Posts Tagged ‘Speculative Poetry’

It’s been awhile.  The issue was actually published on New Year’s Day (cf. Jan 24, 2; Oct 7 2019, et al.), and today the copy arrived in my mailbox, a longish time later though not a record.  The publication is HOUSE OF ZOLO’S JOURNAL OF SPECULATIVE FICTION, VOLUME 1, with an original call:  HOZ are looking for literature that explores possibilities for the future.  We want challenging short stories that are character driven, that reimagine the world and our place in it.  We are looking for radical authors, feminist authors, LGBTQ2S authors, authors who experiment.  Themes that thrill us:  transhumanism, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, new systems, resistance, activism, queer perspectives, feminist perspectives, nature.  My own story in this, “Golden Age,” a tale of extension of life through bio-mechanical transplants was originally published in MINDSPARKS in Spring 1994 (also reprinted in ZIPPERED FLESH 3, see February 3 2017, et al.), and is one of thirty-two items, both prose and poetry, in a hefty three hundred plus page book — a fair bit of reading to help fill the hours while confined to one’s home.  Or to see more for yourself, press here.

Oh, those pesky vampires, you can’t get away from them, you can’t keep your blood when they’re around.  This time it’s a poem, another three-liner about the overly-gluttonous mermaid vampiress who, this time, hasn’t gotten the word that people should not congregate at beaches — at least for the time being.  The title: “A Ray Of Sun,” and just now accepted by Editor Vince Gotera for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s magazine STAR*LINE, or to quote the source, I’d like to accept “A Ray of Sun.”  Could you please let me know . . . still available?

So I sent back my “yes” and will post more news as further details become available.

Wednesday night’s email brought a notice that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s webpage for STAR*LINE 42.2 is up.  This is the fall issue (cf. December 5) which, in addition to being SFPA’s quarterly membership newsletter/perk is also available for purchase by non-members, details for which are on the webpage as well.  Available by pressing here, it also includes a list of poems in the magazine, in contents order, with six in particular listed in a hard-to-read green, the ones deemed by Editor Vince Gotera the “Editor’s Choices.”

So, no, while I have three poems in the issue myself, none of mine are among the chosen; for those interested, though, the “green” poems can be read as a sample of what can be found in the issue.  Just click on their titles.  And while as I say my poems, “Parents,” “Gourmet Warning,” and “Waste Not, Want Not,” can only be read in the issue myself, I was particularly impressed by the second of the ones Gotera did pick, “Bride of Frankenstein:  Our Lady of Rage” by Andrea Blythe.  And it can be read even by non-subscribers, as noted above.

Well, technically winter doesn’t arrive for about two more weeks, but late or not the Fall STAR*LINE (cf. October 22, et al.) is here.  This is the magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) with three short poems by me this time out, “Parents” and “Gourmet Warning” on (each in its own way) what might be termed family values, and “Waste Not, Want Not” on the virtue of frugal habits, to be found on pages 13, 15, and 28, respectively.  If interested, more on STAR*LINE can be found by pressing here, including links to the SFPA home page and related sf poetry matters.

Came the announcement and with it the link:  AURELIA LEO’s All Hallows’ Eve Sale is around the corner!  Horror, dark fantasy, and paranormal titles are up to 25% off from October 27-November 7th!  Grab a discounted haunting tale before it’s too late!  Pay using credit or debit, including your bank account, using PayPal, Square, or CCBill.  You can even mail a check!  And so there’s more to it than just one book, but that’s the one that interests us (i.e. me), the Saturnalia-themed anthology HYPERION & THEIA and in it my long poem, originally published in White Wolf’s 1994 DARK DESTINY (also a Rhysling Nominee that year), “Dreaming Saturn.”

