I had made a post regarding this almost a month ago via my social media channels, but I wanted to drop the link here. I was invited to write a poem for the friendship issue.

In my poem, “Where the Moon Smiles” I tried to take a different viewpoint on light pollution and the relationship the moon had as it looks down on an ever changing planet below.

Check it out here and enjoy!

As the year draws to a close I’m looking forward to taking some time off work and dedicate a chunk of time to writing and tightening up a few projects. Assuming things continue to go as planned I will, fingers crossed, have another book of prose poems published in early 2022 (more on that later).

In the meantime, I have a few announcements. There is a new anthology coming out titled A Walk in a City of Shadows: Tales of Urban Legendry edited by Sarah Walker, Phil Breach, and Gordon B. White. Dan Sauer has done it again with some absolutely stunning cover artwork!

I will have two prose poems in this anthology, ‘Down Walhalla Road’ and ‘Bloody, Meaty Ends’ both poems about legends centered around Ohio urban folklore. Being born and raised in Ohio it was fun researching and exploring some of the stories even further.

Look for more information when the Kickstarter launches next year!

My prose poem Orgulous Wrath is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of House of Stitched Magazine.

Also, coming next year will be the HWA anthology Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology from Mariner Books edited by Rena Mason and Vince Liaguno! I’m thrilled to have my story Black Screams, Yellow Stars appear in this powerful compendium showcasing the bitter truths and dark fears of otherness.

Mine is a short, but intense story, and it remains to this day of the hardest stories I’ve ever written.

Also coming in 2022 is another extremely powerful anthology, Chiral Mad 5 edited by the incredible Michael Bailey. I’ve been looking forward to this book for a year now and can’t wait! From Linda Addison to Sheree Renee Thomas to Jonathan Lees and Gary Braunbeck and so so much more…

I will have two prose poems in this anthology:

-Black Robes, Red Masks, and White Oblivions

Asphyxia

There will also be appearances in Spectral Realms, Lovecraftiana Magazine, Weirdbook Magazine, another project with Crystal Lake Publishing coming up next year and more!

Year in Review:

I know these posts can be cheesy, the gush anticipated, but I don’t care. Let’s have all the cheese. 2021 has been an unexpected and quite frankly, really great year. Things started off slow, but with the end of the year in sight I can say with confidence that I am really looking forward to what the future holds.

Poetry: I had over 20 prose poems accepted and published this year (a few to be published in 2022).

Short Stories: a grand total of 5 short stories published in 2021.

My overall total of poems published is approaching the 140 mark since 2017.

This was also a year to cross a few things off my bucket list like having a prose poem published in a dream market Strange Horizons. I was beyond fortunate enough to have a short story accepted for inclusion in the HWA anthology ‘Other Terrors’ which will be published next year by Mariner Books.

Another bucket list item was to be published by Crystal Lake Publishing with the release of my debut prose poetry collection ‘Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose.’ Not only that, but my mentor and good friend Linda D Addison wrote a beautiful introduction that still brings tears to my eyes whenever I read it.

My prose poem ‘No More Prying Eyes’ found a wonderful home in the latest anthology from Hex Publishers ‘Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas’ edited by Josh Viola, Carina Bissett, and Hillary Raque Dodge who took the utmost care in curating a stunning book about some of the mysterious and baffling geographies in North and South America.

I made my first cover appearance in the Zombie Annual from Weirdbook-Magazine edited by Douglas Draa which was also kind of exciting, sharing it with my friends and colleagues.

And above all, I was elected to serve as the Treasurer for the Horror Writers Association, an organization that’s given me so much and I’m grateful to have the chance to give back to it.

There’s a lot more on the horizon and I can’t wait to see what’s next…