Saturday, January 30, 2016

2016 Rhysling Award Candidate!

I just recently joined the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) and it's awesome but a bit to take in.  I'm still trying to get the hang of being a HWA member.  It looks like I joined in time for the Rhysling and Elgin award nominations and I'm excited to say that my poem, Ligeia, which was published in Spectral Realms No. 2 by Hippocampus Press, has been nominated for the Short Poems category for the Rhysling award!  That is really awesome.  I never knew single poems could be nominated for an award before, so that's good to know.  I have submitted a few of what I consider to be my best poems published last year to be considered for the Rhysling.  If you are a member of the SFPA, I hope you'll look through them and find something you like.

Also Kyle has 2 poems nominated in the Short Poem and Long Poem category.

Check out the candidates!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Poem Acceptances

My poem, Witch Lord of the Hunt, has been accepted by Eternal Haunted Summer for their Spring issue, not sure when it will be up.  Eternal Haunted Summer is a Pagan oriented ezine that deals with stories and poems that have different deities from different pantheons in them.  My poem isn't specific on which Lord of the Hunt it could be, but either Cernunnos or Herne seem fitting to me.

Two of my poems, The Glass Vial and My Corpse, My Groom, will be in the very first issue of a new Weird journal called The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy edited by Obadiah Baird.  It is scheduled to be out in April.  I am really stoked about this new journal.  We can always use more Weird journals and magazines and publications.

My poem, Dark Poet of My Heart, will be published in the next Spectral Realms issue, alongside my other poem, Ever Fair.  If you own or have read The Crimson Tome by the handsome K. A. Opperman, you will see its companion, appropriately titled, Dark Poetess of My Heart.  Read them together when Spectral Realms No. 5 comes out in the summer, I'm sure it will be a treat.

That makes a total of 5 acceptances (including Goetia) and 29 rejections this month alone!  Whoopee!  I'm not bothered, it's just interesting to see that it seems like everyone finally got around to replying to me this month.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

'Twilight-Zonish Original Stories Performed By Pro-Actors' at Mystery and Imagination Bookshop

"Eric Lindblom is Stoked to report that he is throwing a event on behalf of (horror/sci fi/fantasy/noir) short story 2 p.m. on Sat. Jan. 23 at Mystery and Imagination Bookshop (238 N. Brand Ave. in Glendale), We're honored that our coming issue will feature two stories by famed horror writer and raconteur Dennis Etchison who will take part in a wild and woolly Q&A moderated by a surprise horror novelist and screenwriter. And actors will read two short stories (one by Dennis and the 2nd by a writer who studied under him). The bookstore is an attraction in itself, with a huge collection of pulp, detective and horror fiction. Co-editor John Skewes whose eye-popping illustrations rock the site, is flying in from Seattle."

My parents, Kyle, and I attended this event and had a blast listening to the two stories read and performed by actors.  It was nice seeing Peter Atkins and Dennis Etchison again.  I invited them both to come to our poetry signing next month.  Peter was really excited about it and Dennis has to see how far it is.  Hopefully they can both make it.  I bought the latest Weird Fiction Review (6) from Dennis and had him, Peter, and of course, Kyle, sign it for me.

Here are a few pictures of the event.

(Kyle took this one.)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mythopoesis Issue 19 by Eye to the Telescope

I just received my first acceptance of the year!  My poem, Goetia, has been accepted for Issue 19, titled Mythopoesis, for Eye to the Telescope.  I actually thought I was rejected at first.  I checked the page to get an email that I can query to and saw that the next theme was already up.  I thought that they just didn't bother to send a rejection email.  So in that time, I sent the poem off to another publication and got it rejected, before I got my acceptance email.  :D  Whoops!  Anyways, I am quite thrilled that this got accepted here.  I also decided to join the SFPA because of this little push.


Friday, January 15, 2016

Winter Horror Days Book Signing

Kyle and I had the opportunity to be involved in a book signing for Winter Horror Days by Omnium Gatherum at Dark Delicacies this past Sunday.  It was stressful getting there and getting ready for it but once we were there it was so much fun.  We had assigned seats based chronologically by page number, except for Kyle, who they forgot to add.  He was added to the end of the table I was at.  Amber Benson, who played Tara in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was also there, signing her latest novel.  She sat across from me and I eventually had the nerve to get up and get her to autograph my bag and grab a picture with her.

(Amber Benson!)

(She signed as Tara as well!)

I had to remind myself I was there to give autographs not get them.  So I gave my copy of Winter Horror Days to my best friend Michelle, who came to support me, and asked her to get everyone's autograph for me.

(The awesome Michelle.)

There was quite a few people there and we ended up selling out of the book which is awesome!  Dennis Etchison was there as well but I didn't get to talk to him as much.  He did say that his story Extended Stay was going to be out in Nightmare Magazine and that he mentions Kyle and I as being part of the group of people he was with when we discussed making a story with that title.  I can't we to see that!

(Kyle, The Behrg, David Gerrold, Kathryn McGee, and me.)

I got to meet a lot of new people and was glad to place names with faces or should I say place stories with there creators.  This book is full of wonderfully horrific stories and I am glad to have been a part of it.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

My Copy of the Literary Hatchet #13 Arrived

Unfortunately, the Literary Hatchet doesn't give out cc's and I never heard back when I queried about getting an author's discount, so I just bought my copy.  You can read the whole issue for free on their site but I like my physical books.  This is a pretty hefty volume yet the ToC is strangely formatted which makes it hard to locate certain pieces in there.  Overall, this looks like a cool book and I look forward to reading it.  Also I love the background they chose for my poem!  You can check out the pdf and/or buy a physical copy here.