Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Averoigne Legacy: Tribute Tales in the World of Clark Ashton Smith


My copy, at long last, of The Averoigne Legacy: Tribute Tales in the World of Clark Ashton Smith edited by Edward Stasheff from Pickman's Press has arrived.  My reprinted poem, Sephora, appears in this hefty collection of Averoigne prose and poetry.



Table of Contents

Includes the following stories: 
* THE ORACLE OF SADOQUA by Ron Hilger 
* THE WEDDING OF SHEILA-NA-GOG by G. Arthur Rahman & Richard L. Tierney 
* THE CULT OF THE SINGING FLAME by David Reid Ross 
* THE DOOM OF AZÉDARAC by Ron Hilger 
* THE PINK FLOWER OF SAINT ZÉNOBIE by Aaron Hollingsworth 
* HUGH THE DISCERNING by Garnett Elliott 
* THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF GHOSTLY CATS by Michael Minnis 
* UNHALLOWED GROUND, UNHOLY FLESH by James Chambers 
* THE LITTLE AND THE BIG by Michael Minnis 
* THE PASSING OF BELZÉVUTHE by Simon Whitechapel 
* THE BUTCHER OF VYÔNES by Michael Minnis 
* BLACK ART IN VYÔNES by Keith Chapman 
* THE COCKATRICE OF CORDELIERS by Michael Minnis 
* CLOTAIRE OF THE CROSS by Colin Harker 
* SYMPOSIUM OF THE GARGOYLE by Simon Whitechapel 
* THE QUARRY by Simon Whitechapel 
* THE GARGOYLES OF NOTRE DAME by Matthew Baugh 
* THE RETURN OF THE COLOSSUS by Brian McNaughton 
* THE MUSE OF AVEROIGNE by Ron Hilger & Henry J. Vester III 
* THE FELL FÊTE by Manuel Arenas 
* BOUFONOULA by D.J. Tyrer 
* A HONEYMOON IN AVEROIGNE by Trevor O. Childers 

PLUS over a dozen poems of Averoigne by H.P. Lovecraft, DJ Tyrer, Ashley Dioses, Wade German, Cardinal Cox, Ron Shiflet and others, AND a Map of Averoigne by multiple Hugo-award winning artist Tim Kirk!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Writing Updates

The Withering is done.  The introduction is written, the art is finished, and I am finished with it.  It releases on Walpurgisnacht (April 30th, 2020).  Hopefully, I can reveal the cover to you all soon.  I'm very excited to share that book with you but until I have to market it, I don't want to look at it anymore.

Now that the publisher is communicating with everyone and we're on track with a new release plan, I don't have to focus on those additional older 45 poems anymore, which is a relief.  It's difficult to edit such old poems.  Those can now go on the back burner for a future project.

I can now focus all my attention on Diary of a Vampyress again.  DoaV currently has 56 poems out of a tentative 80 I'm aiming at.  I also spoke with a friend who has agreed to translate a couple more poems into Hungarian for me which will boost it to 59 poems.

I'm trying to cover a lot of Gothic tropes in this collection while still keeping it unique with my own voice.  We'll see how I'll do.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Winter Solstice 2019 Issue by Eternal Haunted Summer

My review on The Jaguar that Roams the Mind by Robert Tindall is live in the Winter Solstice 2019 Issue by Eternal Haunted Summer.  I wrote it originally for a college class years ago.  I think it was supposed to be an analysis or essay on the book rather than a review, but since I don't remember the subject of the assignment, I submitted as a review.


Table of Contents

Poetry and Fiction
Assembling the Curse by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
Baron Samedi by Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
Being a Petroglyph by Amy Trussell
Columbus Day by Eric Pinder
Forebear of the Stones by Scott J.Couturier
Halloween, Emery’s Crossing by Charlotte Hussey
Haunted by Gerri Leen
Hold the Door by Nicole J. LeBeouf
Huitzilopochtli by Lorraine Schein
La Luciérnaga by D.L. Shirey
The Storm Witch by Colleen Anderson
The Water Witch by Wendy Howe

Special Feature
Salt and Glass Part Two: Frostbite and Iron by Jennifer Lawrence

Essay
Love Under Will: An Introduction to Thelema and Its Antecedents by Katie Anderson

Reviews
Dark Moon Rising: Pagan BDSM & The Ordeal Path by Raven Kaldera [reviewed by Tahni J. Nikitins]
The Duergarbok: The Dwarves of the Northern Tradition by Susannah Ravenswing [reviewed by Erin Lale]
The Fraternitas Saturni by Stephen Flowers [reviewed by Erin Lale]
The Jaguar That Roams the Mind by Robert Tindall [reviewed by Ashley Dioses]
The Last Sun: The Tarot Sequence Book One by K.D. Edwards [reviewed by Rebecca Buchanan]
Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt [reviewed by Erin Lale]

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Updated ToC for The Withering

The Withering is slated for release on Walpurgisnacht (April 30th, 2020).  Here is the updated ToC with those added 5 poems.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Siren of Shadows by John Shirley

