NEWS
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.




ROBIN SPRIGGS'S DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST NOMINATED FOR BRAM STOKER AWARD

The headline says it all. To see a list of all the honored works, click here


 

AKLONOMICON

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.


 

NOMINATED FOR A RHYSLING AWARD

"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.


 
DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST WINS A 2010 NIGHTMARE AWARD




DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST MAKES LIST OF TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Creature Feature Library recently selected Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist as one of its top ten books of 2010. To see the list for yourself and read reviews of all the honored selections, just click here.  


 

"EYES AND GNOSIS" NOMINATED FOR A PUSHCART PRIZE

Fans of Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist by Robin Spriggs are no doubt well acquainted with the prose poem "Eyes and Gnosis." What they may not know, however, is that it has recently been nominated for an upcoming Pushcart Prize. For more details, visit  Anomalous Books.


 
FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE (AND VERY EXCITING NEWS!) FROM DOUBLE FEATURE PRESS
FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE (AND VERY EXCITING NEWS!) FROM DOUBLE FEATURE PRESSFORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE (AND VERY EXCITING NEWS!) FROM DOUBLE FEATURE PRESS
What do Robin Spriggs, Joseph S. Pulver, and Double Feature Press have in common? A book, that's what! Or, to be more accurate, two full-length books in one. To get more details on this mysterious tome in the making, just head on over to the drive-in, park yourself in the first available spot, and wait for the show to begin

LAIRD BARRON ON DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST


Slim and deadly, Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a compelling exhibition of the disquieting and perverse. Spriggs has scribed a masterful occult grimoire for this Brave New World, and perhaps the one after--a dark and bloody anti-gospel."

Laird Barron, author of Occultation, The Imago Sequence, and recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award

FRED CHAPPELL ON DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST

"Robin Spriggs's Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a volume to be read judiciously, the way one sorts through a trunk discovered in a sinister attic. Do so, and you will store up sufficient material for thought, wonder, and reverie to last for years."
 
—Fred Chappell, recipient of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Best Foreign Book Prize from the Académie française , and former poet Laureate of North Carolina

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

Sarah L. Covert offers up a sharp and enlightening review of Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist by Robin Spriggs. Read it at She Never Slept.

TOMB KEEPER UNEARTHS GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST

J. L. Comeau, the personal Tomb Keeper of the legendary Count Gore de Vol, has unearthed a rare copy of Robin Spriggs's Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist. To read her insightful review of the book, join her in the Tomb of Dark Delights.

GRIM BLOGGER TACKLES DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST

Interested in reading an early, perceptive review of Robin Spriggs's Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist Then here you are, courtesy of Grim Reviews.

. . . 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 Spriggs's CAPES & 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 strange—or rather, Wyrd—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

Author-actor Robin Spriggs will co-star in the world premiere of Sinkhole at the Dances with Films film festival in Los Angeles, CA, on Friday, June 11, at 5 p.m..

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 House—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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