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Monday, December 26, 2022

Merry Crashed-Mass: A Christmas-themed, Dark Moments Drabble.

How do you erase the cloying taste of fruitcake and eggnog without swallowing more calories? Try reading a wafer-thin, Christmas-themed, "Dark Moments" drabble gifted from indie-horror-publisher, Black Hare Press.

Oh, sir! It's only a tiny little thin one!

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Wednesday Limerick: Giving Birth to a Minotaur

When a horny queen chooses to marry a bull

The offspring are often uncarriable. 

Since above the boy half

Juts the head of a calf,

Minor tears & many tears are invariable.

Lockdown Fantasy #4 and #5 both launching in September 2022.

Two of my humorous fantasy stories told in rhyming verse will be among those published this month (September 2022) by Black Hare Press, in their most current Lockdown anthologies. Each volume includes several fantasy short stories or poems by a selection of talented writers.

In LOCKDOWN FANTASY #4, "Malomenire the Mad" tells the "sordid" story of a powerful wizard who becomes so insanely jealous of his apprentice that he plots his death by giving him unsurvivable tasks. It introduces the young wizard and future archmage, "Astromote".

In LOCKDOWN FANTASY #5, "Final Spell of The Archmage Astromote", takes up the tale of Astromote near the end of his illustrious, centuries-long career, as told by one of his former students. It concerns the archmage's quest for just the right ink and parchment to complete a final spell vital to mankind's survival. 

Only 99 cents on Amazon:

15th September - Lockdown Fantasy #4

20th September - Lockdown Fantasy #5


Monday, August 8, 2022

Eldritch & Ether: Speculative Fiction Poetry (now available)

Eldritch & Ether

With a lot of support from the good folks at Black Hare Press, including volunteer readers, and co-editor Ximena Escobar, we compiled and edited this quality collection of speculative fiction poetry over several interesting but arduous months. It was published April 28. 2022.

It even features four of my own speculative fiction poems, in the last section, following Ximena's poems. Highly recommended, especially for those with "dark" tastes, as befits the Black Hare Press brand.


Order your copy here: readerlinks.com/l/2317394

Poetica # 7: An Inner Circle Writers' Group Poetry Anthology Now Available

Poetica # 7: An Inner Circle Writers' Group Poetry Anthology

Just published, this seventh anthology of poetry from Clarendon House Publishing, edited by Grant Hudson. My humorous poem, "The Final Log of Captain Courage" is included.

Available here https://www.clarendonhousebooks.com/anthologies and/or on Amazon, including Kindle.


Sunday, April 17, 2022

World of Myth Magazine Anthology IV

The World of Myth Magazine (http://theworldofmyth.com) publishes scores of FREE stories, poems, plus art each month. At year's end, they publish a "best of" compilation, which for 2021, included one of my stories: "Dark Trek".
I'm surprised to realize I am first sharing this with you only now.

Purchase from Amazon HERE.: (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09NCDPBLC)

Friday, April 1, 2022


My science-fiction story, "New Owners for Old Earth" has just been published in a new science fiction anthology by a fledgling indie publisher specializing in science fiction, Starry-Eyed Press (http://starryeyedpress.com/books/).
As I have yet to receive my own copy of the book, I have only read my own story. But knowing the publishers (who are also writer friends), I'm confident that the book is filled with great stories, well worth your time and money. 
I hope you'll consider buying the book, as I would also love for my friends' new enterprise to succeed.



Coming Soon!
Beautifully dark speculative and/or horror poetry
ORDER: https://readerlinks.com/l/2317394

Not only do I have four poems in this poetry anthology, but partnering with Ximena Escobar, I helped edit and compile it. A secret team of volunteer readers was also a major influence on the poems selected.

Ed Ahern
Olivia Arieti
Karen Bayly
E. Mery Blake
H.M. Bowles
Maggie D. Brace
Simon Clarke
Vonnie Winslow Crist
Dawn DeBraal
D.J. Elton
Ximena Escobar
Clint Foster
Robyn Fraser
Gabby Gilliam
John Grey
Dee Grimes
Avery Hunter
Justin Hunter
Sarah Jane Justice
Nerisha Kemraj
Rick Kennett
Rick Kennett
Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
Shawn M. Klimek
Steven Lord
John C. Mannone
Brian Maycock
Dale Parnell
S. Jade Path
Leanbh Pearson
Anthony Regolino
Brian Rosenberger
N.E. Rule
Claire Shaw
Dorian J. Sinnott
Steven Streeter
Nike Sulway
Jay Sykes
Bernardo Villela
D.W. Vogel
R.K. Wilbur
Brianna Witte
Pauline Yates
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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Space Treks: by Starry Eyed Press

My science fiction story, "New Owners for Old Earth" was accepted for Space Treks, by Starry Eyed Press. I can't wait to get back to writing more science fiction.


Friday, January 28, 2022

YEAR THREE: Dark Moments and Patreon

This book is full of strong short horror fiction, including just one of my drabbles: "Eye of the Storm Giant".
You can already purchase a Kindle copy of YEAR THREE: Dark Moments and Patreon << here.

TBH, I am a little disappointed in myself for not contributing more works to this collection, but I've been struggling to focus on longer works (with mixed results so far). 

Saturday, January 1, 2022

My Published Writing for 2021

If I want to represent my year published writing in images, I have to choose pieces according when they are published, since I don't have images for all stories or poems accepted but not yet published. Even so, I'd call this a slow year.