Spectral Realms Issue 12 – Winter 2020

Spectral Realms is here, and let’s start with the cover art! Dan Sauer has done it again. The cover is a brilliant macabre portrait designed around a piece of classical art by Albert Joseph Pénot — “La Femme Chauve-Souris” (c. 1890). Dan has outdone himself once again.

The table of contents is stacked with poetry and prose! I’ve attached the entire table of contents because I’m thrilled at the list of contributors. I’ll have three prose pieces, appearing in this issue. Also, this will be the debut appearance of the newest member of the Cyber pantheon, Ghebulax the Faceless One; who appears in a tale bearing its own namesake.

It has been so humbling to continue to associate with this assemblage of strange, dark, and weird voices who come together in some of the most beautifying ways to create truly wondrous literature. I hope to share many more posts like this in the future.

You can purchase copies of Spectral Realms #12 HERE. Check out the table of contents below.



Acrostic Sonnet for Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire / David Barker

Gray / M. F. Webb 

Pilgrim in the Mist / Wade German 

Proem to the Fortress Unvanquishable / Thomas Tyrrell 

Ode to the Great God Pan / Carl E. Reed 

Ghebulax / Maxwell I. Gold 

The Crimson Knight / Scott J. Couturier 

Haematophagy / Ashley Dioses 

Not All of Them Are Ghosts / Darrell Schweitzer 

Poe, on the Morning After / Don Webb

Homage to Creepy / Manuel Pérez-Campos 

Xipe Totec / Deborah L. Davitt 

Necronomicon / Josh Maybrook 

Wretched Raft / Kieran Dacey Boylan 

Satanic Sonata / Manuel Arenas 

Time’s Vulture / Leigh Blackmore 

Urban Renewal / Mike Allen 

Graveside Ghost / Mary Krawczak Wilson 

No One Is Safe / Benjamin Blake 

Minoan Messages / Frank Coffman 

Madhouse Getaway / Manuel Pérez-Campos 

Planet Fetish / Chad Hensley 

Jack in Xanadu / Adam Bolivar 

Genesis / Holly Day 

I Want to Taste October / Ross Balcom 

A Tasty Treat / Adele Gardner 

Beyond the Fields / Andrew J. Wilson 

The Tears of Cerberus / Wade German 

A Witch in the House / Oliver Smith 

The Psychopomp / Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer 

The Plague Queen’s Song / Nicole Cushing 

I’ll Return in Late October / K. A. Opperman 

The Philosophy & Aesthetics of Horror / Carl E. Reed 

Black Wings Return / Michael D. Miller 

Slow the Night Grows Darker / David Sammons 

The Wild Hunt / Chelsea Arrington 

Lines Written in a Providence Churchyard / David Barker 

The God of the Winds / Christina Sng 

Singularity / Curtis M. Lawson 

Dream Hackers / Maxwell I. Gold

The Bedlam Philharmonic / Steven Withrow 

The House (A Conduit) / Mack W. Mani 

The Pack / Scott J. Couturier 

Kiss of Life / Manuel Arenas 

The Last Golem / Allan Rozinski 

A Summoning of Demons / Michelle Jeffrey 

Astral Parasites / Manuel Pérez-Campos 

The Silent Silver Sea / Leigh Blackmore 

Homer Before the Trojan Court / Darrell Schweitzer 

The Witch’s Cat / Deborah L. Davitt 

In Arcadia / Josh Maybrook 

My Loveliest Manticore; or, The Queen of the Lamiae / Wade German

The Conjuring / Frank Coffman 

Wildfires / Christina Sng

Now and Forever / Kieran Dacey Boylan 

Stela of Selos / Scott J. Couturier

Southern Gothic; or, Hillbilly Horror / Carl E. Reed 

The Egyptian Splendor / Ross Balcom 

Carrion Dreams / Maxwell I. Gold 

A Dream of Falling Skies Novella coming soon from Hybrid Sequence Media in 2020!

I had unexpectedly set a goal for myself to publish a novella I wrote some years ago. A Dream of Falling Skies started as a Lovecraftian short story with vague underdeveloped Cyber God references that grew into a longer novella. I did not have a more conceived version of the Cyber Gods and there was only one entity that is haphazardly referenced towards the end of the tale.

I’m very excited and grateful to have the chance to bring a more cohesive vision of my mythos to light as well as see one of the very first stories I had written, actually be published. I’m still at a loss for words to be completely honest and thankful for the support that’s been pouring in. There’s a lot of work to do and I cannot wait to see where the journey takes us.

The novella will be published later this year by Hybrid Sequence Media with covert art designed by Daniel V. Sauer. Stay up to date on my page for more news!

A New Decade, A New Patreon (I'm Serious this time).

It’s a new year and with that comes new opportunity and goals. I’m really going to make an effort to post new content not only to my website, but to put my work out there for people to consume and enjoy. 

Consider this an introductory note, of sorts. The purpose of my page is to have give another outlet for my work. Last year was certainly one filled with literary growth for me. I grew as an author and as a poet, placing more stories and poems in publications such as “Spectral Realms” and “Space and Time Magazine.” 

