Archive for July, 2013

And here it is, fresh from across the Atlantic, Sonnet O’Dell’s DUSTY PAGES interview of . . . moi (cf. July 22).  So many questions, so many answers.  Am I mostly a clean or a messy person?  That’s in terms of my writing habits, I presume.  Which do I find more embarrassing to write, violence or sex?  What are the most important attributes to staying sane as a writer?  What are books for?

What, indeed?  To find out, press here.  (And don’t forget all those interesting answers concerning THE TEARS OF ISIS; buy it for chills to counter the summer heat right here — and while you’re at it why not review it?  Amazon, B&N, Goodreads await. . . . 😉 )

This just in:  It was originally announced as simply REALLY WEIRD POEMS (see July 17), but now the limited edition offering from Chupa Cabra House Publishing has an official name, as well as a RADDIS1frontcover-2publication date set for the middle of next month.  Moreover, RADICAL DISLOCATIONS (as we now know it) is open for pre-order for $9.00 a copy, a one dollar discount from a cover price of $10.00 after it’s out.

Billed by Editor Timm Tayshun as “a collection of the weirdest poems by the best new underground poets,” the book is (dis?)graced with three pieces by me, natch, “Last Rides,” “Book Fair Buzz Is Not Contained Between 2 Covers,” and “Why He Ate His Hat.”  And who could resist that?

To take advantage of the discounted pre-order price, press here.

Thursday was poetry night this week, with special attention on shorter poems.  At least for me.  Upstart Poets (cf. April 26, et al.) met with the announcement that, while there may be a change in facilitator, it will continue at the People’s Bar into the fall.  It was back to its usual pattern too, with two featured poets followed by a “soiree” of three-minute segments from the rest of us.  Mine this time were, literally, my most recent poems, a haiku, a limerick, and a four-poem haiku sequence which I had just sent in to the National Space Society of North Texas’s latest contest, run this year in conjunction with the Fort Worth Haiku Society on the subject of “Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement.”  The contest has less than a week more to run, but if interested, the rules have been posted on the Bloomington Writers Guild’s Announcement Page (press here, then scroll down — but be sure to do so by July 31), the umbrella group as it were overarching the Upstart Poets, and thus we see how all things are connected 🙂 .

We’ve met the National Space Society of North Texas before in these posts, as well, as recently as July 23 with my contract signing for last year’s contest poems to be in their upcoming MARS, THE NEXT FRONTIER StarLins36.3chapbook anthology.  Also several times prior to that.

Then, earlier this week the Summer issue of STAR*LINE arrived, this time including another, in this case 18-syllable, not-quite-haiku by me (cf. May 18) titled, well, by its first line on the contents page “no wonder we eat brains.”  But the contents page says it’s on Page 23, when a closer inspection finds it actually on Page 22.  Keeps us hopping, it does, but contents page scrambles aside, STARLINE is the magazine of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, more about which appears here.

The STAR*LINE package also included a copy of this year’s DWARF STARS, the 2013 competition chapbook for poems of ten lines or fewer (speaking of shorties), but, alas, with nothing by me in it this year.

Diabolic Publications LLC, has posted the author lineup (in no particular order) for their upsoming DYING TO LIVE vampire anthlogy (cf. March 9).  To quote from their Facebook announcement (courtesy of Suzie Lockhart), “[t]hese stories have a high creep factor written by some of the best horror writers out there. We can’t wait to get this book out to the reading public. YOU are going to love this book! Congratulations to all who made the final cut and thank you to everyone who submitted.”

Thomas Sandage
Jacqueline Seewald
James S. Dorrdyingtolivecover2
Joseph Rubas
Lin Christie
Phil Voyd
Tim Jeffreys
Sean Eads
Scarlet Norton-Duperre & S.D. Lords
Paul Crown
Steven Gepp
Jennifer Barnes
Donald Uitvlugt
Jean Graham
Kara Race-Moore
Paul Bates
Shenoa Carroll-Bradd
Bruce Lockhart 2nd & Suzie Lockhart
Jane Domagala

To farther quote from the original guidelines:  “We are looking for dark Vampires, of the old fashioned kind!  Erotica is acceptable as long as the vampires drink human blood, bite, kill and so forth.  We are not looking for love story type vampires.”  And, perhaps most important of all, “please do not send any stories about vampires that sparkle!”  At latest note the anthology is scheduled for a Halloween release date, October 31 2013.

My story in this is called “The Preacher,” set in New England in the latesh 19th century.  And those were the days when nobody sparkled.

