Paul's collaborative writing on the web

The Inferior 4+1 is a Livejournal community maintained by Paul, lizhand, Paul Witcover, lucius-t and ljgoldstein.

Recent posts:

  • New Review at the B&NR November 23, 2015
    A brief history of Cosmic Horror, following up my earlier look at William Sloane.
  • Adventures of Bonnie, or, Dogs Behaving Badly November 18, 2015
    Yesterday at the Point Isabel dog park Bonnie decided she didn't want to go home after all, and kept slipping away when I tried to collar her.  Then she ran outside the park, down the street, crossed the street several times (horns blaring as she ran), turned past the Costco onto a larger street, crossed the street there as well, headed back, ran into the Costco parking lot (where I lost her for a while, until people at the gas pumps pointed her out to me), and returned to the park.  There were several times when I thought I'd lost her for good, and I was even calculating the chances of her getting found by someone who would call the number on her tag.Finally she paused at the water fountain in the park and I grabbed her -- and yelled at her, loudly, and then apologized to the nice woman who was staring at me.So what this means is that Bonnie can't go back to Point Isabel until she proves she'll come when she's called, which could be months, or even years.  (I had thought she was under voice control, but, well, apparently not.)  A shame, because I love it as much as she does.
  • Joining Lisa – Blatant Attempts at My Own Self-Promotion – because if not on one’s blog, then where, November 16, 2015
    I'm thrilled to announce that Venture Press, a new science fiction and fantasy imprint of Endeavour Press, the U.K.'s leading independent digital publisher, will be e-publishing my second novel, Vanishing Point, in early 2016. More details to come -- stay posted! Here’s a link to Venture’s website: Then in new news, my science fiction short story “Flattened” is included in the just-published Western Weird anthology, this year’s Western Press Books’ “Manifest West” annual themed antho – this year luckily tilted towards my oddball slant.
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE November 13, 2015
    A neat counterfactual novel about Hollywood, among other themes.
  • DiFi Book Launch November 13, 2015
    The official launch for my new book happens November 30th, at the University of CT in Storrs.
  • New Review of THE STEAMPUNK TRILOGY November 12, 2015
    A nice review of my STEAMPUNK TRILOGY, for which I am very grateful:

The Weird Universe explores a human and natural cosmos that is not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can imagine. The usual suspects are Paul Di Filippo; Alex Boese, curator of the Museum of Hoaxes; and Chuck Shepherd, purveyor of News of the Weird.

Recent posts:

  • The Perect Thanksgiving Dessert
    If Turducken is Gluttony 101 then Piecaken is the Masters Thesis. A pie inside a cake layered on another pie inside another cake. As many layers as you like with as many different combinations as you can think up. Decadent and delicious! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
  • Can’t Miss the Show
    January 1985: The women of the Thurlow family proved they were serious fans of the TV show St. Elsewhere. Even as their house burned down around them, they remained parked in front of the TV set, watching the latest episode through the haze of the smoke, unwilling to miss a single moment. The firefighters had to drag them away. But as soon as the fire was extinguished, the women rushed back into the house and were able to catch the final 10 minutes. Ocala Star-Banner - Jan 23, 1985
  • Mystery Illustration 13
    Which corporation--still around today--felt that this technological monster symbolized all the services they provided, back in 1969? The answer is here.
  • Safety Glass Tester, 1939
    High-test safety glass was developed jointly by five American companies during the 1930s. It had an inner layer of polyvinyl acetal resin. This meant that you could smash a man's face into a pane of the glass, and it would crack but not shatter. As demonstrated by the safety-glass tester below. Image source: Newsweek - Apr 10, 1939
  • The Escorts
    You've heard of MUSIC FROM BIG PINK? Well, here's MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE. Full story here.
  • Life (Death) Hack
    British lady tried out a life hack she read about on Facebook with unfortunate results.The suggestion was to lay the toaster on its side to make cheese on toast instead of grilling it. The idea back fired nearly destroying her kitchen before fire fighters arrived to put out the blaze. Life Hack: Using a toaster on its side to make cheese toast. Result: Epic Fail!