The Return of The Teeming Brain
Greetings, Teeming friends. After a break of — what has it been now? four months? — I’ve recently been tracking certain subtle indicators, auguries, and ripplings in the cosmic aether that indicate it’s time to rouse The Teeming Brain from its long winter’s nap. While I’m at it, I would like to broadcast a special thanks to those of you who have continued sending your voluntary monthly donations to the cause during the downtime. This has been a great help with the Web-hosting fees, which went up considerably last summer when I took steps to improve the site’s speed and loadability.
Interestingly, a steady stream of Web traffic has continued to converge here even in the absence of new posts — one of the benefits, I think, of developing a vast and varied collection of content like the one that we have here in our library of articles, essays, columns, and links spanning the past eight years.
I have now managed to dig part of the way — a very, very small part of the way, mind you — out from under the mountain of accumulated projects and responsibilities that necessitated the hiatus. The mummy encyclopedia that I was editing for ABC-CLIO is basically finished and turned in to the publisher, with a rich assemblage of articles by more than 40 top-notch scholars from half a dozen different countries around the world. I have now moved on to the paranormal encyclopedia project for the same publisher, and am thrilled to have secured the participation of many top writers and scholars in the field whose names and works will be very familiar to Teeming Brain readers, since you’ve seen them quoted and cited here many times. I’m also slated to contribute two articles to an encyclopedia about spiritual possession and exorcism. Then there’s the matter of my forthcoming omnibus collection of supernatural horror fiction from Hippocampus Press, To Rouse Leviathan, which awaits my final touches. Work is also basically complete on Born to Fear, the forthcoming book of collected interviews with Thomas Ligotti that I edited for Subterranean Press. I’ll give further details on all of these projects in the near future. Then there’s the ongoing fact of my day job as a college writing instructor. So, yes, my time is still largely spoken for at any given moment.
That said, the publication of new Teeming Brain content will resume within the next few days — a fact that will be aided and facilitated not a little by my decision several months ago to permanently delete my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts, which has liberated large amounts of time, energy, attention, and soul (something that I may also say more about in the future).
Thank you again to everybody who has ridden out the long break. There has been no lack of activity during the past few months in the various spheres that we’ve devoted ourselves to tracking, investigating, analyzing, and commenting on here, so I look forward to resuming the conversation and receiving your input.