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And it’s not really new either, only missing but now restored as a Valentine’s Day extra.  VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE) is a book of poetry about vampires and things vampiric, sexy, deadly, and by moi.  This is the White Cat edition which should eventually be updated, with new cover, etc., but the upgrade has been taking some time and no need to not buy the book now if vampscover001one wishes.  In print it only costs $7.00 (plus probably postage, but still a good price for a small love token for that special person) and even less in a PDF version.  Just click  its picture in the center column.

It isn’t listed on Amazon either in this edition, but probably will be when the new one comes out, although I believe print copies of this one can also be purchased through Alban Lake (for which one can press here).

Or, on this page with its link to White Cat Publishing (plus option for PDF), scroll down the center column, through books and chapbooks, to find an all-new category for Poetry.  And there it will be!


So it’s a guilty pleasure too (Aimée, e.g., of the “casket girls” is herself bi), but for those interested, this weekend’s DIRGEMAG.COM offers “Red Lips, Black Heart:  The Allure of the Predatory LesbianMV5BMTY2Mjg4MzMyN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTQ0OTcxMQ@@._V1_ Vampire in Film,” by Annie Rose.  While not exhaustive, it provides a fair, more or less chronological view of the hungry for you-know-what vampiress in European and Hollywood movies, some a bit on the subtle side to get past the censors, of course.  And with pictures too (but these, as well, tasteful).  How many have you seen?  For DIRGEMAG’s scorecard, one may press here.

Then in more local news, Sunday brings the schedule for this year’s Labor Day weekend Fourth Street Art Festival’s Spoken Word Stage.  This is a series of half-hour readings of poetry and prose, with a little drama perhaps here and there as well, sponsored by the Writers Guild at Bloomington with partial support from the Bloomington (Indiana) Arts Commission.  And in which, Sunday, September 4 at 3:30 p.m., is featured “horror fiction” by me.  My most likely reading for this will be “Raising the Dead,” originally published in White Cat Publications’s AIRSHIPS AND AUTOMATIONS (see May 27 2015, et al.), which will also be part of my novel-in-stories due out in the first half of next year from Elder Signs Press, TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH (cf. July 24, 15 et al.).

Mentioned last post, proofreading poetry, and this evening the task has been finished.  We may recall the absence of the orange-colored picture of VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE) in the center column (cf. March 16) and hints of a new edition looming.  We’re one step closer as proof sheets arrived just before the weekend, the reading and corrections on which (largely concerning spacing issues for two very long poems, “Dreaming Saturn” and “Chinese Music” — what are these about?  buy the book when it’s out and see for yourself) took a fair bit of the weekend to go through.  But final corrections went in this evening (with possibly now a new problem concerning pagination) so that’s another step completed, at least for the OCTOPODIDAEmoment.  Ah, the writing life — it never  ends, does it?

For octopus fans (see April 25, January 14, et al.), UPWORTHY.COM has brought a followup concerning, in part, an eight-armed diva named Rambo (Rambette?) who takes pictures of people.  The article is “Scientists Gave a Camera to an Octopus and She Only Needed Three Tries to Learn to Use It” by Thom Dunn, also including some things you may not have known about tentacles, and can be found here; and which also links to another fascinating look at cephalopod intelligence with an essay on some moral implications thereof, “Why Not Eat Octopus?” by Silvia Killingsworth on NEWYORKER.COM, for which press here.

Yesterday brought an update from Bards and Sages Publishing to the effect that the first of the “Great Tomes” books, THE GREAT TOME OF FORGOTTEN RELICS AND ARTIFACTS is proceeding on schedule and should be available at most locations before the end of the month (cf. March 4, February 27, et al.).  Also, while first announced last January, to pique readers’ interest here is an up to date table of contents.  For the moment, pre-orders can be made at Createspace here or, for the Kindle edition, at Amazon here.

The Candle Room by James S. Dorr
The Heart of Irelda by Jeff Sullins
Her Long Hair Shining by Simon Kewin
Digging for Paradise by Ian Creasey
Light Bringer by Deborah Walker
The Nimrod Lexicon by Taylor Harbin
Life Sentence by Miranda Stewart
The Shepherd by CB Droege
The Rightful Owner by Linda Tyler
The Head of John the Baptist by G. Miki Hayden
The Binding Agent by Douglas J. Ogurek
Seamus Tripp and the Golden Plates byRichard Walsh and Jon Garrett
Oracle at Delphi Street by Jon Etter
Special Collections by Jon Etter
The Djinn at the Wheel by Kathy L. Brown

For a second item, some may have noticed the orange cover of the poetry book VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE) has been missing from the center column of late.  This is in part because a new edition is in vamps2the works from White Cat Publications, complete with a new cover and slightly altered table of contents (the latter primarily consisting of some tweaks in the order of the poems to bring it closer to the original MS, but also the addition of a new poem, “Metal Vamp,” which had been inadvertently left out [my fault, not the original publisher’s] of the first edition).  Prior posts on VAMPS include September 8 and March 12 2013, July 10 2012, et al.; also an essay on VAMPS, with sample poems, can be found by clicking “Poetry (Essays)” under PAGES in the right-hand column and scrolling down one entry (to where it says “From BLOOD & SPADES. . . .”).  More details will appear on these pages as they are announced.

