Note from Underground 5/4

Yesterday, I found a pic of my oldest and me. I won’t post it here because I want to respect my kid’s privacy, but it got me thinking about shit.

It was taken exactly three years ago, less than a month before I checked myself into the psych ward. You can see how worn down I am in it. The suicide prevention shirt, the tired smile, the unkempt hair, and the darkness around my eyes (I swear I somehow have less crow’s feet now). The kid, of course, looks angelic.

It’s hard to believe how much time has passed. Sometimes, it’s like I just got out and still have a plan for recovery. Other times, it feels more like a dream.

I honestly don’t have a lot to say about it other than life has stages. I’ve spent the better part of this year re-evaluating. I think a lot of us have.

You may have seen on Twitter that Gods of the Dark Web 2 needs some more time to cook. It won’t be released until later this year. Don’t worry, though. I have other things on the horizon that I can’t announce just yet, so watch this space in the coming days.

So, why did I decide to shelve it? Simple, really. As it stands, it’s a cool collection of scenes, but not a whole lot of connective tissue. I’m not comfortable releasing it as such. Imagine a map with great descriptions of landmarks but no roads. That’s kind of how I see Gods 2 in its current incarnation. I’m not abandoning it by any means, but it will just come out a little later than initially expected.

In the meantime, my pals J. David Osborne and Kelby Losack both have new books out. David’s Tomahawk continues his excellent Black Gum cycle. Kelby’s Hurricane Season perfectly captures the surrealism of surviving a natural disaster. Far more human than your favorite Roland Emmerich movie. My friend and collaborator Eve Harms also has a badass, trans body horror novella up for preorder.

You can also check out my new podcast, which is gaining some nice momentum over on Anchor and Spotify. It’s a Troma retrospective cohosted by Jeff Burk and me. Don’t know what Troma is? Our show is a good place to learn some things. It’s also a good time if you’re a fan looking for a nostalgia bump.

Anyway. I know I’ve been silent here. It’s been all about family and fiction these days. I’ll try to be more regular, though, because blogging can be therapeutic. We’ll see.

Some movies I’ve watched recently and enjoyed: Mother’s Day (1980, rewatch), Mortal Kombat (2021), and House by the Cemetery (1981, rewatch).

I’m reading a lot of shit that brought me to this dance, namely King and Koontz, but also a brand new essay collection by friend Robert Dean. It doesn’t have a publisher yet, but I have no doubt it will soon. It’s very good.

That’s all for now. Mangum, out.

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