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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Eternal Haunted Summer- Summer Solstice Issue

My poem, Fae of Forests, can be found in the summer solstice issue of Eternal Haunted Summer!  Happy Litha everyone!

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.