Elsewhere on the Internet, Decibel (one of my favorite reads) quoted me in a feature article about John Skipp. You can read it here. And props to Decibel and Shawn Macomber for this new column about metal and literature, which I’ve been wishing somebody would write on a regular basis since the mid-80′s.
Skipp talks in that article about being an elder punk statesman. I’d like to state for the record that he’s damn good at it. So are F. Paul Wilson, Joe Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, Ellen Datlow, Tom Monteleone, Ed Gorman, David Schow, Chet Williamson, Dean Koontz, Rick Hautala, Ramsey Campbell, Douglas Winter, and many others. Beginning with Richard Laymon, I’ve found that neither myself nor my peers have ever wanted for mentors or advice. It’s something I hope my peers keep in mind as we go through our 40′s together. I predict that 2013 and 2014 are going to see changes within traditional publishing that will make the Dorchester and Borders fiascoes seem like an enjoyable afternoon tryst. But I also think that the advent of professional self-publishing and social media will allow us to control our own destinies in ways people haven’t yet even publicly thought of (but you can be damn sure I’ve been thinking of these possibilities behind the scenes). We’ve been nothing short of blessed to have the mentors mentioned above, and so many others. We need to keep that in mind, because these kids coming up behind are going to need us the way we needed (and still need) them.
But… I digress. That’s a Blog entry for another day.