Sunday, June 17, 2018

Open Call- Eye to the Telescope- Witches

My editorship officially starts today for the next issue of Eye to the Telescope!  Theme is Witches!

"A witch is defined as someone who is said to possess usually malignant supernatural powers. Since speculative fiction covers fantasy and science fiction as well as horror, we’re going to focus on ‘usually’ in that definition. I want any take on witches with any gender. Horrific witches, saintly witches, pretty witches, ugly witches, witches from different planets, witches from different dimensions, historical witches with a speculative spin. I want witches performing rituals, witches celebrating the sabbats, witches casting spells or curses. I know sorceresses, conjurers, enchantresses are similar but they are not the same. I prefer traditional formal and metrical verse done well. Prose poetry is fine. For free verse, enchant me with imagery and beautiful language. That doesn’t mean archaic language (though a little is fine). Think of Edgar Allan Poe, Clark Ashton Smith, George Sterling, David Park Barnitz, Charles Baudelaire."

Poetry only.
Deadline Sept. 15
Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.
http://eyetothetelescope.com/submit.html

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Writing Projects Update

The Withering officially has reached its goal (my goal) of 50 poems!  It has 4 sections; Nature, Supernatural, Psychological Horror, and Body/Gore Horror.

Nature-5
Supernatural- 21
Psychological- 17
Body- 7

It is currently halfway edited and the Afterword is finished.  I am still contemplating putting endnotes with random facts about certain poems, but I'm trying to decide if I'm the only one who'll care lol.

Diary of a Vampyress is shaping up nicely.  It currently has 40 poems with 6 of those poems being translations!  It currently has 8 sections with the 8th section having the translations.  5 poems are translated into Hungarian and the 6th is translated into French.  All 6 poems have been published (5 are in DoaS and the 6th is in DoaV), so I'm debating pairing the English versions with them.  I'm leaning with not pairing them.  I really don't want reprints in DoaV.

My goal is to have around 80 poems in DoaV (halfway there!) and filled with as many Gothic tropes as possible. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Blog Entry on The Dark Poetry Couple.

Manny Arenas has written a very sweet and insightful blog entry about Kyle and me here.  It is very touching and it makes me happy knowing that I could help another poet.  I am also mentioned in an earlier blog entry as well.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Black Aether Translates Four Poems

The Black Aether: Online H. P. Lovecraft Magazine has posted four poems of mine and had them translated into Hungarian by Fanni Sütő!  They are Horror, Lover's Witch, Daemonolatry, and A Queen in Hell.  This is inspiring me to have a translations section in a future collection.

Rémség

Sötét templomban, köd lepte vidéken
másvilági rém kísért lopózva.
Kedves, jó tündér nincsen, csak mesékben
Legtöbbjük zöld, kegyetlen és ronda.

Egy ajtó elvezet birodalmukba,
a Másvilágra, s ha odatévedsz,
mennyből zuhanhatsz rögtön a pokolba,
és minden árny erre terel téged.



Démonimádat

A démonimádat többet ad, mint látod,
mert sok rém lapul roppant elménk rejtekén.
Ha kerülöd őket; elárasztják álmod,
egy kis tisztelet; s titkokat hoznak eléd.



A szerető boszorkája

Bőre alatt nap sugára,
érintése megmelenget
szeme ékkő,  Hold kék párja,
ragyogó és sokat sejtet.

Mennyei csók ígérete,
kastélyába csábít engem.
Eksztázis a tekintete
így hát eladtam a lelkem.

Szerelmi bűbája szívem
gúzsba köti,  mint sok kósza
virág illat, ami libben,
ha nyílik a belladonna.

Csillag ő és a vad fénye,
a Hold sötétebb oldala
Labirintus hívó mélye,
tüskés vörös rózsafa.

Ha valaki kegyvesztett lett,
bőre pokol tűzzel lángol
sötét holddá válik szeme,
fog villan ki dús ajkából.

Én szerető; ő boszorkám,
vágyam tárgya. Én tudom csak
visszacsalni eltűnt Holdját
s szép aranyát tűz sikolynak.



Pokolra szállt királynő
Edgar Allan Poe-nak

Holdvilágos éjjel sétáltunk a tóparton
Elnyelt mindent a tinta-sötétség torka,
a sápadt holdfény szörnyű kapukat rajzolt
A bűzlő pokolba, mely fényed ellopta.

Drága, szerelmem, engem itt hogy hagyhattál?
Milyen csalfa démont követtél a sírba,
amikor mellettem szabadon járhattál?
Miért nem menthettelek meg? kérdem sírva.

Egyedül nézem az elszálló éveket,
sírod mellett állok, de a lelkemben élsz.
Rokonaid ismerték nagy szépségedet,
szívünk szakad pokolra szállt királynőnkért.   

Saturday, June 9, 2018

R. I. P. Michael Fantina

I am devastated to learn of the passing of poet extraordinaire, Michael Fantina.  I never met Michael in person but we often emailed and exchanged many poems over the few years I've known him.  When we first started emailing, we would discuss our favorite subjects to write about and he would send 4 or 5 poems at a time containing a certain theme or subject and I would try to match him with poems to send back but I couldn't keep up.  He just seemed to have a neverending stream of poems to share and I could only send one or two back at a time as I'd write them or as my old ones were edited.  I remember asking him one time if his new collection, Alchemy of Dreams and Other Poems, contained his poetry from his Rainfall Records and Books chapbooks (since I don't own those) and he said hardly any.  I just thought that it was incredible he had so many poems and amazing ones at that.  I remember asking him if he ever got writer's block and he told me when he gets writer's block, he writes sonnets.  Sonnets broke through his block.  He also said that he wrote poetry almost constantly (except when he was in the hospital for 2 months 12 years ago) since 1996.  I wish my writer's block could be broken through by the power of sonnets.


I wrote him to ask if he would honor me with a tribute poem for Diary of a Sorceress and was kind enough to oblige.

Michael's poetry is so rich and beautiful and if you have not read any of it, I urge you to pick up a copy of his collection, Alchemy of Dreams and Other Poems.  It's currently eligible for the Elgin award and it made it to the preliminary round for the Stoker award this year if I recall correctly.

