The H. P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project

wpid-wp-1393493165476.jpegEarly summer 2013 I supported what I consider a long overdue and worthy project: The H. P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project. The marvelous result was revealed, fittingly, in August. In Lovecraft’s beloved hometown, Providence, R. I., of course.

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This week I received this little package from the people who made the Kickstarter project happen. A base-relief of Granpa himself and a “thank you” postcard. Isn’t that nice?

I’m a happy man:-)

Now off to fight the wife. It does need to have the most prominent place on the wall…;-)

Krimimessen 2013 d. 16.-17. marts 2013

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G√¶t hvor jeg er den kommende weekend? ūüėČ

Der er et fantastisk program p√• √•rets Krimimesse i Horsens. Bl.a. er der en r√¶kke indslag p√• programmet, hvor horror i forskellige afskygninger er i fokus: Uddelingen af Dansk Horror Selskabs pris for √Örets Danske Horrorudgivelse 2012 (de fem nominerede kan findes her: Kampen om √Örets Danske Horrorudgivelse 2012 ) , interviews med f.eks. Annika von Holdt, Christian Refslow og Anne-Marie Veds√ł Olesen. Sidstn√¶vnte har ogs√• gyser-operaen Orkestergraven med, og vil l√łrdag d. 16. marts sidde i paneldiskussion med mig om dansk horror i dagens Danmark. Det bliver en rigtig sp√¶ndende diskussion. Det starter kl. 13.50 i Arresten. Et passende sted, m√• man sige;-)

Direkte link: Gys og uhygge på Krimimessen 2013

Vi ses!

GODT TILBUD P√Ö LIVSLANGT ABONNEMENT


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Forsidecover til Pix: nygotiske skæbner (udkommer d. 30. marts 2013)

Jeg tilbyder et livslangt abonnement til trofaste l√¶sere af forlagets b√łger. Du har muligheden for fremover at modtage alle b√łger fra forlaget, p√• udgivelsesdatoen og direkte til din d√łr. Resten af dit liv. Derudover vil du til tider modtage s√¶rligt signerede eksemplarer, og andre gange vil du f√• tilsendt en uventet overraskelse.

Hvis du spekulerer p√•, om det mon er det v√¶rd, s√• se lige p√•, hvad der allerede nu er i st√łbeskeen fra forlagets side, i l√łbet af de n√¶ste tre √•r. Og det er bare, hvad der er planlagt. Der kan stadig komme flere til i l√łbet af de tre √•r.

DANSKE UDGIVELSER:

2013:

  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen, red.: Pix: nygotiske sk√¶bner (30. marts 2013, inkl. CD med musik af Ras Bolding. Paperback. Kr. 249 + forsendelsesomkostninger)
  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen: M√łrkets troubadour (F√łrste bind i Zombie Zane Tetralogien. Sommer 2013. Paperback. Forventet pris: kr. 149 + forsendelsesomkostninger)
  • Helene Hindberg: Afkroge (Vinter 2013. Forventet pris: kr. 149 + forsendelsesomkostninger)
  • Rasmus Wichmann & Henrik Sandbeck Harksen, reds.: Templets m√łrke guder (Dyster dansk sword & sorcery samling. Vinter 2013. Paperback. Forventet pris: kr. 149 + forsendelsesomkostninger)
  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen: Dr√łmmenes arkitekt (Andet bind i Zombie Zane Tetralogien. Vinter 2013/2014. Paperback. Forventet pris: kr. 149 + forsendelsesomkostninger)

2014:

  • Thomas Str√łmsholt: Dr. Wunderkammers overs√¶ttelser (For√•r/sommer 2014. Hardcover. Forventet pris: kr. 219 + forsendelsesomkostninger)
  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen: Skyggernes magister (Tredje bind i Zombie Zane Tetralogien. Sommer 2014. Paperback. Forventet pris: kr. 169 + forsendelsesomkostninger)
  • Mads H√łjmark Jensen: Ondskaben fra Alhambra (Roman. Efter√•r 2014. Hardcover. Forventet pris: kr. 189 + forsendelsesomkostninger)
  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen, red.: [Sci-fi horror samling pt. uden titel. Vinter 2014]

2015:

