Sunday, December 30, 2007

Two new anthologies

For all you horror fans, two new anthologies have hit the streets, both of them available from Amazon. Now that everyone's got a little extra holiday money and all those gift cards, it's a perfect time to check one or both of them out.

Midnight Lullabies is The Harrow's latest project -- a collection of creepy tales and poems featuring such familiar names as Lee Clark Zumpe, Alexis Child, Kurt Newton, and Alison J. Littlewood. Be sure to read Sarah E. Wagner's spine-chilling poem, "Mirrors in Motion." All proceeds from the anthology are being donated to Doctors Without Borders.

The second new collection is Forbidden Speculation, a book of 17 stories about -- you guessed it -- forbidden speculation. The stories were gathered by Seth Crossman, esteemed editor of OG's Speculative Fiction. The cover art looks like it was ripped off an Isaac Asimov book.

Both books should provide some good after-holiday reading. If you buy one you're supporting international medical care, and if you buy the other, you're helping to support the small press. Decisions, decisions.... Why not just buy them both?

Friday, December 28, 2007

Some new poems

Hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday. December has been a good month. Two more poems have been published online -- "Gift Horse" in the new issue of Niteblade and "Safety Scissors" in Down in the Cellar -- and I have some acceptances from Tales of the Talisman, Dreams & Nightmares, From the Asylum, and Scifaikuest.

Also, for haiku lovers, the new issue of Shamrock Haiku Journal is up, and it is FULL of good haiku and senryu, including a couple of exceptional poems by Marie Summers and Robert Lucky. (One of mine is buried in there somewhere, too.)

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Champagne Shivers 2008

The 2008 issue of Champagne Shivers is out, full of great fiction and poetry. The magazine is full-sized and perfect-bound, with an awesome cover and creepy illustrations. Here's a look at the line-up:

Sinister Stories
The Truth About Irises by Pete Mesling
Crash Test by Ken Goldman
Replacing Mr. Pendleton by Davin Ireland
The Killer Without Blood-Stained Hands by Frank Roger
Dreidel's Prize by Drew Arrants
Sinister Skies by Lee Clark Zumpe
Mr. Sobel and the Flowers of October by David Hopewell
Flashes of the Fantastic
Wanting Moore by Rebecca Nazar
The Tidal Dress by Matthew Lee Bain
Of Yesterday And Forever by William Blake Vogel III
On the Surface by David Buchan
The Road Through Hell by David Cairns
King and Queen of the Desert by Brian Beatty
The Wrong Son by Greg Schwartz

Poetic Potions
The Forsaken by Calvin Becker
The Accursed Castle by Richard H. Fay
Things in the Swamp by Richard H. Fay
Salty Grave by William Blake Vogel III
With Wings Raised by Jane Gwaltney
Grimm’s Tales by Brian Rosenberger
Pumpkin Glut by Richard Pitaniello
The Little Entomologist by Roxanne Hoffman
Without Stopping by Marsheila Rockwell
The Root of it All by Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
Deadbeat Dad by Greg Schwartz
Crude Epitaph by William Blake Vogel III
Halfway Home by G. O. Clark
At The Wake by G. O. Clark

Copies are available from The Genre Mall.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Scifaikuest and Black Petals

As those of you who are subscribers already know, the new issue of Scifaikuest is out, and it's a keeper. They've moved to a classy perfect-bound format that fits the magazine well, even though we all know it's what's inside that counts. And inside is pretty much what Scifaikuest readers have come to expect: great scifaiku and horrorku, as well as related forms such as haibun and tanka. There's an article by Joshua Gage on the joining of haiku and horror, and there's a linked scifaiku by the issue's featured poet, J. Bruce Fuller, which is worth the price of the magazine alone.

There's also a companion online version of the magazine, with poems not available in the print issue. Check it out.

And in other news, Black Petals has officially gone online-only. They are still taking submissions and still committed to putting out a quality mag; the only difference is that now you can't take it in the bathroom with you (unless you have a laptop, which I guess a lot of people do, so nevermind). Read their updated submission guidelines here.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Gifts for Writers

It's that holiday time of year again, which means eating lots of food, trying not to throw up egg nog, and buying lots of presents. If you're looking for a gift for that special writer in your life (or any writer in your life), check out my CafePress.com shop, featuring writing-related cartoons from SP Quill Magazine. I've tried to make the stuff as cheap as possible, 'cause if you're anything like me, money's hard to come by. Check back often, as I'll be updating the site with new items and cartoons whenever possible.