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One final note for 2016, DISTURBED DIGEST (see December 6) arrived New Year’s Eve with my poem “Zombie Trouyearsedd2ble?” in it.  Also Jay Hartman of Untreed Reads Publishing has announced a special sale through Saturday, January 7, via DriveThruFiction for their New Year’s Eve-themed anthology, YEAR’S END:  14 TALES OF HOLIDAY HORROR (cf. March 19, et al.), with my lead-off story “Appointment in Time.”  The sale, which reduces the price from $4.99 to $2.99, is only available on DriveThruFiction and must be reached through a special, one-week-only link, for which press here.


This, a bit of news from late Monday via Facebook, the December issue of Alban Lake Publishing’s DISTURBED DIGEST is ready for purchase.  Also included, the table of contents with, natch, one from me, this time a poem about zombies and how the undead can only be eradicated by hiring a competent pest control service, thus asking the question “Zombie Trouble?”  DISTURBED DIGEST is a companion magazine to Alban Lake’s BLOODBOND (cf. November 7) which came out last month with my vampire poem, “Her First Time,” bought in the same bundle as “Zombie Trouble?” (see June 22).

More on DISTURBED DIGEST, plus purchasing info can be found here; a sneak peek at the contents directly below:

Alone in the Cataloochee Valley by Lee Clark Zumpe
The Closet by James A. Miller
Two Drops of Blood by Sandy DeLucadisturbeddigest
I’ll Always Hear You by Kelly McCrady
Three Coins by Lorraine Pinelli Brown
Remote by Kendall Evans
The Holy Computer by Glen R. Stripling
Ghosts in the Gaslight by Andrew Knighton
Backwater Saints by Elise Forier Edie

Flash Fiction
The Chopping Block by Matthew Wilson

Zombie Trouble? By James S. Dorr
Fly Movie Rationalization by Herb Kauderer
Sounds on a Lover’s Night by Guy Belleranti
Extremist by Herb Kauderer
Cosmic Blues by Russ Paladin

Illustrations by Sandy DeLuca
It Happens When You’re Dead
Two Drops of Blood

Two more tomes have been added to the computer cave bookshelf, found in the mailbox Saturday evening.  The first of these is STREET MAGICK:  TALES OF URBAN FANTASY (see September 28, January 2, et al.)  with, I’m happy to say, James C. Simpson’s and my biographies in the “About the Authors” section properly placed with our respective namesstreet-magick2-194x300 (cf. November 14).  My story in this, number two in the lineup, is “Bottles,” a mystery/horror first published in CROSSINGS (Double Dragon 2004) and which also appears in THE TEARS OF ISIS, more on which can be found by clicking its picture in the center column, a tale of a Puerto Rican domestic caught in the midst of Cold War conniving and . . . vampires.  Then the second, BLOODBOND from Alban Lake Publishing, has a new poem, “Her First Time,” concerning the thrill of a young vampiress just learning her trade.  More on STREET MAGICK can be found by pressing here; BLOODBOND by pressing here.

Then, received today, EVERYWHERE STORIES, VOLUME II is being given away on Goodreads, or two copies anyway.  From the horse’s mouth:  Enter Everywhere_Stories_Vol_IIfor a chance to win a copy of Everywhere Stories:  Short Fiction from a Small Planet, Volume II.  Twenty stories by twenty authors set in twenty countries.  Discover why we say “It’s a Mysterious World!”  My story in this one is “The Wellmaster’s Daughter” (cf. September 29, 18, et al.), originally published in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S and having to do with Saharan desert life in Mali.  The giveaway has started today and will last until Christmas Eve, December 24, for more on which one may press here.

Late Sunday evening’s email capped the weekend with an announcement/listing from Alban Lake Publishing of the contents of the current (or very bloodbond-november-2016-tyree-campbell-200x300near future) November issue of BLOODBOND.  And, speaking of vampires, it is not berift of a piece by me (cf. June 22), a poem of the apprehension, yet joy of the newly “turned” titled “Her First Time.”  She imagined pilots/ with their first solo flight/ felt somewhat the same way,/ elation combined with fear –/ so much could go wrong –/ yet. . . . 

For this and more, one can check out Alban Lake’s “store” by pressing here.  And, for the other contents as well:

The Walri Project by Kendall Evans
A Helping Hand by Alison McBain
KAMY25V by Lee Clark Zumpe
Shooting by the Light of the Moon by Jeremy Hayes
Gordon by Joel & Angela Enos
Tail to Treasure by Olga Godim

Flash Fiction
Stealth by Karen Heslo
le souper a la maison d’ombres by Terrie Leigh Relf
Another Full Moon by Marge Simon
The Other Victorians by Justin Holliday
Companions of Dead Things by Matthew Wilson

Featured Poet: Sandy DeLuca
The Carnival
The Crone’s Dream
Conjuring Nosferatu
In the Hollywood Hills
Frankenstein by Ron Larson
Her First Time by James S. Dorr
Blending Scents by Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
Tomb of Wolves by Matthew Wilson

The Autumn issue of ILLUMEN, received with Friday’s street mail, brings a new policy along with essays by poet and artist Marge Simon and by me.  As Editor Tyree Campbell explains, the focus remains on poetry, obviously.  But beginning with this current issue, in addition to poems, art, and articles, I’ll present writings addressed to readers, inviting them into — or further into — the joys and sorrows of reading poetry.  I firmly believe that one reason folks avoid poetry, or at best illumen-25-tyree-campbell-200x300tolerate it, is that they don’t understand it, or are afraid they won’t understand it . . . a fear of being found out by their peers. . . .  A failed understanding, he goes on to suggest, that he feels may be nurtured by the way poetry is introduced to schoolchildren, as early as the third or fourth grade.