Exciting times!  A quiet afternoon computing at the County Library (a.k.a. The Computer Cave Annex) was interrupted at about 2:15 with the announcement that there was a tornado warning in effect, and would we please go to the downstairs level, from which we were guided into an office area and instructed to space ourselves along the corridors there.  Thus we would be safe from potentially flying books, but, more immediately in an office just across from where I ended up a radio was announcing  the details.  Tornado-prone clouds had been spotted about six miles to the west, but nothing was on the ground — at least yet.  Also, judging from what was said concerning locations and direction, it seemed likely to me that it would pass somewhat to the south of the city.

Better safe than sorry, though, and in about a half hour the warning had passed (tomorrow’s newspaper may tell of damage, but as of now I haven’t heard anything more).  And so back to computing and, to the point here, returning a signed contract to Patricia Ferguson of the National Space Society of North Texas for three haiku-styled poems, “Outward Bound” (also a contest Honorable Mention), “Red Sky,” and “4th Planet Excursion,” to be published in a chapbook anthology MARS, THE NEXT FRONTIER (cf. September 26, September 22 2012).  We have met the National Space Society of North Texas before, incidentally, on February 11 2012 and September 15 2011 with a previous anthology, MOON:  THE EIGHTH CONTINENT, including my poem “Landing.”

I hasten to add for those who’re following NASA’s haiku contest to actually send a haiku to Mars aboard the MAVEN — Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN — mission spacecraft set for launch in late fall, this is a different thing altogetBloodTypeSpacesuither.  The MAVEN contest ended May 20 and (oops!) the date slipped by before I’d sent anything to it.

Then for late-breaking news on BLOOD TYPE (cf. July 18, below), here directly from Editor Wilson via the Horror Writers Association on Facebook:  Coming Devil’s Night (October 30th) 2013! BLOOD TYPE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF VAMPIRE SF ON THE CUTTING EDGE edited by Robert S. Wilson!  All proceeds from this anthology will go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust! Here’s the final TOC in alphabetical order by story title! (This is not the final order.)

17 by Jonathan Templar
A Little Night Music by Mike Resnick
A River of Blood, Carried into the Abyss by John Palisano
Accommodation by Michael R. Collings
Better for Burning by H.E. Roulo
Chrysalis by Jason V. Brock
Damned to Life by Essel Pratt
Data Suck by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
Eudora by James S. Dorr
Evergreen by Peter Giglio
Gods and Devils by Taylor Grant
Happy Hour by GN Braun
I, Vampire by David N. Smith & Violet Addison
I was there… by Tarl Hoch
Mountains of Ice by Jilly Paddock
Occupation by James Ninness
Predators of Tomorrow by Michael Kamp
Reptile House by Stephen Graham Jones
Slave Arm by Laird Barron
Strays by Robert S. Wilson
Sun Hungry by Tim Waggoner
Taxing Youth by Rebecca Brown
Temporary Measures by Jay Wilburn
The Pilot by Jason Duke
The Souls of Stars by Amelia Mangan
The Undying by William F. Nolan
Unperished by S.R. Algernon
Wet Heavens by Brian Fatah Steele

What?  Someone else wants to interview me?  You’d be surprised, in fact I’ve been trying to have some kind of event about twice a month during the summer to get the word out on THE TEARS OF ISIS, as well as on me.  (Some people, in fact, actually seem to like it 🙂 )  So this time it’s British blogger Sonnet O’Dell who e-reminded me that my interview on DUSTY PAGES is scheduled exactly one week from today, next Monday, July 29.

Who might I interview from my life, living or dead, but not a celebrity — and why?  What’s my favorite love story (movie or book)?  How do I react to a bad review of one of my books?  Well, concerning the last, I’ve since gotten one so I’m as interested as you to find out if I lied.  (I think I said something to the effect that I’m still glad to get the attention.  Well, I actually know that, since I have a carbon of my answers, but I made a mistake too — I’m really talking for the most part about reviews of anthologies and, hence, a hypothetical bad review of my particular story in a book, as opposed to a book that’s just by me.)  What would I do with 1 million ping pong balls?

So the point is these may not be the kinds of questions or answers one sees in the average blog interview.  Kudos to Sonnet for interesting questions, but also I like to go for at least one or two of the oddball ones to keep people interested, even if they’ve read interviews about me before.

What is usually my first thought in the morning?  (I’ll confess — I may have lied about this one.)

