Friday, April 7, 2017

'Visit the Tarot' Class

The Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Southern California begins next month and it runs between April 9th through May 22nd on weekends only from 10 am to 7 pm.  I work at the Queen's College which is a group of educational workshops that teach a skill, a craft, a trade, etc.

(This was when I first started the class in 2011.)

"Queen’s College invites Faire visitors to learn historic art and craft found in our Port village. Master artists, artisans, and traders teach their craft in workshops to adults, teens, family groups, and children. Workshop students receive supplies and tools needed to make their own keepsakes, and some will have kits to continue working at home. Fees are low ($3 to $25) with the average $10 since we are under the auspices of a nonprofit educational organization, the NorCal Renaissance Institute for Renewal of Past Arts and the Artist. Drop-In Workshops run for 1-2 hours and allow students to come in during the time to learn, and Scheduled Workshops are listed with a starting time. Some workshops are short (perhaps 15 to 20 minutes), but most will be about 45 minutes. Ask if time is important to you. It is possible to pre-register at the College to guarantee a seat at a later workshop."

The class that I teach is called Visit the Tarot and I teach students a little about the Tarot and how to read them.  I provide a packet to take home which goes over everything that I teach.  I DO NOT sell Tarot decks, but I will tell you how to acquire them.  It is not necessary to bring your own; I provide a few different decks to use and look at.  I also DO NOT read your fortune with them.  There are about three different Tarot readers toward the end of the faire who do great work; if you want your fortune read with Tarot, go see them.  I am not allowed to, so please don't ask.

This will be my 4th year teaching this class.  I started for only an hour in 2011 for I was doing multiple faire jobs and then I was solely a part of the Queen's College in 2015.

I will be attending the StokerCon 2017 April 27-30.  Needless to say, I won't be teaching Visit the Tarot those days.

This is the only faire I teach this class at; I do not travel to other faires.  I also do not teach this outside of this workshop.

So please come visit the Renaissance Faire this year and learn how to read the Tarot with me!  Classes are $12.

Saturdays & Sundays
April 8 thru May 21, 2017
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
15501 E. Arrow Highway • Irwindale, CA
10am - 7pm • Ph: 626.969.4750

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Writing Projects!

I've been invited to do a few writing projects and I'm kind of ecstatic about them.  My first thoughts were 'do they have the right person?'  'They are asking me?!'  I'm kind of still in shock, I mean, I'm just a poet!  Surely, they want a bigger name!  These are the awesome requests I've gotten lately.

1.  Write an article on Gothic Poetry
2.  Write an article on Gothicism in the Creative Arts
3.  Write a blurb for a poetry book
4.  Submit a few poems to a charity anthology
5.  Write a poem for a themed anthology
6.  Write a story for a themed anthology
7.  Write a review on the cool, new weird journals and periodicals that are springing up

This is awesome!  Out of the 7, I have finished 2, started 1, and contemplated how to tackle the rest.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Show 2017

Kyle and I had a blast at the Vintage Paperback Show this year.  We got some awesome goodies, met friends, and made new ones.  Our friend, Chris, had so many books for us to sign that we ended up sitting at an empty signing table and staff thought we were officially there to sign!  They offered us water and then afterwards, wanted to know what time we were scheduled to sign.  I told them we weren't officially there to sign but inquired as to how we could be possibly on the list for next year.


I got autographs from Lisa Morton, Joe Eisenberg, Jason and Sunni Brock, William F. Nolan, Joe Lansdale, John Shirely, John Skipp, David Schow, Dennis Etchison, R. C. Matheson, Kelly Dunn, and Pete Von Sholly.  What a score!

(Nick Diak)

After the show, we headed to Extended Stays Days Inn to hang out at Julius Vladimir Francisco's room and the pool.  It was awesome.  There's also a step going to the pool.  Don't trip on it.  Not that I did....

(Photo by Julius Vladimir Francisco)







(Bill Nolan and George Clayton Johnson's son Paul)

(Peter Atkins)

(Dennis Etchison, Kelly Dunn, ?, Julius Vladimir Francisco)

(Julius Vladimir Francisco, John Shirley, and sitting is Hal Bodner)


(R. C. Matheson)

My goodies!