Or as Amazon has it, HYPERION & THEIA:  An Illustrated Anthology features otherworldly speculative poetry, stories, and art.  Gods and Goddesses of old prepare for destruction.  A demonic circus delivers a haunting finale.  The Shebeast lurks in the forest and pulls at heartstrings.  Alien diet supplements wreak havoc in near-future San Francisco.  Three women conspire to break an oath with a wicked witch.  The Herculaneum Scrolls reveal the role of ancient aliens.  A Roman warrior and a warrior turned slave venture into the territory of a Queen of ancient Egypt.  Two cowboys track dark magic in the Wild Wild West.  Ghosts stuck in the mortal realm high off drugs.  You are a lone radio jockey after the apocalypse.  Including, heading the contents, my multi-page poem “Dreaming Saturn.”

The sale, as said, covers other books as well and will run from October 27 through the first week of next month, ending November 7.  For more, press here.

The PDF copy of STAR*LINE has been published according to today’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association e-announcement.  All is not the same, however, as in the proof copy as noted below for October 15, not the least that the actual issue is numbered 42.4, the 41.4 of the proof being a cover image typo I didn’t spot myself at the time.  But the contents, too, have been shuffled a bit, my poems now appearing on pages 13, 15, and 28 — and not 13, 28, and 29 as before.  So the reshuffled shuffle has “Parents” on 13, as in the proof; “Gourmet Warning” plucked from page 29 and deposited at the bottom left of page 15, slipped as it were into the deep beneath the “President’s Message” (that is, the actual SFPA President’s message, not a different poem with that name); and “Waste Not, Want Not” (a.k.a. “The Frugal Vampiress”), finally, still guarding her place at the middle right of page 28.  The PDF version is available to SFPA members as part of their membership, as well as to contributors and advertisers, and will be followed by one in print in “a couple of weeks” when they’re back from the printer, at which time issues will be available for all to buy.

For those interested, more on STAR*LINE can be found on the SFPA website by pressing here.

The results are in:

1st: “Driving On” by Guy Medley
2nd: “Hook-Hand Man’s Last Night on Lovers’ Lane” by Patrick Barb
3rd: “Travel Bag” by Bryan Miller &
“Turkish Delight On the Blue Line” by Shoshana Edwards &
“Midnight Sun” by James Dorr

These are the results of the Crystal Lake Flash Fiction Challenge (see October 11, September 25) on the theme of Travel Horror, my entry being “Midnight Sun” on the wisdom (among other things) of heading north when threatened by a zombie apocalypse.  At least, that is, if it’s almost Christmas.  These were voted on by Crystal Lake Patreon subscribers (is that the right term?) of which I am not, so I can’t read the stories myself — but a win (even if in a tie for third place) is a win, yes?  And that’s not a bad thing.

And there’s more as well.  The e-announcement, received yesterday from Contest Coordinator Joe Mynhardt, went on:  After every challenge I check with the authors of stories I really like (or stories that were quite popular with the patrons, even though they didn’t win) about what they want to do with their story.  I’m looking for some stories to fill our SHALLOW WATERS anthologies, and would love to include your story.  These books roughly 20k words, eBook only, and selling at only 99c.  It’s basically just a cool way to promote great flash and our Patreon page, while bringing in a bit of funds for our bigger projects.

So “Midnight Sun” will have a home too, my having just sent back my “yes” this afternoon.   More details to come as soon as I get them.

Then one more item.  Today the proof copy came for STAR*LINE 41.4, for Fall 2019, with corrections going back later today.  I have three poems in this one (cf. October 4), “Parents,” “The Frugal Vampiress,” and “Gourmet Warning,” to appear on pages 13, 28, and 29 respectively.

I’d only sent them in Sunday, September 29, and today the word came:  I’d like to accept “Waste Not, Want Not,” “Parents,’ and “Gourmet Warning.”  Could you please let me know if they are still available?  The magazine: STAR*LINE (cf August 30, 24, et al.), the publication of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) and no great stranger to these pages.  And one may be sure I e-assured Editor Vince Gotera that, yes, the poems were available, ready, and waiting to be published at STAR*LINE’s pleasure.

