Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Phantasmagorical Promenade by Planet X Publications

I received my copy of The Phantasmagorical Promenade by Planet X Publications which contains my two poems, Behind Dead Eyes Part 1 and 2.  This is a beautiful book with art by Mutartis Boswell who is also doing my art for my forthcoming poetry collection, The Withering.  Both poems can also be found in that collection.  I also love the font!

Table of Contents:

Ashley Dioses - Behind Dead Eyes, part one
John Paul Fitch – Ray
Jill Hand – Not a Ghost
Matthew St. Cyr – All Through the House
Roger Taylor - Chatterbox Chatterbox, We All Fall Down
Sarah Walker - Be Careful What You Wish For
Rob Martin – We’re All Haunted Houses
Zoltán Komor - The Ghost Molester
Justin Burnett – The Slave House
Can Wiggins – Haint
John Claude Smith – You Cannot Live Here Forever
Alessandra Bava – Star-Child
S.L. Edwards – Aurora
Sean M. Thompson – Avaunt
SE Casey – Gods Rushing Madly
James Fallweather – The Philip Experiment
Philip Fracassi – The Taker
Debra Robinson - G Is For Ghost Fever
Alan Sessler – A Bitter Pill
Mer Whinery – The Children of the Crow Hollow Skillet
Scott J Couturier - Ten Cents a Bottle
Manuel Paul Arenas – Night Hag
Russell Smeaton – Purpose
Frank Coffman – The Forsaken
Farah Rose Smith – An Account Above Burnside Park
EO Daniels – War Over Walter
Duane Pesice – Ghost Tracks
Levi Dunn – Something Wicked in the Hills
William Tea – Social Medium
K. A. Opperman - A Ghostly Lily
Ashley Dioses - Behind Dead Eyes, part two

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review from Matthew St. Cyr for Behind Dead Eyes Part 1


Review #1

By Ashley Dioses

TPP starts off with a sullen, melancholic bit of poetry.
I'm not going to even attempt to sound like I know what I'm talking about by spouting off phrases like iambic pentameter and rhyme scheme. Both are there and both are spot on, but you already knew that would be the case.

No, instead I wish to pontificate the subject of this poem: A lost soul who knows not her purpose, only torment and pain.

I'm guessing that editor Duane Pesice knew what he was doing when he slated this piece for the first slot.

The lost soul in this poem is an amalgamation of all the lost souls contained with the pages of this book.

Looking at the TOC, I see that part 2 ends the book and I'm willing to bet you 5 bones that the second part will be just as fitting an end.

Let this spectral journey begin.....

Monday, July 22, 2019

Spectral Realms No. 11 by Hippocampus Press

I just received my copy of Spectral Realms No. 11 by Hippocampus Press.  It contains my poem, Plague's Wake, which will appear in The Withering.



The Tomb of Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire / Wade German

The Blackbird’s Ghost / Abigail Wildes

Temptation Entombed / David Barker

Eternal Lovers / Carl E. Reed

Covert / F. J. Bergmann

On a Threadbare Photograph of H.P.L. at  66 College St. / Manuel Pérez-Campos

The Witch of Hearts / Chelsea Arrington

The Legend of Vlad and Juztina / Tatiana

A Lady and Her Monster / Christopher Collingwood

The Hill of Bones / G. O. Clark

Space-Time / Ron L. Johnson II

The Monsters Within / Christina Sng

Doctor Fulci’s Fantastic Cure for Nightmares / Liam Garriock

Temple of the Condor / Ann K. Schwader

Subterranean Hungers / David C. Kopaska-Merkel

The Great Wheel / Frank Coffman

The Necromancer's Charm / Scott J. Couturier

Tomb without Walls / Ross Balcom

The Final Scrawl / Pat Calhoun

The Jack-o’-Lantern Hearted / K. A. Opperman

The Vampire-Need / Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer

The Duke of Balladry / Adam Bolivar

Disclosure / Norbert Góra

Guillotined / Carl E. Reed

Altar of Yig / David Barker

Poe / Randall D. Larson

Haruspex / Geoffrey A. Landis

The Secret Pool / Darrell Schweitzer

As One Poet to Another / G. Sutton Breiding

She Tasted of Gin and Death / Curtis M. Lawson

Vampire Vigil / Manuel Arenas

The Thing That Watches While I Write / Thomas Tyrrell

Plague’s Wake / Ashley Dioses

To a Cat-Daemon: A Litany of Antient Ægypt / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Methuselah / Wade German

Cassandra Can’t Tell You / Allan Rozinski

Lair of the Bat People / Ross Balcom

Reparation / Christina Sng

In the Days of the Vertical Ocean / David C. Kopaska-Merkel

The Underwater Circus / Kurt Newton

Super-Position / Ron L. Johnson II

The Absence of Clouds / G. O. Clark

Divided by Demons / Mary Krawczak Wilson

Down the Garden Path / M. F. Webb

The God of Phlegm / Maxwell Gold

Cruel Eleanora / Adam Bolivar

Tears of the Raven / Christopher Collingwood

Graveyard of the Gods / Scott J. Couturier.