 

Spectral Realms No. 6 by Hippocampus Press

I received my Spectral Realms No. 6 copy along with the absolutely beautiful annotated Fungi from Yuggoth!  I can't wait to read both of these beauties.  My two poems, Night Play and Siren's Song, are in issue 6.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Poems

 Spider Eggs / John Shirley

 Edgar A. Poe (1809–1849) / W. H. Pugmire

 Finite / Ian Futter

 Oracle / Wade German

 Next / John J. Mundy

 The Fateful Flower / Frank Coffman

 Vul Ravin / D. L. Myers

 Transfiguration / Ronald Terry

 Mistress of the Dark Fortress / K. A. Opperman and Leigh Blackmore

 Un-Hallowed E’en / Richard L. Tierney

 Diluvian Night Out / Jessica Amanda Salmonson

 Chrysalides in the Cromlech / Jeff Burnett

 When the Stars Are Right / Oliver B. Harris

 The Dust That Was You / Mary Krawczak Wilson

 Hunted / Claire Smith

 The Spell / Liam Garriock

 Moonlight in the Playground / Christina Sng

 An Unimaginable Horror / Norbert Gora

 The Fugitives / Manuel Pérez-Campos

 Under the Tuscan Moon / Leigh Blackmore

 Kappa Alpha Tau / Josh Medsker

 Yes, There Are Wonders Beyond Death / Darrell Schweitzer

 rUBBLE ®ubbLe / Jason V Brock

 Desolation / M. F. Webb

 The Cosmic Women / Pat Calhoun

 Descent / Ian Futter

 The God-Builders / Nathaniel Reed

 Sighting / Ross Balcom

 Falling for You / John J. Mundy

 Icons / Ronald Terry

 The Sword / Chad Hensley

Dual Purpose / Kyla Lee Ward

 A Dream from R’lyeh / Charles Lovecraft

 The Witch of the Woods / Frank Coffman

 Fallen / Claire Smith

 The Germ of the Earth / Farah Rose Smith

 The Road to Long-Ago / Ruth Berman

 Spawn of the Wicked Hive / Jeff Burnett

 Night Play / Ashley Dioses

 The Prey / Mary Krawczak Wilson

 A Return / Benjamin Blake

 When the Earth Was Young / Christina Sng

 The House of Gloom / Adam Bolivar

 Elder Beings / Leigh Blackmore

 Reunion / Manuel Pérez-Campos

 The Awen / Michelle Claire White

 Ghosts of  1816 / Clay F. Johnson

 Quetzalcoatl / Kendall Evans

 Relic / Nathaniel Reed

 Admonishments for the Incautious / David Barker

 Yaga / Oliver Smith

 The Demon Corn / D. L. Myers

 Timeless Ghosts / Liam Garriock

 Clearing Sky / Ronald Terry

 The Door / Christina Sng

 Tending the Grave / Ian Futter

 Woodsmoke: A Folk Song That Never Was / John Shirley

 The Wolf’s Last Words / Claire Smith

 Dark Solstice Cold and Deathly / Richard L. Tierney

 The Rainy Season / John J. Mundy

 Siren’s Song / Ashley Dioses

 The Mask of Leprous Light / Jeff Burnett

Of Rippers, Psychos, and Scarves / Randall D. Larson and Charles Lovecraft

 Dark Shuttle / Ruth Berman

 Downstream / Oliver Smith.

 The War of Dragons / Christina Sng

 Temple of the Plumed Serpent / Ann K. Schwader

 Those / David Barker

 Samhain Redivivus / Frank Coffman

 Classic Reprints

 The Old Ghost / Thomas Lovell Beddoes

 Red Ghosts in Kentucky / Leah Bodine Drake

Articles

 In Pursuit of the Transcendent: The Weird Verse of Walter de la Mare / Leigh Blackmore

Reviews

A Dreamer’s Rimes / J.-M. Rajala  (H. P. LOVECRAFT. Fungi from Yuggoth: An Annotated Edition.)

Ghostly Verses / Michael J. Abolafia  (SHANNON CONNOR WINWARD, ed. Eye to the Telescope. Issue No. 22: “Ghosts.”)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Weirdbook 34 by Wildside Press



My copies of Weirdbook 34 came today!  It features my poems Sephora and Narda the Czarina.



•The Demon in the Doughnut Shop, by Bret McCormick
• A Kiss for the Mirrorman, by Adrian Cole
• Mukden, by Sean Patrick Hazlett
• In the Gallery, by J. Michael Major
• Excavation, by Franklyn Searight
• Bunnies of the Apocalypse, by Gregg Chamberlain
• Zhar’s Outré House, by Frederick J. Mayer
• The Devil Is Anonymous, by Frank Duffy
• Touched, by James D. Mabe
• The Singing Tree, by Lawrence Buentello
• Blood of God, by DJ Tyrer
• Bum Fights and Blood Feuds, by Scott Harper
• Beauty Treatment, by Liam Hogan
• Persephone, by Andre E. Harewood
• My Personal Dream, by James Ward Kirk
• Mischa in the Window, by Jason Rubis
• Thrill My Soul, by Greg Jenkins
• Trick, by Rish Outfield
Plus a selection of poetry by Steve Dilks, Ashley Dioses, Darrell Schweitzer, and Lucy A. Snyder.



