Friday, August 10, 2007

Charles Lewis...through the ages

Charles Lewis Grant (September 12, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey-September 15, 2006) was a novelist and short story writer specializing in what he called "dark fantasy" and "quiet horror." He also wrote under the pseudonyms of Geoffrey Marsh, Lionel Fenn, Simon Lake, Felicia Andrews, and Deborah Lewis.
Grant won a World Fantasy Award for his novella collection Nightmare Seasons, a Nebula Award in 1976 for his short story "A Crowd of Shadows", and another Nebula Award in 1978 for his novella "A Glow of Candles, a Unicorn's Eye," the latter telling of an actor's dilemma in a post-literate future. Grant also edited the award winning Shadows anthology, running eleven volumes from 1978-1991. Contributors include Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, R.A. Lafferty, Avram Davidson, and Steve Rasnic and Melanie Tem. Grant was a former Executive Secretary and Eastern Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and president of the Horror Writers Association.
Grant wrote 11 books (8 novels and three collections of four related novellas with interstitial material) set in the fictional Connecticut town of Oxrun Station. (See the first eleven books listed below.) Three of these were intentionally pastiches of classic Universal and Hammer horror films, and feature a vampire, a werewolf, and an animated mummy. There is a loose continuity running through the Oxrun Station books, with characters from one novel making minor appearances in others.
Grant married Debbie Voss with whom he had two children Ian Matthew and Emily Kathryn and two grandsons Payton and Aaron.
Grant married writer and editor Kathryn Ptacek in February, 1982.
Grant died on September 15, 2006 from health complications.

I also long to write the words that will come together into fictional worlds of horror and delight....

IN A WORLD not quite like our own, where the industrial revolution was triggered not by steam, but by springs...
Where the workings of Victorian England are hidden in tunnels and towers, from all but the most determined and reckless...
Where some of the birds have cogs for eyes...
Where clockwork automata are depicted just about as realistically as computers in Hollywood movies...
... young Daedelus Murphy and his ragtag band of friends and rivals are about to learn that that curiosity can be the most dangerous crime of all.
CLOCKERS. A steampunk parody of the United Artists film Hackers,by Holly Gramazio and Brendan Adkins

Here is the sort of fictional world(trademark me, no stealing...not that you would want to) I am looking to add words to form sentences that will form paragraphs...on and on until my characters live and breath.
I imagine a clockpunk world, and in the style of that classic fictional style of The Seven Samurai, I shall have men and women of remarkable abilities come together to defend that not ready to defend themselves...

I have but one character imagined for this place a sort of Thor-like clockpunk style. He would have a giant hammer, but this hammer would double as a pogo stick...a giant spring of remarkable strength. This giant man would wield his hammer/pogo stick with grace and power...instead of striking down lightening..he himself would strike down as a giant bolt on a pogo stick.

There is much to add to this idea, but the pains of birthing are upon it now...and glory shall be its name when it sees the light of day.

So perhaps this Charles Lewis, whose birth is also 9-12, shall also rank as author one day and I shall inspire another Charles Lewis born 9-12 and another and another......that would make a great book
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