Thursday, November 15, 2018

Other Writing Updates

The Withering is now out of my hands and into the hands of others, awaiting judgment, and all I can do now is wait.  But I hate waiting and instead of twiddling my thumbs and staring at my email, I can continue to focus on my next project... Diary of a Vampyress.

Diary of a Vampyress is already shaping up to be a wicked awesome collection if I say so myself.  This will be a very Gothic-centric poetry collection, featuring a recurring character from Diary of a Sorceress, Countess Nadia.

This collection currently has 45 poems, with 6 reprints from DoaS translated into Hungarian and French, respectively.  It currently has 7 sections: Vampires, Devils, and Daemons, Witches, Werewolves, and Skeletons, Femme Fatales/Romance, Nature, Halloween/Autumn, Apocalypse, and Translations.

My goal is to have around 80 poems in it.

I am also working on a nonfiction book that's becoming a rather fun challenge.  The research I need for it is sparse but the books I do find with useful information are incredibly fascinating... and disturbing.  This book I know now will be years in the making.  What is it, you ask?  A secret.   

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ToC for The Withering!

The Withering is a compilation of my 50 best poetry from my early years.  It clocks in at around 9800 words and contains an afterword, endnotes, the chronological order, and the acknowledgments.  I am working on getting an introduction for it and some blurbs.

I have also sent it off to two interested publishers, so cross your fingers!

My Afterword gives a little history of how these poems came to be written and what I was going through during that time that perhaps influenced a lot of the themes in it.  Here is the first paragraph.

" I began writing horror and dark fantastical poetry since the age of twelve.  My inspirations then included writers, musicians, and artists such as Edgar Allan Poe, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Misfits, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, and Luis Royo, among others.  The Withering is basically the end result of listening to a lot of metal and reading horror."

The endnotes give a little insight on various poems from what inspired them to some being certain milestones in my poetic career.

Table of Contents

I. A Luminous Darkness (Nature)

A Luminous Darkness
Light Fades in Her Dark Embrace
Plague’s Wake
Life Decayed

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
The Sorceress’s Lament
The Prideful Scribe
Crimson Swirls
In the Name of Hell
Pale Radiance
Paper Doll Displays
A Soul of Filth
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
Night Cries
Dreams Forever Will Remain
The Darker Me
Believe Me
The Picture
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)

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

Chronological Order

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Clark Ashton Smith: The Emperor of Dreams Documentary

Friday, Oct. 26th, I headed north about 500 miles to Placerville, CA to watch the Northern California premiere of the Clark Ashton Smith: The Emperor of Dreams documentary filmed by Darin Coelho Spring.  Before the viewing, there was an arrangement of CAS's art as well as a few art pieces by Charles Schneider and Skinner.

Here's Charles' art.

(Charles Schneider and me)

And Skinner's.

This was my third and fourth viewing of it and each time I felt I learned something new that I didn't quite catch the time before.  Unfortunately, none of my interviews made the final cut but you can find me reading The Witch with Eyes of Amber in the Special Features.  I finally got to meet fellow interviewees, Ron Hilger and Charles Schneider, for the first time!

(Me, Darin Coelho Spring, and Charles)

(Me and Ron Hilger)

(Darin and Ron)

(Ron signing liner notes for me.)

(Me, Darin, and Charles)

(Michael Adams)

(Michael and FJM)

(Checking out the crowd.)


Monday, November 12, 2018


On Oct. 20th, I performed a poetry reading with Casketeria, which is a group focused on music and parody as well as traditional gothic poetry, at Max Bloom's CafĂ© Noir in Fullerton.  

It was a round robin type of reading where we each would read a poem at a time.  I felt a tad out of place for most of the dark poetry being read was mostly humorous which isn't my style.  I read along with Kelly Dunn, Denise Dumars, Michael Bloom, and others.

(Kelly Dunn)

(Denise Dumars)

(Michael Bloom)


(Nicole Walter)

(Julie Belmont)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Withering Updates

The Withering is just 7 edited poems away from being completely edited.  I have also fleshed out my endnotes a bit more with what I hope are some interesting tidbits, if not, they're facts, at least, and decided to include them in the ms. 

