Saturday, April 25, 2009

Art accepted at DREAMS & NIGHTMARES

A while back, I noticed an entry in David C. Kopaska-Merkel's blog stating that he was looking for art submissions for future issues of Dreams & Nightmares. Seeing this as a golden opportunity, I composed a few filler art pieces and sent them David's way.

Well, I just received word that he wants to use two of the five pieces I sent in. So, it looks like "Plantimal" and "Barixas Hunt" will be appearing in a future issue or issues of Dreams & Nightmares. Cool! (Thanks again, David.)

Now I just have to figure out what to do with the other three drawings.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Consequence of Taking Too Much

Here is another of my previous published poems I decided to post here in honour of National Poetry Month. I figured I had better get another poem or two in before the month's out.

This time I decided to go with my vampiric cinquain that originally appeared in the October 2008 issue of Macabre Cadaver. I've actually written a few pieces of "vampire poetry", but I think this is one of my best. I especially like my little bit of "grave" word play.

Consequence of Taking Too Much

by Richard H. Fay

Red rose
placed on fresh earth
becomes a grave symbol
of true love lost and my hunger
for blood.

© 2008 Richard H. Fay

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Update on Speculative Haiku in Forthcoming Issues of APHELION

In case anyone is wondering, in case anyone cares, I just received word regarding when my three speculative haiku will be appearing in future issues of Aphelion. It looks like "Clattering Hooves" will be in the June issue, "Electric Blue Sparks" will be in the July issue, and "Roiling Gyre" will be in the August one.

Now if I can just get a publication or two scheduled for this coming September...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Three Speculative Haiku Accepted at APHELION

Aphelion's poetry editor has accepted three of my speculative haiku ("Clattering Hooves", "Roiling Gyre", and "Electric Blue Sparks") for forthcoming publication in the web zine. They will run over the next few months, exact scheduling TBA.

I guess this means my monthly publication roll will roll on through the summer months!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Horrorku to be in SCIFAIKUEST

The editor of Scifaikuest has accepted my folkloric horrorku "weeping tree" for publication in the November 2009 on-line edition of her zine. While I've had something like four scifaiku/horrorku published in different print issues, I believe this is the first of my speculative haiku to appear in the on-line edition.

Either way, it doesn't really matter to me. I'm not extremely picky about where my horrorku and scifaiku are published, as long as they do get published. And I can post a link to on-line publications here and on my web site's "List of Publications", something I happen to see as a plus. You can't link directly to works published in print publications.

By the way, this is not my first poem about a tree. It seems I have a thing for trees. It must be because I grew up with the forest as my backyard. Oh, how I miss the woods!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Spirit of the Skull

In honour of National Poetry Month, I am again posting one of my previously published poems. And this one happens to be a bit of an experiment. In this particular instance, I tried something different from my usual verse. The end result seemed, well, rather odd.

Believing it wasn't one of my best, I submitted it with rather low expectations. Imagine my shock when it was accepted first time out!

Instances like this make me question my judgment regarding the apparent quality and "publishability" of my own work. I never seem to be able to predict with any degree of accuracy what works will be accepted right away, and what ones will struggle to find homes. Certain poems I think are only "so-so" may find homes quickly, while others I view as especially worthy may remain homeless for quite some time.

Weird.

Anyway, here goes, my poem about a vampiric spirit in an old skull, originally published in the April 2008 Issue of Night to Dawn:

Spirit of the Skull

By Richard H. Fay

The skull of my ancestor
Calls to me,
Drawing me toward the crypt
Eerily.
The great iron doors open
Noisily.
I make my way to the vaults
Stealthily.

I stare at the yellowed skull
Before me
As it sits in its dim niche
Eagerly.
Its awful fleshless face grins
Evilly.
Fey orbs flare in its sockets
Savagely.

I feel a presence standing
Next to me.
A fell spirit rises up
Terribly.
Laughter echoes in the tomb
Horribly
As the dark shade drinks my blood
Greedily.

© 2008 Richard H. Fay

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Twin Running Droplets

twin running droplets
paint alabaster crimson -
her vampiric stain

© 2009 Richard H. Fay

Friday, April 10, 2009

Marriage of Earth and Antares

I've been woefully neglectful of posting poetry in honour of National Poetry Month. What little new poetry I've written lately has been for publications or my collection-in-progress. So, I'm going to be lazy and post a previously published piece, a speculative love poem that originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of Sounds of the Night. Spring is finally in the air, even though the weather men are talking snow overnight, so a bit of alien romance seems appropriate somehow. (It's almost, but not quite, a series of cinquains. I guess the stanzas are still cinquians, since each consists of five lines, but I didn't follow the 2-4-6-8-2 syllable format laid out by Adelaide Crapsey for cinquians in English. Sometimes I like to go my own way.)