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Skelos - The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Issue Two by Skelos Press

My contributor copies of Skelos - The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Issue Two by Skelos Press has arrived and it looks freakin amazing.  My poem, Xyre, is featured in this.  Xyre is a sorcerer created by K. A. Opperman (Kyle).  Xyre and Ashiel were characters created together for an epic poem we collaborated on years ago.  I wrote a few poems on Xyre and Ashiel but most have been omitted from my collection because I feel like they weren't my best pieces.  Xyre is one of them.  I let you all be the judge of it's quality.



Short Fiction
The Keeping of Eleanor May – Angeline Hawkes
Slayers at the Gate – Adrian Cole                                                                       
Of Mist, and an Heirloom Sword – Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Medicine For the Dead (excerpt) – Arianna “Tex” Thompson
Bigger Than God – Cynthia Ward
A Binding of Souls – W. H. Pugmire
The Skin Man – Milton Davis (illustrated by Stanley Weaver, Jr.)
The Black Lion – Howard Andrew Jones
Amarante: A Tale of Old Tharduin – Scott Oden

Novelettes
The Eleventh Scarlet Hell – Robert M. Price (A Thongor tale illustrated by Val Mayerik)
Reverse the Charges – Jess Nevins

Poetry
Carmilla – K. A.  Opperman (illustrated by Esteban Maroto)
The Line of Late Retreat – Michael Walton
Xyre – Ashley Dioses
The Night Realm – Chad Hensley
Ride of the Witchfinder – Wade German
The Mockingbird – Pat Calhoun
A Revelation Dream – Kenneth Bykerk
The Wood – Frank Coffman
Shade of a Murdered Child – James McNew

Essays
Clark Ashton Smith in Carmel – Scott Connors
“The Shadow Kingdom” and the Origins of Gothic Horror in Robert E. Howard’s Heroic Fantasy – Charles Hoffman
The Alexander Romance as Weird Fiction – Benjamin Garstad

Special Features
Skull Session – Editorial by Mark Finn
Warrior Women of History – An illustrated gallery by Samuel Dillon (text by Jeffrey Shanks)
Cracking Skulls with Arianna “Tex” Thompson – An interview by Mark Finn
By Crom! – Rachel Kahn

The Bone Yard – Reviews
Dave Brzeski, Bobby Derie, Mike Hunter, Deuce Richardson, Jake Vander Weide, Keith West

Artists
Front cover:  Ernst Fuchs; Back cover; Allen Koszowski; Interior: Hieronymus Bosch, Samuel Dillon, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Mike Hunter, Rachel Kahn, Allen Koszowski, Esteban Maroto, Val Mayerik, Hugh Rankin, Stanley Weaver, Jr.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Poetry Acceptance

My poem, Lovely Lucifer, has just been accepted for issue one of Feverish Chixxx by Sleazy Viking Press.  Feverish Chixxx is a brand new occult and erotic theme photography journal and includes occult excerpts.  It is a limited run of 33 numbered copies.

Image of Feverish Chixxx (volume one)

OCCULTISM! NUDE PHOTOGRAPHS OF SEXY LADIES! POEMS! SATANISM, KALI MA, KABBALAH AND GNOSTICISM! INCLUDES VARIOUS OCCULT EXCERPTS...

(PRICE INCLUDES WORLDWIDE SHIPPING)

Poets: Ashley Dioses, K.A. Opperman
Models: Ragen Fitzpatrick, Hannah Haddix, Rahel Kapsaski, Lilitu

44 pages
Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
Printed on black 130g Silk-paper - cover and back on 250g Silk-paper with red text.
Limited to 33 numbered copies. Silver lettered.
Each copy comes with a separate spell
Shipped in a black envelope sealed with red wax and a serpent seal sign

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Trysts of Fate by Alban Lake

My copy of Trysts of Fate by Alban Lake came today.  My poem, Can I Stop Your Heart? appears in this issue.  It first appeared in Dark River Press.


