Friday, August 11, 2017

The Stylus Issue #2: Journal of the Strange Issue

My copies of the Stylus Issue #2: Journal of the Strange Issue edited by Leslie Thomas by 13th Hour Books arrived today.  It's a really neat looking chapbook.

Table of Contents

The Last Fairing by Hermann Hagedorn
In Search of the Flying Dutchman by Les Thomas
Cape Horn Gospel by John Masefield
City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe
In Defense of Horror Films by Vincent Price
Charon, The Death of Pan, The Tomb of Pan by Lord Dunsany
The Pool in the Graveyard by Greville MacDonald
Selkie by Ashley Dioses
Wine of Wizardry (excerpt) by George Sterling
The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker
Upon the Rocky Shore by Les Thomas
Lord of the Deep by Ashley Dioses

Cover and Interior Art by Allen Koszowski

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

BookMusings: (Re)Discovering Pagan Literature at Witches & Pagans, Interviewed by Rebecca Buchanan

Rebecca Buchanan, editor of the Pagan literary ezine Eternal Haunted Summer and editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, has asked to interview me on my debut poetry collection, Diary of a Sorceress, and other writing-related topics.  You can find my interview here on the BookMusings: (Re)Discovering Pagan Literature section on the Witches & Pagans website.


My book has been up for pre-order for less than a week and I have already been asked to be interviewed by four people!  I am so flattered and excited!  Keep a look out here for links to them!  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

OtV: Pumpkin Progress 8

So my little pumpkin patch has a whole lot of vines.  I have created a monster!  So in order to tame the monster somewhat, I started creating a new place for some of them.  I spent 2 days taking out weeds and mixing in soil and such and I have moved 7 of them to this new area.  We'll see how they do.  You cannot tell I made a dent at all.


(Flowers and buds!)


(I gave this guy some room.)

(New patch with 7 plants.)

(Three Jack-o-Lanterns, one Cinderella, one Big Max, and two Sugar Pies.)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Diary of a Sorceress Up For Preorder!

I am freaking out right now.  My book has a page with a button to buy it that's actually clickable!  And some people have already clicked the button!  This is my first book and I get a page all to myself!  With my name on it!

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(Cover art by Steve Santiago, Model photography by Marcus J Ranum,
Model Bianca Caito,
Most of the stock props provided by Emma Wright  )

Okay, calming down (this energy drink isn't helping with that too much though).

For those of you have been following my career and/or this blog, then you pretty much know what this book encompasses but for those that are looking at my blog for the first time (maybe because you've seen my Facebook post in one of the 53 groups I posted it in) this is what the Diary contains:

Diary of a Sorceress is a collection of formal metrical verses inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, Clark Ashton Smith, David Park Barnitz, George Sterling, Robert W. Chambers, and H. P. Lovecraft along with fantastical and horrific themes can be found within. Vampires, Bathory, ghouls, gorgons, and witches can be found along side unicorns, dragons, kelpies, sirens, and selkies. Gothic, Halloween, weird, horror, erotic, and dark fantasy themes await inside.  It also has a splash of fantasy and a touch science fiction.

The Sorceress has a very interesting birth and you can read about her history on this blog entry.  This is her Diary.

On another equally exciting note, my good friend Adam Bolivar's poetry collection, The Lay of Old Hex is also up for preorder and will be released at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR. this year as well!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Meeting of Lovecraftians

July 28th marked me and Kyle's 5th year anniversary.  We celebrated on the 30th by playing some mini golf in the sweltering heat.  Kyle has been laying at this mini golf course all his life and I rarely ever went mini golfing.  So my swings were as powerful as you'd expect when you give me a stick and something to hit.  More than a few occasions I had to go trailing off the course to retrieve my ball.  We also had fun scavenging for extra balls among the various bushes and decorations.  The 19th hole, which is the last, gives you a chance to win a free game, so the more balls you find, the more chances you have at winning a free game.  Kyle and I both made it into the hole eventually and now have two free games for next time.

After golfing, we chilled inside a bit until my competitive nature urged us to play some arcade games.  We won some candy and a giant deck of playing cards which I gave to Will Hart later that evening.

(Thomas Broadbent)

A few Lovecraftians were venturing to L. A. from out of town and out of state, respectively.  Our tradition for our anniversary is to go to Angelo and Vinci's which is a delicious and quite haunted Italian restaurant in downtown Fullerton.  We invited Will Hart and his wife, Jean, S. M. Wright or Starry, and Thomas Broadbent to dine with us if Starry and Thomas happened to come by Fullerton after their trip to L. A.

(Will Hart, Kyle, Starry, Thomas, Me, and Jean)

They arrived a tad late but fun was had by all, despite it being short.  Thomas even brought a Weridbook #33 for me and Kyle to sign; that was sweet.

Monday, July 31, 2017

OtV: Pumpkin Progress 7

They are getting so big and soon they will fight sibling vs. sibling to the death.  I'm trying to move a few away from each other as much as possible though.

(A late blooming Cinderella above and a Sugar Pie below.)

(My beauties!)

(Amish Pies are slow growing but doing well.)

(I found the 5th Big Max but it's right up against the pillar!)

(2 Jacks aren't growing as fast as they should.)

(My biggest Jack is sprawling over the edge.)