  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen: T√•gernes fyrste (Fjerde bind i Zombie Zane Tetralogien. For√•r 2015. Paperback. Forventet pris: kr. 169 + forsendelsesomkostninger)
  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen, red.: [Samling pt. uden titel.] (Fjerde bind i hplmythos.dk serien. Efter√•r 2015. Paperback. Forventet pris: kr. 159 + forsendelsesomkostninger)
  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen, red.: Dystre Danmark 3 (Vinter 2015. Paperback. Forventet pris: kr. 229 + forsendelsesomkostninger)

ENGELSKE UDGIVELSER:

2013:

  • Franklyn Searight et al.: Those Dreadful Eltdown Shards (Maj 2013. Paperback. Forventet pris: kr. 149 + forsendelsesomkostninger)
  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen, ed.: Whisperers In Darkness: New Horrors (Tredje bind i hplmythos.com serien. Efter√•r 2013. Paperback. Forventet pris: kr. 199 + forsendelsesomkostninger)

2014:

  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen, ed.: [Samling pt. uden titel.] (Fjerde bind i hplmythos.com serien. Efter√•r 2014. Forventet pris: kr.229 + forsendelsesomkostninger)

2015:

  • Henrik Sandbeck Harksen: Strange City (Efter√•r 2015. Endnu ikke afgjort om det bliver paperback eller hardcover)

Tænk på, hvor mange års udgivelser, der er i vente ud over disse titler.

Du har mulighed for at betale p√• √©n gang‚ÄĒtil den laveste pris (og i f√• dage endda med s√¶rlig rabat)‚ÄĒeller du kan v√¶lge at betale i 5 nemme rater. Og du kan v√¶lge at n√łjes med forlagets danske udgivelser eller, for et mindre till√¶gsbel√łb, v√¶lge ogs√• at modtage forlagets internationale udgivelser.

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PRISER FOR ABONNEMENT TIL DANSKE B√ėGER:

> Betal alt på én gang: Kr. 2.000,- *)

-Når pengene er indbetalt modtager du:

*) Slå til senest d. 15/3-13 og spar yderligere kr. 250,- på dette tilbud. Betal blot kr. 1.750,-

> Eller 5 nemme rater √° kr. 500,-. I alt: Kr. 2.500,-

-Når pengene er indbetalt modtager du:

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PRISER FOR ABONNEMENT TIL DANSKE OG ENGELSKE B√ėGER:

> Betal alt på én gang: Kr. 2.800,- *)

-Når pengene er indbetalt modtager du:

*) Slå til senest d. 15/3-13 og spar yderligere kr. 250,- på dette tilbud. Betal blot kr. 2.550,-

> Eller 5 nemme rater √° kr. 700,-. I alt: Kr. 3.500,-

-Når pengene er indbetalt modtager du:

Det aftalte bel√łb inds√¶ttes via din netbank p√• forlagets Nordea konto (husk ogs√• at skrive dit navn):

  • Reg. nr.¬†2370
  • Kontonr. 8971 205 122

Interesseret? Så send en mail til h.harksen.productions@gmail.com. Skriv hvilken aftale du er interesseret i. Din mail skal desuden indeholde flg. oplysninger:

  • Dit fulde navn
  • Din postadresse
  • Dit telefonnummer
  • Din f√łdselsdagsdato samt f√łdsels√•r (dd/mm/√•r).

P. S. Ved at blive livstidsabonnent slipper du også for at betale forsendelsesomkostningerne.

Note d. 14. marts: Bemærk ny udgivelsesdato for Pix: nygotiske skæbner.

K√łbenhavn L√¶ser: Tentakler i pisserenden (foredrag og opl√¶sning ved Henrik Sandbeck Harksen)

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Jeg har haft ganske travlt i den senere tid. Men det skal s√•m√¶nd ikke afholde mig fra at reklamere for, at jeg p√• torsdag, d. 8/11-12, holder et lille foredrag (med lidt opl√¶sning) i Fantask, i det indre K√łbenhavn. Det foreg√•r kl. 18.15-20.00.

