In my dream, I got an email from Amazon apologizing about forgetting to ship a book with my entire order last time and they want to know if they should ship it now or together with another recent order I just placed.
The only thing is, I never ordered this book but apparently was charged $14 or $15 for it. It totally looked like a book I would've bought and in fact, had a similar black and red cover of the book I just received. Each book was an occult book and this one, in particular, I remember most of the title and the author was supposed to have been Eliphas Levi.
Upon waking, I looked everywhere online to try to find this book or even a book like it because that book, if it existed, would be an awesome book to have in my occult library. I have found nothing even close.
I have taken this dream as a sign to write this book myself.
And then a few nights afterward, as I'm reading a book, I get to a section that slaps me right in the face as research for this dream book. Pieces of information that I wanted to cover in this book.
Note that I started reading this book *before* my dream but this section, which was the only part in the book I've read so far, came after I had my dream.
I think this is another clue/hint/sign to write this.
I'm not going to currently state what this book is about because it's a highly controversial subject, which is probably why there is no book already on it.
So, lately, I have been very busy reading, researching, and taking notes for this nonfiction/occult piece. I am really passionate about it; I just hope I don't burn out.
I am happy to announce that Vastarien, Vol. 1, Issue 2 by Grimscribe Press is out and it features my poem, The Crafter of the World!
VASTARIEN Vol. 1, Issue 2 – Contents
Patent for an Artificial Uterus
Max D. Stanton
The Crafter of the World
Bequeathing the World to Insects
The Master Gardener
The November House
Lacan on Lynch: Viewing Twin Peaks through a Psychoanalytic Lens
Rob F Martin
soul of a mannequin
Shirley Jackson and That Old Black Magic
How to be a Horror Writer
Cover Art by Yves Tourigny. Book design by Anna Trueman. Internal art by Giuseppe Balestra, Ksenia Korniewska, Serhiy Krykun, Carl Lavoie, and Art of Øyvind Lauvdahl. Co-Editors-In-Chief, Matt Cardin and Jon Padgett. Senior Editor, Dagny Keith Paul.
I love horror and then fantasy only slightly less and then science fiction. I write pretty evenly between horror and fantasy with dark fantasy being a good middle ground. Rarely do I write science fiction. And rarely do I write fiction at that. But I've written two science fiction short stories out of the 8 fiction stories I've written since taking my writing seriously in roughly 2011.
The first of these two stories is called Infused Realities which can be read for free here. Unfortunately, what I originally wrote and what was published ended up being two completely different stories. The editor and I didn't quite see eye to eye but at that time I was naive and thought that whatever the editor said was for the best. But that's beside the point. The point actually being, that the second science fiction story I wrote is based in the same world with a reoccurring character and that story, Amadis the Enchantress, has just been accepted for Test Patterns: Creature Features by Planet X Publications!!
Amadis the Enchantress marks my third short story sale ever and as primarily a poet, I couldn't be more shocked and amazed that this happened. The tentative release date is October.
If you can't finish reading Infused Realities (I understand), my poem Vexteria is about the planet that Infused Realities and Amadis the Enchantress takes place on. Vexteria can be found in Spectral Realms No. 2 by Hippocampus Press, Within Stranger Aeons by J. Ellington Ashton Press, and Diary of a Sorceress.
On another awesome note, my poetry reprint, II. Bat in the Boiler Room, has been accepted for Haunted are these Houses by Unnerving Magazine! That is scheduled to come out in September.
“Nyarlathotep, the crawling chaos ... I am the last ... I will tell the audient void.” -- HPL 1920, and inspirational quote for the Audient Void journal
Horror and weird-fiction aficionados will love this print magazine. What is an "Audient Void"? Well the official byline is: "The Audient Void is a periodical devoted to publishing Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy as well as poetry and select works of non-fiction." Audient is akin to audience and infers that there is a sentient void (nondescript shadow entity) that listens from beyond our normal senses. As readers consuming this horror anthology, are we in the Void listening? Or watching from outside?
This 5th entry is 60 pages, and is saturated with H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith influences, and the contents reflect an appropriate heavy dose of poetry. Gustav Dore illustrations are complemented by contemporary art by Brad Hicks. The crew behind most of the works have some nice mojo. One can learn more about the Audient Void from their website and a splendid interview on the Grim Tidings Podcast. Here is the summary of that podcast:
In this episode we take a special look at dark poetry. Host Rob Matheny recently attended the Hippocampus Press Happy Hour, a special event debuting the publisher's newest poetry collections as part of the HP Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. During the event Rob had a chance to interview four writers who specialize in dark poetry: Ashley Dioses, K.A. Opperman, Adam Bolivar, and D.L. Myers - also known as The Crimson Circle. Rob also interviewed Obadiah Baird and Dan Sauer of The Audient Void, a small Oregon-based zine featuring the works of The Crimson Circle among others. This episode highlights the growing dark poetry community, including short readings from each poet.
I'm a big fan of John R. Fultz, his name and Darrell Schweitzer brought me to this magazine and I was not disappointed. I also frequent the Grim Tidings podcast and recommend that as well.
"Oorg" by John R. Fultz ; Dunsanian/ Clark Ashton Smith tale (Horror Sci-Fi)
"Old Lovecraftians In The Park" by David Barker ; Creepy old man ogling girls in the park is the focus, he gets inspired by nostalgia and an old friend’s writings of the genius-loci of the park… he matures in a weird way.
"Love In The Time Of Dracula" by John R. Fultz ; Dystopian Vampire Apocalypse, with a compelling romance
"Why Should We Worship Dagon" by Darrell Schweitzer; Funny call to join the ranks of Dagon worshipers. This reminds me of his actual words when I talked to Darrell at the WFC 2016.
"The Poisoner" by Chelsea Arrington
"Beyond The Veil" by D.L. Meyers; a poetic short story that echoed ambiance from CAS’s “Weaver in the Vault” …at least my memory of it
"Vampire's Kiss" by Ashley Dioses; best ever application of the word “vivisepulture”
"The Fall Of The Pumpkin King" by K.A. Opperman
"The Lay Of Dumah" by Adam Bolivar; more of a poetic short story than a poem… this was one of my favorites; a weird romance with “Lazarus Craven nursed a secret passion for the grave…”
"On The Creation Of Shoggoths" by Charles Lovecraft
"A Tourist In Hell" by John Shirley
"The Divorce" by Marge Simon
"Jack The Balladeer" by Adam Bolivar
"From The Void" by Obadiah Baird
"Ye Olde Lemurian" by David Barker; a pen pal tribute to Duane W. Rimel--himself a HPL pen pal. This documents letter writing with the obscure weird fiction writer
I am happy to announce that my two sonnets, Conquest and War, have been accepted for issue six of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy! Conquest and War are the first two poems of a mini sonnet cycle entitled the Seven Seals. The cycle contains a sonnet featuring each of the seven seals from Revelations.
I was originally only going to write about the Four Horsemen and have that be a mini sonnet cycle by itself but I'm a completionist and decided what's three more sonnets? I also have never read the Bible in its entirety because it's just not my thing. I just skipped to the end to get to the good parts.