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.

NEW Project: Bleeding Rainbows: A Spectrum of Weird Fiction with Nightscape Press

I’m very pleased to announce that I am going to be co-editing a brand new anthology, coming next year (June 2020) from Nightscape Press, with Robert S. Wilson titled, Bleeding Rainbow: A Spectrum of Weird Fiction. I’ve eagerly been awaiting this post for some time, especially since the importance of this anthology cannot be expressed enough in words, even more so on National Coming Out Day.

The courage and fortitude to step out from the darkness and into the light of societies’ relentless judgment, requires an endless reservoir of perseverance. The goal of this project is to shine a light onto those writers, and maybe find others and help them come out from the shadows as well. I’m looking forward to sharing more as the project develops.

Check out Nightscape Press HERE

My Imaginarium Schedule and the 2019 Imadjinn Awards – “The Price of Admission” from Caravans Awry nominated for Best Short Story

Greetings from the Wells,

As some of you have already been made aware, my story “The Price of Admission” has been nominated in the category of Best Short Story for an Imadjinn Award at this year’s Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, KY.

You can check out all the finalists at the link HERE.

I am beyond humbled to have my work recognized among the ranks of so many other extremely talented writers. I’ll probably be thanking people for awhile, including my mentor Linda Addison, but there are so many writers including the entire contents of Caravan’s Awry, without whom this would not even be a possibility. Specifically, the work of Duane Pesice and Michael Adams to bring this anthology to fruition, is a show of unyielding dedication to new and established writers.

Check out the link to purchase the anthology HERE. : )

The convention will take place from October 11th – 13th this year and I’m ecstatic to take part. I’ll be on a couple of panels as well as hosting a workshop talking about creating more robust prose in one’s writing.

Friday October 11th:

7pm (Iroquois) WORKSHOP: “Suggestive Horror and Weird Fiction: Creating Sensation with Prose.”

Saturday October 12th:

10:15am (Heartland) Paranormal Realms Panel

12:45pm (Cumberland) The Writing Schedule Juggle Panel.

I will update this post as I get more information or if my schedule changes.

Fearfully Yrs.

Maxwell I. Gold

Post-Necronomicon Updates and Reflections

Greetings from the Wells,

I know it’s a little late to write a post-convention update, though it was quite the wild ride and I still miss everyone! I was able to forge some great friendships and have a few post-Necronomicon reflections:

Overall, the experience was like nothing I could have ever imagined. This was my first convention, let alone my first writer’s convention and I was beyond nervous. My social anxiety was through the roof, though that was quelled rather quickly. After meeting Craig Gidney on the plane and taking a Lyft back to the hotel I knew that this was by far, the most welcoming and open community of artists, writers, and poets. That night was a veritable festival at Mokban, where a bunch of us gathered for food and drink and some good conversation. That theme followed for the rest of the convention.

I ended up tagging along with Joshua Dinges, Matthew Bartlett and a few others who welcomed me with open arms and I stuck with them for the remainder of the weekend. There is so much to delve into, but the most present theme that remains with me, even after the convention: friendship and community.

On social media, it is easy to project how one may or may not feel. Behind those cyber walls, you never know the tone and tenor of someone’s voice or the inflection in their speech which lends itself to their intentions or their emotional attitudes. Most of my anxiety revolved around that and how welcoming the community would be.

I’m overjoyed that I was so wrong.

This is the central theme of my visit to the Necronomicon, friendship, community, and art. Normally, I am not this emotive, though I am so grateful to those in this community of artists (a term I’ve used frequently) for their generosity and kindness.

To all of my writers, weirdos, and poets…I’m so happy to call you my friends.


Maxwell I. Gold

Spectral Realms Issue #11 Available NOW! – “God of Phlegm”

Greetings from the Wells,

Spectral Realms is here and I’m very humbled to join the ranks, once again, with a troop over extremely talented writers and poets. Their body of work not merely within Spectral Realms, but outside and the depth of work they all produce is laudable and to be greatly respected and admired. The last time I appeared in Spectral Realms was in the 2017 Summer issue, so it is good to be back home.

My prose piece, “The God of Phlegm” will be making its debut in this issue. I enjoyed writing this prose greatly as it took on a much darker hue than I anticipated and also resulted in the birth of a new Cyber God…the dreaded Nath’Zrath.

Check out the link below to get your copy:

Spectral Realms Issue #11

Table of contents below:



The Tomb of Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire / Wade German

The Blackbird’s Ghost / Abigail Wildes

Temptation Entombed / David Barker

Eternal Lovers / Carl E. Reed

Covert / F. J. Bergmann

On a Threadbare Photograph of H.P.L. at  66 College St. / Manuel Pérez-Campos .

The Witch of Hearts / Chelsea Arrington

The Legend of Vlad and Juztina / Tatiana

A Lady and Her Monster / Christopher Collingwood

The Hill of Bones / G. O. Clark

Space-Time / Ron L. Johnson II

The Monsters Within / Christina Sng

Doctor Fulci’s Fantastic Cure for Nightmares / Liam Garriock

Temple of the Condor / Ann K. Schwader

Subterranean Hungers / David C. Kopaska-Merkel

The Great Wheel / Frank Coffman

The Necromancer’s Charm / Scott J. Couturier

Tomb without Walls / Ross Balcom

The Final Scrawl / Pat Calhoun

The Jack-o’-Lantern Hearted / K. A. Opperman

The Vampire-Need / Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer

The Duke of Balladry / Adam Bolivar

Disclosure / Norbert Góra

Guillotined / Carl E. Reed

Altar of Yig / David Barker

Poe / Randall D. Larson

Haruspex / Geoffrey A. Landis

The Secret Pool / Darrell Schweitzer

As One Poet to Another / G. Sutton Breiding

She Tasted of Gin and Death / Curtis M. Lawson

Vampire Vigil / Manuel Arenas

The Thing That Watches While I Write / Thomas Tyrrell

Plague’s Wake / Ashley Dioses

To a Cat-Daemon: A Litany of Antient Ægypt / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Methuselah / Wade German

Cassandra Can’t Tell You / Allan Rozinski

Lair of the Bat People / Ross Balcom

Reparation / Christina Sng

In the Days of the Vertical Ocean / David C. Kopaska-Merkel

The Underwater Circus / Kurt Newton

Super-Position / Ron L. Johnson II

The Absence of Clouds / G. O. Clark

Divided by Demons / Mary Krawczak Wilson

Down the Garden Path / M. F. Webb

The God of Phlegm / Maxwell Gold

Cruel Eleanora / Adam Bolivar

Tears of the Raven / Christopher Collingwood

Graveyard of the Gods / Scott J. Couturier.

Solving for X / Ann K. Schwader

The Demon Ball / Tatiana

The Bog Man / Chelsea Arrington

On Gustave Moreau’s Canvas The Apparition / Manuel Pérez-Campos

Black-Tongue Kiss / Carl E. Reed

Diner of Delights / Claire Smith

Inquiry Regarding the Dead / David Barker

Styx / Christina Sng

The Fairiest / Oliver Smith

The Separation / Ian Futter

The Ghost Factory / F. J. Bergmann

The Baleful Beldam / Manuel Arenas

Remains / David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Classic Reprints

Fright / May Sinclair

The Silent House / Samuel John Alexander


Clark Ashton Smith and Robert Nelson: Master and Apprentice (Part 3) /

Marcos Legaria



A Guidebook for Witches and Warlocks / Donald Sidney-Fryer

Cover art: Daniel V. Sauer

Fearfully Yrs,

Maxwell I. Gold

"From the depths of burning Time, dead stars fall, into the Wells."