A somewhat major announcement for me came today via Facebook, listings of the tables of contents for not one, but two anthologies I’ll be in this fall, DARK HORIZONS (cf. December 26 2015) and STREET MAGICK (cf. December 5) .  The stories are “Dark of the Moon” for the first and “Bottles” (also reprinted in THE TEARS OF ISIS) for the latter, both of these reprints but worthy, at least in my opinion, of finding new readers.  The proof of the pudding, as it were, will of course be in the consumption of the books as a whole, both edited by Charles P. Zaglanis and published by Elder Signs Press, which I might also note published, under previous Editor William Jones, HORRORS BEYOND in 2007 with another story of mine, “The Candle Room” (and also since reprinted in THE TEARS OF ISIS — yes, this is a plug for both).  And for a sample of Zaglanis’s work, he’s also editor of White Cat Publications’ steampunkish AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS which ended with an original story of mine, “Raising the Dead” (see May 27 2015, et al.).

Dark Horizons final table of contents:
Dark of the Moon by James Dorr
Gospel of the Ascended Machines by Aaron J. French
Demon on His Shoulder by Eric Del CarloDark_Horizons
The Fall of Strongholds by Joshua Steely
Digital Edition by L.Chan
A Small Plot of Land by Benjamin Sperduto
The Glass Plague by Costi Gurgu
Circular Argument by Darin Kennedy
Drifting Into the Black by Timothy G. Huguenin
The Damascus Code by Lee Zumpe
Ice Cream by Jay Caselberg
Last Contact by Stewart Sternberg
Making the Rounds by Adrian Ludens
Mother Lode by David Hoenig
The Psychic Battery by E. Dane Anderson
The Shipment by Kevin Bannigan Jr.
The Yellow Planet by Eric Blair
We Have Rules Here by Madison McSweeney
Deeper by Christopher Fulbright

Street Magick table of contents:
The Occasional Beast That is Her Soul by John Claude Smith
Bottles by James Dorr
Branded For Hell by James C. Simpson
Grounding a Mockingbird by D.H. AireStreet-Magick2-194x300
Codex Veritas by Darrin Darin Kennedy
How to Beat a Haunting by Evan Osborne
Whatever the Moon Decides by Sherry Decker
Come Mr. Eric Del Carlo
Death’s Harvest by Nicole Givens Kurtz
Children of God by Costi Gurgu
Valkyrie’s Quest by Josh Brown
Dragonfound by Steve Lewis
Miracle Worker by L. Chan
The Gift by Charles P. Zaglanis
Choose Your Own Excuse by Christine Daigle
Thy Soul to Him Thou Servest by Lee Zumpe
In a Witching Minute by Tara Moeller

More information on Elder Signs Press can be found by clicking here.

It’s been a long time coming all around, but late Tuesday afternoon White Cat Publications’s  steampunk anthology AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS (see April 7, March 31, et al.) landed on my front porch, via FedEx, completing a voyage lasting nearly two and three-quarter years.  As was reported here at the start of this year (cf. January 3)A_and_A, after a September 4 2012 acceptance of a story by me and adding that mine would be last in the contents of stories to be set in chronological order, “. . .  then it disappeared.  As an airship drifting behind a cloud, the anthology . . . was gone!

“And so it goes.

“Two long years passed, even rumors fading away like wisps of mist before an autumn dawn. . . .

“But then — actually on December 30 but due to a hiatus at this end not opened until January 2 — came an email from Editor [Charles P.] Zaglanis with a contract attached!  With it was a request to copy, sign, and return two copies ‘so I can cut you a check.  Feel free to revise your bio if you wish.  Thank you for your patience and the wonderful story.’”

And then, more waiting, but not so much this time.  The Kindle copy was published first, but a bit of minor last minute editing was required before it went to print.  Then it was at the printers.  Then up on Amazon, where it can be found by pressing here. . . .

And now in my hands!  A delightful volume of “[t]ales from a world that should have been. . .  Fifteen stories spanning the ages from ancient Greece to a far-flung dying future” — from “A Courtly Diversion” by Gary Cuba to my own offering, “Raising the Dead,” one in my series of tales set in the “Tombs,“ a vast necropolis and its environs in the latter days of a ghoul-ridden, dying Earth.

From just a brief dipping in thus far, it has been worth the wait.

