No, the title doesn't actually have to do with the first day of classes today, although there were stumbles aplenty. Funny how a summer with a lot of contemplation makes you forget what it's like to speak through three classes in a row. So I just finished a mug of Throat Coat tea.
As it happened, while trying to find something else, I ran across this short review (at Gothic Press) by Gary Wiliam Crawford of my encyclopedia entry on Ramsey Campbell:
Laity, K.A. "Ramsey Campbell, 1946- )." Supernatural Fiction Writers: Contemporary Fantasy and Horror. 2nd ed. Ed. Richard Bleiler. New York: Scribner's, 2003.
A good biographical and critical survey with a selective bibliography. Discusses Campbell's subtlety and his use of urban settings that make Campbell's work more immediate and gripping.
It's also right below the review of the previous volume's entry on Campbell (an accident of alphabetizing), and I'm relieved that it shows me in a favorable light. It's also a mark of the desperate writer who is cheered by such a small thing.
Campbell is not only a wonderful writer, he's also a savvy film reviewer. See his film reviews at BBC Liverpool.
What is it about me and that seaside town? I'm currently reading Steven D. Stark's Meet the Beatles, which I will review as soon as I finish it. So far, I'm enjoying it and -- can you believe it? -- finding out a couple things I did not know about the Beatles.