January 1, 2008
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Fitcher's Brides
December 1, 2002
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Gregory Frost

Gregory Frost is/has been/might be again:

*The author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories and articles.

*A graduate of the writing program at the University of Iowa and of the intensive Clarion Writers Workshop at Michigan State University (and to which he has subsequently been invited back as a teacher, the fools!). Clarion is a six-week writing program in which approximately 15-20 people are locked in a dormitory/sorority house together where they perform various rituals involving computers, manuscripts, pizza, masochism, water-weaponry, sleep-deprivation and harsh self-realization techniques rivaling the worst of est. Some of them even survive and go on to lead productive lives. A rare few are given the opportunity to torture...I mean, help another group of students write, develop, and publish. I helped a couple. Really. Ask anyone.

*A survivor of many Sycamore Hill Writers Workshops. Created originally in the mid-1980s by John Kessel & Mark Van Name, in and around NC State University, it was taken over in the '90s by authors Gregory Frost, Judith Berman and Richard Butner, and moved to an exotic location in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In 2000, them dang Southerners wrested it away agin and stuck it up in the mountains of North Carolina. Sycamore Hill has gone from annual to semi-annual workshop for published fantasy and science fiction writers, as the organizers (including the aforementioned Dr. Kessel) approach decrepitude. Historically, Sycamore Hill boasts an illustrious participant list, including but not limited to: Connie Willis, Karen Joy Fowler, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, James Patrick Kelly, Harlan Ellison, Michaela Roessner, Robert Frazier, Nancy Kress, Orson Scott Card, and Bruce Sterling (who subsequently dubbed it "The Burn Ward"). Unlike Clarion, the only admitted ritual at Sycamore Hill involves ice cream sandwiches. Just leave it alone. Move along. Nothing to see here.

* An actor in some frightening (not in the scary sense, necessarily, either) low-budget horror and sf films that if you've any sense in your head you will not seek out: S.P Somtow's "The Laughing Dead," and "New Genesis: Twilight of the Dogs." No, really, that's the title.

* A lover of things feline.

A lover also of... * the music of Ennio Morricone, Richard Thompson, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Kate Bush, Banco de Gaia, Shostokovich, Prokofiev, Lisa Gerard, Hem, The Be Good Tanyas, Ekova, Janis Ian, and Elvis Costello (in no discernible order).

* the films of Sergio Leone, the Coen Brothers, Mario Bava, Jeunet & Caro, Jan Svankmajer, the Brothers Quay, and all those guys at Termite Terrace.

* the illustration work of Georges Mazilu, Enki Bilal, Charles Vess, Tom Canty, P. Craig Russell, Jason Van Hollander, Barry Moser, Will Eisner....

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