Det drejer sig om kulturarrangementet K√ėBENHAVN L√ÜSER, og jeg gl√¶der mig rigtig meget til at komme og snakke om nogle af mine yndlingsemner: B√łger, Lovecraft, horror, at skrive og at udgive. Jeg vil tale udgangspunkt i egenskab af at v√¶re forl√¶gger, forfatter og filosof. S√• er du advaret;-)

Det er et sp√¶ndende program, der er sat sammen, og det √¶rgrer mig, at jeg nok ikke n√•r selv at overv√¶re s√¶rlig mange af arrangementerne. Det retter jeg forh√•bentlig op p√• n√¶ste √•r. Men jeg vil helt sikkert anbefale enhver med den mindste interesse i b√łgernes verden at st√łtte op om arrangementet.

Link til torsdagens program: K√łbenhavn L√¶ser torsdag d. 8/11-12.

Titlen p√• mit opl√¶g er “Tentakler i pisserenden”, og her er teksten fra programmet:

Henrik Harksen driver det lille forlag, H. Harksen Productions, der udgiver originale skr√¶k- og gyserhistorier. S√¶rligt kendte er b√łgerne om H.P. Lovecrafts Cthulhu-mythos. H√łr om Lovecrafts-universet og om arbejdet med at skrive og udgive skr√¶k og gys p√• et miniforlag.

Det vil ogs√• v√¶re muligt at k√łbe et par af forlagets b√łger, hvis man skulle v√¶re interesseret.

Testing Twitterverse & Storytelling

 

I am quite busy these days with exams (and the next publication, yes), so this is a brief one…

For fun, I’ve decided to try writing a short Twitter horror story, and today I started the countdown. 3 days to go…

What it will be about? Heh, no fun in telling you straight up, is there?;-) But yes, there will be references of sort to classic tales by the Lovecraft Circle. But it won’t be restricted to that.

Curious? Well, hook up on Twitter: @Harksen1 and I use the hashtags #twitterhorror and #story.

See you there?

It Happened At the World’s Fa… Okay, At Fantasticon!;-)

Me & Ellen Datlow. (Photo  taken by Klaus Æ. Mogensen, if I remember correctly.) 

Okay, brushing off the shock of hearing Ray Bradbury died here’s a quick and dirty blog post on what happened at the Fantasticon this year. It will be a little piece-meal and random-like, since I don’t remember all the details. (I knew I should have written things down, as the hours progressed.) And I also apologize in advance ¬†for not mentioning all the wonderful people I met during this three-day trek in this national wonderland of the fantastic genres, Friday June 1 to Sunday June 3, 2012.

I spent most of the time in the dealers room selling books from my small press, H. Harksen Productions. With a fine result. I sold more than I’d hoped for, so that was a smashing success. Wonderful — thanks to all the buyers and supporters of both my Danish and English publications. Okay, strictly speaking I didn’t spend most of the time selling books, but I was present, just in case someone was interested. Which happened frequently:-) And when I wasn’t making actual sales I was engaged in wonderful conversations and debates. So all was lively and engaging, just as one would hope for at such an event.

As I mentioned in an earlier post I was on the programme two times: Saturday in a panel discussion about “the good short story” and Sunday where I were to speak on Cthulhu and the Apocalypse. Both had a fine attendance of people.

Ralan Conley (moderator), Henrik Sandbeck Harksen (me), H. H. L√łyche, Ellen Datlow and Knud Larn. (Photo by Lars Kramh√łft)

The discussion was lively (at least from my point of view; I hope the others feel the same) and with intelligent and thoughtful approaches to the theme. One of the things we ended up agreeing on was that it is important for a good short story (in itself a rather broad concept, difficult to define) to have¬†a voice. (Not necessarily the same as the story having a character.) And that element is important in order for the story to somehow grab our attention — as editors as well as readers in general. I can’t remember if we all agreed on this, but at least Ellen Datlow and I ended up agreeing that when reading a themed anthology it is more important to find the qualities in the actual story being read at the time than to go searching for the overarching theme in the story. She’d experienced such critique from time to time with e.g. her¬†Poe¬†anthology (“The stories aren’t written like Poe” etc.) and I pointed out the danger of looking (exclusively) for tentacles in¬†Urban Cthulhu: Nightmare Cities. (No, they are not written the way Lovecraft would write the stories — and no, there are not tentacles flying around on every page. It’s much more subtle than that, and therefore much more horrible.)

