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Tue, Mar. 7th, 2006, 04:50 pm
...and then I said to her, "But darling, that's not sour cream!"

Oh. Er . . . Hello!

Not much going on recently design-wise, hence the lack of updates. I spent most of last month translating for a number of Portuguese publishers and magazines, as well as editing translations of Rhys Hughes's A New Universal History of Infamy (Uma nova história universal da infâmia, Livros de Areia) and Mike Moorcock's The Fortress of the Pearl (A Fortaleza da Pérola, Saída de Emergência). I do have some exciting news on this front, but I'll save them for a later time.

For now, I'm happy to report that I'm very nearly done with the interior for In the Forest of Forgetting, a collection of fine literary delights by fantasist extraordinaire Theodora Goss, slated for release in late April or early May. Dora was already nominated last year for a World Fantasy Award (for "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm", included in the collection) and I'm very confident she'll be up for another one thanks to this book.

Front cover

I already had a basic layout for the advance review copies, but I decided to re-set it completely for the first edition, with friendlier margins and the very beautiful Fournier typeface instead of the usual Sabon (my favourite font to work with). Fournier is a fantastic font, though a bit wispy at small sizes, a particularity which had me fiddle with the leading to improve readability. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it when you see it up close. For the moment, you'll have to settle for the low-resolution samples cleverly hidden away behind this LJ cut:

Into the woods . . .Collapse )

And thanks to the modern miracle of the internet, you don't have to wait until the book is out to sample Dora's writing. A few of her stories are available online, and I recommend you read them all so that you know exactly why you must simply have her book:

That's it for now. I hope to be able to post the full jacket design for In the Forest of Forgetting within the week. Cheerio.

Sat, Jan. 21st, 2006, 02:51 am
Little alien invasions that never make the news

Beginning work on the second Zoran Živković short story collection for PS Publishing. The book is titled Twelve Collections and The Teashop, comes with a preface by legendary writer and editor Michael Moorcock, and will be available to bless your shelves sometime later this year, but probably not so soon as to interfere with the publication of Impossible Stories.

Bear in mind that what you are about to see here is in its earliest stages of development, which means certain design elements (or even the design as a whole) may not make it to the printers. It also means that your feedback will be welcomed, and that I will endeavour to incorporate—within reasonable limits, of course—your criticism into the design.

So, without further ado . . .Collapse )

Fans of Z.Ž. may also be happy to learn that the book has been adapted as a series of 10-minute episodes for Serbian television. I haven't seen it (yet), but from what I'm told, it already ran twice this month to enthusiastic reviews. Although the episodes are in Serbian, the DVD carries English subtitles, so at least you can expect an attempt at international distribution.

Thu, Jan. 19th, 2006, 08:18 am
Confessions of a bluebottle

(Kudos to ladylight for suggesting the title.)

I know I don't post to my LJ much (or at all), but I thought maybe I should start using it to offer previews of my work in progress (for those not in the know, I do freelance book design for a number of publishers), and hopefully obtain some valuable criticism in return (assuming anyone still reads this).

Since there's nothing new I can show you right now, I'll treat you instead to a few samples from Zoran Živković's Impossible Stories omnibus, which I've recently completed for PS Publishing, purveyors of fine fantastic and science-fictional literature for the discerning reader.

Impossible Stories will be out in March 2006 and compiles five of Zoran Živković's surreal short story collections, including his World Fantasy Award-winning mosaic novella "The Library". Živković possesses a unique authorial voice, using a subtle sense of humor to guide his (usually anonymous) protagonists through mesmerisingly imaginative explorations of life, death, free will and the role of art in human affairs. In other words, read him.

This way, please. Mind the step . . .Collapse )

Sun, May. 30th, 2004, 11:01 am
Here's a new book meme-thing for you

This is actually Milorad Pavić's idea:
“For some books I use a kind of divination before starting to read. It is a very old procedure well known in the fifteenth century and earlier. You open the book by putting your fingernail inside and count down the number of lines on the opened page equal to the day (date) of your birth. This is your own life line. Read it and it could have some specific meaning to you personally. Never repeat this ritual in the same book.”

Milorad Pavić

So, from the book I'm currently reading, Iron Council by China Miéville:
"Jacobs had told him, in Lichford, beneath signs to Crawfoot and"

Thu, Apr. 1st, 2004, 09:07 am
Mi caballo es su caballo

Owing to database overload, I'm prevented from posting to my main site, Goblindegook.com. You decide if that's good or bad, but be warned that I am in the process of resuming most of my abnormal online activities.

Speaking of nuisances, George still can't find those damned things, either. Dammit, he practiced so hard on those Where's Waldo books . . .

Sat, Feb. 28th, 2004, 09:14 pm
I like to wear blood red shirts

ezrael's second essay, "The Fruit of the Tree Is Discord", is now online for all to read at Fantastic Metropolis. If you ever wondered what Emperor Norton I of the United States, Heinrich Schliemann, the Apple of Discord and, of course, the Count of St. Germain have in common, you will not want to miss this.

Sat, Feb. 28th, 2004, 02:26 am
I am 3.52 cubits tall

ezrael wrote this. It is good and weird and absolutely true. And if you like it, come back tomorrow, because there will be more.

Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004, 08:56 am
V = R × I

Thanks to ezrael and his friend Paul ________, you can now read all the drivel on Goblindegook.com through LiveJournal! So if you're a LiveJournal user looking for yet another timesink, but can't be arsed to type goblindegook.com in your browser's address bar, please consider adding goblindegookery to your friends list. I promise it won't hurt much, nor will I mock you for using LJ.

Sun, Feb. 1st, 2004, 05:23 am
Peace on Earth and good will towards roosters

It is 5:50 AM. I am eating chicken strogonoff.

Michael Moorcock wrote an enthusiastic and incisive review of one of my favourite books of 2003, K.J. Bishop's The Etched City. If you haven't read it yet, then you should -- it's a profound and downright outstanding first novel by a very talented young writer from Down Under. Her site can be found here (warning, may contain dropbears).

Also, you can do a lot worse than watch Belleville Rendez-Vous, a very funny French surrealist animation with Jacques Tati influences and that may at times seem like a geriatric version of The Three Musketeers, but with evil mafiosi, the Tour de France and a few jabs at consumerism thrown in for good measure. If that matters anything to you, it's nominated for two Oscars, including Best Animation. Interestingly enough, the protagonist is a tiny Portuguese old woman just like me -- except that I am not tiny, or old, or a woman.

Thu, Jan. 29th, 2004, 03:13 am
Now with the power of 10,000 geeks

I don't expect to use this LiveJournal much, I just signed up to keep tabs on my friends around here. My real, manly MT-powered blog may should must be read at http://goblindegook.com/.