Contents

Stories

The Night Walk by Dawn Napier
Lightning Child by April Bullard
Angel, Beast, and Man by Spencer Koelle
Plaited Rings by Maureen Bowden
Pluck It Out by Eamonn Murphy
Bottom Feeder by Dale W. Glaser

Poems

Apparition by JD DeHart
Love Happens by Keith W. Sikora
Valentine’s Ball by Claire Smith
Ghost Hopes by K. S. Hardy
Death by Brian Rosenberger
Can I Stop Your Heart? by Ashley Dioses
Prophecy by Keith W. Sikora
Haunted by K. S. Hardy

Features

Dark Romance…Comics? By JD DeHart

Illustrations

The Romance of Dawn by Keith W. Sikora

Cover art: Goth Man by Sandy DeLuca



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Spectral Realms No. 6 by Hippocampus Press

(Check out this awesome art!)

My two poems, Night Play and Siren's Song, appear in this latest issue of Spectral Realms.  Night Play is a sonnet about the narrator meeting a Pegasus and Siren's Song is about the folly of listening to the demon's luring song.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Poems

 Spider Eggs / John Shirley

 Edgar A. Poe (1809–1849) / W. H. Pugmire

 Finite / Ian Futter

 Oracle / Wade German

 Next / John J. Mundy

 The Fateful Flower / Frank Coffman

 Vul Ravin / D. L. Myers

 Transfiguration / Ronald Terry

 Mistress of the Dark Fortress / K. A. Opperman and Leigh Blackmore

 Un-Hallowed E’en / Richard L. Tierney

 Diluvian Night Out / Jessica Amanda Salmonson

 Chrysalides in the Cromlech / Jeff Burnett

 When the Stars Are Right / Oliver B. Harris

 The Dust That Was You / Mary Krawczak Wilson

 Hunted / Claire Smith

 The Spell / Liam Garriock

 Moonlight in the Playground / Christina Sng

 An Unimaginable Horror / Norbert Gora

 The Fugitives / Manuel Pérez-Campos

 Under the Tuscan Moon / Leigh Blackmore

 Kappa Alpha Tau / Josh Medsker

 Yes, There Are Wonders Beyond Death / Darrell Schweitzer

 rUBBLE ®ubbLe / Jason V Brock

 Desolation / M. F. Webb

 The Cosmic Women / Pat Calhoun

 Descent / Ian Futter

 The God-Builders / Nathaniel Reed

 Sighting / Ross Balcom

 Falling for You / John J. Mundy

 Icons / Ronald Terry

 The Sword / Chad Hensley

Dual Purpose / Kyla Lee Ward

 A Dream from R’lyeh / Charles Lovecraft

 The Witch of the Woods / Frank Coffman

 Fallen / Claire Smith

 The Germ of the Earth / Farah Rose Smith

 The Road to Long-Ago / Ruth Berman

 Spawn of the Wicked Hive / Jeff Burnett

 Night Play / Ashley Dioses

 The Prey / Mary Krawczak Wilson

 A Return / Benjamin Blake

 When the Earth Was Young / Christina Sng

 The House of Gloom / Adam Bolivar

 Elder Beings / Leigh Blackmore

 Reunion / Manuel Pérez-Campos

 The Awen / Michelle Claire White

 Ghosts of  1816 / Clay F. Johnson

 Quetzalcoatl / Kendall Evans

 Relic / Nathaniel Reed

 Admonishments for the Incautious / David Barker

 Yaga / Oliver Smith

 The Demon Corn / D. L. Myers

 Timeless Ghosts / Liam Garriock

 Clearing Sky / Ronald Terry

 The Door / Christina Sng

 Tending the Grave / Ian Futter

 Woodsmoke: A Folk Song That Never Was / John Shirley

 The Wolf’s Last Words / Claire Smith

 Dark Solstice Cold and Deathly / Richard L. Tierney

 The Rainy Season / John J. Mundy

 Siren’s Song / Ashley Dioses

 The Mask of Leprous Light / Jeff Burnett

Of Rippers, Psychos, and Scarves / Randall D. Larson and Charles Lovecraft

 Dark Shuttle / Ruth Berman

 Downstream / Oliver Smith.

 The War of Dragons / Christina Sng

 Temple of the Plumed Serpent / Ann K. Schwader

 Those / David Barker

 Samhain Redivivus / Frank Coffman



 Classic Reprints

 The Old Ghost / Thomas Lovell Beddoes

 Red Ghosts in Kentucky / Leah Bodine Drake



Articles

 In Pursuit of the Transcendent: The Weird Verse of Walter de la Mare / Leigh Blackmore



Reviews

A Dreamer’s Rimes / J.-M. Rajala  (H. P. LOVECRAFT. Fungi from Yuggoth: An Annotated Edition.)

