacks when these famous authors had the munchies. (Spoiler, it’s a lot of coffee.)

How To Tell If You Are In A Soft Science Fiction Novel
The Toast shares some tips on how to know if the book you’re reading is soft sci-fi. [Thanks to Steve for sharing this one with me.]


Coming Soon: Overlooked Details
I’m really excited to announce the soon-to-be released documentary by filmmaker Scott Wilson focusing on my wife, Kari-Lise Alexander (if you haven’t seen her work, you should check it out.)

Bailey Henderson’s Sculptures
You know those strange monsters on old maps? Well, Toronto based sculpture artist Bailey Henderson creates beautiful and highly detailed sculptures based on those very creatures. [Thanks again goes to Steve for this submission as well.]

The Art Of Marissa Buschow
Artist and biologist Marissa Buschow makes beautiful moku hanga pieces (traditional woodblock printing using water based pigments) based on birds she studies as a biologist. It’s stunning stuff. You can buy her work here.


If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS
This American Life knocked it out of the park with last weeks show. Especially the piece from Lindy West about confronting an internet troll who harassed her and then later apologized. Fantastic episode.

Interactive Map of Earth’s Vegetation Rendered Through NASA Satellite
Beautiful. NOAA recently released this map, utilizing a year’s worth of data, and rendering all the plant life on earth. Zoom in and check out your neighborhood.

Weather Map Freakout
Amusing video of a weather report after the map freaks out and reports unusually high temperatures.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

“I saw him on a sleepless night when I was walking desperately to save my soul and my vision…”

Gif of the Week:

In Peter we trust

Friday Link Pack 03/21/14

The Soviet Edition of The Hobbit Has the Best Gollum

It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Let me know!


The Apartheid of Children’s Literature
Poignant article from Christopher Meyer’s discussing the noticeable lack of non-white protagonists in children’s literature. (Thanks to Sky for letting me know about this.)

List of Animal Sounds
A comprehensive list of animal sound in the english language. Handy resource.

Publishing is a Lottery & Publishing is a Carny Game
Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath analyze and discuss the state of the publishing industry. It’s a long and thought provoking article and I highly recommend every writer indie or otherwise giving it a read.

Honest Tolkien Covers
Because really…


Amazing Illustrations from the Russian Edition of the Hobbit
Such an awesome style. Really love the take on all the characters. I agree with the article’s title: best gollum. Easily.

Rod Ruth – Creatures From “Science Fiction Tales and More Science Fiction Tales” 1973-74
Great assembly of Rod Ruth’s amazing vintage monster illustrations.


FieldCandy’s “Fully Booked” Tent
Because who doesn’t want a tent that looks like a book? (Thanks to Sky for sending this in me, he was on a roll this week.)

Americans – why do you keep refrigerating your eggs?
Answers to a fascinating question that I’d guess most American’s didn’t even know existed.

Rear Window Timelapse
Footage from the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window spliced together into one awesome timelapse.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
Fun fact, the first line from this creepy little tale will be the epigraph for my next novel: Old Broken Road. Madness is scary.

Farewell Gif of the Week:

buwah!? ear-ear-ear-earthquaaaake!

Friday Link Pack 11/08/2013

Typhoon Haiyan
It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! I’m always looking for new links if you have any suggestions, let me know.


As of today, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in history is slamming into the Philippines causing catastrophic damage with wind gusts up to 235mph. Please take a moment and donate what you can to the Red Cross disaster relief or another relief charity of your choice. A little help goes a long way.


Urban Fantasy Covers – Time to Move On?
Sarah over at Bookworm Blues asks some serious questions about the tropey and misleading style of Urban Fantasy book covers. I completely agree with her conclusion, it’s time for a change.

The Standard Memorandum
Jon Contino brings you journal keeping types the perfect little book to track the small and important events that happened in your life.

Four Types of Character Flaws
The good folks over at Writers Helping Writers have assembled this great post covering the four types of flaws to use when writing your characters.


Wowly Heck
Illustrator Heath Lewis (@heathisbest) melds scientific illustration and creepy monsters. The work is awesome.

Nicholas Delort
Dark, moody, amazing lighting. Delort captures a lot of the same tone as old masters like Albrecht Durer and Gustave Dore. Love his work.


If All the Ice Melted
I have seen interactive maps like this before covering this same topic, but none have been of this quality or had the authority of National Geographic behind them. It’s a fascinating and scary look at the future of our planet.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Modern Trailer
Serious. Brooding. Scary. Everything “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” isn’t, but you wouldn’t know that from this recut trailer.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

Old Bugs
In which Lovecraft (a teetotaler) makes his case against alcohol.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:



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