Solving for X / Ann K. Schwader

The Demon Ball / Tatiana

The Bog Man / Chelsea Arrington

On Gustave Moreau’s Canvas The Apparition / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Black-Tongue Kiss / Carl E. Reed

Diner of Delights / Claire Smith

Inquiry Regarding the Dead / David Barker

Styx / Christina Sng

The Fairiest / Oliver Smith

The Separation / Ian Futter

The Ghost Factory / F. J. Bergmann

The Baleful Beldam / Manuel Arenas

Remains / David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Classic Reprints

Fright / May Sinclair

The Silent House / Samuel John Alexander


Clark Ashton Smith and Robert Nelson: Master and Apprentice (Part 3) /

Marcos Legaria


A Guidebook for Witches and Warlocks / Donald Sidney-Fryer

Notes on Contributors

Cover Art

Dan Sauer

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Weirdbook Magazine Issue 41 by Wildside Press

I finally got my contributor's copy of Weirdbook Magazine Issue 41. My poem, The Jackal, appears within.  I'm a big fan of The Omen series and those movies were the inspiration for this poem.  The Jackal will also appear in Diary of a Vampyress.

• Tonight I Wear My Crimson Face, by Adrian Cole 
• The House of the Witches, by Darrell Schweitzer 
• The Bones, by Erica Ruppert 
• The Idols of Xan, by Steve Dilks 
• Conjurings, by Marlane Quade Cook 
• Matriarch Unbound, by Glynn Owen Barrass 
• The Mouth at the Edge of the World, by Luke Walker 
• “An Autumn Settling”, by Alistair Rey 
• I Know How You’ll Die, by K.G. Anderson 
• Fair Shopping, by Jack Lee Taylor 
• Black Aggie, by Marina Favila 
• The Chroma of Home, by Arasibo Campeche 
• The Last Resort, by Dean MacAllister 
• The Crypt Beneath the Manse, by S. Subramanian 
• A Winter Reunion, by C.M. Muller 
• The Stravinsky Code, by Leonard Carpenter 
• She Talks to Me, by Matthew Masucci 
• Wings of Twilight, by L.F. Falconer 
• A Pantheon of Trash, by Thomas C. Mavroudis 
• Juliet’s Moon, by D.C. Lozar 
• The Gargoyle’s Wife, by Jean Graham 
• The Melting Man, by Justin Boote 
• Dead Waves, by Sean McCoy 
• The Proposal, by J.D. Brink 
• Dark Energy, by Kevin Hayman 
• Christmas at Castle Dracula, by S. L. Edwards 
• There Was Fire, by M. Ravenberg 
• Them, by Sharon Cullars 
• For Love of Lythea, by C. I. Kemp 
• Beltane, by K.A. Opperman 
• Twin Hungers, by Scott J. Couturier 
• The Jackal, by Ashley Dioses 
• Our Family Ghost, by Joshua Gage 
• Le Gargoyle, by Russ Parkhurst

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Beneath Her Spell: She-Devils of Renown

I will be having a leaflet (smaller than a chapbook) titled, Beneath Her Spell: She-Devils of Renown,  released in August from Atlantean Publishing.  This leaflet will contain four poems from my femme fatale series.  They include Carathis, Mircalla, Ligeia, and Asenath.  The first three poems can be found in Diary of a Sorceress.  Asenath was first published in Weirdbook Annual #2: Cthulhu by Wildside Press and will be in my upcoming collection, Diary of a Vampyress.

These ladies of renown sound familiar?  You can find their tales in these Gothic works:

Carathis appears in Vathek by William Beckford.
Mircalla appears in Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu.
Ligeia appears in Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe.
Asenath appears in The Thing on the Doorstep by H. P. Lovecraft.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Writing Updates

I'm still waiting on the Introduction and possibly a few more blurbs for The Withering.  The artwork by Mutartis Boswell is coming along amazingly.  The cover is pretty much done, the back has been worked on, and a few interior illustrations have been played with.  This should be a beautifully dark book for all your black little hearts.  And sorry, can't show you yet.

While that is being tinkered with, I have been working on my next collection, Diary of a Vampyress.  As of today, there are currently 50 poems in it.  My goal is to have around 80.  So I'm getting there.  I'm trying to cover a vast range of various Gothic tropes and creatures and atmospheres.  We'll see how I do.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Ten Weird Writers to Save Us All in 2019 by Silent Motorist Media

I'm not sure how this happened, but I've made it onto this list of Ten Weird Writers to Save Us All in 2019 by Silent Motorist Media.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate this.  I hope that those reading this list will consider checking out poetry as well as the prose mentioned therein.  Poetry has just as much a place in the world of weird and horror as prose does.  

Farah Rose Smith
Sarah Walker
Ashley Dioses
Charles Austin Muir
Leo X. Robertson
Brooke Warra
Gwendolyn Kiste
Kristine Ong Muslim
S. E. Casey
Rebecca Gransden

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Summer Solstice 2019 Issue by Eternal Haunted Summer

My poem, Like a Fixed Star, is now live on Eternal Haunted Summer for the Summer Solstice issue.  Like a Fixed Star will appear in The Withering.

