Saturday, May 9, 2020

The Literary Hatchet #25 by PearTree Press

My reprint poem, Pale Radiance, appears in issue #25 of The Literary Hatchet by PearTree Press.  Pale Radiance will also appear in The Withering.

 Table of Contents 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Hooked On Poetry Project

I contributed my poem, Medusa's Mirror, to appear on the Hooked On Poetry project for National Poetry Month, curated by Erin Al-Mehairi, and hosted on Kendall Reviews.  You can read my poem and check out other poets here.

"A couple of days ago I announced in an essay the start of my HOOKED ON POETRY project, in celebration of National Poetry Month. It was posted both on my site Oh, for the Hook of a Book! and here at Kendall Reviews. KR is partnering with me to host and share pieces I’ve accepted and curated (thank you Gavin!). If you missed it, you can find it HERE.

This project will carry throughout May and that will allow time for pieces in support of Mental Health Awareness Month as well. Please join us in sharing things on social media with the hashtag #HookedonPoetry. There will be outstanding reprint poems from collections, stellar original poetry, reviews and articles on poetry, and more coming everyone’s way now and throughout May.

Today, I welcome established dark poetress Ashley Dioses. With many credits to her name, Ashley also had a poem included on Ellen Datlow’s full recommended Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven list and was also a nominee for the 2019 Pushcart Prize.


Erin Al-Mehairi"

Another Release Date Come and Gone

Today, on Walpurgis Eve, I would've had some exciting news to share but instead, I'm apologizing. Today was the second release date for The Withering. I'm sad to say that it will not be released today nor on any foreseeable day in the near future. I'm apologizing to those of you, readers, who have been waiting for this collection, whether you pledged on the Kickstarter or have just been waiting for its release.

The Withering was originally intended to be released in late September last year in time for the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival.  It was delayed due to reasons stated on this blog entry by the publisher.  After returning from their hiatus, I agreed to still stay on.  Why?  Because The Withering was an Achievement.  You could pledge for my collection and some did.  I felt obligated to stay, for my readers who paid to hit that goal.  But it has been months since I've personally heard from the publisher and now, my release date has come and there is nothing to present.   

I hope to hear from the publisher soon.  I wish him all the luck in the world and hope that a light will shine on his darkest moments.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Infernal Ink Magazine: Devilishly Erotic Horror (Spring/Summer 2020)

My poem reprint, Bathory in Red, appears in the latest issue of Infernal Ink Magazine: Devilishly Erotic Horror (Spring/Summer 2020).

Table of Contents

“Notes from the Editor”
with Hydra M. Star

“The Herbitch”
a poem by Abdul-Qaadir Taariq Bakari-Muhammad

“The Heart of Russia”
a story by Davide Nixon

“Kiss Me, Again, Again, and Again”
a poem by David Estringel

“Sharing with the Wife”
a story by Eric Neher

“The Thick of Night”
a poem by Lee Clark Zumpe

“The Van”
a story by Magister Phineas

a poem by Viktor Wolfe

“The Kobioshi Research Institute”
a story by John Kojak

“Bathory in Red”
a poem by Ashley Dioses

a story by Bryan Miller

“Lighting the Flame”
a story by J.B. Toner

“Untitled #50”
a poem by Oliver Baer

“Beyond Words”
a story by T.C. Mill

“Trailing Cries of Passion”
a poem by Lee Clark Zumpe

“Red Riding Wolf”
a story by Ronin Howlett

“Little Deaths”
a poem by David Estringel

“The Author Bordello”
with Logospilgrim

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

L. A. Vintage Paperback Festival

Last weekend I, unfortunately, came down with a cold (yes, just a cold!) and still have it, so our attendance at the festival was much shorter than we would've liked.  We signed at 11 am with Scott Woodard and Pete Atkins, among others.  Kyle and I are scheduled to sign again next year as well, in case you didn't catch us this time.

It was not the same without Dennis Etchison there.  I met him for the first time at this festival a few years ago.  We were together in Weird Fiction Review #5 by Centipede Press and I had him sign it.  I told him that I was also in this and he mentioned an after-party and said that I was 'entitled' to go.  That just made me die.  I would only see him at cons or other gatherings infrequently but it was always a joy to hang out with him and listen to his stories and writing wisdom.  I miss him terribly.

I had Tim Kirk sign his Averoigne map in my contributor's copy of The Averoigne Legacy: Tribute Tales in the World of Clark Ashton Smith edited by Edward Stasheff.

(Tim Kirk)

(Peter Beagle [in silver])

I spotted a few books I'm in being sold at a table run by Carl Aschmann, which was awesome.

Here are the goodies I scored.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Spectral Realms No. 12 by Hippocampus Press

I'm always so excited to get my copy of Spectral Realms and the latest is the 12th issue, which features my sonnet V. Haematophagy.  Haematophagy is the 5th sonnet in my vampire sonnet cycle titled The Countess.  The first four sonnets can be found in Diary of a Sorceress.  The entire sonnet cycle will be in Diary of a Vampyress. 



