Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Test Patterns: Creature Features Table of Contents

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Test Patterns: Creature Features

Table of Contents

1. Danger Slaterr-Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster
2. Cody Goodfellow-The Greedy Grave
3. Erica Ruppert-Pretty in the Dark
4. Robert Guffey-The Eye Doctor
5. Alistair Rey-Regeneration
6. Farah Rose Smith-In the Room of Red Night
7. James Fallweather-Little House in the Suburbs
8. Ashley Dioses-Amadis the Enchantress
9. James Russell-Spirit of Place
10. John Paul Fitch-Signals
11. Brenda Kezar-From Little Acorns Grow
12. Sam L Edwards-With All Her Troubles Behind Her
13. Debra Robinson-Chaos and Void
14. Calvin Demmer-The River Ran Red
15. Kurt Fawver-Extinction In Green
16.Aaron French-Chosen
17. Duane Pesice-Bone Sequence
18. Buzz Dixon-The Bride of the Astounding Gigantic Monster
19. Natasha Smith-Underground Rose
20. Orrin Grey-The Pepys Lake Monster
21. Jill Hand-The Bride of Castle Frankenstein
22. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy-No More Iron Cross
23. Dominique Lamssies-Admitted Inhabitants
24. Daniel Brock-Bitter Waters
25. Lana Cooper-Mrs. Doogan
26. John Linwood Grant-For Whom There is No Journey
27. John Claude Smith-Normal
28. Aksel Dadswell-Something Hungrier Than Love
29. Jeffrey Thomas-E

art by Yves Tourigny

Monday, July 30, 2018

Vastarien, Vol. 1, Issue 2 by Grimscribe Press

I am happy to announce that Vastarien, Vol. 1, Issue 2 by Grimscribe Press is out and it features my poem, The Crafter of the World!

VASTARIEN Vol. 1, Issue 2 – Contents

Joanna Parypinski

Patent for an Artificial Uterus
Max D. Stanton

The Crafter of the World
Ashley Dioses

Bequeathing the World to Insects
Christopher Mountenay

Julie Travis

The Master Gardener
Nicole Vasari

Parasitic Castration
Amelia Gorman

The November House
Charles Wilkinson

Lacan on Lynch: Viewing Twin Peaks through a Psychoanalytic Lens
Rob F Martin

soul of a mannequin
Justyna Bendyk

Shirley Jackson and That Old Black Magic
Jill Hand

How to be a Horror Writer
Tim Waggoner

Cover Art by Yves Tourigny. Book design by Anna Trueman. Internal art by Giuseppe Balestra, Ksenia Korniewska, Serhiy Krykun, Carl Lavoie, and Art of √ėyvind Lauvdahl. Co-Editors-In-Chief, Matt Cardin and Jon Padgett. Senior Editor, Dagny Keith Paul.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

New Acceptances!

I love horror and then fantasy only slightly less and then science fiction.  I write pretty evenly between horror and fantasy with dark fantasy being a good middle ground.  Rarely do I write science fiction.  And rarely do I write fiction at that.  But I've written two science fiction short stories out of the 8 fiction stories I've written since taking my writing seriously in roughly 2011. 

The first of these two stories is called Infused Realities which can be read for free here.  Unfortunately, what I originally wrote and what was published ended up being two completely different stories.  The editor and I didn't quite see eye to eye but at that time I was naive and thought that whatever the editor said was for the best.  But that's beside the point.  The point actually being, that the second science fiction story I wrote is based in the same world with a reoccurring character and that story, Amadis the Enchantress, has just been accepted for Test Patterns: Creature Features by Planet X Publications!!

Amadis the Enchantress marks my third short story sale ever and as primarily a poet, I couldn't be more shocked and amazed that this happened.  The tentative release date is October. 

If you can't finish reading Infused Realities (I understand), my poem Vexteria is about the planet that Infused Realities and Amadis the Enchantress takes place on.  Vexteria can be found in Spectral Realms No. 2  by Hippocampus Press, Within Stranger Aeons by J. Ellington Ashton Press, and Diary of a Sorceress.

