The Shameful Truth


Robin Christina Lea was born in a military facility somewhere on the Pacific Ocean, sometime between 1969 and 1983. As an infant she was shipped quickly and stealthily back across the United States, lying dormant most of the way in order to remain inconspicuous. Willing to make any sacrifice to protect their daughter, Robin's parents moved from one desolate Arkansas backwater to another. But finally, thanks to financial incentives and a little brother who was much more difficult to keep hidden, they were forced to settle in Little Rock and fortify their position in the suburban area known as Otter Creek.

In the twisted streets of Otter Creek (which were mostly named after trees or shrubs) young Robin was forced to grow up quickly, often escaping from the sorrows of her tragic suburban life by drawing or writing stories. Her few friends were either insane or short. Both, in many cases. But Robin persevered and grew into the incredibly intelligent, stunningly beautiful young woman that seven out of ten random bypassers, when confronted with a questionairre on the subject, still refuse to admit she is.

Finally graduating from high school and moving on, Robin enrolled in a university which should have remained nameless. There, she spent too much time in the musty old library studying the feasability of artificial humanoid life, and not enough time studying her major, psychology... or creative writing, depending on when you asked. Robin also spent some time exploring the cliffs, not answering her phone, and suddenly leaving the room without explanation. Although musically inept herself, Robin was able to blend in with the band geeks because she could play Dungeons & Dragons.

Once jettisoned into the rather implausible world of the modern job-market, Robin found herself a series of fairly ordinary jobs, teaching herself a number of computer skills along the way in order to make herself a more marketable prospect and hopefully bring her world domination plans somewhat closer to fruition. Also during this time, she quickly learned that her irreverent sense of humor and tendency to use office stationary for pranks endeared her to no one.

And eventually she decided that this biography had already rambled along too far, although it was by no means caught up to the present. I mean, there's nothing at all about the comic book store, the long-lost tome, Les Barbes Bizarre, or Cinco. This stuff just gets kinda boring after a while, y'know?

Latest News

I'm still maintaining this site, but I don't update it as often as I used to, so here's a list of the sites you can check to be sure you're getting the latest news:

Publishing History

2007GM Dungeons #2 (Outlaw Press)Co-author on "Between Sea and Sky"
September, 2005 The Dunwich Herald (as Tanith E. Howard)

Had Your Cup of Happy Today?

February, 2005 The Dunwich Herald (as Tanith E. Howard)

Wal-Mart: More Evil Than Ever

January, 2005 The Dunwich Herald (as Tanith E. Howard)

Tanith's Lab Notes (new regular feature)

November, 2004 The Dunwich Herald (as Tanith E. Howard)

11/7/2004 - Interviewer in "Fighting for a New World Order"

July, 2004 The Dunwich Herald (as Tanith E. Howard)

7/17/2004 - Editorial: Tanith's Tips for Cultists with Cats

February, 2004 The Dunwich Herald (as Tanith E. Howard)

2/12/2004 - INS Has Hands Full With Tcho-Tcho
2/8/2004 - US to Invade R'lyeh

January, 2004 The Dunwich Herald (as Tanith E. Howard)

1/5/2004 - Horoscopes (regular feature)
12/30/03 - Episcopalians Approve Yithian Bishop

February, 2003 The Arkansas Times (uncredited) Chicken Cow blurb in "The Observer"
1995 Transmog #19 Digital Howl, Part 3
1994 Transmog #13 Typo
1993 Screechowl #1 Entropy
1992 Carrion #2 Night Life

My Web Pages

Yellow ButterFlavored Grease ( - Movie reviews by people who just don't get it (actually by me, pretending to be those people. Also linked to an online forum.

Tanith's Laboratory - Collection of my Dunwich Herald articles.

Peryton Publishing - A new publishing venture, selling gaming products, fiction, and other neat stuff. There's free online content, as well.

The Knights of Grog's - Chronicle of a Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D 2nd Edition) campaign in which I participated. This is where Ezren (see Kasmordo's Apprentice) came from.

The Yellow Sign ( - This page tracks the latest events in the online discussion groups that I maintain or help to maintain. It might take a minute to load because mostly it's just a big pile of scripts.


The Dunwich Herald, "We Keep H.P. Lovecraft Spinning In His Grave!" - Fake news articles and wonderfully doctored photos based on the premise that Lovecraft's mythos is real and has an impact on current events. I've published several articles here, but even the ones I didn't do are very funny. ;-)

Edge - The mandate of Edge Foundation is to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society. Its informal membership includes of some of the most interesting minds in the world.

Jessica Hotz - Friend & up-and-coming Cleveland artist. I'm trying to talk her into getting a better web site, but for now she's still using MySpace.

A Guide to the Orders of Trilobites - A site devoted to the understanding of trilobites. Great pictures, including a new featured trilobite photo every month. Best trilobite resource I've ever found.