verse and voice: new things I have out

/ April 3rd, 2012 / No Comments »

As I continue to work on my Secret Second Novel, a number of cool things sort of accumulated all at once. I shall enumerate them here.

I have a new poem, “Surcease,” out in Issue 3 of the recently-revived Inkscrawl, edited by Samantha Henderson, published by Rose Lemberg. Inkscrawl specializes in poems of 10 lines or less. Lots of other good work in this one too, by Mari Ness, Alexa Seidel, Howard Hendrix, Kristine Ong Muslim, Ann K. Schwader and more.

My newest “Tour of the Abattoir” column has appeared in the latest Tales to Terrify podcast. This month, my friend Shalon Hurlbert and I dissect an obscure almost-gem, the bizarre J-horror flick Marebito, from Ju-On: The Grudge creator Takashi Shimizu.

Over at StarShipSofa, the sister podcast of TtT, Diane Severson’s latest edition of Poetry Planet features a Rhysling Award-nominated poem, “TimeFlood,” that I co-wrote with Ian Watson. Gardner Dozois bought it for Asimov’s not long before he retired from that editing post. The poem’s part of an ensemble focused on time travel.

Back to Rose Lemberg again, my tiny contribution to Issue 7 of her webzine Stone Telling, called the “Queer Issue” and dedicated to LGBT themes, involves playing the role of “Abe” in the audio recording of Lisa Bradley’s epic meta-horror poem “we come together we fall apart.” It’s a powerful issue overall, I’m flattered to have a bit part in it.

Not to be found online: I’ve just received my copy of the Danish sf fanzine Fandom Forever — it’s a seriously old-school DIY zine — which contains my poem “A Prayer,” as well as four reprinted poems: “Strange Cargo,” “Tithonus on the Shore of Ocean,” “Charon Finds a Woman on the Gridshore” and “retrovirus.” The issue also holds work by Tobias S. Buckell, Peter Payack, Bruce Boston and  Lavie Tidhar.

Extra bonus: There’s been a special illustrated poster made of Neil Gaiman’s poem “Conjunctions,” which I first published in Mythic Delirium issue 20 — and Neil autographed a copy for me and had it sent to me. And I got it today and am now basking in the glow. (The art you see along the left is an image of the poster.)

Mythic Delirium 26 cover art; Clockwork Phoenix 2 available at Weightless Books

/ March 22nd, 2012 / No Comments »

I’m pleased to be able to show off the cover artwork for Mythic Delirium 26. Not long now at all until it’s introduced into the postal system bloodstream. If you want to subscribe or need to renew, now is a good time, click here to do so. And let’s not forget that you can also purchase electronic subscriptions at Weightless Books.

Art by Tim Mullins

Clockwork Phoenix 2: Tales in EPUB and MOBI

Speaking of Weightless Books, you can now purchase there the e-book edition of Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, should you not want to do so on Amazon (USA) (UK).

I’ve been asked about making the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies available on Smashwords or for Nook. As best as I can tell, that would require me to format the books much more simply than the versions I’ve currently created, which are meant to simulate the experience of reading the print books as closely as possible (with those last remaining pesky typos fixed and as well as some extra e-enhancements) and apparently, at least when viewed on Kindle or iPhone, my efforts have paid off. However, to make the books work for these other formats I’d have to strip a lot of my formatting out and essentially create a new version. I still may do that, but it probably won’t be until after the Kindle/Weightless version of Clockwork Phoenix 3 is alive and walking. I don’t know quite yet when that will be, but do stay tuned.

Clockwork Phoenix 2 reborn as e-book

/ March 13th, 2012 / No Comments »

Three months later than I originally planned, I’ve finished converting Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness to e-book format. It’s available now on Amazon for Kindle and will soon be available in EPUB and MOBI format at Weightless Books.

Between reacquainting myself with the Clockwork Phoenix books and some of the reprint sales I’ve made it seems like I’ve spent much of the past four months walking down memory lane. This stretch is particularly gilded: it’s a bit mind-boggling to me how well this book and these stories wound up doing. To enumerate:

  • • Overall, first starred review in Publishers Weekly for a Norilana Book (and for anything I’ve put together.)
  • • “Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela” by Saladin Ahmed was a 2009 Nebula Award finalist, picked for reprinting in Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 and Hartwell and Cramer’s Year’s Best Fantasy 10.
  • • “each thing i show you is a piece of my death” by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer was a finalist for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards and the 2010 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was reprinted in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 2.
  • • Ann Leckie’s “The Endangered Camp” was reprinted in Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2010.
    Claude Lalumière’s “Three Friends” was also selected by Hartwell and Cramer for Year’s Best Fantasy 10.
  • • Tanithe Lee’s “The Pain of Glass” and Gemma and Stephen’s novelette made the 2009 Locus Magazine Recommended Reading List.
  • • Gardner Dozois, in his Year’s Best Science Fiction 27, gave honorable mentions to Kelly Barnhill’s “Open the Door and the Light Poors Through,” Leah Bobet’s “Six,” Marie Brennan’s “Once a Goddess,” Mary Robinette Kowal’s “At the Edge of Dying,” Barbara Krasnoff’s “Rosemary, That’s For Remembrance,” Ann’s story, and Claude’s, Tanith’s, and Gemma and Stephen’s novelettes. That’s well over half the book!
  • • Datlow, in her extended Honorable Mentions list for that year, gave nods to Ian McHugh’s “Angel Dust” and Barbara’s short story.