(It’s busy times in the computer cave with three items today: )

It arrived in the wee hours of this morning, skulking through shadows, as a self-respecting “cutting edge” vampire email must, and at 2:21 a.m. EDT on the computer clock, its message was revealed:  “I absolutely loved ‘Eudora’ and would like to accept it for publication in my upcoming BLOOD TYPE charity anthology!”  But for the whole story we have to go back to almost exactly seven months before.

So it was, last December, that the call came to me.  “Imagine, if you will, a collection of stories that represent the most cutting edge science fiction-based vampire fiction.  Think SF-based vampire fiction like I AM LEGEND and NECROSCOPE and how they affected the vampire genre when they were first released.  Dark Vampire SF that goes where the Imagegenre hasn’t before.”  That was the challenge Editor Robert S. Wilson set for us.  And moreover while a kickstarter campaign would try to raise money to pay the authors — the goal to be professional rates (don’t know even now whether that’s been reached) – all profits from sales of the book itself will go the British-based Cystic Fibrosis Trust to support research and clinical care, as well as provide practical support and care for sufferers of CF and their families.

The call went on:  This was to be a tony anthology indeed, no simply ordinary stories need apply.  “In a nutshell I want a resonating story with great characters that will blow my mind intellectually.”  What chance had a woman who, when she was little, was given a wormery* by her father and who, when she grew up, went out with men who tended to die young?  An intelligent girl, though, who liked vampire movies — sometimes she even dreamed of vampires — “Eudora,” her story at only a minimal 1500 words, the shortest allowed to even try, nevertheless set out on  December 16 2012 to test her fortune.

This morning “Eudora” made it.

In other charity (and bloody) anthology news, proof sheets for BLEED, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s project for the Children’s Cancer Fund arrived yesterday afternoon, along with ancillary requests for bio updates, prior publishing info, etc.  My story in this is a reprint, “King Rat,” on (as it were) economic vampirism originally published in GOTHIC.NET (see below, July 13, et al.).  Things are moving fast on this one, with a deadline for authors to get stuff back within the next two weeks.

Then, finally, word came today from Anthony Rivera of Grey Matter Press that their SPLATTERLANDS anthology with my story “The Artist” (cf. February 9) is proceeding, with its own proof sheets, etc., to be expected in the near future.  “We have, today, released some general roll-out information about the project.  This includes the list of contributors, story titles, cover art, and a new launch site to support the collection (”

In addition, they’ve put out a press release, reading in part:  “Called a collection of ‘personal, intelligent and subversive’ horror, SPLATTERLANDS:  REAWAKENING THE SPLATTERPUNK REVOLUTION will be published  by Grey Matter Press in the fall of 2013.  Today, the Chicago-based publisher of dark fiction announced the line-up of contributing authors whose work will be featured in SPLATTERLANDS.  This collection, the latest in a long line of highly anticipated anthologies to be released by Grey Matter Press throughout the remainder of this year, includes the work of some of the most well-respected authors** writing in horror today.”

To read the rest for yourself, press here.


*Say what!?!!  You’ll just have to read the book when it comes out, more information on which can be found here.


Is this the first poetry acceptance for July?  Today I got word that Chupa Cabra House has accepted three poems for an upcoming REALLY WEIRD LIMITED EDITION CHAPBOOK.  “Looking for weird poems of any length,” according to their guidelines, “though longer is better, any subject.”  And is the above really what it will be called?  Apparently I’ll find out when it’s published since pay, according to Editor Timm Tayshun, “is contributors copy numbered zero, and blessed by a Vietnamese Buddhist monk.”

But hey, what the heck, this one sounded like fun so I sent three poems out and all have come back accepted.  The poems themselves are called “Last Rides,” the shortie of the bunch at only 20 lines about a young gentleman named Little Willie and a bad day in the funeral industry, “Book Fair Buzz Is Not Contained Between 2 Covers” at 34 lines with its title taken from a newspaper headline but its content entirely made up, and “Why He Ate His Hat” in 42 lines — my favorite in terms of plain lunacy, if I may say so — that, well, answers the age-old question (and, as a result, the Earth is still Imagesafe).  Guidelines of sorts can be found here (I think they’re still reading, but possibly not for long), with other information to come when I find out myself.

And, in the postal mail, this year’s RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY came today with (speaking of lunacy) another of my poems about the lad known as Little Willie, “Burning Down Woods on a Snowy Evening.”  This is the volume of finalists in the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s annual Rhysling competition for best short and long genre or genre-related poems (cf. June 10, June 6 2012, et al.).  “Burning Down Woods” was itself first published in the October-December 2012 issue of the SFPA’s own journal, STAR*LINE (see October 29, February 6 2012).