I. A Luminous Darkness (Nature)

A Luminous Darkness
Cobwebs
Light Fades in Her Dark Embrace
Plague’s Wake
Life Decayed
Obliterate
Unveiled Star

II. Pale Radiance (Supernatural)

A Lust for Blood
Quest for the Flesh
Into the Dark I Came
Dead Kings Rise
Karmic Repercussion
Like a Fixed Star
Djinn Deceiver
Hollow King
Xyre
The Sorceress’s Lament
The Prideful Scribe
Crimson Swirls
In the Name of Hell
Pale Radiance
Paper Doll Displays
A Soul of Filth
An Angel's Fall from Grace
Tears of Eternity
Behind Dead Eyes Part 1
Behind Dead Eyes Part 2
I Am the Most Beautiful Angel
The Entrance

III. Night Cries (Psychological Horror)

Twisted Saying
Whispers
Night Cries
Dreams Forever Will Remain
The Sight
The Darker Me
Believe Me
The Picture
Created
Chartreuse
The Porcelain Garden
A Haunting Sensation Part 1
A Haunting Sensation Part 2
The Creator
The Monster
The Guillotine
Splinters in My Skin
Death Upon Me

IV. A is for Axe Murderer (Body Horror)

Ashley
A is for Axe Murderer
The Surgical Suite
Body Parts
The Body Shop
Cannibal
Strung By a Noose
Skinless

Afterword
Endnotes
Chronological Order
Acknowledgments

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Deep Cuts in a Lovecraftian Vein Analyses "On a Dreamland's Moon"

The cats of Ulthar steal across my dreams
On paws of softest fur and blur the seams
Of my subconscious with their purrs and eyes
Of molten gold that twinkle and that gleam
Like Beacon lights toward where their kingdom lies.
—Opening stanza of “On A Dreamland’s Moon” 

Bobby Derie (author of Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos) analyses and discusses my poem, On  Dreamland's Moon, and its place in the Mythos on his blog, Deep Cuts in a Lovecraftian Vein.  On A Dreamland’s Moon was first published in Black Wings VI: New Tales of Lovecraftian Terror (2017) and appears in Diary of a Sorceress.

Here's an insert.

“'On A Dreamland’s Moon' takes its most direct inspiration from Lovecraft’s The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, but the object of this dreamer’s quest is not the hidden gods of dream, but Nyarlathotep, the crawling chaos. In language and imagery, however, the influence of Clark Ashton Smith is more evident, echoing some of his narrative poems such as 'The Nightmare Tarn.'"

I am glad Nitokris was mentioned in this discussion.  We need more of her.  Also, the Sorceress was not intended to be the narrator but it works!

Friday, November 29, 2019

The Withering Update

I finally heard back from the publisher and because of his lack of communication, he offered to give me my rights back to The Withering if I wanted them.  I declined.  I want to see Gehenna and Hinnom succeed and as my collection was promised to those who paid for the tier, I want to keep that promise to them.

This is excellent news because now I don't have to add (and edit) any more early poems I fished out from the cobwebs.  There were, however, five poems I particularly liked after I cleaned them up that I have added to The Withering.  Think of it as a little extra gift for those waiting so long for the collection.  My collection will now have a total of 55 poems.

All art by Mutartis Boswell is complete!  There will be 8 full-page artworks inside with over 20 small pieces scattered within these pages.  I am also dying to show that cover art which will blow you away.  It's killer.

It will be published on Walpurgisnacht (April 30th, 2020)!

I am waiting on one more blurb and am going through another final edit before I send the final ms to the publisher.         

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Issue Eight and Infernal Ink Magazine (Fall/Winter 2018)


The latest issue (8) of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy is out and contains my two sonnets, V. Altar of Souls and VI. Heavens Departed, which are part of my mini sonnet cycle, The Seven Seals.  The Seven Seals sonnet cycle will appear in Diary of a Vampyress.



Fiction:
"Pulses: A Second Life Story" by S.L. Edwards
"Midnight in the Oasis of Mahrah" by Cynthia Ward
"Bruno J. Lampini and the Claw of Satan" by Josh Reynolds

Poetry:
"Dark Seance" by Ann K. Schwader & David Kopaska-Merkel
"The Demon of Ennui" by K.A. Opperman
"How to Spot the Apotropaic" by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
"The Witch Who Will Not Die" by Nicole Cushing
"The Ghost's Procession" by Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
"Altar of Souls" by Ashley Dioses
"Heavens Departed" by Ashley Dioses
"The Curse" by Chelsea Arrington

Features:
"From the Void" by Obadiah Baird
"Ye Olde Lemurian" by David Barker

Cover art, interior art, and design by Dan Sauer.


I know Infernal Ink Magazine (Fall/Winter 2018) came out last year but I somehow missed that it came in a physical edition and just acquired it.  My poem reprint, Anthropomancy, appears in this issue and you can get the ebook from Amazon or the physical copy from Lulu.