Acrostic Sonnet for Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire / David Barker

Gray / M. F. Webb

Pilgrim in the Mist / Wade German

Proem to the Fortress Unvanquishable / Thomas Tyrrell

Ode to the Great God Pan / Carl E. Reed

Ghebulax / Maxwell I. Gold

The Crimson Knight / Scott J. Couturier

Haematophagy / Ashley Dioses

Not All of Them Are Ghosts / Darrell Schweitzer

Poe, on the Morning After / Don Webb

Homage to Creepy / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Xipe Totec / Deborah L. Davitt

Necronomicon / Josh Maybrook

Wretched Raft / Kieran Dacey Boylan

Satanic Sonata / Manuel Arenas

Time’s Vulture / Leigh Blackmore

Urban Renewal / Mike Allen

Graveside Ghost / Mary Krawczak Wilson

No One Is Safe / Benjamin Blake

Minoan Messages / Frank Coffman

Madhouse Getaway / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Planet Fetish / Chad Hensley

Jack in Xanadu / Adam Bolivar

Genesis / Holly Day

I Want to Taste October / Ross Balcom

A Tasty Treat / Adele Gardner

Beyond the Fields / Andrew J. Wilson

The Tears of Cerberus / Wade German

A Witch in the House / Oliver Smith

The Psychopomp / Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer

The Plague Queen’s Song / Nicole Cushing

I’ll Return in Late October / K. A. Opperman

The Philosophy & Aesthetics of Horror / Carl E. Reed

Black Wings Return / Michael D. Miller

Slow the Night Grows Darker / David Sammons

The Wild Hunt / Chelsea Arrington

Lines Written in a Providence Churchyard / David Barker

The God of the Winds / Christina Sng

Singularity / Curtis M. Lawson

Dream Hackers / Maxwell I. Gold

The Bedlam Philharmonic / Steven Withrow

The House (A Conduit) / Mack W. Mani

The Pack / Scott J. Couturier

Kiss of Life / Manuel Arenas

The Last Golem / Allan Rozinski

A Summoning of Demons / Michelle Jeffrey

Astral Parasites / Manuel Pérez-Campos

The Silent Silver Sea / Leigh Blackmore

Homer Before the Trojan Court / Darrell Schweitzer

The Witch’s Cat / Deborah L. Davitt

In Arcadia / Josh Maybrook

My Loveliest Manticore; or, The Queen of the Lamiae / Wade German

The Conjuring / Frank Coffman

Wildfires / Christina Sng

Now and Forever / Kieran Dacey Boylan

Stela of Selos / Scott J. Couturier

Southern Gothic; or, Hillbilly Horror / Carl E. Reed

The Egyptian Splendor / Ross Balcom

Carrion Dreams / Maxwell I. Gold

Classic Reprints  

In a Breton Cemetery / Ernest Dowson

The Vampire / Arthur Symons


A Golgotha of Horror / S. T. Joshi

Dark Oracles Indeed / Donald Sidney-Fryer

Sunday, March 1, 2020


I've been depressed ever since my father died over a year ago.  Writing was always something I've turned to, it is my life, but my life is out of whack.  So writing, as an extension of myself, is also out of whack.  I haven't written much at all in 2019 and so far this year, I've written 1 poem.

The Withering was slotted to come out in September 2019 and it didn't.  It's scheduled to come out April 30th and I hope that it does.  The publisher is going through his own Hell and I empathize with him.  I really do.

The Withering is finished and I hoped with its publication I could relax a bit but it hasn't and I can't.  I know others have waited longer and still wait for their 2nd book to come out years later but it bothers me.  The rule is to send something out and then forget it as you work on something else.  And that's a fine rule and it worked for me until now.

I can't write like I used to anymore.  Diary of a Vampyress is close to completion in that it needs (yes, needs) about 30 more poems.  30 poems weren't as daunting then as it is now.  My sweet, patient, genius Kyle has been the biggest help to me in editing my poems to perfection.  He is the meter and form genius and I am not.  He helps me smooth my rough corners and helps polish them up before I send them out into the world.  He is also struggling to write and has taken up art, which I'm extremely proud of him for pursuing what he always wanted to do.  And that means he doesn't have the time or even the mental headspace to edit my poems.  And that's fine.  He shouldn't have to do that forever.  All things come to an end.

The Withering is done but not out.  Diary of a Vampyress is close to completion but it's not complete.  The poems I've not written need to be.  And poems written will not be edited.  Why does it matter anymore?  Has my flame gone out already?

Now let's go back in time.

In the year 1999 or so, I created a character in a short story in 4th grade.  With this character bloomed a story and a (few) plots and a (few) settings.  This character and story and plot and setting bloomed into 2 and a half epic fantasy novels.  These are the novels I was working on before Kyle came along and brought me back to poetry in 2010.

I've dusted them off with serious intent on rewriting them.  Maybe this is the break I need from poetry right now.

I still have plenty of edited, finished poems that I'll be sending out into the world to hopefully find a home.  I will always update this with when and where to find them.  Those may be the best place to find new Ashley poetry for the time being.