Obituary of Michael Fantina

Michael L. Fantina, born March 1, 1946, in Garrett, Indiana.  Died on June 7, 2018 after a brief illness at Morristown Memorial Hospital.  Mike lived most of his life in Bernardsville where he was a standout athlete at St. Elizabeth’s and Bernard’s High.  He attended Bellarmine College in Kentucky and Rutgers University, where he received his BA.  He was a Vietnam era veteran, serving at Fort Meade, MD.  He worked in academia for most of his career, for a time at Florida International University and Seton Hall University and then at Rutgers, Labor Studies program.  In retirement, he worked as the Lead Security Guard at G4S.  Mike was known for his gentle nature and prolific writing.  Through the years, he has had hundreds of poems and stories published, recently his book Alchemy of Dreams and Other Poems was published and next spring a book of his short stories will be released.   An expert on the Civil War and World War II he was an active member of the American Legion.   He was parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual, and a strong support of many causes, Priests for Life, The Universal Living Rosary Association and other Catholic institutions.   Mike had many hobbies and interests, anyone that knew him or was even a passing acquaintance probably received a wristwatch from him.  He was an avid collector.   Michael will be missed by his brothers, sisters, nephews.



Upon Reading Diary of a Sorceress

By Michael Fantina

Both in and out of darkling dreams I’ve read
Her splendid poems that most bewitching are.
Supple Siren she, consort to some Czar
Or some great Pharaoh vanished, long since dead.
With magics from her poetry it’s said
She moves through Space and Time, an avatar
Of realms that circle some stupendous star;
Her suitors tethered to a magic thread.

Her words like spells that lullingly enchant,
Seduce the mind and heart to worlds outré,
To Siren-haunted coasts lapped by a sea
Whose tides send up one long eternal chant
About that most beguiling, dream-wrought bay.
Both sorceress and poet, this is she.

Rest in peace, Michael, you will be missed.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Chronological Order of All My Poems

I like organizing things and making lists.  Doing so relaxes me and keeps me occupied.  So on one bad day, I decided to put ALL my poems, that I still have, in chronological order.  46 out of the 282 will most likely never get published.  The rest are either published or I plan to clean up enough to get published (if they're older).

