Thursday, March 1, 2018

Spectral Realms No. 8

My copy of Spectral Realms No. 8 by Hippocampus Press has arrived!  My poem, A Witch's Memoir, appears inside.  This poem may or may not be about my past life.  ;)

This eighth issue of Spectral Realms features a diverse array of poetry from the pens of such acclaimed poets as Adam Bolivar, Ashley Dioses, K. A. Opperman, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Ann K. Schwader, John Shirley, and Richard L. Tierney. Wade German contributes a cycle of four evocative poems, “The Nightmares”; Manuel Pérez-Campos, with “The Vortex That Ate Poseidonis,” pays tribute to the memory of Clark Ashton Smith; Liam Garriock, a promising young writer from Scotland, contributes the moving prose-poems “The Spirit of the Place” and “Past, Present, and Future”; Charles Lovecraft pays homage to his namesake in “The King of Horrors, Howard Phillips Lovecraft”; in “The Final Masquerade,” Alan Gullette turns the King in Yellow mythos upside down; and Mary Krawczak Wilson channels Lovecraft’s “The Shadow over Innsmouth” in “Sea Creatures.”

Among the classic reprints is a poem by Farnsworth Wright, longtime editor of Weird Tales, published in that immortal pulp magazine under a pseudonym; and Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s chilling “To a Young Murderess.” Frank Coffman contributes a long and incisive analysis, “Verse vs. Free Verse,” in which the virtues and failings of free verse are keenly dissected. Sunni K Brock reviews Christina Sng’s scintillating volume A Collection of Nightmares, and Leigh Blackmore assesses the many strengths of Michael Fantina’s Alchemy of Dreams.

Once again, Spectral Realms #8 is a testament to the remarkable renaissance of weird poetry in our time.


Through Druid Oaks / Leigh Blackmore   
Belladonna / Abigail Wildes   
The Flitter-Bird and the Bloom of Doom / Richard L. Tierney   
Dr. Cat Tree / Jessica Amanda Salmonson   
The Nightmares / Wade German   
The Voice of the Mary Celeste / M. F. Webb   
A Longer Winter / Benjamin Blake   
Succubus Waltz / Joshua Gage   
A Witch’s Memoir / Ashley Dioses   
A Frenzy of Witches / David Barker 
The Girl and Her Wolf Dog / Christina Sng 
The Vortex That Ate Poseidonis / Manuel Pérez-Campos 
Fleeting Existence / J. T. Edwards 
Terrarium / Oliver Smith 
The Return / Ian Futter 
Gas Giant / F. J. Bergmann 
The Spirit of the Place / Liam Garriock 
Red / Mary Krawczak Wilson 
The Old Courthouse / Don Webb 
The Black Hunt / Adam Bolivar 
Forever the Covens Break Us / Claire Smith 
Lycanthrope Moon / Frank Coffman 
Look Beyond / Darrell Schweitzer 
Pumpkin, Oh Pumpkin! / Will Hart 
The World Turns / Kendall Evans 
Looking After Death / John Reinhart 
The King of Horrors, Howard Phillips Lovecraft / Charles Lovecraft 
The Scrying Mirror / Chelsea Arrington 
Desert Witch / Rob Matheny 
The Milk Hare / David Barker 
The Fetch / K. A. Opperman 
Nosferatu / David Schembri 
Hiding the Corpse / Shawn Ramsey 
The Final Masquerade / Alan Gullette 
A Modern Exorcism / Ian Futter 
The Vellum of the Damned / Joshua Gage 
Berserker / Benjamin Blake 
When We Fall / Christina Sng 
Mama Drool / Ross Balcom 
Germina Amoris / Oliver Smith 
The Ballad of  A.M. / M. F. Webb 
Past, Present, and Future / Liam Garriock 
Odd Todd / Jessica Amanda Salmonson 
The Waning Hours of Woe / J. T. Edwards 
Sea Creatures / Mary Krawczak Wilson 
Stanzas of the Metaphysical Student Found in a Notebook / Manuel Pérez-Campos 
The Sudden Raving of a Quiet One / John Shirley 
Procession of the Expendable / David Barker 
The Stalking Horror / Frank Coffman 
Memoirs in the Dark / Christina Sng 
Facing the Demon / Ian Futter 
Volunteers / Ann K. Schwader   
Hollow of the Night / F. J. Bergmann

Classic Reprints 
The Death Angel / Farnsworth Wright 
To a Young Murderess / Arthur O’Shaughnessy 

Verse vs. Free Verse / Frank Coffman 

The Exquisite Nightmares of Christina Sng / Sunni K. Brock 
Of Femmes Fatales and Lost Worlds / Leigh Blackmore 

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