The poems concern a frugal vampiress, alien family values, and the mermaid vampiress (who STAR*LINE readers have met before) up to her gluttonous tricks once again.  And, I might add, this is a bit quicker than the average STAR*LINE acceptance time, but I’m hardly complaining — in fact it’s adding to a so far rather pleasant beginning of autumn.  A publication date has yet to be determined, but will be announced here as soon as I know.  And, as for the magazine itself, more information on STAR*LINE can be found here.

A quick Sunday note that yesterday’s email brought a notice from HUMANAGERIE Co-Editor Allen Ashley (cf. July 24, April 3, March 21, et al) announcing yet another review, from the international poetry news and event website WRITE OUT LOUD (a.k.a. WRITEOUTLOUD.NET).  Word of the anthology does get around!  My part in this is the TOMBS related tale of “Crow and Rat,” a pair of good-for-nothings on a dying, depleted far-future Earth and, while reviewer Neil Leadbeater doesn’t cite it specifically (there is, however, a paragraph on prose in general, as well as the poetry), it does give a nice overview of the book as a whole.  It also ends with a link to the publishers website, for those who might be interested in buying it or just for further information, while the review itself can be seen by pressing here.

THE BUBBLE is the work of writer/director Arch Oboler, famous for his LIGHTS OUT! radio plays in the 1930s and ’40s.  He’s the same Arch Oboler responsible for the 1952 3-D film BWANA DEVIL, who for the rest of his life was a vocal cheerleader for the artistic and commercial potential of 3-D movies.

Oboler liked communicating his ideas about humanity and our imperfect society using the narrative vehicle of the strange, the bizarre, the unexpected.  THE BUBBLE is this kind of story.  Some have compared the film to an extended episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE or THE OUTER LIMITS, and there’s a ring of truth to that.  The events of THE BUBBLE unfold like a groggy dream, nightmarish not in its intensity but in its unsettling mood and mysterious implications.

Thus begins an Amazon review by David M. Ballew of THE BUBBLE, Friday’s “Not-Quite Midnights” series first fall semester screening at the Indiana University Cinema.  Maybe not madness, exactly, but lovely 1966 schlock with at least a sort of zombie apocalypse.  That is, it’s more a psychological thing, but the people in the mysterious town our heroes find themselves in, a man and his wife and their newborn child along with the pilot who unwittingly landed them there, certainly act like zombies.  The cabdriver asks “do you need a ride” but never drives (the hero ultimately commandeering his taxi), the bartender keeps polishing the same glass pausing only to repeat “how may I serve you?” when addressed directly, the bar’s entertainer does her dance without needing music. . . .  A kind of a bad place to raise a new child.  And, as the Cinema’s program puts it, [t]hen there is an even more terrifying discovery — the zombie inhabitants live under an impenetrable dome, trapped like insects in a jar.  Can Catherine, Mark, and their newborn baby escape THE BUBBLE, or will they become mindless drones trapped in a human zoo?

AND, going back to David M. Ballew on Amazon, the real star of THE BUBBLE is Space-Vision 3-D.  The first truly practical American single-strip 3-D system, Space-Vision delivers strong, deep, beautifully rounded stereoscopic imagery that is nevertheless pleasantly comfortable to view, owing in part to the felicities of the original system design and in part to the remarkable restoration work put forth in this Blu-Ray incarnation by Bob Furmanek and Greg Kintz.  If 3-D were a classic Hollywood film actress, you would say she was never lovelier than she is right here.

In other words (but noting this was a theater version “[r]estored from the 35mm negatives by the 3-D Film Archive,” though it may have led to the Blu-Ray one Ballew cites), an ideal film for the IU Cinema:  entertaining, historically /technically important, even avant-garde in its way, and just a whole lot of fun.

Then a second quick note, in view of the lateness in sending some print copies, the DWARF STARS voting deadline for ultra short poems (see just below, August 30) has been extended until September 15.  SFPA has emailed a new voting link to members and it also appears in the July 7 email that included the link for the PDF edition.




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