After those 7 poems are edited, then I send it off to a potential writer of my introduction.  Then eventually to a publisher.  I will post the ToC when I have an introduction to add. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival Portland, OR.

Where do I even start?

Let's start with the train ride to Portland from L. A.  The train ahead of us hit an intoxicated individual and we were delayed for about an hour and a half, just before Santa Barbara.  Talk about the beginning journey to a horror fest.

We left on Monday, Oct. 1st and arrived in Portland Tuesday.  We were picked up by our amazing host and balladeer, Adam Bolivar.  We went back to his house to unload and chat as we waited for the fourth member of the Crimson Circle, D. L. (Dave) Myers to arrive from Washington.  Once reunited, we headed for dinner at the Brass Horseshoe.  After dinner, we headed to our favorite cemetery to find that there was now security and the gates were being closed for the night!  Lame.

(The Secret of Ventriloquism by Jon Padget found in the wild at Powell's.)

Wednesday we went to bookstores and went antiquing to find Halloween goodies while we waited for The Audient Void illustrator and graphic designer, Dan Sauer, to join us before we headed to Sauvie Island to check out their pumpkin patch and themed corn maze.

(The Pumpkin King in his native habitat.)

(Adam, Dan, and Dave.)

(Dan Sauer, Dave, Kyle, and me.)

(Adam had to be restrained due to being infected by aliens of the corn...)

(Same with Kyle.)

(Inspecting the crash.)

We then headed back to the cemetery to do a little necromancy and pay respects to the departed.  I'm sure we ate dinner sometime that day but I can't remember where or when.

Thursday we went antiquing a bit more, then picked up Boss Hussey (Derrick), publisher of the incredible Hippocampus Press, and headed to the Book Bin in Salem for The Audient Void issue 6 release party. 

(Blaine Stevens, Derrick Hussey, unknown, Jamie Hutchinson, Rob Matheny.)

(Obadiah Baird, Dave Myers, Adam Bolivar.)

(Kyle and I.)

(Picture taken by David Barker.)

(Picture taken by David Barker.)

(Picture taken by David Barker.)

After the reading, we headed upstairs to see the rare book room and then headed to Obadiah's house for the afterparty!  We discussed books, literary projects, and all manner of the weird over absinthe, booze, pizza, and cheese.

(Obadiah, Blaine, and Kyle.)

(I photo-bombed this picture.)

Friday was the first day of the fest and my busiest night.  The fest ran from 7-11 and so did I.  At 7, I had my reading along with Adam, Dave, and Kyle.  I read a couple of poems from Diary of a Sorceress but focused mainly on reading poems from The Withering.  

(Adam, the balladeer.)

(Dave and Dan Clore.)

(Dan Clore and Andrew Fuller.)

(Andrew Fuller, Dan Sauer, and Obadiah Baird.)

After that, there was a small break before I was on the 125 Years of Klarkash-Ton panel with Scott Connors, Darin Coehlo Springs, Richard Stanley, and Wilum Pugmire.  

(Me, Scott Connors, Darin Coehlo Springs, Richard Stanley, and Wilum Pugmire.)

Next was the Emergence of Weird Poetry panel with The Crimson Circle (me, Kyle, Adam, and Dave) and Obadiah Baird, editor of the Audient Void.  I was a bit more talkative on this panel than the last.  Unfortunately, this panel was not recorded like the previous panel.  Afterward, we shopped and headed to Sam's Billiard's next door for some dinner and drinks.

Saturday morning was a mass author signing which was pretty fun.  I met Ray Garton for the first time and chatted with others.

(Back row:  Derrick Hussey, Obadiah, Ross E. Lockhart, and Mike Griffin.
Front row: Jonathan Thomas, Adam, Kyle, me, Dave, and Scott Connors.)

Next, we raced back to Adam's house because Dave, Kyle, and I all forgot our badges.  We then headed to watch the Clark Ashton Smith documentary created by Darin Coehlo Spring at the Hollywood Theater.  

(Dan, Dave, Adam, and Cody Goodfellow.)
We made it in time and took our seats. 

(The audience.)

(Dave and Skinner, the artist.)

(David Barker in the back, Kyle and Adam.)

(David Barker.)

(Darin talking about the documentary.)