I.  2002
1. Angel’s Grace- 2002
2. Night Play- 2002*
3. The Sight- 2002
4. Midnight Strides- 9/02*
5. Ashley- 12/02
II.  2004
6. Death Upon Me- 9/2/04
III. 2005
7. A Lust for Blood- 2005
8. A Soul of Filth- 2005
9. Misery vs. Happiness- 2005
10. Behind Dead Eyes Part 1- 6/05
11. Behind Dead Eyes Part 2- 6/05
12. Feeling So Hollow- 11/5/05
13. Forever Lost- 12/2/05
IV. 2006
14. Dreams Forever Will Remain- 2006*
15. Night Cries- 2006
16. The Picture- 2006*
17. Tears of Eternity- 2006
18. All Hallows’ Awakening- 2006
19. Songbird- 8/22/06
20. Silver Scythe- 9/06
21. Whispers- 9/19/06
22. Locked Within- 9/26/06
23. Shards- 9/26/06
24. Divine Strength- 9/30/06
25. Life Decayed- 10/3/06
26. Declare- 10/3/06
27. Confined Within- 10/5/06
28. Just a Glimpse- 10/9/06
29. Hurry Up!- 10/10/06
30. Incinerate- 10/12/06
31. Drained- 10/13/06
32. Created- 10/17/06*
33. Pulse- 10/20/06
34. Torn from the Inside- 10/23/06
35. Plague’s Wake- 10/24/06
36. Silent Lies- 10/24/06
37. Just a Pin Prick- 10/25/06
38. What You Don’t See- 10/26/06
39. All Hallows’ Feast- 10/30/06
40. The Creator- 10/30/06
41. The Monster- 10/30/06
42. Believe Me- 11/6/06
43. The Power of the Moon- 11/1/06*
44. The Alternate Choice- 11/14/06
45. Crossfire- 11/16/06*
46. Cobwebs- 11/30/06*
47. Wither- 12/4/06
48. I Am Beautiful- 12/6/06
49. I Am the Most Beautiful Angel- 12/6/06
50. Embers- 12/8/06
51. Siren’s Song- 12/8/06*
52. Cold- 12/12/06
53. Distort- 12/13/06
54. Twitch- 12/15/06
55. So Sick- 12/18/06
56. Strung By a Noose- 12/19/06
57. Sweet Sixteen- 12/20/06
V.  2007
58. Light Fades in Her Dark Embrace- 1/8/07*
59. Twisted Grin- 1/12/07
60. Obliterate- 1/17/07
61. When Everything Stops- 1/17/07
62. The Darker Me- 1/19/07
63. A Luminous Darkness- 1/23/07*
64. The Wrath Inside- 1/30/07
65. The Resolution- 2/26/07
66. Embrace the Darkness- 3/5/07
67. The Disdain- 3/8/07
68. A Haunting Sensation Part 1- 3/16/07
69. A Haunting Sensation Part 2- 3/16/07
70. Dead Kings Rise- 3/23/07*
71. Quest for the Flesh- 4/5/07*
72. Moonlit Waters- 4/25/07
73. Pale Radiance- 5/21/07*
74. Glistening Haze- 5/29/07
75. That Builds from Fear- 6/20/07
76. Twisted Saying- 6/21/07
77. The Viking Masquerade- 7/19/07
78. The Entrance- 9/3/07
79. The Fork in the Road- 9/9/07
80. Forged in Ruins- 10/18/07
81. Blackout- 10/26/07
82. Frozen Tides- 11/29/07*
83. Fire and Ice- 12/4/07
VI.  2008
84. Level Unreached- 3/10/08
VII.  2009
85. Can I Stop Your Heart?- 2009*
86. A Glamorous Touch- 2009*
87. Temptation’s Rush- 2009
VII.  2010
88. Arawn- 12/7/10
89. Borvo- 12/7/10
90. Cernunnos- 12/7/10*
91. Lugh- 12/7/10
92. Myrddin Wyllt- 12/7/10
93. Oghma- 12/10/10
94. The Horned God- 12/11/10
95. Odin- 12/12/10
96. Thor- 12/13/10
97. Freyr- 12/14/10
98. Tyr- 12/16/10
99. Loki- 12/17/10
100. Angus Od- 12/18/10
101. Heimdall- 12/18/10
102. Baldur- 12/18/10
103. Hermod- 12//18/10
VIII.  2011
104. Chartreuse- 12/12/11*
IV. 2012 
105. Like a Fixed Star- 1/5/12
106. Celestial Beauties- 1/20/12
107. The Sun- 1/20/12
108. Mercury- 1/20/12
109. Mars- 1/20/12
110. Venus- 1/20/12*
111. Earth- 1/20/12
112. Jupiter- 1/20/12
113. Uranus- 1/20/12
114. Neptune- 1/20/12
115. Pluto- 1/20/12
116. The Moon- 1/20/12*
117. Celestial Mysteries- 1/20/12*
118. Sweet Renegade- 1/21/12*
119. Karmic Repercussions- 2/13/12
120. Dark Valentine- 2/14/12*
121. A is for Axe Murderer- 2/17/12
122. Sorcerously Twined Part 1 (collab. with Kyle)- 3/8/12
123. The Dwelling Place- 3/15/12*
124. The Surgical Suite- 3/19/12
125. The Guillotine- 3/23/12
126. Sorcerously Twined Part 2 (collab. with Kyle)- 3/26/12
127. Twisted Trails of Thought- 4/18/12*
128. A Valkyrie’s Vendetta- 4/21/12*
129. Skinless- 4/28/12
130. Cannibal- 4/30/12
131. Paper Doll Displays- 5/9/12*
132. Scarlet Autumn Aurora- 5/16/12*
133. Body Parts- 5/27/12
134. With a Love So Vile- 6/9/12*
135. Dark Poet of My Heart- 6/25/12*
136. Bright Love Eyes- 7/16/12
137. Crimson Swirls- 7/18/12
138. Black Cat Chant- 9/15/12
139. Under the Chrysanthemums- 9/18/12*
140. One Winter Eve- 9/19/12*
141. The Necro-Conjuring Sorceress- 10/11/12*
142. Medusa- 10/13/12*
143. Prisoner of Love- 10/26/12*
144. The Body Shop- 10/26/12
145. Graveyard Blossom- 10/29/12*
146. Roxy- 10/30/12
147. Xyre- 11/10/12*
148. Diary of a Sorceress- 11/12/12*
149. Diary of an Enchantress- 11/12/12
150. Black-Veined Whites- 11/19/12*
151. Splinters in My Skin- 11/23/12
152. The Pixie- 11/24/12
153. Equally Thankful- 11/29/12
154. Lady Death- 12/3/12*
155. Time- 12/8/12
156. The Sorceress’s Lament- 12/24/12*
157. New Years- 12/31/12
X. 2013
158. A Sea of Snow and Frost- 1/4/13*
159. Sky Fallen Maiden- 2/4/13*
160. Dark Valentine II.- 2/13/13*
161. Prelude- My Dark Diary- 2/19/13*
162. My Languid Heart- 2/21/13
163. The Prideful Scribe- 2/28/13*
164. Calla Lilies- 3/2/13*
165. Envy- 3/4/13
166. Void Nocturnal- 3/7/13
167. A Queen Upon the Sea- 3/8/13
168. The Porcelain Garden- 3/30/13*
169. Sea Witch’s Grotto- 5/31/13*
170. Daemonolatry- 6/16/13*
171. A Queen in Hell- 6/23/13*
172. The Celebration of Dreams- 7/18/13*
173. A Witch’s Memoir- 8/17/13*
174. Handsome- 8/23/13
175. Enchantress- 9/7/13*
176. Lord of the Deep- 9/15/13*
177. Kiss the Stars- 10/6/13*
178. I. Nadia- 10/22/13*
179. Echoes of Love- 10/22/13
180. Medusa’s Mirror- 10/24/13*
181. The Abandoned Garden- 10/27/13*
182.Carathis- 11/20/13*
183. Morning’s Moon- 12/8/13*
XI.  2014
184. Lover’s Witch- 1/19/14*
185. Fire Sprite- 1/22/14*
186. III. Black Orchid- 1/28/14*
187. Star Lighting- 2/8/14*
188. My Dark Valentine- 2/12/14*
189. Into the Dark I Came- 2/20/14
190. Horror- 3/4/14*
191. Selkie- 3/6/14*
192. II. Bat in the Boiler Room- 3/13/14*
193. Conquest- 3/18/14*
194. Rabbit Led- 3/23/14
195. Goetia- 3/23/14*
196. Vexteria- 3/28/14*
197. Witch Lord of the Hunt- 4/17/14*
198. The Glass Vial- 4/28/14*
199. Mircalla- 5/1/14*
200. Sephora- 5/2/14*
201. Dragonspeak- 5/8/14*
202. The Medallion- 5/9/14*
203. Anthropomancy- 5/14/14*
204. To an Unknown Mistress- 5/27/14*
205. Lady in Black Velvet- 6/5/14*
206. Fae of Forests- 6/19/14*
207. Ghoul Mistress- 6/19/14*
208. Hollow King- 6/19/14*
209. Atop the Crystal Moon- 7/12/14*
210. Witch’s Love- 7/16/14*
211. Famine- 7/16/14*
212. War- 7/16/14
213. Death- 7/17/14
214. The Fires of Summer- 7/27/14*
215. Ligeia- 8/3/14*
216. Ilvaa- 8/10/14*
217. IV. The Power of the Sun- 8/21/14*
218. Blood Siren’s Alcove- 9/6/14*
219. Castle Csejthe- 9/21/14*
220. Vapors- 9/30/14*
221. Nitokris- 10/15/14*
222. A Sorceress’s Final Vision- 10/16/14*
223. The Perfect Rose- 10/26/14*
224. Painted in Blood- 11/11/14*
225. Atalanta the Huntress- 11/23/14*
226. Narda the Czarina- 11/26/14*
227. The Czarina’s Rise- 11/30/14*
228. The Might Gram- 12/11/14*
229. Even Madness Cannot Hide- 12/30/14*
XII.  2015
230. Maenads- 2/6/15*
231. Fallen Atlantis- 2/18/15*
232. The Easter Lily- 2/18/15*
233. Rondel to My Love- 2/22/15*
234. Panic- 4/1/15*
235. They Sing in Whispers- 4/14/15*
236. A Sorceress’s Love- 4/14/15*
237. A Lover’s Sorceress- 4/23/15*
238. The Hands of Chaos- 7/8/15*
239. Ever Fair- 7/25/15*
240. My Corpse, My Groom- 8/5/15*
241. Winter Witch- 9/22/15*
242. Moon Enchantress- 9/30/15*
243. In the Name of Hell- 11/19/15
244. Without Coin- 11/21/15
XIII. 2016
245. Labyrinthine King- 1/31/16*
246. Bathory in Red- 2/8/16*
247. Nyarlathotep- 2/20/16*
248. On Amaranthine Lips- 5/10/16*
249. On a Dreamland’s Moon- 6/14/16*
250. The Black Goddess- 7/26/16*
251. The Rotting Goddess7/27/16*
252. Saturn- 8/26/16*
253. Reddened Ravens- 10/19/16
254. To Court the Dragon and the Snake- 10/19/16*
255. The Reaper’s Garden- 10/19/16*
256. The Skull Beneath the Skin- 10/19/16*
257. V. Haematophagy- 10/20/16*
XIII.  2017
258. Master of Potions- 1/12/17*
259. Lovely Lucifer- 2/21/17*
260. O Siren- 3/12/17
261. Siren, O Siren- 3/12/17*
262. Bedeviled Kiss- 5/3/17
263. The Jackal- 5/5/17*
264. The Stag- 6/3/17
265. A Witch’s Necromancy- 6/12/17*
266. Candy Corn Caresses- 7/18/17
267. O Won’t You?- 7/22/17*
268. The Goat- 8/10/17*
269. Djinn Deceiver- 9/10/17*
270. Vampire’s Kiss- 10/25/17*
271. The Ocean Queen (collab. with Kyle)- 11/25/17*
272. Mirror of Medusa- 12/16/17
273. God of Lies- 12/23/17
274. Shadow Bay- 12/23/17
275. A Daemon Beckons- 12/24/17
XIV.  2018
276. Belladonna’s Kiss- 1/7/18
277. What is the Season?- 1/20/18
278. My Darkest Valentine- 2/13/18*
279. The Crafter of the World- 2/23/18*
280. Altar of Souls- 3/3/18
281. Escaping Twilight- 4/23/18
282. Asenath- 4/23/18
283. Heavens Departed- 6/16/18
284. Vials of Wrath- 6/16/18

