Thank you so much to Ryan Smith for the fantastic audio work on my prose poem Crimson Faces. This piece originally appeared in issue #135 of Space and Time Magazine and was reprinted in the 2020 Rhysling Anthology after being nominated.
The full contents for Weirdbook #43 is finally here, featuring my short tale of mathematical mania A Sum Total. This features a lineup of fantastic writers, poets, and storytellers. I want to thank Doug Draa for his tireless effort and passion to bring this issue to print.
The image is merely a proof of what the actual cover art will look like and the names are not final, but nonetheless, it’s still really cool…
Table of Contents:
An American Story By Darrell Schweitzer
Impervious to Reason, Oblivious to Fate By John R. Fultz
The River By Sharon Cullars
Taking Out the Trash By D.C. Lozar
Arthur Wardrobe and Asia Anastacia: A Love Story By Andrew Darlington
Snack Time By Franklyn Searight
Godlike By Edward Morris and Konstantine Paradias
Ron Kon Koma By Glynn Owen Barrass
Dragon’s Gold By Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
The Fury of Angels By Adrian Cole
Keisha’s Dinosaur By Nicole Kurtz Nicole Smith
Will Home Remember Me? By Joseph S. Pulver
You’re Gonna Love This song By Michael S. Walker
Frozen Time By Rivka Jacobs
Lucien Greyshire and the Ghost from Applebee’s By L.F. Leanna Falconer
I’m writing this post, still joyously dumbfounded, that my short story naigoth.carcosa.exe will be appearing alongside some of the brightest and most talented voices in weird fiction today. And not only that, coming together to honor one the blackest stars in the cosmic mirth above. I never knew Joe, but I’ve come to understand the profound influence he had on our genre.
I’ve never been so happy to see so many familiar faces, many who are friends, packed together in a single volume (possibly two volume) work.
Four-part harmony – introductions
John Linwood Grant Edward Morris Duane Pesice Jeffrey Thomas
Luis G. Abbadie – Railway to Madness Mike Allen – The Clairvoyant, Between Dark and Dream Rebecca J. Allred — Lambda 580 Manuel Paul Arenas – The Yellow Tale Donald Armfield — BEing (p) Donald Armfield – End is Nigh David Barker — Chamber of Shards (p) Adam Bolivar — The Door to Nod (p) Bruce Boston — Exiled to Hastur (p) Joseph Bouthiette Jr. — Oedipus at Carcosa David B. Busboom — From the Dusty Mesa Kenneth W. Cain — An Unfortunate Night at the Oakwood Theater Frank Coffman — Warnings to the Curious (p) Frank Coffman — Audience With the Last King (p) Scott Couturier — We Are the Sacrifice (p) Thomas Cunningham – The Tatters of the King Matthew R. Davis — IL Re Giallo Mike Davis — Tales of the King in Yellow Ashley Dioses — Even Madness Cannot Hide Douglas Draa — Neighbors Good and Fair Denise Dumars – The Repairer of Refutation SL Edwards – The Ambassador in Yellow John Paul Fitch – Faces John Ghost – The Beating of Raven Wings Maxwell Ian Gold – naigoth.carcosa.exe John Goodrich – Pain Wears No Mask John Linwood Grant — Mr Bubbles and the Jaundiced Stranger Mike Griffin — No Mask to Conceal Her Voice Jill Hand — Autumn in New York Brian R. Hauser – The Beast of Babylon David Hoenig — Of Kings, Queens, and Knaves David Hoenig — Last Dance for the Ancient Gods (p) Shayne Keen — Yellow Work Curtis M. Lawson — Pinocchio and the Black Pantheon Ross E. Lockhart — Shrubberies (p) Paul St John Mackintosh — The Grey Queen Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr. – The Gateway to Carcosa S.P. Miskowski – Joe Edward Morris — Beast: A Fable For Children Edward Morris and Joe Pulver — The Resplendent Troswoman Below Renee Mulhare — Paper Masks Renee Mulhare – Snapshots of the Mayor of Carcosa Drew Nicks — Opening Night Logan Noble – Carcosa Calling KA Opperman — Cassilda Dons the Pallid Mask (p) Eduardo Peret — The Next Emperor Duane Pesice – Sunshine and Scarlet Joe Pulver – five poems Mark Rainey — Masque of the Queen Peter Rawlik — The Imperial Dynasty of America Andrew Reichart – A Sign of Pure Gold Pietro Pitt Rotelli – Carcosa Beach Party Erica Ruppert — The Traveller Jayaprakash Satyamurthy — Saint in Faded Demon Sam Schreiber – The New Devonians (p) Kimberly Smeltzer — The Queen and the Mayor and the Day of Sorrows John Claude Smith — The Yellow Hour Max D. Stanton – The Dying Chorus Anna Tambour – From the Mouth of the Tributary Roger Taylor — Cassandra’s Song—a Fragment At the End of Things Jeffrey Thomas — The Seed Scott Thomas — The Sea Might Yet Be Weeping DJ Tyrer — Beautiful Dreams (p) Sean M. Thompson — Songs of EyEs Sarah Walker – The Keening of a Yellow Star Kaaron Warren — The Naked Man Don Webb — The Fourth Man Michael Wehunt — numbers of the bEast Can Wiggins – The Queen in Yellow Robert S. Wilson — Cassilda’s Refrain Richard Writhen — What You Wish For Afterword
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