Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Popcorn Press horror anthology call for submissions

Popcorn Press is accepting submissions for a new horror anthology with a werewolf theme.  Poems and horror fiction don't have to revolve around werewolves, though.  Previously published works will be considered (but no simultaneous submissions).  Haiku and other short forms are welcome.  There will be payment, but the amount depends on how well their Kickstarter project does.  Deadline for submissions is October 23rd.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for $6 on Amazon

"In the beginning the universe was created. This made a lot of people angry and has widely been considered as a bad move."

If you've never read it, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of the best comic sci-fi books ever written.  It has transcended the written page into film and radio (and I think TV as well) but the original book is still the best.

A paperback copy of this classic is available on Amazon for $6 right now, so if you want a copy, now's a good time to get it.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Zen of the Dead horror anthology call for submissions

Popcorn Press is publishing another horror anthology for Halloween, this one titled Zen of the Dead.  Submissions are open until October 23rd, for both short fiction and poetry.  Payment is $1 or more, depending on how much space your accepted piece fills, plus a copy of the e-book.

This looks like a cool anthology.  Check out the Kickstarter page for all the details.  Click on the "Contact Me" link to contact the editor and get the email address where submissions should be sent.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Book Review: Inhuman, by Joshua Gage

I've had this book for a year or so now, but haven't been able to find the time to read it until this week.  Zombies have invaded popular culture for a while now, and there's plenty of zombie poetry to be found.  Some of it is good, and some of it is crap that people are just throwing out there to try to make money.  Inhuman: Haiku from the Zombie Apocalypse is a strong collection of zombie poetry that can stand with the best of them.

Inhuman is a small chapbook of zombie poems, written by Joshua Gage.  It's almost pocket-sized (5.5" x 8.5") and it's only 36 pages long.  The book is broken into four sections: Genesis, Outbreak, Invasion, and Survival.

The haiku in this book paint a vivid picture of how the zombie apocalypse begins.  Gage shows you exactly what takes place, in stark snapshots of terror and confusion.

open grave
the moonlight glistens
on coffin splinters

Some of the poems bring the scenes into focus, while others are jagged action shots.  All are good, and make this an outstanding collection.

subway doors
the stretch of its skin
before it rips free

There are far too many good poems to list or describe them all here.  Gage is a master poet, using the haiku form effectively.  Punctuation is minimal, letting the images speak for themselves.  The haiku are spread out enough that they don't seem crowded on the page.

The book includes poems that have been published in journals and magazines, including Fear and Trembling, Niteblade, Scifaikuest, and more.  There is an excellent introduction by Deborah P. Kolodji that discusses both zombie poetry in general and this collection in particular.

Inhuman: Haiku from the Zombie Apocalypse is #18 in The Poet's Haven Author Series, published in May 2013.  It sells for $6 on both the Poet's Haven website and Amazon.com.  It is well worth the price.  Inhuman is the best collection of zombie haiku I've read.

Dwarf Stars Award 2015

Dwarf Stars Award 2015