by Amarantha Pharr
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ROBIN SPRIGGS TO APPEAR IN USA NETWORK'S NECESSARY ROUGHNESS
See Robin as Chris Amante in USA Network's Necessary Roughness. Episode 11, "Baggage Claim," is the one to look for. See the official site for dates and times.
MICRO INTERVIEW WITH ROBIN SPRIGGS
A short but interesting interview with Robin Spriggs can be found at Read Horror.
We've yet to get the scoop from the man himself, but this forthcoming anthology will apparently feature a story by Robin Spriggs, along with the work of a score of other writers and artists who specialize in the strange and bizarre. Take a look here and you'll know as much as we do.
"Red Magic" and "Blatta Infernalis" (both from DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST) have been nominated for Rhysling Awards. To learn more about the Rhyslings, click here.
"EYES AND GNOSIS" NOMINATED FOR A PUSHCART PRIZE
LAIRD BARRON ON DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST
FRED CHAPPELL ON DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST
FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND REVIEWS DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST BY ROBIN SPRIGGS
Famous Monsters' own Peter Schwotzer shares his thoughts on Robin Spriggs's Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist. To get the scoop, join him at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST REVIEWED AT SHE NEVER SLEPT
TOMB KEEPER UNEARTHS GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST
GRIM BLOGGER TACKLES DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST
. . . GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST UNLEASHED!
Robin Spriggs's latest book, Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist, has at last been released. The publisher, Anomalous Books, describes the collection as follows:
"Equal parts grimoire, dream journal, adversaria, metafictional scripture, oracular revelation, and astral travelogue, this collection of interconnected prose poems by acclaimed fabulist Robin Spriggs is a darkly seductive journey through the demon-haunted nether regions of magic, myth, and the poetic imagination."
Needless to say, we here at the virtual House of Nine are extremely excited by this news, and almost just as excited to pass it along to you.
DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST TO BE PUBLISHED BY ANOMALOUS BOOKS
Robin Spriggs's long-awaited full-length collection of prose poetry, Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist, will
be published by Anomalous Books sometime in 2010. Details regarding the
content and theme of this book are sketchy at this time; but as soon as
we receive any solid information, we will share it with you here in the
newsroom. So check back often.
SINKHOLE NOW READY FOR DISTRIBUTION FROM SHORELINE ENTERTAINMENT
Sinkhole, the festival-circuit hit by filmmaker Paul Schattel, is now available for distribution from Shoreline Entertainment. To view a trailer of this twisted Appalachian thriller co-starring Robin Spriggs alongside Brian Marshall, J. R. Hopper, Kelly O'Neal, and Patrick Green, just click here.
ROBIN SPRIGGS TO GUEST STAR IN TV PILOT?
Recent research (read: "Web surfing") reveals that Robin Spriggs has apparently been contracted to guest star in a proposed TV pilot entitled Breach of Heaven. Though the truth of this story has yet to be verified with the man himself (who has been harder to track down than usual of late), more information can be gleaned from these sources.
NINE QUESTIONS WITH ROBIN SPRIGGS
A brand-new interview with Robin Spriggs (this one conducted by yours truly and focusing mainly on Capes & Cowls: Adventures in Wyrd City) has been posted in the Parlor. That's right, Wyrdlings, it's our first ever House of Nine exclusive, so hurry on over for a healthy dose of strange.
CAPES & COWLS: THE SUPERHERO BOARD GAME
Attention, aficionados of four-color
fisticuffs, connoisseurs of costumed contestation, devotees of strife-induced
displays of derring-do. The House of Nine is proud to announce that Robin
COWLS: The Superhero Board Game will
be released by Wyrd House Press in late 2006!
For more details, stop by the Playroom.
CAPES & COWLS: THE SUPERHERO BOARD GAME
In a bold display of publishing derring-do, Jazz Lieberman of Wyrd House Press has announced that he will launch his illuminated (comic book) treatments of Robin Spriggs's Capes & Cowls: The Chronicles of Wyrd™ with a full-blown adventure board game called, you guessed it, Capes & Cowls: The Superhero Board Game .
"I know it sounds a little crazy," said Lieberman, whose publishing house's past offerings have focused exclusively on fiction, poetry, and occult esoterica. "But given the scope of the Capes & Cowls™ universe, with its host of colorful characters and strangeâ€”or rather, Wyrdâ€”world view, a game seemed like the best way to initiate new readers and start things off with a bang."
But further digging revealed yet another reason for the publisher's "crazy" decision. "Okay," said Lieberman, "you got me. We [Lieberman and Spriggs] were at a coffee shop, discussing the direction of the project [comic book series], when Robin offhandedly mentioned something about a game. 'What game?' I asked. 'The one on my dining-room table,' he said. At first I thought he was just yanking my chain, but when he took me to his house and showed me the goods, man, did I find out different. Turns out, the guy had created this entire cool-as-hell game system, set in the world of Wyrd, complete with character cards, super powers, figures, customizable game board, and a big book of playable adventures—in short, the whole Wyrd shebang. And the art [by Kelly O'Neal and Robin Spriggs himself] was freakin' incredible—a killer combo of golden-, silver-, and bronze-age aesthetics, but with stylistic idiosyncrasies that really made it sing. To be honest, I would have been crazy not to publish it. I mean, not only was it brilliant, it was practically already done."
And faster than a speeding bullet, Lieberman was not only seeing the game, but playing it for himself. "Yeah," he said. "Robin sat me down, racked up a quick adventure, and bam, just like that, I was right in the middle of a comic book. And, man, was it a blast. We're talking four-color fun from frame to frame—garish costumes, alter egos, and smack-talking fights to the finish. For the span of an hour, I was twelve years old again, and if that's not a good thing, I don't know what is. I guess you could say it was love at first fight."
