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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:

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.

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