If there’s anything else (whew!) I don’t remember it right now….

This review of the anthology by Amal El-Mohtar remains my personal favorite. I’m glad to book this “choir of the uncanny” for performances in a new venue.

P.S.: It occurs to me that I should link to the first volume too!

Mythic Delirium 26 preview, part three

/ March 1st, 2012 / No Comments »

Here’s Paula Friedlander‘s illustration for G.O. Clark‘s “Lost in the Static.”

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This ends the preview for this week. You can see the issue’s complete table of contents here. If you don’t want to miss it, subscribe to the paper version here at or the electronic version here at Weightless Books.

And by the way, Mythic Delirium reopens to submissions today. I’m now reading for Issue 27.

Illustration © 2012 by Paula Friedlander. All rights reserved.

Mythic Delirium 26 preview, part 2

/ February 29th, 2012 / No Comments »

Here’s Daniel Trout’s illustration for “The Forest King” by Alexandra Seidel. (Intriguingly, this is a case of art begetting art begetting art; Alexa’s poem was in turn inspired by this painting by Anita, also included in the issue in a b&w version.)

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Illustration © copyright 2012 by Daniel Trout. All rights reserved.

Mythic Delirium 26 preview, part one

/ February 28th, 2012 / No Comments »

Here’s Paula Friedlander‘s illustration for “Tryptich: an Offering of Fruit” by Dan Campbell.

Full table of contents viewable here. If you don’t have a subscription and want one, or you need to renew, click here.

Illustration © 2012 by Paula Friedlander. All rights reserved.

Illustration © 2012 by Paula Friedlander. All rights reserved.

New Tales to Terrify, new “Tour of the Abattoir” column

/ February 27th, 2012 / No Comments »

The latest of Larry Santoro’s Tales to Terrify podcasts includes my second “Tour of the Abattoir” column, in which I join the voices calling for a change in the World Fantasy Award statuette and give John Langan’s debut collection Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters the abattoir treatment. Also included, fiction by P.D. Cacek and John Everson.

A new podcast and a new short story sale

/ February 12th, 2012 / No Comments »

My apocalyptic short story “Let There Be Darkness” has just appeared at Pseudopod, read with prophetic conviction by Christiana Ellis. (Click here to hear how the world will really end.) “Let There Be Darkness” will be included in my horror collection coming out later this year from Apex Books, The Button Bin and Other Horrors.

And, the same day the “Let There Be Darkness” podcast appeared, literary adventure fantasy webzine Beneath Ceaseless Skies bought a short story from me, a dark tale (imagine!) called “The Ivy-Smothered Palisade.” A slew of awesome people helped me polish this tale before I submitted it anywhere, and it sold the first place it went to. My sincere thanks to all of them: Sally Brackett Robertson, Sonya Taaffe, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Erik Amundsen, Alexandra Seidel, Jennifer Crow, Rick Herndon, Elizabeth Campbell and Virginia Mohlere. And of course, Anita Allen!

“Twa Sisters” sells to Not One of Us

/ February 7th, 2012 / No Comments »

I’m pleased to announce that my highly experimental sf short story “Twa Sisters” has sold to John Benson at Not One of Us, scheduled for his April issue.

The story was inspired by this set of artwork shown to me by buddy Patty Templeton. I consider it the “spiritual sequel” to my novelette “Stolen Souls” that just got reprinted in Fantastique Unfettered. But while “Stolen Souls” was an example of how far my imagination could push its limit in the 1990s, “Twa Sisters” is about how far I can push it now. In other words, considerably farther out.

The story contains zany visual formatting (not dissimilar in places from what Kendall Evans, David C. Kopaska-Merkel and I did in our poem “Rattlebox III.”) I’m grateful John’s willing to tackle it, multiple text columns and all.

An award nomination and a nice review

/ January 30th, 2012 / No Comments »

Some nice recognitions for my poetry over the past few days.

First, the poem that I co-wrote with Sonya Taaffe and Nicole Kornher-Stace, “The King of Cats, the Queen of Wolves,” selected by Catherynne M. Valente for publication in Apex Magazine last year, has been nominated for a Rhysling Award. I can’t help but be pleased, as of all the new things I had published in 2011 this piece is hands-down my favorite.

Second, the Fantasy Literature blog has posted a review of Phantasmagorium issue 2, and bless Terry Weyna for once again taking the time to also review the poetry, a duty most reviewers shirk. She writes this about my poem “Budding”:

…about parents troubled by the apparent artistic talent of their baby, who seems to be painting like Francis Bacon while still in her crib. Those parents are proud as can be, but worried – maybe even scared. It’s a successful horror poem with some nice imagery (“sketched houses with screams for doors,” for instance).

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