"Evidently," Lieberman continued, "he [Spriggs] and some of his associates had been playing a polished homemade version of the game for well over a decade. It was nuts, keeping a thing like that to himself. Nuh-uh, I said, we're going public with this thing. And you, Herr Professor, will like it!"
Apparently, Spriggs did like it, because the game is now slated for a 2006 release, before the comics themselves. "To tell the truth," said Lieberman, "the game and the comics are pretty much one and the same. There's a lot of cross-pollination between the two. In fact, we'll be treating the game as sort of an alternative-format prologue to the comics that will follow. We'll probably even end up billing it as issue #1."
Lieberman pressed his point home by describing the game itself as "an open-ended saga in a box, a collaborative story kit that allows the players to take their favorite costumed Wyrdos, plunk them down in a four-color setting, stir in a challenging scenario, and spend the next hour or so slugging it out in super-heroic bliss."
When pressed for details about the physical composition of the game, Lieberman said, "I don't want to give away too much at this point. So let's just call it an adventure board game with a healthy doses of strategy and role-playing thrown in for good measure. It even utilizes a unique battleboard mechanic that directly influences the outcome of each character action. But best of all, it's quick and easy enough for kids to get into, yet challenging and atmospheric enough to engage experienced adult gamers."
So there you have it, Wyrdlings—Capes & Cowls: The Superhero Board Game. Stay tuned here for more details. Same Wyrd Time. Same Wyrd Channel.
CAPES & COWLS, WYRD CITY, and all related characters, images, slogans, and indicia are trademarks of ROBIN SPRIGGS. Copyright © 1999 - 2006. Used under license by WYRD HOUSE and HEKAN, LLC. All rights reserved.
ROBIN SPRIGGS TO APPEAR AT DRAGON*CON 2005
Robin Spriggs will be a featured guest at this year's Dragon*Con, the world's largest Sci-fi/Fantasy/Pop Culture Convention. The event will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, September 1-4. Spriggs will be on hand to discuss his experiences as an author and actor, sign copies of his critically acclaimed Wondrous Strange: Tales of the Uncanny, and to give fans a sneak peek at his much-anticipated Capes & Cowls: The Superhero Board Game.Other guests at Dragon*Con 2006 include Joss Whedon, Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, Richard Hatch, and the inimitable Forrest J. Ackerman. Be there or be woefully unhip.
SPRIGGS AND LOVECRAFT SPELL DOUBLE TROUBLE
Robin Spriggs's latest tale, "The Sigil," awaits your erudite perusal in the winter issue (#8) of Lovecraft's Weird Mysteries. Lurking in the plot of this diabolical yarn is a message of grave importance to those for whom it is intended. Ignore it at your own peril or purchase it posthaste from Shocklines or Project Pulp.
VISIONFEST FEATURES ROBIN SPRIGGS IN SINKHOLE
Hot on the heels of its world premiere in Los Angeles, Paul Schattel's Sinkhole heads to New York City for its official East Coast Premiere. The screening, hosted by the prestigious VisionFest Film Festival, will take place on Sunday, June 27, at high noon.
Exquisitely shot by cinematographer Steve Agnew, Sinkhole features an outstanding performance by Robin Spriggs, whose portrayal of affable sociopath Alfonse Duncan is a thing of wicked beauty. Other splendid performances are delivered by Kelly O'Neal, J. R. Hooper, and Patrick Green.
Tickets for this must-see East Coast Premiere are going fast, so hurry to the VisionFest website and get yours today!
ROBIN SPRIGGS TO STAR IN WORLD PREMIERE OF SINKHOLE
Written, directed, and produced by Paul Schattel, Sinkhole is the story of a small-town lost soul hellbent on self-destruction.
When disgraced school teacher Jason Griffin (Brian Marshall) is taken under the wing of affable sociopath Alfonse Duncan (Robin Spriggs), his fondest wishes of doom and depravity become a frightening reality.
Also starring in Sinkhole are Kelly O'Neal, J. R. Hooper, and Patrick Green.
Should you be able to attend the screening, Robin says be sure to stick around and say hello; he would love to let you buy him a drink—preferably something emerald-hued, with a healthy dose of wormwood and a phosphorescent louche.
ROBIN SPRIGGS DOES COFFEE SHOP OF HORRORS
Weird scribe Robin Spriggs will be at the Coffee Shop of Horrors in Gainesville, GA, to sign copies of his latest book, Wondrous Strange: Tales of the Uncanny. If you like your coffee creepy and your stories extra strange, here's your chance to bag them both in one sweet swoop. Be there or be highly unfortunate!
*Update: The signing, originally scheduled for June 12, 2004, has been postponed until July. When a specific date has been set, it will be posted in the House of Nine pressroom.
The publishing rights to Capes & Cowls: The Wyrd City Chronicles™, the long-running but sporadically published underground serial by Robin Spriggs, formerly held by Micro Pulps and a number of other independent presses, were recently purchased by the wise and industrious powers that be at Wyrd House Press.
"It was the perfect fit," said Wyrd House CEO Jazz Lieberman. "Wyrd City, Wryd Houseâ€”I mean, come on, who am I to tussle with fate?"
Under the direction of the new publisher, the erstwhile mostly-text serial will be presented in graphic (comic book) digest format. Spriggs, of course, will plot and script the stories, while sharing the art duties with the House of Nine's own remarkable Ms. Kelly O.
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