Friday, May 27, 2011

Another rave for Ellen Datlow's The BEST HORROR of the YEAR! !!

Ellen Datlow is a legend! And she's won every award there is, many of them many times. Why? That's easy - book after book, year after year, Ellen's talent [! !!] and eye have given readers gifts like this book. So another rave for her work may not be a surprise, but celebrating the release of another book edited by her is!

As I've said before, I'm very proud and humbled to be in a book with her name as editor on the cover. To me, and I'm betting many others, having her select one of your tales for one of her books is a prize, the best one a horror writer can get! !!

So here's the link to the rave review of volume 3 of her BEST HORROR of the YEAR series

Thank you Mr. Moody and thanks Ellen!! !

Thursday, May 26, 2011

SIN & ashes has a book trailer

My pal Brendan was kind enough to lend his talent to create this trailer for SIN. I am delighted! !!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"As always, Datlow delivers a top-notch anthology..."

From Publishers Weekly:

The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 3

Edited by Ellen Datlow. Night Shade (, $15.99 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-1-59780-217-8

In the third volume of this annual series, famed editor Datlow brings together 17 stories published in 2010 in a variety of sources both popular and obscure. In Cody Goodfellow's "At the Riding School," a veterinarian makes a strange house call at a girls' school. Catherynne M. Valente's "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles," one of several zombie stories, sketches the life of the only living woman among the undead horde. John Langan uses self-conscious narrative to twist the werewolf story in "The Revel." The usual lists of honorable mentions and award-winners and a thoughtful assessment of the field will encourage readers to seek out the year's other notable horror stories. As always, Datlow delivers a top-notch anthology with a nice balance of new and established writers. (July)

You bet she does! !! !! ! Congrats to Ellen to all the writers (and Night Shade)! !! I am vEry proud (and humbled) to be included in this wonderful volume! !!

[raises tea cup, shouts a few YAYYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyYs! !!]

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Orphan Palace & . . .

Copy-editing for [my new novel] The Orphan Palace has begun -- [delighted to work w/ this editor! !!]. . . some tossing 'round cover ideas w/ editor and the publisher . . . We're racing for an OCT release on this . . . More on TOP when the publisher takes me off the leash! !!

Until then, SIN & ashes is out [and gathering a bit of acclaim - Thanks Laird and Ellen! !!] and BLOOD is now out as an eBook, and Nightmare's Disciple has been re-released as an eBook and a TPB.

BLOOD & ND can be found here [and on Amazon]

SIN & ashes is here

SIN will also soon have a book trailer . . . I'll keep you posted! !!

Work continues on The Grimscribe's Puppets and A Season In Carcosa [both will be released by Miskatonic River Press in 2012]. I have received several tales I have shortlisted . . .

And the hellbound train called, The Aklonomicon, is still on track for a SUMMER 2011 release . . . I've just seen Paul Carrick's illos and they are WOW!! ! But then it's Carrick! !!

Paul can be found here! !!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Alice Fulton


How do you define poetry? What distinguishes it from prose?

Poetry emphasizes music, rhythm, reticence, multiplicity. These qualities, present in prose to varying degrees, are intensified in poetry, framed and underscored by the poetic line. The language of poetry is more distilled and oblique than the language of prose, which tends to be purposeful. A newspaper, for instance, is written to convey information efficiently. We don’t linger over news stories, reveling in the language, mesmerized by the unsaid. A poem, on the other hand, invites readers to fill in the blanks. It lives in the space between words. Like a joke or a koan, a poem can’t be explained. It has meaning, but it doesn’t have a “message;” its stratas are too vast and complex to be neatly summarized. There are unspoken implications at every turn; you have to intuit it, “get it.” It’s recursive, an infinite regress.

In fact, I think of poems as having vertical depth. It’s as if prose is a horizontal structure, built across a surface, while poetry is a catacomb. Prose speeds the eye onwards, while poems resist—and purposely impede— that forward movement. Their language is so faceted—strange, rich—that it creates beautiful obstacles and sends the eye backwards over lines, enticing us to slow down and reread. Rather than pulling us forward, a poem drives us more deeply into the page. Its resistance should give pleasure; we go back because we want to experience this uncanny thing again. Maybe prose is like walking while poetry is like dancing. We walk to get somewhere, always moving forward. But we dance just to dance, and the movement sometimes goes backwards or downwards.

[every time the bEast reads AF he swoons ~ and he dancessssssssssssssssS! !!]

