Saturday, June 28, 2008

Two horror markets

This one's just a quick post, I don't have much free time this weekend. Always something to do, somewhere to go. The busy life of a nonfamous copier repairman/writer.

Anyway, here are a couple horror markets:

- Oddlands Magazine: A monthly speculative fiction webzine, they pay 1 cent per word for fiction and $10 for art or poetry. Duotrope reports them as having an average response time of 44 days.

- The Monsters Next Door: A bi-monthly webzine looking for fiction revolving around something or someone "monstrous." The editors accept simultaneous submissions and reprints, but this is a non-paying market.


Also, if anyone knows where to get a copy of Johnny Baranski's Pencil Flowers: Jail Haiku, I would very much appreciate it. I've been trying to find it for months and can't find a copy anywhere.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Review: Feeding My Heart to the Wind

I've decided to start posting occasional reviews that relate either to haiku (or in this case, short poems) or horror. The first of these will be Michael Kriesel's Feeding My Heart to the Wind: Selected Short Poems 1999-2005, which I have to thank Don Wentworth at Lilliput Review for recommending.

Kriesel is a prolific poet who has been around the small-press scene for a while now. In Feeding My Heart to the Wind, 18 of his short poems are collected together into a professionally printed pocket-sized chapbook. ("Pocket-sized" is a plus for me and my over-crowded bookshelves.)

I've read a few of Kriesel's poems here and there over the years, but this is his first collection I've gotten my hands on. I was impressed by the quality of the poems. All are short (which fits perfectly with my attention span) with only one poem, "Unfinished," running longer than one page.

More than a few of the poems are written in sharp one- or two-word jab-lines, reminiscent of Ed Markowski's poetry, which pound their way into you like... well, like a nail:

"Heaven's Nail"

Hawk
hangs
like
a nail
driven
into
the
sky

This poem, found on page 8, is immediately followed by my favorite of the book:

"Storm"

Crows tumble like shingles
torn off hell's roof

The imagery and power of these poems remains consistent from page to page, and Kriesel's masterful economy of his words is something that any haiku fan can appreciate.

I would strongly recommend this book to any reader of short poetry. The book is short enough to be read in one sitting, but will keep you turning back to it again and again.

Feeding My Heart to the Wind is available here from Sunnyoutside Press for $6.00 plus shipping. The book was printed in a run of 100, so if you're gonna buy a copy, get it before it sells out.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Websites for Writers

Here are a couple of helpful websites for all of us writers:

WritersWeekly.com - run by Angela Hoy, WritersWeekly provides up-to-date market listings, writing jobs, and informative articles about the writing business, as well as a section titled "Whispers and Warnings," which highlights bad experiences writers have had (and with which editors or publishers they've had them).

Ralan.com - a regularly-updated repository of market listings (most notably, speculative markets). The website also lists guidelines for contests, anthologies, and book publishers, and has a separate section for "Humor" markets. Also a great place to find out which markets are "dead."

Duotrope's Digest - like Ralan, Duotrope contains a large database of market listings, but more importantly, it lets you (the writer) track your submissions to various magazines, and it combines the information you report with that reported by other writers to give a statistical breakdown of response times, personal vs. form letter rejections, and percent of submissions accepted.


Also, don't forget to vote for your favorite story and poem in the Niteblade readers' poll. The poll closes July 1st. And speaking of deadlines, the Penumbra Haiku Contest's deadline is fast approaching. I mailed my entries in today, so just remember: the less people that enter, the better chance I stand.

Friday, June 13, 2008

bear creek haiku

I'm sure many of you have never heard of bear creek haiku. I never had up until a few months ago, when I found it online and submitted a few poems. Editor Ayaz Daryl Nielson chose one of my poems for the current issue, #78, and I received my contributor's copy this week.

It's a small magazine (which is fitting since it mostly publishes haiku), but it contains some very strong poems. Some well-known contributors include Alan Catlin, Peggy Dugan French, and Dorothy McLaughlin.

Also, the new issue of Yellow Mama (#8) just went live. Check it out. It's got dark stories and poems by Kenneth James Crist, John Grey, and Lyn Lifshin.

Monday, June 9, 2008

New Look

Yup, breaking news! My blog's getting a new look. Much of what interests me these days (as far as writing is concerned) can fall into one of two categories: haiku and horror. So I've decided to rename this blog to (you guessed it) Haiku & Horror. I'm still going to post market news, contest info, and other things that hopefully will be of interest to other writers.

So stay tuned!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Niteblade reader's poll

Niteblade, the online magazine of fantasy and horror, is planning a future print issue containing new work as well as some of the best fiction and poetry from the first four issues. To that end there is a reader's poll currently being conducted, and the top five stories and poems (as chosen by YOU!) will be included in the anthology.

Be sure to pop on over and vote for your favorites. If you haven't read any of the nominees, check out an issue or two -- they're online and they're free.

Here are my poems from the first four issues, in case you decide you want to vote for one (no pressure, of course):

- The Pumpkin Man
- Hall of Shadows
- Gift Horse
- Oil Change