Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Issue Eight and Infernal Ink Magazine (Fall/Winter 2018)


The latest issue (8) of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy is out and contains my two sonnets, V. Altar of Souls and VI. Heavens Departed, which are part of my mini sonnet cycle, The Seven Seals.  The Seven Seals sonnet cycle will appear in Diary of a Vampyress.



Fiction:
"Pulses: A Second Life Story" by S.L. Edwards
"Midnight in the Oasis of Mahrah" by Cynthia Ward
"Bruno J. Lampini and the Claw of Satan" by Josh Reynolds

Poetry:
"Dark Seance" by Ann K. Schwader & David Kopaska-Merkel
"The Demon of Ennui" by K.A. Opperman
"How to Spot the Apotropaic" by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
"The Witch Who Will Not Die" by Nicole Cushing
"The Ghost's Procession" by Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
"Altar of Souls" by Ashley Dioses
"Heavens Departed" by Ashley Dioses
"The Curse" by Chelsea Arrington

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

Cover art, interior art, and design by Dan Sauer.


I know Infernal Ink Magazine (Fall/Winter 2018) came out last year but I somehow missed that it came in a physical edition and just acquired it.  My poem reprint, Anthropomancy, appears in this issue and you can get the ebook from Amazon or the physical copy from Lulu.  






Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Writing Updates

As some of you may know, The Withering publication has been delayed.  We were hoping to have it released late September in time to be released at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in early October, but that came and went.  Unfortunately, the publisher has been dealing with a lot of serious personal issues that require his full attention and has not kept up with correspondence in the last few months.

All art for The Withering is basically finished (I just need one more pumpkin...!) and I have the introduction in hand, written by the amazing John Shirley, cowriter of The Crow among many other brilliant written and artistic work.

With The Withering being held up and not being able to communicate with the publisher, I've been put into a bind.  I have around 45 additional early works poems that I've excluded from The Withering that I've been giving a second look.  I was thinking that they could be assembled into a second book with the original title, Darkest Days and Haunted Ways.  Darkest Days and Haunted Ways was the first title I came up with in high school before I came up with The Withering.  However, if the rights to The Withering revert back to me before it's published, I might add these additional poems to it and shop it to another publisher I know that takes longer manuscripts.  I really hope it does not come to that though.

Because of this bind, I will be focusing on editing these additional early poems, therefore, Diary of a Vampyress will be put on hold for the moment.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Weirdbook Forthcoming Acceptances

Here is a list of my poems appearing in the next upcoming issues of Weirdbook Magazine by Wildside Press.

What is the Season?- Issue 43
Belladonna's Kiss- Issue 44  (Belladonna's Kiss will appear in Diary of a Vampyress.)
They Dance in Arsenic- Issue 45  (They Dance in Arsenic will appear in Diary of a Vampyress.)
Whispers- Issue 46  (Whispers will appear in The Withering.)
Shadow Bay- Issue 47
Mirror of Medusa- Issue 48
Twisted Sayings- Issue 49  (Twisted Sayings will appear in The Withering.)
In the Name of Hell- Issue 50  (In the Name of Hell will appear in Diary of a Vampyress.)


Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Bards Issue 43 Beneath Her Spell: She-Devils of Renown by Atlantean Publishing


I received my copies of issue 43 of the Bards series, Beneath Her Spell: She-Devils of Renown by Atlantean Publishing.  This is a leaflet (broadside) containing four femme fatale poem reprints including Carathis, Mircalla, Ligeia, and Asenath.  Cover art is 'Bride III' by AC Evans.  You can find Carathis, Mircalla, and Ligeia in Diary of a Sorceress and Asenath in Weirdbook Annual #2: Cthulhu by Wildside Press.  Asenath will also appear in my third poetry collection, Diary of a Vampyress.

Here's a little information about the Bards series.
"The Bards is an irregular series of short poetry 'broadsides', a folded A4 sheet in format, inspired by Bard. It differs from its parent title in that each issue is dedicated to the work of a single author — they are intended to be handed out at poetry readings or for readers to purchase as affordable samplers of a poet's work. It is edited by DJ Tyrer."

I will have copies for sale at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregan this October.

 

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

THE PHANTASMAGORIAL PROMENADE

Review #1

BEHIND DEAD EYES part 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.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Poems

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



Articles

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

Marcos Legaria



Reviews

A Guidebook for Witches and Warlocks / Donald Sidney-Fryer

Notes on Contributors

Cover Art

Dan Sauer