*Published or will be published


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Literary Hatchet Issue 20 by PearTree Press

The Literary Hatchet Issue 20 by PearTree Press is now out and free to download.  You can also get a physical copy if that's more your thing.  My poem, My Darkest Valentine, appears within.  It is the latest of the Dark Valentine poem series.




Tuesday, May 29, 2018

My Interview with The Black Aether

The Black Aether- Online H. P. Lovecraft Magazine from Hungary has interviewed me about my writing and weird poetry.  Here is the interview in Hungarian.

Ashley Dioses – interjú

 2018-04-28  Sütő Fanni  Friss,Interjú,Költészet

Ashley Diosesszel készített angol nyelvű interjú fordítása már megjelent a TBA-n, akkor azt ígértük, hogy hamarosan elkészülünk a saját interjúnkkal is. Az interjú elkészült és bár Dioses elég rövid válaszokat adott, remélhetőleg sikerül felhívnunk a figyelmét minél több olvasónak a hagyományos versformákra, a weird költészetre.

Először jöjjenek a költészethez kapcsolódó kérdések: Sokan úgy gondolják, hogy az emberek már nem olvasnak verseket, mintha ez már lecsengett vagy idejemúlt dolog lenne. Te mit gondolsz erről? Miben változott a költészet szerepe mondjuk a tizenkilencedik századhoz képest?

Nagyon sokan gondolják, hogy a költészet ma már nem releváns, de nem is járhatnának messzebb az igazságtól. A költészet az érzelmeink kiterjesztése, egy lehetőség arra, hogy kifejezzük őket. Nem hinném, hogy van olyan kor, amikor a költészet ne lenne releváns. Manapság úgy tűnik, hogy a próza kedvéért jobban félresöpörték a költészetet, mint mondjuk a 19. században.

Kedveled a hagyományos formákat. Van esetleg kedvenc versformád? Szerinted mik az előnyei és hátrányai a kötött versformáknak a szabadvershez képest?

Szeretem a rímelő, jambikus pentametert, de nagyon kedvelem a francia alexandrinusokat is. A hagyományos és rímes versek nagy előnye, hogy könnyebben megjegyezhetőek, és kiemelkednek a líraiságuk és a rímeik miatt. Hátrány lehet amikor ilyen verseket írsz, oda kell figyelni, hogy minden beleilljen a választott formába.

Én is a hagyományos versformákat kedvelem jobban, ezért nagyon megdöbbentett, amikor egy költészeti szemináriumon közölte a tanár, hogy manapság már nem lehet angolul rímes verseket írni, mert már minden rímpárt unásig elhasználtak, és a szabadvers felé kell elmozdulni? Te is kaptál hasonló véleményeket vagy próbáltak már lebeszélni arról, hogy hagyományos formában írj?

Akadt pár ember, aki megpróbált lebeszélni a hagyományos verselésről. Néhányan azt mondták, hogy a rímek elvonják a figyelmet a történetről, vagy, hogy a legtöbb hagyományos verselő nagyon erőlteti az időmértéket, és hasonlók.

H. P. Lovecraft a Szabadvers-járvány (The Vers Libre Epidemic) című értekezésében erősen bírálta a szabadvers-formát. Véleményed szerint a szabadvers pozitív vagy negatív hatással újította meg a költészetet? Ideje volt egy új versformának?

Azt hiszem, a szabadvers nagyon sok ember számára megkönnyítette a versírást, és segített nekik abban, hogy kifejezzék magukat olyan módokon, mint azelőtt még soha. De meglepődnél, ha tudnád, hány költő mondja azt, hogy ők csak írnak, de nem olvasnak verseket. Több költő van, mint versolvasó, és ez elég elszomorító. A szabadvers megjelenése olyan szempontból pozitív volt, hogy a hatására több ember kezdett verset írni.

A verseidben nagyon erős képeket és hangulatfestéseket használsz, amitől az olvasó szinte látja maga előtt a történéseket. Van esetleg kedvenc művészed (klasszikus vagy kortárs), akinek művei inspirálnak?

A kedvenc művészem Luis Royo, és a képei nagyon sokszor megihlettek. Sok erős, női harcos karaktere van, és ezek mindig is inspiráltak engem.

Sokszor felbukkannak a versedben okkult illetve mitologikus toposzok. Hogyan találtál rá ezekre a témákra? Van kedvenc mítoszod, ami nagy hatást gyakorolt rád?

Gyerekkoromban nagyon sok fantasyt, illetve mitologikus és okkult könyveket olvastam. Szinte megszállottja voltam apukám The Enchanted World (Bűbájos világ) sorozatának, és annyiszor olvastam újra őket, ahányszor csak tudtam. A vízi tündérekről szóló könyv volt a kedvencem, ami nagyban hozzájárult ahhoz, hogy ennyi szirén és vízi teremtény szerepel a verseimben.