On another awesome note, my poetry reprint, II. Bat in the Boiler Room, has been accepted for Haunted are these Houses by Unnerving Magazine!  That is scheduled to come out in September. 


Saturday, July 14, 2018

S. E. Lindberg's Review of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Issue Five

The Audient Void No. 5 by Obadiah Baird
S.E. Linderberg's rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Nyarlathotep, the crawling chaos ... I am the last ... I will tell the audient void.” -- HPL 1920, and inspirational quote for the Audient Void journal

Horror and weird-fiction aficionados will love this print magazine. What is an "Audient Void"? Well the official byline is: "The Audient Void is a periodical devoted to publishing Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy as well as poetry and select works of non-fiction." Audient is akin to audience and infers that there is a sentient void (nondescript shadow entity) that listens from beyond our normal senses. As readers consuming this horror anthology, are we in the Void listening? Or watching from outside?

This 5th entry is 60 pages, and is saturated with H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith influences, and the contents reflect an appropriate heavy dose of poetry. Gustav Dore illustrations are complemented by contemporary art by Brad Hicks. The crew behind most of the works have some nice mojo. One can learn more about the Audient Void from their website and a splendid interview on the Grim Tidings Podcast. Here is the summary of that podcast:
In this episode we take a special look at dark poetry. Host Rob Matheny recently attended the Hippocampus Press Happy Hour, a special event debuting the publisher's newest poetry collections as part of the HP Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. During the event Rob had a chance to interview four writers who specialize in dark poetry: Ashley Dioses, K.A. Opperman, Adam Bolivar, and D.L. Myers - also known as The Crimson Circle. Rob also interviewed Obadiah Baird and Dan Sauer of The Audient Void, a small Oregon-based zine featuring the works of The Crimson Circle among others. This episode highlights the growing dark poetry community, including short readings from each poet.

I'm a big fan of John R. Fultz, his name and Darrell Schweitzer brought me to this magazine and I was not disappointed. I also frequent the Grim Tidings podcast and recommend that as well.

"Oorg" by John R. Fultz ; Dunsanian/ Clark Ashton Smith tale (Horror Sci-Fi)
"Old Lovecraftians In The Park" by David Barker ; Creepy old man ogling girls in the park is the focus, he gets inspired by nostalgia and an old friend’s writings of the genius-loci of the park… he matures in a weird way.
"Love In The Time Of Dracula" by John R. Fultz ; Dystopian Vampire Apocalypse, with a compelling romance
"Why Should We Worship Dagon" by Darrell Schweitzer; Funny call to join the ranks of Dagon worshipers. This reminds me of his actual words when I talked to Darrell at the WFC 2016.

"The Poisoner" by Chelsea Arrington
"Beyond The Veil" by D.L. Meyers; a poetic short story that echoed ambiance from CAS’s “Weaver in the Vault” …at least my memory of it
"Vampire's Kiss" by Ashley Dioses; best ever application of the word “vivisepulture”
"The Fall Of The Pumpkin King" by K.A. Opperman
"The Lay Of Dumah" by Adam Bolivar; more of a poetic short story than a poem… this was one of my favorites; a weird romance with “Lazarus Craven nursed a secret passion for the grave…”
"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

"From The Void" by Obadiah Baird
"Ye Olde Lemurian" by David Barker; a pen pal tribute to Duane W. Rimel--himself a HPL pen pal. This documents letter writing with the obscure weird fiction writer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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

I am happy to announce that my two sonnets, Conquest and War, have been accepted for issue six of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy!  Conquest and War are the first two poems of a mini sonnet cycle entitled the Seven Seals.  The cycle contains a sonnet featuring each of the seven seals from Revelations.

I was originally only going to write about the Four Horsemen and have that be a mini sonnet cycle by itself but I'm a completionist and decided what's three more sonnets?  I also have never read the Bible in its entirety because it's just not my thing.  I just skipped to the end to get to the good parts.