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ellen Datlow's The BEST HORROR of the Year #3 -- PART 2

OK, yeah, you know me, I get a little excited from time to time. I get my contrib copies of Ellen Datlow’s new The Best HORROR of the Year vol 3 (Night Shade Books 2011) and I’m over the moon to have something of mine in it -- You would be too! !! C’mon it’s, Ellen, you know LEGENDARY, every award there is [and for damn good reason!]!! ! So it never occurs to me to look at her “Overview” of 2010. So I’m reading and I see SIN & ashes get mentioned in the Mixed Genre Collections section. & she’s says SIN “is a deliciously varied and ambitious collection” – So YAYyyyyyyyyyyyy!! & WOWWWWWWWWWWWWwW!! ! Ellen Datlow [! !! !! !] called something of mine delicious [shivers w/ extreme JOY!! !] Then under Journals, Newletters, Magazines she mentions S. T. Joshi’s new "Weird Fiction Review" and says, “The fiction is very strong, with standouts by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. and Jason C. Eckhardt.”

All I can say is will someone please send some air up here . . . And after being so ill this is GREAT medicine! !! And thanks, Ellen, yer da BESTest! !! !! ! HUGSsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssS! !!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ellen Datlow's The BEST HORROR of the Year #3

It's HERE! !! In my handsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssS!! !

Ellen Datlow's choice of the BEST 17 HORROR tales of 2010, and I'm in it!! ! That be a HUGE WOW w/ triple YAYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyySSSSSSSs!! !

Holding this book in my hands is flatout, one of the best feelings I've had! I remember the day my 1st book came out - felt just like this! !! How does one describe being in a book w/ Laird Barron, Cat Valente, Joe R. Lansdale, Norm Partridge, Tanith Lee, John Langan, Stephen Graham Jones, and the others, and the tales were hand picked by ELLEN DATLOW[!! !]? That right, ELLEN DATLOW! !! Well, high as a kite and YAY just don't seem to cut it! !!

very humbled

and MOSTLY ... YAYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyYyyyYYyyyyyyyyyyYyyyyyyyyY!! !


Monday, May 16, 2011

THE ORPHAN PALACE has a home! !!

I can’t officially announce the name yet [the contract needs to be dotted, etc.], but I was informed today my new novel, THE ORPHAN PALACE, has found a publisher. One I’m [WAY BEYOND!! !] delighted [and humbled! !!] to be part of! !! TOP will be released in OCT/NOV 2011. TOP will be released as a TPB and eBook. I’ll have a “lot” more to say about this VERY soon! !!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Type while you may~

Springsteen, noir, and the "Shadow Houses" . . . Like the song says, something's comin' on . . . not sure what it is yet, but it's come out to dance~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ Seems like there's a lot of mud in the night garden. Requiems made flesh too.

Just finishing my 4th "western" short, "The Wagon's Trail" . . . Still fun writing these! !! You can find two of them [the 2nd and the 3rd] at "Lovecraft eZine" [issues #3 and #4] . . .

Also finished my "sipping Brandi" tale ;) A mid-size of 5,300 words it's called, "My Mirage". Seems David Lynch is making a new movie w/ the help of a novelist who penned some KIY tales, and a young actress with a Yellow Sign tat . . . :) Lot of fun that! Thanks to BJ for being a great sport!! !
... am "slowly" getting better . . . resting as I can~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ XXXXXXXXXXXx to all who sent vibes and wishes!! [really did need them]! Yer a FAB bunch o sweeties!! !~ ~~

Just reread CK's THE RED TREE -- Still F'in' BRILLIANT! !! I want to hate her for setting the bar so high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but I can't -- not from down here on my knees in AWE! !!

Next on my NEED list Koja's new one & Cat Valente's DEATHLESS too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GODDESS & GODDESS! !!

Falling deeply in love w/ Ms. Foster~ ~~

... and now back to bed for bEastie~

Friday, May 6, 2011

"Lovecraft eZine" issue #4 is online

Yep. May issue is out. Another Hopfrog prose poem!! ! Something short by me . . . Thanks and congrats to Mike Davis for his work! !!

And today [better, but still sick] I've even managed to pen a new tale . . . 2,100 words of a first draft. HARD Cthulhu Mythos, urban, modern, set in Berlin . . . Looks like this one will be the 1st part of a cycle. 9 tales [1,000 to 3,000 words each] in the "Shadow House" cycle, I think . . .

What's a "Shadow House"? Stay tuned :)

Here's the link to the May issue of the "Lovecraft eZine":

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

An award for SIN & ashes

Sarah at has informed me that my new collection from Hippocampus Press, SIN & ashes has won one of the 2010 Nightmare Awards for best collection of short tales and/or poetry.

I am pleased.

My thanks to Alnna Quinn for her very kind review of SIN & ashes on the SNS site! !!

CONGRATS to all the other winners as well! !!