Sunday, March 30, 2008

NVH Magazine

Here's a newer magazine that's somehow been flying under the radar. NVH Magazine is an online journal of horror fiction and poetry, edited by David "Doc" Byron. Take a peek around the website... there's plenty there to amuse yourself. Be sure to check out their submission guidelines and reader's forum, as well as an informative article by poetry editor Tony Bernstein about the use of humor in horror poetry, both historically and now.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Poetry Contest -- Hurry!

Here's a great contest with no entry fee: the Balticon 42 Poetry Contest. You can enter up to 3 poems (sci-fi/fantasy/horror), and the guidelines don't say they have to be unpublished. But choose your poems quickly -- all entries must be either postmarked or emailed by April 1st.

I just reviewed The Afterblight Chronicles: School's Out, by Scott Andrews. I definitely recommend this book. It's fast-paced and character-driven, and a highly enjoyable read. Check out my review here.

Graveside Tales is looking for submissions for its new anthology, Harvest Hill. They're paying a cent a word and a contributor's copy, but they have very specific guidelines for the stories they want. I'm working on mine right now.

Friday, March 21, 2008

An Interesting Contest

Here's a new take on a contest (at least, new to me). Professional novelist Charles Gramlich is sponsoring a web-based "pay it forward" contest regarding your favorite title for a story or poem. Read all the contest details here. It closes on April 6th and it's free to enter, so get thinking.

Another looming contest is sponsored by the Southern Illinois Writers Guild. There are three categories -- fiction, nonfiction, and poetry -- and prizes of $100, $50, and $25 in each category. Entries must be mailed, along with a $5 entry fee (per entry) by May 1st.

In case you haven't checked out the new horror mag The Ashen Eye yet, now's a good time to do so. The editors are in the process of compiling their first issue, and for some reason they chose to include one of my poems. (In spite of that, it looks to be a good first issue.) You can read another of my poems, "Bats," on their website, along with poems and excerpts from the other contributors, including Alexis Child and David Byron.

I'm also proud to report I've got a few more acceptances recently, including Modern Haiku, Hummingbird, and New York Quarterly (who even gave me my own web page).

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to try to remember my favorite story or poem title.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

A Rhysling nod??

I just found out this weekend that one of my poems, "Night Falls," was nominated for a Rhysling Award. Wow... I never would've thought I'd open up a Rhysling anthology and see my name in there!

Thank you to whoever nominated my poem. It is certainly the biggest honor of my writing career.


Night Falls

night falls
like a curtain
on a quiet inn
deep in the woods.

the perfect setting
for a horror story
if only
the damn birds
would stop chirping.

(copyright 2007)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Niteblade #3

Editor Rhonda Parrish has just published issue #3 of Niteblade, and you need to check it out. It's got fiction by well-known writers Eric S. Brown and Lee Moan, among many others, and poetry by many of the genre's top names -- Terrie Leigh Relf, Stephen M. Wilson, Charles Gramlich, Tony Bernstein, and Kristine Ong Muslim to name a few. "County Hospital, 4am" by Christopher Hivner is an especially chilling one. I count myself lucky to have a poem in the same issue as these fine folks.

You can read the stories and poems from the website, but for just $2 you can buy a PDF ad-free copy of the magazine and help support a small but growing genre mag.