Phobos Deep Black Sea Is Published; Cat’s Breakfast Received

Speaking of cats, the Goth Cat Triana is napping happily next to the keyboard, joyful that I have returned home to her.  More of what I did at NASFiC to come, but for now there are items to be caught up on.  And so this first popped up in today’s email from PHOBOS magazine (cf. February 24, et al.):  Good news!  The print edition of “Deep Black Sea” is now up for sale on Amazon!

Apologies for the delay, but I feel confident in saying this is our strongest issue yet, which of course is a result of the high quality stories by everyone present.  Thank you all for being a part of it.  Our next step will be putting out a Kindle version and making it available at select local bookstores. 

In the meantime, feel free to direct anyone interested to the Amazon site — and have them drop a review about how great your story is!  Reviews go a long way, even if it’s not five stars.

So . . . my story in this is a Lovecraftian romp, “The Dark Call of the Sea,” of a summer vacation at Innsmouth gone wrong.  For more, press here — and as quoted above, if you enjoy the issue, or just my story, please give the Amazon folk a review!

Then for a second item, my copy of CAT’S BREAKFAST: KURT VONNEGUT TRIBUTE (cf. June 15, et al.) arrived from Third Flatiron Publishing while I was gone, in a print edition at a (for Third Flatiron) whopping 270-some pages long.  My story in this is “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” originally published in SO IT GOES:  A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2013, see April 24 2013, et al.), about girls both alive and dead . . . and bears.  More on it can be found here and, should you enjoy, it can be reviewed too.


  1. Love Kurt Vonnegut and your work as well! May I be the first on your bloggie to congratulate you for Third Place, best poem –Rhysling award! Hats off, Jim!

  2. Godzilla and the King? Woo-hoo! this is the first I’ve heard of it. Marge, thanks for the news!

  3. Having now seen the SFPA blog (or whatever it is I’m “following”), congratulations to you on your short poetry first!

    • Thanks –we both deserve a celebratory bowl of ice cream (flavor of choice)! I want a soft ice cream cone or cup with choc/vanilla and chocolate sprinkles. So what are you going to do and are you going to give our adorable baby girl Triana a nice treat too? 🙂

  4. No treats for Triana until she’s ready for big girl catfood, but it won’t be long now. What a good idea though, re. ice cream — I got a half gallon of a new coffee flavor I haven’t tried yet, so perhaps tonight. (And Triana WILL get an extra petting.)

  5. The full name of it is “Dark Chocolate Caramel Espresso” — and why not right now? (pauses a few minutes) Yes, it is good, a trace of the “dark” of the chocolate discernible and the caramel’s sweetness cutting the bitterness of the coffee flavor! I have a notion it might be good with a little whipped cream on top, but I’m out of that and it’s quite good alone.

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