Is thekeep.org gone?

Talk about all other fiction in this forum.

Is thekeep.org gone?

Postby slickrcbd » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:33 pm

I just tried to link to a story at www.thekeep.org and it times out.
Is the server down or is the site gone for good?
There were a lot of old classics stored there.
slickrcbd
Chibi Sailor Senshi
Posts: 217
 

Re: Is thekeep.org gone?

Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:29 pm

I checked with WhoIs.net and the domain will expire in late 2026. It's registered to "The Sign of the Red-Headed Witch". The only non-Harry-Potter and non-fantasy RPG I can chase down that contains that title exactly is The Wizardry Consulted, a 1995 novel by Rick Cook. Wikipedia says,

Rick Cook (born 1944) is a light fantasy author from the United States, best known for his Wizardry series of books. His writing includes many jokes that are hard to appreciate without having a background in systems-level programming, though the books themselves can easily be enjoyed by readers without such a background.


Now, Cook sounds very much like somebody who"d form a site dedicated to preserving fiction, and in fact, his blog says he created thekeep.org. The blog itself is at https://rickcooks.blogspot.com/ The most recent post was in 2017.

He had emergency heart surgery in 2000, and that (plus the medication) apparently stopped him right in the middle of a book. I live with a writer who has twice been stopped for a couple years that way, without the heart surgery bit. He was born in 1944, which puts him at 75 years of age. Mary Monica is 75, and her writing is sputtering at best. I'm 77. and don't do fiction any more (though I am compiling essays and writing nonfiction. And I seem to be doing some detection, because I didn't know thekeep.org existed until you mentioned it, and only had a faint memory of Rick Cook's existence. But it only took me about twenty minutes with a search engine to do the research.

So cut thekeep some slack. It may only be sleeping after a prolonged squawk. No guarantee it's dead.

The domain is still registered, but there's no guarantee about maintenance and hosting.
Last edited by Ellen Kuhfeld on Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Visit Big Washuu's Lab of Arcane Knowledge at http://washuu.net
Ellen Kuhfeld
User avatar
Sailor Starlight
Posts: 1882
 

Re: Is thekeep.org gone?

Postby slickrcbd » Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:18 pm

Apparently it was glitching, as it is back.
Sorry for that, I haven't accessed it in a while, and it was down when I tried to post a link to one of the stories there.
slickrcbd
Chibi Sailor Senshi
Posts: 217
 

Re: Is thekeep.org gone?

Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:03 pm

I visited thekeep.org and www.thekeep.org. All I really found were some old-classic foolery about secret research. I gathered there were Old Classics of other kinds there. How does one access them? It asks for a name and password, but gives no way to register.
Visit Big Washuu's Lab of Arcane Knowledge at http://washuu.net
Ellen Kuhfeld
User avatar
Sailor Starlight
Posts: 1882
 


Return to Fiction Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users

cron