Mind az első köteted (Diary of the Sorceress /A varázslónő naplója/) mint a következő gyűjteményed (Diary of a Vampiress /A vámpírnő naplója/) címe erős és (némiképp fenyegető) női figurákat állít a középpontba, és a versek közt is akad jó pár, ami ezt a sötét, női érzékiséget hangsúlyozza (például az On Amaranthine Lips /Bársonyvörös ajkakon/ ). Mennyire játszik központi szerepet a nőiség a művészetedben?

A női(es)ség nagyon fontos szerepet  játszik az írásaimban. Mindkét naplónak erős női főszereplője van, akikhez valamilyen módon majdnem minden vers kapcsolódik. Mindkét karakter hoz magával egy bizonyos témakört, amit a napló körüljár. A varázslónő a sötét mágia, a horror és a fantasztikum elemeit idézi fel, de minden bejegyzés helyet hagy a karakter elmélyítésének is.

A vámpírnő gótikus elemeket idéz fel: félelmet, vért és érzékiséget, és minden egyes bejegyzéssel jobban megismerheted őt.

Ha együtt vacsorázhatnál három (élő vagy holt) íróval / költővel, kik lennének azok és miért?

Edgar Allan Poe, J. R. R. Tolkien, és Stephen King.  Edgart azért, mert meghallgatnám, mit tanítana nekem a költészetről. J. R. R.-t, mert elhallgatnám, ahogy az északi mitológiáról beszél.  Stephent pedig megkérdezném, miért nem adott még ki verseskötetet.

H. P. Lovecraft több mint 300 költeményt írt, mennyire ismered HPL költészetét, volt-e befolyása, hatása a művészetedre?

Nagy rajongója vagyok a Gombák a Yuggothról verseinek. Azt hiszem, Lovecraft prózája nagyobb hatást gyakorolt rám, mint a költészete. A Zarándokút Kadathba, például ihletforrás volt az Atop the Crystal Moon (A kristályhold tetején) és később az On a Dreamland’s Moon (Egy álomföld holdján) című verseimhez.

Van-e kedvenc költeményed tőle, illetve ha egyetlen verset választhatnál HPL-től, ami jól bemutatná az ő poéta világát, melyik lenne az? (és miért?)

Van jó pár remek Lovecraft vers, amit nagyon kedvelek, de azt mondanám, hogy a Gombák a Yuggothról szonett ciklus 35. verse, az Esthajnal csillag az egyik kedvencem. A Yuggoth versek nagyon sok témát és motívumot felölelnek, de ha mindenképpen választanom kéne egyet, akkor az 1. számú A könyv éppen olyan jó választás, mint a sorozat bármely másik verse. Beszél benne messzi tengerről származó különös dolgokról, ősi tudás porladó könyveiről, szörnyűséges titkokról és őrületről.

És végül milyen tanácsot adnál szárnypróbálgató költőknek?

Olvass annyi verset, amennyit csak lehet, és tanulmányozd is őket. Keress olyan verseket, amiket élvezettel olvasol, és próbáld kitalálni, hogy miért tetszenek, aztán írj saját verseket, és gyakorolj, gyakorolj, gyakorolj.

And here is the English version.

Let’s talk about poetry first. Many people think that nowadays nobody reads poems, that poetry is old-fashioned and stale with no relevance to our lives. What’s your opinion about these views? How has the role of poetry changed compared to the 19th century?

A lot of people still view poetry that way, though they couldn’t be more wrong about poetry not having any relevance today.  Poetry is an extension of our emotions and a way to express them.  I don’t think there is a time where poetry is not relevant. Nowadays, it seems that poetry has been swept aside more in favour of prose than it was in the 19th century.

You like traditional forms. Do you have a favourite form? What are the advantages and disadvantages of traditional (rhyming) poetry compared to free verse?

I like the heroic form, iambic pentameter but I’m also very fond of the French Alexandrines.  An advantage with traditional and rhyming verse is that it is easier to remember.  They stick out because of their lyrical nature and their rhythms.  A disadvantage might be in writing them and making sure everything fits neatly into a chosen form.

I also prefer traditional forms, that’s why I was shocked when on a poetry seminar our tutor told us to forget rhymes because all the good rhymes have already been used and overused in English, so we should move towards free verse. Have you ever received similar comments or have people tried to dissuade you from using traditional forms?

I have had a few people dissuade me from writing formal poetry.  I’ve had some tell me that rhymes distract from the story or that most formalists force the meter and such.

In his essay, ”The Verse Libre Epidemic” H.P. Lovecraft heavily critises the free verse form. In your opinion, did free verse bring a positive or a negative renewal to poetry? Was it time for a new verse form?

I think free verse made it easier for people to write poetry and express themselves in a way they couldn’t have before.  But you’d be surprised at how many poets say that they write poetry but don’t read it.  There are more poets out there than readers of poetry and that’s sad.  I feel that free verse was positive in that it got people to write more poetry.

You use powerful images which create a strong and distinct atmosphere, the reader can see everything clearly before their mind’s eye. Do you have a favourite artist (classical or contemporary) whose work inspires you?

My favourite artist is Luis Royo and I’ve been inspired by a lot of his work.  He depicts a lot of strong female warriors and that has always resonated with me.

Occult and mythological references often appear in your poems. How did you find this inspiration? Do you have a favourite myth that had influenced you in some way? 

I read a lot of fantasy, mythological, and occult books when I was young.  I was obsessed with my dad’s collection of The Enchanted World Series and reread those books as often as I could.  The Water Spirits book, in particular, is a favourite, which is why you’ll find a lot of sirens and sea creatures in my poetry.

Both your first volume (Diary of a Sorceress) and the upcoming one (Diary of a Vampyress) feature a strong (and somewhat menacing) female figure and many of the poems talk about a dark, feminine sensuality (for example, On Amaranthine Lips). What role does femininity play in your writing?

Femininity plays a huge role in my writing.  Each diary features a strong, female lead character and nearly every poem is loosely connected to her in some way.  Each female lead brings with her a certain theme that will be covered in the diary.  The Sorceress summons the feelings of dark magic and horror and the fantastical but leaves room to delve in deeper into her character throughout the book in each entry.  The Vampyress evokes Gothic tropes of horror and blood and sensuality and throughout her diary you’ll get to know her more by what’s being presented in each entry.

Let’s talk a little about the traditions of weird literature: if you could have dinner with three writers/poets (dead or alive) who would they be and why?

Edgar Allan Poe, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Stephen King.  Edgar, so I can listen to his poetic teachings.  J. R. R., so I can just listen to him speak on Norse mythology.  Stephen, so I can ask him why he hasn’t made a poetry collection yet.

