Three Poems, One Story Accepted Tuesday Night

Today was the day the thermometer sneaked back to 100, a sultry, hot day, but one worth celebrating (even if not going to the cave computer to do so till now, 24 hours or so after the fact, but the thing is, it’s in the relative coolness of night).  Tuesday night brought, first, an email from NIGHT TO DAWN where, according to the guidelines, one “might meet the blood drinker of yore, or a walking skeleton, or even a human vampire.  Then there are the psychic vampires.  Recently, NTD has been featuring werewolves and other monsters but always with the bloodlust theme.”  In other words, a family magazine, and one not entirely a stranger to me and my work, having published three vampire-ku by me last year (see August 28 2011, et al.).  So now, according  to editor Barbara Custer, three more poems will be in the offing in issue #23, which I believe would be at or about April 2013, a 16-line tip of the hat of sorts to the late Maurice Sendak,  “Where the Vile Things Are,” a much shorter  sub-werewolf-ku “The Werewolf Explains,” and, splitting some kind of difference, the 9-line “Werewolves vs. Vampires.”

Then, lest prose be forgotten, another Tuesday eve email from SNM HORROR (see December 31 and 2 2011, et al.) arrived with an acceptance for a new story “Waste Not, Want Not” for their “August Augmentations” issue.  “Doctors, dentists, plastic surgeons, botch ups or malpractice” — sounds like fun!  This one should be out early next month.


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