The film was absolutely riveting.  I had goosebumps watching a few parts.  It was such an incredible film and I am happy that I snagged a dvd of it.  Kyle, Adam, S. T. Joshi, Harlan Ellison, Skinner, Richard Stanley, Scott Connors, Ron Hilger, Wilum Pugmire, Donald Sidney-Fryer, and others appear in this film.  I'm in the Special Features, reading The Witch with Eyes of Amber.  This film was released at this fest but is currently unavailable to the public.  It will soon be released to the public on the Hippocampus Press site, so keep an eye out for it.  It is also on Blue-Ray.

After the film, there was a Q & A with some of the participants.  

(Skinner, Richard Stanley, Scott Connors, Darin, and Wilum Pugmire.)

We exited the theater to see David Barker and Wilum Pugmire, who I have not met yet, sitting on a bench.  I shook his hand and took pictures with him.  I tried not to fan girl and faint.  I think it worked. 

(Kyle and Wilum Pugmire.)

(Adam, Jonathan, Blaine, Obadiah, David.)

(Obadiah, David, Richard Stanley, Dan Sauer.)

(Me and Wilum.)

(Dan, David, Wilum, Kyle, me, Dave, and Obadiah.)

(Blaine swapped in for Dan.)

After this, we headed for a quick bite to eat at the Moon and Sixpence before we headed to the Hippocampus Happy Hour.

(Adam and Jonathan Thomas.)

(Dave and Obadiah.)

(Kyle and Dave.)

(Kyle, Dave, and Obadiah.)

Then we dashed to Sam's Billiards for the Hippocampus Happy hour.  I got some absinthe and sat down to watch Adam, Kyle, and Dave before I was up.  To celebrate the release of Witches and Dreamland written by Wilum Pugmire and David Barker, I read On a Dreamland's Moon, which was a bit bold and a few people were enthralled by it's...spiciness.  I also read Pale Radiance from The Withering and The Power of the Moon from Diary of a Vampyress.  John Shirley and Jonathan Thomas read next and afterward, we just hung out eating cold cuts and drinking.  




(John Shirley.)

(Jonathan Thomas.)

I then asked Wilum Pugmire if he could sign my massive stacks of books.   

(Kyle and Wilum.)

(Our potions bubble with wormwood
And churn a poison green.
We chant above it as we should,
And drink our absinthe clean!)

(Adam and John Shirley)

Dave, Blaine, and I were the last to leave for most everyone else went to see Necronomidol.  We headed back to the EOD center thoroughly intoxicated and feeling great.  I had to ask Derrick three times what deal we were making in order for me to get What is Anything? by S. T. Joshi.  Well, I sold those bookmarks I brought!  

We somehow lost Blaine while at the EOD center and me and Dave headed to watch a reading by Wilum Pugmire, David Barker, and Jonathan Thomas.

(David Barker reading.)

(Wilum Pugmire.)

(After reading from a sheet, Wilum would crumple it and toss it to a member in the audience.  He tossed me the first one.)

(I am now the proud owner of The Hound by Wilum Pugmire, handwritten and signed.)

(Jonathan Thomas.)

Next, we listened to Philip Fracassi, Garrett Cook, and Sarah Walker read.

(Philip Fracass.)

(Sarah Walker.)

(Garrett Cook.)

Sunday was pretty low key.  We watched some Clark Ashton Smith inspired shorts, two of which were written and made by Richard Stanley.

(Richard Stanley.)

(Me and Richard.)

 We then followed Richard to his presentation on The Color Out of Space film he's working on.

(Richard Stanley.)

(Richard, Dan, and Adam.)

(Obadiah and Scott.)

(Dan Clore and Kyle.)

(Dan gifted Kyle with an Un-Halloween book.  I got a Ninja book!)

I think that pretty sums up everything.  I bought 11 books between Hippocampus Press and Word Horde.  That was fun to lug home.  

We were saved Monday from using Uber to get to the train station by the awesome Nathan Carson, author and musician, who took us to get Libanese food before dropping us off.

On the train, we had dinner with Ray Garton and Scott Connors later that night.

(Ray and Scott.)

We then returned to the warm wastes of L. A. Tuesday night and headed home.