Also, incidentally, Ray Bradbury was mentioned by Ellen Datlow — as unjustly being considered by many as a “light writer.” Now that he’s dead, hopefully this will be corrected.

Ellen Datlow signing books to me.

Speaking of Ellen Datlow… What a kind, charming and insightful lady. As you know from an earlier blog post I was absolutely dazzled just thinking about meeting her in person. And reality — wow — it’s hard to describe, but it really was wonderful meeting her. And she was kind enough to sign — even inscribe — three books of hers that I’d brought along. Can’t read half of what’s she’s written to me but it’s still immensely cool;-)

It’s strange, really, how meeting persons whom I strongly admire for what they do can affect me. It happened years back when I was interviewing the Scottish singer Fish, and it happened when I met Ellen Datlow. It was difficult for me to approach her (when not in the panel discussion, where conversation went smoothly enough) and ask her if she’d mind signing the books. And it wasn’t until the last hours Sunday that I dared asking if we could have a picture of us together. (Which, as you can see, she readily agreed to do.)

Strange — but probably a healthy thing. Shows that my ego isn’t too much in the clouds;-)

Author Lars Kramh√łft signing a copy of Grufulde m√łrke (hplmythos.dk Vol. 3). First time ever he signed a book.

I was told that my talk on Cthulhu and the Apocalypse Sunday went well. Good to know. I was a little nervous before starting, but I managed to say most the things I wanted to say — in a fairly coherent manner;-) It was probably the most boring PowerPoint show ever, but at least that was on purpose: I only used it to show the headlines of the topics I wanted to discuss. No more, no less. For the curious, who weren’t there: My focal point was two possible understandings of “the apocalypse,” applied to Lovecraftian fiction and the Derleth Mythos part of the fiction.

Could have said much more but you can only say so much in 50 minutes;-)

The only other part of the programme I attended (as audience) was “The fairy tale in modern fiction” with Ellen Datlow,¬†Nicolas Barbano and Lars Ahn Pedersen (moderator). It was very interesting, and I’m glad that I joined Sarah F√ľrst, Lars Kramh√łft and Thomas Winther to see this (among many others, of course, but they were the ones I talked the moment they wanted to go see it). It’s a topic I don’t know much about, and wouldn’t normally check out. But it was good expanding my horizon. (Isn’t it always?)

Me, my daughter, a stormtrooper, Lord Vader and a feisty tusken rider;-)

The Sandbeck Harksen Family: Our daughter, My, my wife Hanne — and me. (Photo by Anja, if I remember correctly.)

Like I said, it was so invigorating and delightful being at the Fantasticon this year. Much of it due to the fact that I got to talk to so many wonderful people. And even my little family joined the party for a few hours (Saturday), bringing along Anja, one of my wife’s good friends.

One of the greatest small press publishers and weird fiction writers in Denmark today: Nikolaj H√łjberg, Forlaget KANDOR.

I’d like to thank all who I talked to, it was great. Here’s to you guys (apologies to anyone omitted; and not including the people from the panel discussion): Sarah F√ľrst (always wonderful, stimulating company), Lars Kramh√łft (finally!), Martin Wangsgaard J√ľrgensen (small package soon on its way!), A. Silvestri, Lars Ahn Pedersen, Bjarke Schj√łdt Larsen (as yourself this year;-)), Sandra Schwartz (great finally meeting you), Thomas Winther (always nice catching up), Martin Schj√∂nning (short but good), Mads Peder Lau Pedersen (also very short — but at least I finally met you in person!), Nikolaj H√łjberg (that idea — I think we’re onto something cool, Nikolaj), Lykke, Patrick Leis (originator of the coolest low-budget version of Hitchcock’s The Birds;-)), Michael Kamp (hey, I actually sold some copies of your book as well), Jonas Wilmann (always a joy, Jonas)… and the Fantasticon Team. (Uh, here I must mention Flemming R. P. Rasch, who invited me to the event, and Spritt Schapiro — thanks for the coolest HPL t-shirt on Earth!)

Random picture from the Saturday’s Banquet.

Tired publisher, author, dilettante etc. On the train back home.

See you again next year.