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!

I’m always happy to see the newest issue of Spectral Realms from Hippocampus Press! From the product description, ST Joshi had some kind words to say about the poems I have in this issue. “Among the prose poems in this issue, Maxwell I. Gold contributes a trio of his striking ruminations on the terrors of the cyber world.”

My three prose poems in this issue, “Laughter Out of the Sea,” “Télos: The Anxiety of Choice”, and “Of Masks and Monsters.”

See link here to order.

Also, stunning cover art by the incomparable Dan Sauer. His artwork always exudes an exquisite and literary beauty, conveyed in every single detail.

Last year I did a poetry reading at the Necronomicon and still, to this day I’m shocked how I made it through. I don’t like the sound of my own voice, but this recording came out alright.

I present for your enjoyment, my reading of my own piece, ‘Ghebulax’ the Faceless Cyber God, which appeared in Spectral Realms issue 12. A special thanks to Alan Sessler for adding some of the effects and the title image.