Here is the ToC:

16 Psyche — Ode to an Asteroid by Marianne Gambaro
Algol’s Lamp by Scott J. Couturier
Apotheosis by Nicole LeBeouf
Aurvandil’s Toe by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
Fair Astraea by Avra Margariti
Fallen Star by Clay F. Johnson
Flame-Mistress of the Morning Star by K.A. Opperman
Ganymede by Andrea Gustafson
Goddess by Kim Malinowski
How to Honor Sirius by Mary Soon Lee
Inanna-Sig, Evening Star Inanna by Hayley Arrington
Like a Fixed Star by Ashley Dioses
Love of the Gods by Kim Whysall-Hammond
A Mask of Ice by Deborah L. Davitt
The Trickster by Denise Dumars

Ad Astra by Chris Wheatley
The Helmet of Pluto by Maxwell Gold
If You Were by Gerri Leen

Special Feature
Du’s Voyage by Lorna Smithers

Daniel Cureton, editor of Enheduanna
Galina Krasskova, author of Living Runes and A Modern Guide to Heathenry
Erin Lale, author of Asatru for Beginners
Dagulf Loptson, author of Playing with Fire

Candle, Thread and Flute by Kathryn Hinds [reviewed by Hayley Arrington]
City of Crows by Clara Clouson [reviewed by Rebecca Buchanan]
Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect with Spirits of Field, Forest, and Garden by Lupa [reviewed by Tahni Nikitins]
The Seed of Yggdrasil: Deciphering the Hidden Messages in Old Norse Myths  by Maria Kvilhaug [reviewed by Erin Lale]
Spells, Salt, and Steel: Season One by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin [reviewed by Rebecca Buchanan]
The Study of Witchcraft by Deborah Lipp [reviewed by Tahni Nikitins]

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Poem Acceptance

My poem, Strung by a Noose, will appear in the final Test Patterns anthology, Weird Westerns, by Planet X Publications.  Here is the full ToC:

Ashley Dioses – Strung by a Noose
S. L. Edwards – The Older Laws of John Armitage
Scott Couturier – Buzzard-man
John Ghost – The Terror at Cleopatra Hill
Thomas Joyce – No God’s Country, No Man’s Land
Jill Hand – The Burning Women of Glory
Christopher Slatsky – Justo’s Mummy Magic Capac Cuna Medicine Company
GD Dearborn – Daltrey Returns
Dustin Chisam – Into the Emerald Frontier
Sarah Walker – The Foreigner
John Paul Fitch – Gut Shot
Erica Ruppert – Oh, Bury Me Not
Sean M. Thompson – Dark Sky Above
Max Stanton – The Transported Man
Alan Sessler – The Ogre West
Can Wiggins – Sweet Betsey from P.I.K.E.
Zoltan Komor – Planted Bullets and Coffin Whores
K. A. Opperman – The Sheriff and the Succubus
Duane Pesice – In the Name

Strung by a Noose will also appear in The Withering.

Friday, May 24, 2019

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

I have finally received my contributor copy of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Issue Seven.  It contains the next two sonnets, Famine and Death, from my Seven Seals sonnet cycle.  Each sonnet discusses each seal.  3 sonnets remain.  The sonnet cycle will appear in Diary of a Vampyress.

(Amazing art by the incredible Dan Sauer.)

Clark Ashton Smith Documentary at the Auburn State Theater

Kyle and I had a blast in Auburn for the CAS documentary showing in Auburn last month.  We stayed at the haunted Historic Cary House Hotel in Placerville while there for the weekend.

(Our view from the balcony)

After we checked in,  we headed to Auburn for a little get together before the showing. 

(Michael Berryman, S. T. Joshi, Derrick Hussey)

(Michael Berryman, Derrick Hussey, Michael Adams, James Fallweather, Frederick J. Mayer, S. T. Joshi)

After lunch,  we headed to the theater. 

(Michael Berryman and Charles Schneider)

(Michael Adams, Scott Connors, Kyle)

(Darin Coelho Spring, S. T. Joshi)

(Ron Hilger, Scott Connors, Cody Goodfellow, S. T. Joshi, Skinner, Charles Schneider, Kyle, and Darin Coelho Sring)

After the showing we headed to Ron Hilger's house for the after party.

(S. T., Kyle, and Scott)

(Charles and Darin)

(Charles, Kyle, Derrick, and Joesph Cendejas)

(S. T., Scott, and Darin)

(Charles about to do some magic)

Saturday we had breakfast and wandered a bit before we got drinks. 

(Kyle, Derrick, and S. T.)

(Derrick, S. T., Darin, and Scott)

(Sam Cowan, Darin) 

(Cody Goodfellow, Sam Cowan) 

(Michael Adams and James Fallweather)

We then headed to Cody Goodfellow's reading at the nearby art gallery. 

We left Sunday morning and headed back home with various treasures and memories.