H.P. Lovecraft wrote more than 300 poems. How much do you know of his poetry and did he have any effect or influence on your writing?

I am a big fan of his Fungi from Yuggoth poetry.  I would say that his fiction provided more influences on my work than his poetry.  Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, for instance, inspired me to write Atop the Crystal Moon and then later, On a Dreamland’s Moon.

Do you have a favourite poem from Lovecraft? If you could choose only one of his poems that gives a good picture of his poetic world, which one would you pick and why?

There are a few excellent poems I enjoy by Lovecraft but I would say that XXXV. Evening Star is up there from his Fungi from Yuggoth sonnet cycle.  The Fungi from Yuggoth sonnet cycle would sum up a lot of his themes and subject matter, but if I had to choose one, I. The Book would be a good choice as any from the cycle.  It hints at strange things brought from the seas, crumbling books of elder lore, monstrous secrets, and madness.

Last but not least: what advice would you give to aspiring poets?

Read as much poetry as you can and study it.  Find poetry you enjoy, figure out why you enjoy it, write it, and then practice, practice, practice.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ToC for Vastarien: A Literary Journal Issue 2

I am excited to be in the forthcoming issue of Vastarien: A Literary Journal Issue 2, which should be out in June.  My poem, The Crafter of the World, appears within.  Here is the tentative table of contents.

Cover art by Aeron Alfrey.

Internal art by Ksenia Korniewska, Carl Lavoie, Giuseppe Balestra, and Serhiy Krykun

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Friday, May 11, 2018

OtV Pumpkin Report- Week 2

The weather has not been too hot which has been great since I'm pretty sure I fried my pumpkins last year.  So far I have a good amount of sprouts.


(Cinderella, bottom left, and Wolfe Atlantic Giant.)

(4 Jack sprouts, and Warren Atlantic Giant, top middle.)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2018 Southern CA Giant Pumpkin Grower's Forum

(Kyle and Kevin, one of the speakers.)

So this pumpkin farmer *highly suggested* I take work off to accompany him to the 2018 Southern CA Giant Pumpkin Grower's Forum last Saturday.  It was held at the Irvine Regional Park which we go to every year to pick pumpkins.  The class was 2 hours long and amusing.  There were raffles and we actually won some cool stuff.  A spider also jumped on my head during the class.  I was not pleased.



(Taking notes.)

(Goodies we won or received.)

Then we had a picnic lunch at the park.  I brought some pumpkin dipping sauce from Slater's 50/50, because I'm an awesome girlfriend, and he tried to guess what it was the whole time.  (He failed at guessing.)

(Skeptical.)

(It's pumpkin flavored!)


Friday, May 4, 2018

OtV Pumpkin Report- Week 1

I have two Jack-o-Lantern sproutlings.  Unfortunately, they're kind of close to the edge.  A green worm has decided that one of their leaves is their lunch!  It was quickly sacrificed to the pumpkin gods.

(Two Jack sprouts)

(Partially munched leaf.)

(Another Jack sprout.)



The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy No. 5


I have received my copy of issue five of the always amazing The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy!  It features my one and only prose poem, Vampire's Kiss.  Vampire's Kiss has an interesting background.  The title was inspired by a drink AV's own Dan Sauer drank and he mentioned that it sounded like a poem title I would use.  Done.  At one point on Facebook, I was challenged to use the word 'vivisepulture' in a poem by a certain Frater.  And finally, after the incredible D. L. Myers sent AV a beautifully-wrought prose poem, it somehow occurred to the mad editor, for some ungodly reason, that the rest of the Crimson Circle do the same.  Dammit Myers!  After a lot of sweat, sacrifices, and tears, Vampire's Kiss was created.  The Audient Void only makes a limited number of copies per issue.  If you want to see the rare prose poetry of the Crimson Tome, get one before they're gone! 

Also, please, when publicly praising the zine and the contributors in it, make sure you actually have a physical copy of it beforehand, so as to avoid embarrassment when the editor of the zine calls you out by stating that not a single copy has been shipped out yet.   


The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Issue #5

Stories: 
"Oorg" by John R. Fultz 
"Old Lovecraftians In The Park" by David Barker 
"Love In The Time Of Dracula" by John R. Fultz

Poetry: 
"The Poisoner" by Chelsea Arrington 
"Why Should We Worship Dagon" by Darrell Schweitzer 
"Beyond The Veil" by D.L. Meyers 
"Vampire's Kiss" by Ashley Dioses 
"The Fall Of The Pumpkin King" by K.A. Opperman 
"The Lay Of Dumah" by Adam Bolivar 
"On The Creation Of Shoggoths" by Charles Lovecraft 
"A Tourist In Hell" by John Shirley 
"The Divorce" by Marge Simon 
"Jack The Balladeer" by Adam Bolivar

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

Cover and interior art by Brad Hicks.

60 pages.



Thursday, May 3, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

Exquisite Corpse- Put Together by Angela Yuriko Smith

To celebrate the final day of National Poetry Month, Angela decided to gather a few poets on Facebook and put together a collaborative poem, called an Exquisite Corpse.  An Exquisite Corpse is a collectively assembled poem.

"Each contributor added to the composition in sequence by following a pattern rule. There are other ways to do it, but for this we followed a “The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun” pattern.

Example of a line: “The green duck sweetly sang the dreadful dirge.”'

You can find her post on it on her blog here.

Here is the result, titled Universe Calling.  Angela put, in italics, the connecting words for the lines.

Universe Calling

The brilliant night quietly called the lost galaxy
while the wistful question endlessly spinning the infinite realms
and the mournful wind longingly cried the broken mantra.

The faint spark sullenly echoed the long-dead reply
as the eldritch chasm eerily awaited the falling angel.
The doleful flight yawningly dreams the green moon
and the pulsating quasars luminescently spiral the depthless void.

—Written by (in order of line) Angela Yuriko Smith, A.F. Stewart, Devon Lewis,
Robin Wiesneth, Ashley Dioses, John Reinhart and R.A. Smith

I think this turned out to be a totally awesome poem!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Author Spotlight: Ashley Dioses by Gehenna and Hinnom Books

I was recently interviewed by C. P. Dunphey of Gehenna and Hinnom Books on my poem which is featured in issue 006 as well as other aspects of my writing and such things.  You can find it on their website as well as right here.


Greetings from the Ether,


With the upcoming release of Hinnom Magazine Issue 006, we wanted to take a moment to spotlight some of the authors involved in the project. Ashley Dioses‘ poem “O Won’t You?” is a disturbing Bathory piece that succeeds in matching its morbidity with elegant prose. Join us as we dive into the crafting of the poem, and what the future has in store for the author.



