Post-Necronomicon Updates and Reflections

Greetings from the Wells,

I know it’s a little late to write a post-convention update, though it was quite the wild ride and I still miss everyone! I was able to forge some great friendships and have a few post-Necronomicon reflections:

Overall, the experience was like nothing I could have ever imagined. This was my first convention, let alone my first writer’s convention and I was beyond nervous. My social anxiety was through the roof, though that was quelled rather quickly. After meeting Craig Gidney on the plane and taking a Lyft back to the hotel I knew that this was by far, the most welcoming and open community of artists, writers, and poets. That night was a veritable festival at Mokban, where a bunch of us gathered for food and drink and some good conversation. That theme followed for the rest of the convention.

I ended up tagging along with Joshua Dinges, Matthew Bartlett and a few others who welcomed me with open arms and I stuck with them for the remainder of the weekend. There is so much to delve into, but the most present theme that remains with me, even after the convention: friendship and community.

On social media, it is easy to project how one may or may not feel. Behind those cyber walls, you never know the tone and tenor of someone’s voice or the inflection in their speech which lends itself to their intentions or their emotional attitudes. Most of my anxiety revolved around that and how welcoming the community would be.

I’m overjoyed that I was so wrong.

This is the central theme of my visit to the Necronomicon, friendship, community, and art. Normally, I am not this emotive, though I am so grateful to those in this community of artists (a term I’ve used frequently) for their generosity and kindness.

To all of my writers, weirdos, and poets…I’m so happy to call you my friends.

Yrs,

Maxwell I. Gold

Spectral Realms Issue #11 Available NOW! – “God of Phlegm”

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:

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Poems

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

Articles

Clark Ashton Smith and Robert Nelson: Master and Apprentice (Part 3) /

Marcos Legaria

 

Reviews

A Guidebook for Witches and Warlocks / Donald Sidney-Fryer

Cover art: Daniel V. Sauer

Fearfully Yrs,

Maxwell I. Gold

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath! Anthology Kickstarter

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

My Readings of Ad’Naigon and Cyber Things

Greetings from the Wells,

I’m happy to report that our first poetry night for the Ohio Chapter of the Horror Writer’s Association was a hit! I want to thank everyone that came out to be a part and those who were brave enough to read.

I read two prose poems, “Ad’Naigon” which appeared in issue #7 of Spectral Realms and “Cyber Things” which also appeared in issue #6 of The Audient Void: A Journal for Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy. On a personal note, I don’t like the sound of my own voice, so I have not listened to these, but please feel free to enjoy! They sounded much more terrifying on paper and in my head.

Fearfully Yrs,

Maxwell I. Gold

A Night of Terror at Kafe Kerouac

Greetings from the Wells,

If you are in the Central Ohio area tonight, make sure to stop in and have some coffee while indulging in some dark prose and poetry from members of the Ohio Horror Writer’s Association. I’ll be reading a couple pieces from Spectral Realms issue #7 and issue #6 of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy.

The event starts at 6:30 pm. See you there!

Fearfully Yrs,

Maxwell I. Gold

Imaginarium Convention News, Strange Stories of the Seas and More Updates…

Greetings from the Wells,

It has been a busy couple of months and while I have said I intended to post more on here, I’ll do my best to make updates despite their infrequency. Within the last several weeks I’m happy to report new story and poetry acceptances.

The City That Never Was, which will appear in the latest anthology, Strange Stories of the Sea from Planet X Publications, tells the chilling tale of a narrator who answers the call from a distant faceless god, wandering towards a crumbling city of light. Another installment in the ever growing Cyber Gods mythos.

I’ll post another update once the anthology is live. I’ll have my prose poem, “The Helmet of Pluto” featured in the Summer Solstice 2019 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer, for the very first time, which is very exciting. I must also give a special shout out to my good friend Scott Couturier, as this will be one of many table of contents that we’ll share together this year; including the next two issues of Spectral Realms! My pieces “The God of Phlegm” and “Ghebulax” will appear in issues This year has been one of growth, not only for me personally, but for my writing endeavors as well. I also wanted to extend a very special thank you to a mentor who’s been nothing but supportive to me since we were paired up through the Horror Writer’s Association Mentor Program. Linda Addison has been nothing short of amazing. Her constant encouragement and relentless optimism, truly is a light burning brightly even amid the darkest of voids.

In October I will be hosting a workshop at this year’s Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, KY. My workshop is geared towards writers who wish to focus on elevating loquaciousness and prose in their writing. Apart from wordplay, the goal of the workshop is to have writers be able to enhance the notion of “building up to a sensation” by way of prose.

That is all for now! I’ll be sure to really try and post more.

Until next time.

Fearfully Yrs,

Maxwell I. Gold

"From the depths of burning Time, dead stars fall, into the Wells."