A five-sided building in darkness, seen from overhead Brett Davidson has graciously allowed the republication of his novelettes on the site. They haven't been available here since they were published in Night Lands Volume II: Nightmares of the Fall in 2007.

The two novelettes are "Minotaur" and "Little Watcher." They involve Pallin of Asphodelos and Lady Hecane from "The Astronomer," which has been available here. Since all three are linked stories, I've given them their own subcategory:

Stories > Night Land Stories > The Last Redoubt > Pallin of Asphodelos

"Minotaur" is up this week. "Little Watcher" is coming next week.

Hail! I have three changes to the site to tell you about.

First, I reversed the post order here in the Journal so it's displaying most recent on top. When you see this at the top of the page, it's the newest post.

Second: we have a good-looking new picture by Phil Trusinski. It's the last in his gallery.

Third, Brett Davidson has decided to republish his earlier Night Land stories on the site. We have several up, as you can see from looking at his author page, but a few were reduced to samples following the publication of the Night Lands anthologies. This will make all of his shorter Night Land works available here.

I have to reformat the stories to republish. I'll put up notices here in the journal as I complete them.

Our gallery plugin is very capable, but it has a bug that makes it easy to think it's saved when it really hasn't. So I've sometimes thought I've fixed a caption, forgotten to check, and later discovered it was still wrong. Also, occasionally I discover I've wrongly labelled a picture, or forgot to label it.

I'm not sure I have the best gallery settings yet. Our pictures are of widely varying sizes and aspect ratios. Most galleries won't handle this variety without cutting off parts of some thumbnails, which can make the art look bad. So I chose one which is capable of displaying the whole image even as a thumbnail. But handling pictures of such different dimensions makes it difficult to fix on a gallery layout, since some of the images are much larger than others, and I have to accommodate the largest dimension I'm going to display.

If we have fewer than five of your pictures, your work is in the Other Artists' Gallery. Otherwise you have a separate gallery on the main gallery page.

You can email me at nightland <at> starsofwinter.com.

Hail.

On the old site, we had three categories of Night Land stories:

  • Eternal Love;
  • Nightmares of the Fall;
  • The Days of Darkening.

When Mr. Robertson published the print anthologies (Eternal Love and Nightmares of the Fall), he took some of the complete stories down, and left samples up. Further, some of the authors have since republished, and their stories were also shortened to samples.

As a consequence, we had only three complete stories left in the Eternal Love section. I have therefore combined Eternal Love and Nightmares of the Fall into The Last Redoubt.

As  The Days of Darkening anthology planned was never published, we still have many Darkening stories — enough to make combining all the Night Land stories in a single category unwieldy.

Under About – Authors and Artists, we have a list of contributors. It includes musings, thoughts about the Night Land, website links, story links, gallery links, and so on.

Please look yours over to make sure it exists (if you want it to), links to the right places, and reads the way you want it to read.

You can email me any corrections at nightland *at* starsofwinter.com.

I made a new version of the Timeline, adapted for this installation. It's built along the same lines as the old Timeline, but it's a bit shorter physically (you'll do less scrolling to reach the bottom).

I'm not sure every story is at the right date, or in the right order. The Timeline is only approximate, so I'm not aiming at exactitude. But if you see stories out of their intended order, or at the wrong time, let me know.

You can email nightland %at% starsofwinter.com.

I thought it preferable to get the new, easier to manage, easier to update site up, even though it's not in its final form.

I have brought over most of the material on the old version of the site, but not everything. Yet to be done:

  1. Story Samples. The stories complete in the Night Lands section are almost all here, but the stories later published only in sample form are not. Story samples will have their own menu category — they won't be mixed into the completed stories as they were (for historical reasons) on the old site.
  2. The stories in Others' Night Lands are not yet formatted and published.
  3. "Children of the Hive," by Luna García y García. This is the only complete story from the old Night Lands section that isn't here. It has unusual formatting and presentation, and it needs several pages of custom HTML that I haven't written yet. It also needs new illustrations, because I can't identify the illustrations that aren't the work of Mr. Fabian.
  4. An article listing Hodgson-related books, including Andy Robertson's Night Lands anthologies, is not complete. It needs more books added, and more details.
  5. The multimedia page isn't up. I haven't yet picked a plugin for playing the sound files that are hosted here.
  6. Domain Science Letters. These were non-narrative Lovecraftian science fiction created by Andy Robertson and linked from his personal page. I'll be bringing them into a new story section.
  7. Later I will restore the late Mr. Robertson's personal page as a memorial.
  8. Proofreading. I did quite a bit of proofreading while reformatting, but it's by no means finished.
  9. Later I will bring back the old site log as a matter of archaeological interest.
  10. Later I will convert many of the Night Speech bulletin board posts into articles we can read here.
  11. The essays and the long story subcategories are going to get some dress-up so they look more like the short stories. Done.
  12. I may make other similar cosmetic changes to category presentation.
  13. The pages you see when you click on an upper-level menu item, like Stories or Night Land Stories, are functional but plain. I've kept them system-generated because I don't want to have to update them by hand. At least some of the changes I want to make may require running a second copy of the template to accommodate them, but I don't want to do that yet.
  14. Later I'll make any other changes to styling that require me to run a second copy of the template.
  15. Later I will try to restore some of the previous site's art.
  16. Later, if it turns out certain behavior I'm getting from the content management system is unintended, and said behavior gets fixed, I'll add a sortable story list.
  17. I've used the same artwork with too many stories because I don't have enough suitable illustrations of known provenance. This is particularly a problem with Darkening stories. I will try to find a wider variety of images.
  18. The Journal may change in several different ways. Right now it's in its simplest possible configuration, but we'll probably want to add posters and features as time goes on.
  19. I have used standard HTML table formatting to get a few items up quickly. But they don't adapt to small screens well. Later I'll reformat those tables and add some custom CSS for mobile browsing.
  20. Later, I'll make any changes to the template that require me to recode it, as opposed to simply writing CSS.

If you notice any errors, please email nightland %at% starsofwinter.com and I'll fix them as soon as I can.