CP: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How you came to write dark poetry?

AD: I have an AS in Health Information Technology, I have a first-degree black belt in Soo Bahk Do, I work at a college bookstore, I enjoy studying the occult, and am a Pagan. My dad is a poet and an avid horror and fantasy reader. I came to the realization, after reading Poe for the first time at a young age, that one could blend the two together.



CP: “O Won’t You?” is a grotesque Bathory-themed poem. The prose is equal parts graceful and disturbing. Can you tell us how it came to fruition? What inspired the piece?

AD: I am a fan of the mysteries revolving around the Countess. I already wrote 3 Bathory poems and thought I was done when I realized that a Bathory poem was needed for my Gothic-centric poetry collection, Diary of a Vampyress. It wasn’t hard to write one when I settled down to put the piece together.



CP: We just started publishing poetry, your piece being the second to ever appear in Hinnom Magazine. Your work is prolific, and you’re one of the best horror poets working today. Where exactly, from here, do you hope your writing takes you? What goals do you hope to achieve?

AD: I hope to extend my writing from poetry to short fiction and eventually become a novelist. I have already written two fantasy novels that are meant to be in a series. I hope to edit them, get them published, and hopefully continue writing more for that series.



CP: Do you have any other projects you’re working on? What does the future hold for Ashley Dioses?

AD: I am currently working on a poetry collection containing a few choice pieces of juvenilia entitled, The Withering. It has about 50 poems in it. It focuses more on supernatural and psychological horror themes. I am also putting together the next ‘diary’, Diary of a Vampyress, which will be a more Gothic poetry collection.



CP: What has been your favorite moment thus far, as a writer?

AD: Oh man, there are so many. When an editor wanted a full-length poetry collection from me by only reading five poems, when someone wanted my autograph for the first time when I was invited to be on a panel for a con as a guest. Those were all incredible experiences for me.



CP: What writer do you find the most inspiring, living or dead? Why?

AD: I know this is cliché but everything goes back to Poe. He showed me that I can take the rhyming, children’s poetry my dad used to read to me and make it horrifying and fantastical. He opened the doors for me.



CP: Can you tell us about your recent collection, Diary of a Sorceress?

AD: Diary of a Sorceress is a collection of light and dark fantasy, dark romance and erotica, and horror formal poetry. It is loosely centered around the Sorceress and each section is labeled as an entry in her diary. Each entry gets darker as you read through it and it represents the Sorceress’s changes and developments throughout her life. You will find subjects such as dragons, sirens, fae, daemons, vampires, Bathory, maenads, Valkryies, Gorgons, and more.



CP: We always like to end our interviews with a little tidbit of advice for the many readers who are writers themselves. What’s the best advice you could give to a new author?

AD: Read everything inside the genre you’re writing in and write every day.

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Ashley Dioses Queen's College

Ashley Dioses is a writer of dark fiction and poetry from southern California.  Her debut collection of dark traditional poetry, Diary of a Sorceress, was released in 2017 from Hippocampus Press.  Her poetry has appeared in Weird Fiction Review, Skelos, Weirdbook, Black Wings VI: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, and others.  She is an Active member in the HWA and a member of the SFPA.  She blogs at fiendlover.blogspot.com.


Thank you so much for stopping by. Make sure to pre-order Hinnom Magazine Issue 006 and read Dioses’ gruesome poem, “O Won’t You?” Check out our Patreon as well for some awesome rewards.


Friday, April 27, 2018

The Order of the Thinned Veil Year Two: Pumpkin Planting Day One

Alright, it's time for another year of pumpkin planting.  You might have noticed that after a certain point, I stayed quiet about my pumpkins while Kyle took over all the attention.  That's because I only managed to grow one, single pumpkin.  And then it soon rotted.  I have a few suspicions as to why that was the case, I aim to remedy that this year.


(Cinderella mound.)

(Jack-o-Lantern mound.)
 

Hinnom Magazine Issue 006 by Gehenna and Hinnom Books

My Erzsebet Bathory inspired poem, O Won't You?, has been accepted for issue 006 of Hinnom Magazine by Gehenna and Hinnom Books!  O Won't You? is the second poem ever to be published by Hinnom Magazine.  I hope this will be a continued trend.

HINNOM MAGAZINE ISSUE 006
"Summer Horrors" Introduction by C.P. Dunphey

FEATURED COMIC
Bob & Ivan #2 -- A comic strip by Phil Witte & John Littleboy

INTERVIEW
"One-of-a-Kind" -- An Interview with Dark Fiction Author S.P. Miskowski

FICTION & POETRY
"This Must Be The Place" by Brianna Zigler
"Decoys" by George Taylor
"The Space Between" by P.L. McMillan
"O' Babylon" by S.E. Casey
"O Won't You?" by Ashley Dioses
"The Idea of You" by Ed Kurtz
"White Noise" by Kevin M. Folliard

GUEST COLUMN
"Finding Your Hidden Muse: Seven Tips for Unlocking Your Unconscious Writer" by Melissa Burkley

REVIEWS
I Wish I Was Like You by S.P. Miskowski -- A Gehenna Post Review
Strange is the Night by S.P. Miskowski -- A Gehenna Post Review
A Quiet Place -- A Gehenna Post Review
Ready Player One -- A Gehenna Post Review

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

L. A. Times Festival of Books!

Kyle and I will be signing at the HWA booth #828 on Sunday, the 22nd from 3-5pm at the L. A. Times Festival of Books at USC!  We will have Diaries and Tomes available for sale and of course, we'll sign anything you have.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Withering Update

A few days ago, The Withering was just a ms, a work in-progress.  I finished my first round of edits, saw it was cleaning up nicely, and decided that I should probably pitch this collection somewhere.  I always had the perfect place I wanted to send this particular collection in mind and, of course, I was nervous to pitch it, but decided to just do it.  I waited in agony for about a week and then received an email saying they were interested!  That blew me away.  I was sure I would have to shop this around a bit before receiving a positive response.  After I received that response, my collection began to feel more real to me.  This was now something a publisher wanted to look at it.  It was now desirable. 

As it became a bit realer to me, I realized, man, I need someone to write an introduction to this, but who would write that??  I tried to think of writers who this collection would resonate with and I came up blank.  A few people suggested a few names and then Kyle came up with who we both felt was the perfect person for this collection.  I decided to be bold again and shoot this person a message to feel them out.  They said they'd be happy to read it and would only write one if they liked it, because they do not write intros or blurbs for things they do not like.  That makes perfect sense to me and is how it should be. 