And with that, I’d like to offer up a poem that I was particularly proud of last year, The God of Phlegm which saw fresh press in “Spectral Realms.”#11.”

If you’re interested, please take a look at my Patreon page.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support my work.

Fearfully Yrs,

Maxwell I. Gold

End of The Year updates and Rêves Des Cyberdieux – Trumpland: The Alternative History of The Future.

Greetings from the Wells,

It’s been about a month since my last post and I must admit, there’s been a lot going on. I’ve mostly been focusing on trying to write new prose fiction with some short stories on the back burner. As I’ve stated on social media a few months back, I am really going to make concerted effort to write more prose.

A few acceptances and upcoming pieces. My sequel to the “God of Phlegm” which appeared in Spectral Realms #11 is set to appear in the #135 of Space and Time Magazine. Others in this issue include poetry from Sara Tantlinger and Denise Dumars as well as fiction by Glen Hirsch and Alessandro Manzetti. You can find the full table of contents here: https://www.spaceandtimemagazine.net/current-issue.html

I’ve also had two pieces of prose fiction accepted into next year’s issue of Spectral Realms (issue #13); “City of Skulls” and “The Variant.” Spectral Realms has become a kind of family. It’s been heart-warming to say, now for the third time, that Scott Couturier and I will be sharing yet another table of contents together. My short story (I’m still writing them) “Gulaplast” is slated to appear in a February issue of Hinnom Magazine edited by the great C.P. Dunphey himself, a story I very much enjoyed writing. I’ll also have another short story, “The Secret of St. Cyr” which will be published in issue #4 of The Dark Corner Zine from Henry Moulder.

More news! The Startling Stories re-launch is up and running, thanks to Doug Draa’s continuous hard work and effort. The proofs are in and I cannot wait to see that issue in hand. My prose fiction, “Hazthrog’s Contempt” is scheduled to appear in issue #1.

I’ve been writing a new prose sequence, which as I’m sure some have seen me post about, is for a new anthology project called, “Trumpland: The Alternative History of the Future” from Michael Parker. Scott asked me if I’d be interested and at first, I wasn’t sure exactly what I would conjure or how I might flirt with inspiration.

After looking through some older pieces, I decided to invoke a darker, almost mythological sense of terror. Something dystopian, but not campy. Something Orwellian, yet not entirely overdone. We’re at a crossroads in our time, looking for the right path, at least one that offers a faint glimmer of hope at its grey-stoned edges.

Then I wondered, what would the dreams of the Cybers Gods be like? Assuming they even dream or assuming we could understand their thoughts or said ‘dreams.’ Would these dreams echo our worst nightmares? If so, what would that look like? So, Rêves des Cyberdieux or Dreams of the Cyber Gods was born. French seemed appropriate as the language of revolutions and delightfully grand for the occasion. I’ve enjoyed writing this sequence and I am looking forward to project’s launch.

Until then… stay weird ya’ll!

Fearfully Yrs,

Maxwell I. Gold

Writing Updates from the Wells: Space and Time Magazine Winter issue #135 Acceptance

The God of Phlegm began initially after a conversation with Scott Couturier about the nature of politics and reality. The subsequent piece gave birth to the Demented God of Phlegm, Nath’Zrath, a being that was personified in the form of a horrid, globular network of various train tracks. For me, this particular Cyber God came from a darker place in human modern history, and my purpose in Nath’Zrath’s personification was not to necessarily horrify, but to convey the unimaginable and the unthinkable.

After Nath’Zrath’s first appearance in Spectral Realms #11, Crimson Faces arose as a piece that simply carried on the God of Phlegm’s legacy.

Crimson Faces will be published in issue #135 of Space and Time Magazine. You can also find my previously published poem, Four Million Years, which appeared in issue #134.

There’s quite the lineup of poets in this table of contents and I’m thrilled to share the pages of this issue with them. Make sure to keep and eye out for this issue, coming in Winter!

Writing Updates from The Wells: Startling Stories.

I’ve been writing a lot, and not on here so I think it’s time for an update. This is going to be a long one. There’s good news on the horizon. I’m happy to announce that Startling Stories finally has a publishing date which is set for early next year and I’m thrilled to be a part of this project. For those that are not aware of the rich history of this publication, it’s heritage dates all the way back to 1939, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines. The original Startling Stories saw tales from names including Arthur C. Clarke’s The City and the Stars and Issac Asimov’s The Pebble in the Sky.

The font for the relaunch is taking on the original Art Deco stylings of Earle K. Bergey.

Cover from the the 1950 issue, cover art by Earl K. Bergey.

The re-launch features exciting new cover art by Allen Koszowski in the same Art Deco renderings, but with a modern sci-fi twist.

My tale Hazthrog’s Contempt will appear in this historic relaunch along side a cast of writers including Cynthia Ward, Adrian Cole, Scott Emerson, Mike Chinn, Nicole Givens Kurtz, and more. Startling Stories is under the dutiful editorship of Douglas Draa.

Hazthrog’s Conempt was one of the first prose pieces I had penned and it holds a special place in my heart, knowing that it’s going to find a home here.

I have more updates coming, but I decided to post them in smaller increments as opposed to one large smattering of words.

More details and updates coming soon.