Writing Updates: April – This one might be long

Greetings from the Wells!

It’s been a little over a month since I have posted anything of substance, at least since my February update. Alas, there’s nothing harrowing to report, apart from the continuing confinement, which has sparked a few seeds of inspiration here and there. There have been some acceptances since February that were unexpected. My prose poem, Puppet of Wrath, Man of Ruin is slated to be released in the spring 2020 release of Star*Line, the official journal of the Science Fiction and Poetry Association, which is still surreal to me. Vince Gotera is the editor of Star*Line 43.2.

Issue #4 of The Dark Corner has been finalized, contract is signed, and pre-orders are available. My short story, The Secret of St. Cyr appears in this issue, which follows the path of a poor young man, wandering in search of answers, only to find something far worse under the ancient bridges of New Ashworth. I definitely had fun writing this story. It added some more background to the Cyber Gods mythos, and the characters.

You can find pre-orders for issue 4 here.

I’ll have another prose poem which will appear in the Sand Canyon Review for their themed issue, “Anemoia” which explores the concept of nostalgia for feelings one has never experienced. My piece is titled, Of Masks and Monsters. I have to make another shout out to my friend, Scott Couturier, because this acceptance marks yet another table of contents that we’re going to share. (We’re not sure what the count is at this point).

In mentioning anthologies that Scott and I are sharing, I’m also excited about an upcoming project that we’ll be in together. The untitled anthology will be published by Duane Pesice’s imprint, Oxygen Man Books with a large cast of characters and a folk horror twist. I’d love to say more, but I’ll let the suspense brew for now. . .

My short story, The Face of Reithan Aftergott finally found a home, and I couldn’t be more thrilled as to where it’s going to live. Weird Whispers from Nightscape Press! I suppose this is more a matter of personal accomplishment for me, and I also have great respect for Robert Wilson, so to have one of my stories published under the Nightscape label is humbling. I’m not sure which issue it will appear in, though I’ll be sure to let everyone know once I find out more details.

Check out the link to Weird Whispers HERE.

I’m also going to be involved in a couple charity anthologies, one of which is titled, Nightmares in Yellow from Oxygen Man Books, a tribute to the late Joe Pulver. I never had the opportunity to get to know Joe as a writer, but I can see that his impact on the realm of weird fiction was vast and grand. I’m honored to be involved in this project and I hope to learn from the legacy he’s left behind.

Cover art by Dan Sauer

There are several stories and poems that I am currently working on with possible projects on the horizon, a large novella titled, A Dream of Falling Skies that is going to be released by Donald Armfield’s Hybrid Sequence Media later this year. That has been taking a large chunk of my time, though I hope it yields some good.

Overall, things have been relatively quiet. My prose poem, Crimson Faces which appeared in the 2019 issue of Space and Time Magazine was nominated for the Rhysling Award. I’ve recently been stepping out of my comfort zone, as of yesterday, and began to record myself reading my prose. It’s something I’m. not entirely comfortable with though, I have a few more I’ll be posting here soon.

That’s all for now! Until next time, stay inside. Stay safe. And stay weird!

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