Marriage of Earth and Antares

By Richard H. Fay

Fallen star
Two worlds meet
When human greets Antaran
In a meld of minds
And hearts

Soft trills
Speak to my soul
With far deeper understanding
Than mere words
Ever could

Bug eyes
Blazing with knowledge
Of the secrets of the cosmos
Look into my own
Adoringly

Shaggy fur
Glows in the dark
In tune with her emotions
And keeps us warm
At night

Some think
She's only my pet
I smile at their ignorance
Knowing she's truly
My mate

© 2008 Richard H. Fay

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Labyrinthine Pile" in APHELION

My horrorku "Labyrinthine Pile" has been published in the April 2009 Issue of the web-zine Aphelion. Check it out!

A real-life landmark inspired this little poem, but I won't tell you which one. You'll just have to guess. I'll give you a hint; it was built, in part, to deliberately bewilder angry ghosts.

Cinquain Accepted at EVERY DAY POETS

My semi-speculative felid cinquain, "Yellow Eyes", has been accepted for publication at Every Day Poets. It may go on-line around Halloween, which is rather appropriate considering the somewhat spectral feel of the piece. After all, I drew my inspiration from a tale about a ghost cat. However, I feel that my cinquain leaves the actual paranormal nature of the subject in doubt, thus semi-speculative instead of wholly speculative.

After all, flesh-and-blood cats can be pretty ghostly at times, slinking around quietly in the dark.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Limestone Sentinel: A "Gothicku"

limestone sentinel
guards holy parapet
gargoyle glares

©2009 Richard H. Fay

Today I spent some time reworking "Poetry Page Two" on the Azure Lion Productions web site. While removing old scifaiku/horrorku and revising them or replacing them with better examples, I came to a point where I needed just one more haiku-type poem to fill an empty spot on the page. After pondering my options for a few moments, I decided to rework a piece I posted to a few forums back in 2007. Thus, I created a revised version of "limestone sentinel" and added it to my site.

I called it a "gothicku" back then, to the chagrin of at least one fellow poet fed up with the various bastardizations of the term haiku. And, contrary to the arguments against such bastardization, I'm going to call it a "gothicku" again, since it isn't necessarily a scifaiku or horrorku, but might not technically be a plain old haiku either. I mean no offense to the Japanese and their culture, or their literary forms.

Actually, the label tacked onto the piece is truly unimportant. Whether or not it works is more important. And I think it works well enough. It might not be perfect, but it gets the point across. Then again, I like gargoyles anyway.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Knotwork Creature


© 2009 Richard H. Fay

Knotwork Creature
by Richard H. Fay
Pitt artists pens on bristol board, digitally coloured.

The above image happens to be the last of the knotwork dividers I created for Abandoned Towers/Cyberwizard Productions. I just finished it today. Woohoo!

I drew my inspiration for this piece from a couple of different designs found on a 10th century Viking Age stone sculpture in the Isle of Man. Basically, I combined the draconic-look of one design with the more Celtic-influenced interlacing of another. The final piece seems to be an interesting mix of Celtic and Viking.

Now on to other illustration projects! (And maybe some writing, too.)

Jungle Foliage

jungle foliage
obscured brown plumage
dinosaur hunts

© 2009 Richard H. Fay

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Automobile

Can you guess what trouble we've been having lately?

Automobile

by Richard H. Fay

Individual motorized transport
Delivers easy travel
When it runs,

Produces angry frustration
Full of financial woe
When it doesn't.

© 2009 Richard H. Fay

"The Damnation of Daniel Brewster" in THE NEW BEDLAM PROJECT

My poem "The Damnation of Daniel Brewster" has been published in the premiere issue of the e-zine The New Bedlam Project. This particular verse tells the tale of what happens when a less-than-upstanding native son of New Bedlam returns home seeking comfort. He actually finds something else altogether!

Check it out! And, if you wish, please leave a comment on the New Bedlam page featuring this poem. I would love to hear what people think of my little dark tale in verse.