As promised (cf. March 31, 19, et al.), the word has come from Chuck Zaglanis of White Cat Publications that the steampunk anthology AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS is now out in paperback as well as electronically.  This is the one with my “Tombs” story “Raising the Dead,” about chasing souls in a clockwork-driven aerial balloon.  The anthology, in fact, follows aeronautics (as well as robotics) throughout the centuries, starting in ancient Greece and ending in . . . well . . . the aforementioned far-future, dying Earth of the Tombs.

More information on AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATIONS, including ordering via Amazon, can be found here.

Also in today’s email, this arrived from  CHIZINE:  Happy April Fool’s Day everyone!

But now, the real news!

It’s April and that means it’s National Poetry Month!  Except at ChiZine.  Here, it’s . . . yes . . . Shitty Poetry Month!  Back by popular demand!  You could be the winner of the Shitty Poetry Belt (TM)*!  Can you take it away from the current title holder. . . ?

Yes, it’s, um, that time for poetry of all shapes and flavors and — after all, why not? — this year I have an entry myself in the first round.  Called “The Vampire’s Soliloquy” and with a special tip of the chapeau to William Shakespeare, it and five others can be found here.  And voted on too (note, polls close on Sunday for Round 1 poems).  Dare I ask?

Or, to go back to the words of CHIZINE:  Vote for your favourite poem in week one.  Voting ends Sunday at midnight.  Winner of this round goes on to compete with the final round poems!

Another thing coming (cf. January 3, below; also September 4 2012), its engines a-roar!  First via the U.S. mail today in form of a counter-signed contract and check.  Then through a “tagged” message on Facebook. Described in its blurb as “Spanning the ages between ancient Greece and a far flung and dying future,”dumont6 itself, by some, feared to be perhaps dead.  After a voyage of nearly two and a half years from its first acceptance of my own story, “Raising the Dead”  . . .  now appears in the distance the steampunk-through-the-ages anthology AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS!

But shall we let Editor Charles P. Zaglanis say it in his own words?

After much too long a time, here is the final ToC for my first anthology.  I ‘ve personally sent out the checks to the authors and the book should be out in March.  Thank you one and all for your incredible patience:

THE DOG-FACED CANNIBAL by Christine Purcell
ALL THE KING’S MONSTERS by Megan Arkenberg
MEMPHIS BBQ by Cat Rambo
A HORRIFIED MIND by Ferrel D. Ferrel Rick Moore
IRON & BRASS, BLOOD & BONE by Alma Alexander

My story in this, as may be gleaned from the “through the ages” passage above, represents the far-flung dying-Earth future as one in a series of tales set in the “Tombs,” a vast necropolis and its surrounds where people still strive to live and love, as they do today.  For those familiar with my 2013 collection, THE TEARS OF ISIS,* think of “The Ice Maiden,” “Mara’s Room,” and “River Red,” also in the Tombs universe.

While as for AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS, adding what I’ve heard thus far of the other 14 stories in its contents, the wait should be worth it.


*And, if not familiar, one may press its picture in the center column.

How’s that for a hokey headline?  But then May is sort of a hokey month, summer-like, but not quite summer.  Mellow this year for the most part, even started with a kind of vacation.  Family . . .  and Civil War fests . . .  and space shuttles.  Early summer session has already started at the university, but it’s spring term still for the lower grade schools.  (Just offered a reprint zombie story for the Bloomington Writers Guild having to do with an incident on the way to Senior Prom.)

So what to do?  Me, I’m still behind on submissions, just as I was last month, not conducive to summer acceptances.  And as for May, well here it is, the 14th, nearly half way through the month, and no acceptances to have reported here?

Well . . . not quite.  Here I was, thinking my mellow thoughts, checking the old email-a-roonie, when what should I come upon but a missive from WHITE CAT MAGAZINE, a sort of funky e-zine that pays well for short fiction, around the 2500 or so words or less area.  Having no history with WHITE CAT as yet, I was sort of thinking “another rejection,” but still in a benign,  mellow sort of way, like it’s still a pleasant day, isn’t it?  But wily WHITE CAT editor Chuck Zaglanis had a surprise for me.

Thus I opened it to read:  “I like the story very much and am adding it to our summer release.” (Turns out as well that the editor and I have a sort of history, he being an assistant editor on DARK WISDOM magazine back when I’d sold a few stories there — and it never hurts to have one’s name known — although that, technically, is beside the point.)  This will mean, I believe, that the story, called “Hunks,” the saga of what began as a perfectly normal dinner date on the verge of going bad, should be available on WHITE CAT’s website around July 1.

A funny story about “Hunks,” incidentally.  Those who’ve followed this blog may recall my occasional mention of my “Tombs” stories — often in terms of one or another being reprinted, or sometimes a new one sold.  These are a series set on a far-future, dying Earth, many of them romances on boy meets girl themes although often with one (or both) lovers deceased.  Little impediments to love of that sort.  So, after several of these had gone through my writers group a few years ago, one of the members asked, “Don’t people in your stories ever just go out on dates?”

So, set in our regular, everyday world, “Hunks” is the story I wrote in answer.

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