And so, now there will be a series of essays written by poets themselves to, as he continues, “demystify” poetry, some addressed to more experienced readers, some intended to reach a younger audience.  These essays will present the case for poetry; that answer The Question:  Why should I read poetry?

I was one poet Tyree reached out to for a possible essay (see October 8, August 31), Marge Simon — who also is a previous editor of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s STAR*LINE — another, and so we are both featured in this issue.  Tyree bats first, ending his editorial with a short reflection on reading and language, then Marge with “Illuminating Poetry:  Why Bother” on how we may “know” poetry more than we thought, with examples from her own work on how it can speak to certain classes of readers, children, lovers, lovers betrayed, or mothers and sons.  Then, finally, my essay “It Begins With the Sound” recommends reading poetry aloud, reveling in the sound of the words and how they can amplify the meaning, and ends with two poems of mine, “Metal Vamp” with dancing and jazz (plus a review from STAR*LINE by Daniel C. Smith) and “La Méduse” (also, to give a quick plug, the foreword to my collection THE TEARS OF ISIS) with its series of s-sounds to, hopefully, echo the serpents that compose its subject’s hair.

It was a year ago when they first set out, five vampire poems off into the world, brave and hopeful, and today they finally returned to my mailbox, resplendent in their new home.  Or, more toBloodbond3Cover600-200x300 the point, the November issue of BLOODBOND arrived from Alban Lake Publishing (cf. September 3, June 25), with all five poems in it.  The poems themselves are offered in two groups: “Section I” presenting ”Entertain the Concept, or, A Vampire’s Dilemma,” “The Vampire’s Suggestion (Don’t Forget Breath Mints),” and “The Vampire Muses,” and “Section II” with “Valentine Vamp (‘And So to Bed’)” and “Sinister,” the first three addressed to the vamp herself offering philosophy and advice, and the latter two more objective in describing her methodology and practice.  More information, including a listing of other stories and poems in the issue, can be found here.

They were just five little vamps looking for a place to stay.  Or something like that.  In any event these were five vampire poems I’d originally sent to DISTURBED DIGEST last October, and quickly got a reply that they were filled for the next issue or two and would I like to resend them to companion magazine BLOODBOND.  So I did, but these were confused times, and so the vamps languished.  They dropped off the radar.  Then finally, in June, came word from Assistant Editor Rachel Holt that BLOODBOND wished to accept all five.

But more complications ensued in that, in the meantime, I’d accidentally submitted one of the poems to a different market.  So I had to withdraw it, meaning that four would be in BLOODBOND (cf. June 25).  Except that later the fifth vamp came slinking home, so I emailed Rachel again offering it back — and so things lay for two more months.

But — Happy Ending! — late last night (we are talking about vampire poems, after all) an email came:  “I’m working on the layout for the November 2014 issue of BLOODBOND, the one in which five of your poems will be included, and I’m concerned that some of the line breaks got goofed up along the way (they were pasted in the email).”  Would I mind resending them again as an attachment?  And so, while it took a little time, I managed to find the original submission .RTF file, check them again against earlier printed out versions, and off they went again to their new home at, according to my printed out carbon, exactly midnight.

The five poems are (to give them their full titles):   “Entertain the Concept, or, A Vampire’s Dilemma,” “Sinister,” “The Vampire Muses,” “Valentine Vamp (‘And So to Bed’),” and “The Vampire’s Suggestion (Don’t Forget Breath Mints).”  Barring the unexpected, we should meet them all a month after Halloween.

I’ve been sluggish of late about getting poetry out to the marketplace, but I haven’t neglected it altogether.  And so, a tad after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday (we poet and editor types work late) e-word came in that two poems, “The Specialist” and “It Would Be Wrong,” have been accepted by DISTURBED DIGEST for their premiere issue, to be out in June.  DISTURBED is one of several titles by new imprint Alban Lake Publishing, and is edited by  Terrie Relf, until recently with Sam’s Dot Publishing (e.g. HUNGUR and others, cf. July 27 2012).  Of DISTURBED DIGEST, Terrie says “[p]referred are fantasy adventure stories and spooky horror stories.  For us, this includes paranormal and vampire pieces.  Also preferred are stories that take place on other worlds.”  Or as she said to me, specifically concerning poetry, “we’re stressing ominous and spooky here” or, in short, the disturbing.

Of course it depends on what disturbs you.  In my case, while not taking place on other worlds, both “The Specialist” and “It Would Be Wrong” are about vampires — and especially self-justifying ones to boot — with perhaps more than disturbing takes on logic to explain exactly why their victims should practically thank them for what they’re about to do.

And as for DISTURBED, the Digest, more information can be obtained here.

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