For more on the Science Fiction Poetry Association as well as the Rhysling competition and  STAR*LINE, and all sorts of other stuff, press here.

A little bit of utility work has been going on, namely in trying to get my “author’s page” on Amazon into a more coherent format.  Some mysteries remain, the highlighting of obscure poems in even more obscure and unobtainable journals of twenty or more years ago as more “new or popular” than major anthologies of just a few months back.  The mysterious “gaps” indicating times, some more recent than one might expect, when I have seemingly published nothing, belying the stuffed Imagebookcases on the east side of the Computer Cave Annex.  But oddities will abound, no matter what — a part of that wondrous, enchanted world we call publishing!

More to the point in any event, there are improvements.  An all-new biographical statement, pretentious yet prim, and cut off by the arcane rules of Amazon just where I invite readers to get in touch via comments on this blog, and to encourage their friends to do the same.  But there is a button that can be pushed to see all revealed.  A feed to this very blog you are reading now, resulting in the latest topics listed to the biography’s right.  A truly good picture of me at a not-that-unrecent Upstart Poets (cf. April 24; September 27, April 27 2012; et al.) reading courtesy of local studio (I recommend them!).  And most of all, THE TEARS OF ISIS has now been added to my bibliography — not at the top exactly but it’s there, maybe five or six slots down.  So it hasn’t been around long enough to be named most popular, but you out there know what you can do.  And by all means please encourage your friends to do the same ;-).

To see the spiffed-up Author Central site for yourself, the all-new url is an easy to remember, and can be reached by pressing here.

Working fast (cf. entry for July 8), Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s Max Booth III made the announcement today:  “We are very proud to finally announce the table of contents for our children’s cancer charity anthology — BLEED.  Edited by Lori Michelle, this is a book consisting of great short stories, essays, and poems.  45 total authors involved, all profits will go toward helping children who have cancer.  This is for all the little girls and boys who fight the good fight everyday.”  And, as one can see, this will be a big book with a number of respected names involved.

Short Stories

“Never Enough” by J. David Anderson
“The Nightly Disease” by Max Booth III
“Red-Wat-Shod” by Jason V. Brock
“Get the Cell Outta Here” by Marian Brooks
“A Billion Monstrosities” by Mort Castle
“King Rat” by James Dorr
“Mr. Expendable” by Peter Dudar
“Welcome to the World Mr. Smiles” by T Fox Dunham
“All the Sludge” by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
“I Am Disease” by Jen Finelli
“Remission” by Charlie Fish
“No Limit” by Peter Giglio and SS Michaels
“The Gift” by Lindsey Beth Goddard
“That Which is Not Seen” by Dane Hatchell
“The Call” by Rick Hautala
“The Lucky Mouth” by Gerry Huntman
“The Unstoppable Annihilation” by Jeffrey C. Jacobs
“March” by Micah Joel
“Goddess of the Moxie Moon” by Absolutely Kate
“Lost and Found” by Patrick Lacey
“Funeral Portrait” by Christian A. Larsen
“The Addition” by Bentley Little
“The Monster in Me” by Suzie Lockhart and Bruce Lockhart
“With Paper Armour and Wood Sword” by Tracie McBride
“Sky of Brass, Land of Iron” by Joe McKinney
“The Sallow Man” by Adam Millard
“Descent” by William Nolan
“Dance of the Blue Lady” by Gene O’Neill
“I Know this World” by John Palisano
“Muted” by Hollie Snider
“Sludge” by Stan Swanson
“Death Knell” by Richard Thomas
“Unwoven” by Tim Waggoner
“Fight” by Jay Wilburn
“Ears” by Eli Wilde
“Dreams of Shadows” by Robert S. Wilson


“Five Little Tips” by Kristin Bryant
“Healing my Cancer through Horror” by T Fox Dunham
“Slippery Love” by April Hawks
“Introduction” by Lori Michelle
“The Rooster” by Glenn Rolfe


“Leukemia is Fookin’ Stoopid” by ‘Anna DeVine
“Where the Wild Welo Waits” by John Hawkhead
“Impossible is Nothing” by Jack Ivey
“Bumper Car Bandit” by David Pointer
“Wounded Star” by David Pointer

Max adds that the table of contents is not in its final order at this time, but is listed alphabetically by author, and also that the release date for BLEED is set for September this year, to “coincide with Children’s Cancer Month.”  Pre-orders, however, are already being taken with information available here.

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