By James Dungeon I. The Horror in Inbox As a regular contributor to this publication, I was expected to go over company correspondence with some thoroughness; and for that purpose forwarded all of my editor’s emails and attachments to my own inbox. Much of the material I correlated will be later published by 5enses, but there was one bulletin which I found exceedingly puzzling, and which I felt much averse from showing to other eyes. It had contained a broken link and I did not find the webpage till it occurred to me to Google its moniker, “The Moaning Words.” Then, indeed, I succeeded in opening the page, but when I did so seemed only to be confronted by a greater and more closely locked barrier. For what could be the meaning of the queer video and disjointed jottings, and ramblings, and illustrations which I found? Had Mr. Alan Dean Foster, in his not-so-latter years become credulous of the most eccentric digital postures? I resolved to search out the fountainhead of this apparent disturbance of a science fiction guru’s peace of mind. [Editor’s note: What follows are excerpts from a conversation between the reporter and Alan Dean Foster about “The Moaning Words: An Investigation in the Cthulhu Mythos.” This free game/app, for which Foster has catered the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style story, is set for release later this year by the French
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By Sandy Stone Like many small towns, Poyson lacks a diversified economy. Named for matriarch Penny Poyson, the town, population 5,150, saw its tax base erode when the Small Mine closed 15 years ago, costing 200 jobs. A federal Superfund cleanup of the open-pit mine provided a temporary boost to the economy. After the crews left, motels and apartment complexes once again posted “vacancy” signs. The jobless rate hovers around 9 percent. Local civic leaders sought to strengthen the local economy. “We want to keep Poyson from dying,” Mayor Barry Graves said during the annual banquet of the Chamber of Commerce. “We want to keep our youth in the community. We want them to go to college or trade school, land a good job, get married, raise a family, retire, die here and get buried in the cemetery.” Graves, owner of a mortuary bearing his name, saw economic vitality from a proposed toxic waste dump that would occupy the former mine site. He and other civic leaders approached executives of Environmental Recovery Resources, who were searching for a community that did not have a NIMBY problem. ERR officials carried out an orchestrated public relations campaign with the support of the city government and the chamber. They touted stable and good-paying jobs and an improved tax base, and promised to contract with local businesses whenever possible. They organized a rally, field
Already read about Prescott-based artist Charles Conrardy? Seen more of his work? Here’s what others are saying about it: William Carr (Las Vegas-based landscape photographer) “Chuck’s work is exciting. It stands out. And it’s the textures.” “Other people’s abstract work has, well, a tendency to be trite, immature, or just a bunch of weird colors on canvas. Chuck’s work, though, has a maturity to it.” “When it comes to portraying the female body, some paintings have a sensuality or a sexuality to them. In (Chuck’s) work, it’s definitely more sensuous.” Alan Lade (Prescott-based fine arts photographer) “He’s got a European style, but it’s modern, too. It’s the textures.” “The depth of Chuck’s work sets it apart. You can step into some of his pieces.” “With abstract art, I think it’s hard for a lot of artists to know when to stop. Chuck, he knows when to stop.” You (Wherever you are, whatever you do) Leave a comment and let us know what you think about Charles Conrardy’s artwork!