Ghostly Verses / Michael J. Abolafia  (SHANNON CONNOR WINWARD, ed. Eye to the Telescope. Issue No. 22: “Ghosts.”)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Poetry Acceptances

My poem, The Reaper's Garden, has been accepted for Spectral Realms No. 7 by Hippocampus Press and my poem, To Court the Dragon and the Snake, has been accepted for Weird Fiction Review No. 8 by Centipede Press.  To Court the Dragon and the Snake (which is a Dracula and Satan reference, respectfully), is based on an episode of Penny Dreadful called "A Blade of Grass" which made the Stoker preliminary ballot this year.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Outposts of Beyond



My copy of Outposts of Beyond arrived, along with $2, for my reprint of Celestial Mysteries which appears in this latest issue.



Outposts of Beyond
January 2017

Short Stories
Pale Remnant by Keith Soares
Planetside and Falling by Karen Otto
Thou by Tyree Campbell
Dole in Astolat by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
The Keen by John Buentello and Lawrence Buentello
In the Colony of the Cohiburri the Hybrid is Queen by Maureen Bowden
The Black Eyes of Ulspruth-Dimot by Lee Clark Zumpe

Flash Fiction
Escape Pod by Adele Gardner

Poetry
What People Were They Here? by David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans
Celestial Mysteries by Ashley Dioses
Once, 90 Degrees from the Sun by Will H. Blackwell Jr.
Portrait of the Mad Scientist’s Wife by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Features
Teleportation by Robert E. Porter
The Poet As Prophet by Robert E. Porter

Illustrations
Cover- Fertility Temple Offerings by Mitchell Davidson Bentley


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Poetry Acceptances



My poems, Sephora and Narda the Czarina, have been accepted for Weirdbook Magazine #34!!  Sephora is based off the character from Clark Ashton Smith's story The Enchantress of Sylaire, and Narda the Czarina, is based off of the character from Leopo Sacher Masoch's novella, The Black Czarina.  Also, my poem Panic, has been accepted for Xnoybis Issue 3: In Praise of Pan by Dunhams Manor Press.
(Art by David Ho; this is Sephora, I'm guessing.)



  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Feverish Fiction #1 by Sleazy Viking Press


I just received my contributor copy of Feverish Fiction #1 by Sleazy Viking Press.  My poem, Sea Witch's Grotto, appears inside, accompanied by artwork.  This is an awesome looking journal with colored interior illustrations which I'm a sucker for.  Who doesn't like colored art??


* 24 pages in full color printed on rustic 140g cyclus paper
* hand-numbered, limited to 50 copies
* Original previously unpublished flash fiction stories
* Original previously unpublished poetry
* Original artwork
* Stories by Justin A Mank, Alex S. Johnson, Konstantine Paradias, Patrick Winters
*Poetry by Ashley Dioses, K.A. Opperman
*Art by Paul Boswell


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Devolution Z January 2017: The Horror Magazine Volume 16


Man, I've been trying to get into Devolution Z for what seems like forever.  They just look so cool!  And finally, I got a poem accepted!  My poem, Nadia, appears in this and is the first sonnet of an ongoing vampire themed mini-sonnet cycle I am writing.  I have never written a sonnet cycle before and thought I'd try my hand at it.  My goal was 10, and then 5.  I originally wrote 4.  The first 4 will appear in Diary of a Sorceress and a 5th one that I wrote recently will go into my next collection.


POETRY
Dead Bread—Ramona Thompson
Nadia—Ashley Dioses

SHORT STORIES
The Breed: Last Watch—Daniel Soule
With the Taste of Paris on My Tongue—Tom Howard
Justice—Vonnie Winslow Crist
Eyes Like a Butterfly—Jason Lairamore
Sons of the Spider—Toni Johnson
Rolling Zombie Bones—Guy Stewart & Ryan VanAlstine
In Tall Grass—Jeremy Mac
Deliver Me—E. M. Sole
You Can Never Go Home Again—Lena Ng
Incident Zero—Ryan Neil Falcone
Homo Aquaticus—Chance Barton

INTERNAL ARTWORK
Stuart McMillan
Terry Sheppard

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Rhysling Awards Eligibility

2016 was a good publishing year.  Here is a list of eligible poems and their links.  If you are a member of the SFPA, the link to nominate poems for the 2016 Rhysling Awards is here.  I have sent a portfolio with these poems to the SFPA and they should appear in the 2017 Candidates page soon, so you can read them all.