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

Greetings from the Wells

I wanted to make a special post for a Kickstarter campaign that is going on right now. Duane Pesice is raising funds for his new anthology Sabbath Bloody Sabbath! which will be the first publication from his new publishing house, Oxygen Man Books. Duane is a prolific author and has brought together many brilliant and talented writers for this spectacular Black Sabbath themed collection. Also, who doesn’t love horror stories themed around Black Sabbath.

Many of these writers are also my friends and colleagues and I would personally love, to see this endeavor flourish and make it to print.

Every little bit helps, even if it is a small amount. Also, even if you cannot manage a donation, share the link and spread the word!

Here is the link for the Kickstarter campaign: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath!

Fearfully Yrs,

Maxwell I. Gold

Side One:

Black Sabbath – Nathan Carson 

Wicked World – Can Wiggins 

A Bit of Finger – Tony McMillen

N. I. B. – Sean M. Thompson 

War Pigs – Ross E. Lockhart

Paranoid – Debra Robinson 

Planet Caravan – Andrew Reichart

Iron Man – Sarah Walker 

Electric Funeral – Farah Rose Smith 

Rat Salad – Jill Hand

Fairies Wear Boots – K. A. Opperman

Hand of Doom – William Tea

Side Two:

Sweet Leaf – John Claude Smith

Children of the Grave – Ashley Dioses 

Into the Void – John Paul Fitch

Wheels of Confusion – Christopher Ropes

Supernaut – Jordan Krall

Spiral Architect – Duane Pesice

Hole In The Sky – Shayne Keen

All Moving Parts (Stand Still) – Scott J. Couturier

Cardinal Sin — Don Webb

TV Crimes – S. L. Edwards

Bonus Track: 

The Butlerian Jihad — Jayaprakash Satyamurthy