In late February, U.S. rights to Courtney Love: The Real Story were sold to Simon & Schuster. The biography will be published in November 1997, and I'll be doing publicity in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and probably Boston, among other places. U.K. rights were sold to Orion. Italian rights went to Frassinelli, who will also publish Exquisite Corpse.

Simon & Schuster will publish a trade paperback edition of Exquisite Corpse in August 1997.

Nine black-and-white photographs of me appear in the wonderful Neurotica: The Darkest Art of J.K. Potter (Overlook Press, Lewis Hollow Road, Woodstock NY 12498). Several of these were first published in MONDO 2000. (The gaping torso et al.)

I've agreed to write an opinions column for Cemetery Dance Magazine (CD Publications, P.O. Box 943, Abingdon MD 21009). Look for the first installment of "Guilty But Insane" in the Spring 1997 issue; it covers my Mardi Gras adventures, common reader misconceptions, Ms. Rice's latest local lunacy, and the recent death of a friend.

A recent interview with me appears in the latest issue of the great gothic magazine Carpe Noctem, 260 S. Woodruff Ave., Suite 105, Idaho Falls, ID 83401 / email carpenoc@carpenoctem.com / www.carpenoctem.com

My portrait and a journal excerpt from 1988 appear in The Faces of Fantasy (Photographs by Patti Perret), Tor Books.

After an appalling delay, Douglas E. Winter's anthology Revelations (formerly titled Millennium, and still called that in the U.K.) will be published by HarperCollins in May 1997. This book contains "Triads," a novella I co-wrote with Christa Faust, set in 1937 Hong Kong and Shanghai. On a related note, my short story "Pin Money," a prequel to "Triads," will appear in a forthcoming issue of Rage.

My short story "Entertaining Mr. Orton" is in the anthology Grave Passions, edited by William J. Mann, Masquerade Books, 1997. Order via Masquerade/Direct, 801 Second Ave, New York, NY 10017 / tel. 800-375-2356 / email MasqBks@aol.com / $6.50 + $1.50 postage.

I have a short untitled piece in Dick For A Day (Villard Books), an anthology featuring woman writers, artists, and political figures discussing what they would do if they had a ... well, read the title.

Polish rights to Lost Souls have sold to to Wydawnictwo. (I hear bad jokes forming in sick minds out there ... )

Along with Joe R. Lansdale and Ramsey Campbell, I will be a Guest of Honor at the 1997 World Horror Convention in Niagara Falls, NY, May 8 - 11. For information, write WHC 1997, P.O. Box 1072, Amherst NY 14226-7072, email herphaus@pce.net, or check out the web site at www.horrornet.com/whc1997.htm

In response to a reader's query, Spooky's reference to the Nick Drake song "Safe as Milk" in Lost Souls is not meant to indicate that Nick Drake used heroin ... I have no idea whether he did or not ... though I do know that he died by overdosing on antidepressants, something artists seem prone to do, probably because it strikes them as deliciously ironic ... Thanks for all the inquiries and good wishes for Purple Proze's previous editor, Robert Sage. He's hanging in there ... People have been asking me where I met BRIAN HODGE and where they can get his work. Brian and I met in a mixed-gender brothel in 1937; we fought over a comely androgyne, but later became fast friends. Brian's new short story collection, The Convulsion Factory, is available from Silver Salamander Press, 4128 Woodland Park Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103 / 206-633-1930 / http://horrornet.com/silver.htm ... No, I'm not planning another volume of Love in Vein, so please don't send me vampire stories ... don't send me ANY stories, OK? ... well, you can if you want, but please realize that I cannot critique them or even acknowledge them ... I'm a mean, cranky, lousy critic anyway ... and how do I know you're not gonna turn up in my attic someday, claiming I stole your idea for my new novel? (Not you, dear reader -- the other psychos who get this thing.)

There's cool stuff about me on the Internet, though I don't actually take part in any of it except Pandora Station (http://www.negia.net/~pandora), to which I recently contributed several old and recent photos. Other places worth checking out are Usenet group alt.books.poppy-z-brite, my friend Kevin's PZB page (http://www.paranoia.com/~kevintx/pzb/), and the lushly gorgeous Altar of Poppy Z. Brite (http://www.freedomrings.com/ pzbrite/). I hear there's also a site called the Sacred Yew where Kinsey Hummingbird is the talking bar-bot, but I can't find it. If anyone knows where it is, please let me know.

Thanks for all the fabulous & intoxicating gifts ... keep 'em coming ... if you think I'd like it, I probably would.