And now I'm freaking out because The Withering just got even more real.  A publisher is interested and I have a potential, possible author of my introduction.  Of course, they both might hate it when they read it, and if so, you'll hear about that here.  But for the present, I will keep my optimism!

Now to the progress of The Withering itself.

The Withering is not for a young audience.  Yes, it's my juvenilia that spans approximately between the years of 2001-2011, but it's very dark.  There is no fantasy, much less light fantasy, in this collection.  Supernatural and psychological horror are its primary themes, with some dark nature and gory/body horror.  There are currently 49 poems but I'd like to add at least one more to make it at hit 50.

The Withering is very different from Diary of a Sorceress.  The Withering does, however, contain a couple Sorceress poems that didn't make it into Diary of a Sorceress.  I felt they didn't fit well with the newer poems.  Other than that, I don't feel the collections are similar. It is meant to sate my readers' appetites until Diary of a Vampyress is finished.

After another round of edits, I shall submit it.                 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

L. A. Vintage Paperback Show

Kyle and I had a blast this year at the L. A. Vintage Paperback Show.  We manned the HWA table and I was able to sell all the books I brought which was awesome. 

(John Shirley shows off his favorite illustration in Diary of a Sorceress.  Maenads by Steve Santiago.)

There was a big birthday celebration for Bill Nolan after his signing.  They brought out 2 cakes and he was definitely surprised. 




(William F. Nolan)

After Kyle and I manned the table for a few hours, we ate, and then wandered through the booths.  I scored a couple of goodies.

I also got a few autographs.

(Gary Gianni signs my Bran Mak Morn book.)

Then after the show, we headed to Days Inn for the awesome after party at the pool.  This is the main attraction for me.  I love hanging around with everyone that I don't get to see except for a few times a year.

(Pete Atkins and Dennis Etchison)

(Dennis mistakenly takes his cigarette ashes for his drink.)

(Me, Dennis, and Jenny Brundage)

(Me, Dennis, Jenny, and Stephen Provost)



Sunday, March 11, 2018

Writing Update

I have so many ideas for themed poetry collections and it's probably not for my own good.  But I love themes!  And I tend to write many different poems that lean to a certain theme.  Here's the lowdown of what diabolical blasphemies I'm conjuring up.

I really need to focus on one collection at a time and not be distracted by shiny new themed collection ideas.  So the next collection that I want to publish first is The Withering.  If you've been reading my irregular writing update posts, then you know that the Withering is a collection of juvenilia that contains a select few of my poems from my teenage years.  My goal is to have about 50 poems in the collection but as I'm editing them, I find that some fit perfectly into one or another of my themed collections.  Therefore I'm continuously dividing up my poems and spreading thin my collections.  So I'm trying to *not* to do that.  So far, I have 48 poems in the Withering, which is divided into 4 sections; Nature, Supernatural, Psychological, and Body/Gore horror.  This is, of course, a horror collection.  I have about 16 more poems that need to go through their initial/first edit.  Then I can go through the collection a few more times for their final polish.  After that, I can look for a publisher!  Should be fun.

The Withering, I would say, is very dark and personal, for it shows much emotion and has a lot of themes dealing with inner daemons.  During my teenage years I was going through a very hard and dark time.  A lot of shit, completely out of my hands, happened and I lost a lot and almost lost someone.  I won't go into details but let's just say it was a somber and disturbing time.  Therefore, somber and disturbing poetry ensued and it'll all be in the Withering for your viewing pleasure.

Launching from the past and into the future, is the next diary in my diary series, Diary of a Vampyress.  This collection follows after Diary of a Sorceress.  We say goodbye to the Sorceress, Ashiel, and her journey (though their may be a brief hint to her character), and follow the vampyress, Countess Nadezhda, or Nadia, for short in her journey.  Nadia had a few introductory sonnets in the mini sonnet cycle in DoaS.  This collection is aimed to be more Gothic in nature than DoaS.  Diary of a Vampyress currently has 29 poems and is made up of 8 sections so far.  They are currently Vampires and Devils, Witches and Werewolves, Femme Fatales, Romance, Nature, Otherworldly, Halloween/Autumn, and Apocalypse.

The next 3 are part of the series and are diaries as well.  For now they will remain unnamed.

The first is light and dark fantasy themed and currently contains 10 poems with 4 sections.

The second is a devotional containing hymns, verses, invocations, evocations and the like aimed toward different deities and pantheons.  The majority, however, is Norse and Celtic themed.  Mythological poems can also be found within.  It currently has 26 poems and 5 sections, which is divided up by pantheon.         

The third is a water themed collection.  Seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, and all the creatures and stories, legends, and myths surrounding them will be in here.  It currently has 7 poems and 4 sections.

And last, but not least, is my winter collection.  It is not planned to be part of the diary series and will stand alone as a collection devoted to my favorite season.  I want to emphasize that this is *not* a Christmas collection.  Yule, midwinter, and St. Lucia's Day will be a part of this but I do not plan on having Christmas poetry in here.  I am considering including Krampus but that's as far as I go.  I'm also debating whether this collection should have reprints or should be all new winter poems.  I'm leaning toward having all my winter poems, published or not, in here to make it a complete collection of all my winter poems.  With that idea in mind, I have 6 poems slotted for it.  5 reprints and 1 unpublished.

So there it is; my crazy themed poetry collection ideas.  This should keep me very busy for the next few years. 


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Manfish and Other Tales: World of H. P. Lovecraft Ten by 13th Hour Books


I have received my contributor copies of Manfish and Other Tales Ten by 13th Hour Books.  This is a special edition celebrating over 25 years of publishing the 'zine.  My poem, Djinn Deceiver, comes separately in it's own little booklet or greeting card, as it comes with an envelope.

(My own booklet with Allen K. cover art!)

Unfortunately, this publisher has no online presence that I am aware of.  To order this, you can contact Leslie Thomas at Thomasa893[at]aol[dot]com or write to him at 
13th Hour Books
P.O. Box 9803 
Alexandria, VA 22304


Table of Contents

What is a Ghoul from "Chilling Tales #13" December 1952 Illustrated by Eric Gould
The Sands of the Desert from "Adventures into the Unknown #6" August 1949 Illustrated by Robert H. Knox
Man-Fish from "Adventures into the Unknown #30" April 1952 Illustrated by Robert H. Knox

Booklet

Djinn Deceiver by Ashley Dioses Illustrated by Allen K.